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July 2 2007

The brutal four-game set with the Mets is finally over.  With their momentum sucked dry, the Phils hit the road for three in Houston followed by three in Colorado.  Then the All-Star break.

The Phillies did get one good start in the four games with the Mets, but it wasn't from the guy everyone expected.  After Cole Hamels went just five innings on Friday night, Kyle Kendrick was impressive yesterday afternoon.  He gave the team 6 2/3 strong innings to help the Phils break the spell against the Mets.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets yesterday, winning 5-3 to improve to 42-40 on the season.  The Phils lose the series three games to one.  They trail the Braves again and are in third place in the NL East.  They are a game behind Atlanta and five games behind New York.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run, both by Carlos Delgado.  He didn't strike out a batter.  The Phillies have won all four of the games that Kendrick has started this season.  Yesterday was the best of the four starts Kendrick has made -- it came at a good time.

Jose Reyes led off the first with a single and stole second.  Paul Lo Duca singled just over the glove of Rollins and Reyes scored, putting the Mets up 1-0.  Carlos Beltran hit into a double-play and David Wright flew to right to end the inning.

Carlos Delgado started the second with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Jose Valentin.  The Phillies played the infield back early in the game and it paid off -- Shawn Green hit one hard to third, but Dobbs was able to make the play.  It would almost surely have gotten past him if he was playing in.  Kendrick walked Carlos Gomez intentionally to pitch to the pitcher Mike Pelfrey.  Pelfrey grounded to short to the frame.  Nice job by Kendrick to pitch around the leadoff double.

Reyes walked to start the third but Lo Duca followed and hit into a double-play.  Beltran walked and stole second, but Wright grounded to second for the third out.

Delgado started the fourth with a home run that cut the Phillies' lead to 3-2.  Kendrick got the next three in order.

Pelfrey singled to start the fifth but Reyes followed and hit into the third double-play Kendrick had induced in four innings.  Lo Duca grounded to short to end the inning.

Kendrick allowed a one-out single to Wright in the sixth.  Delgado was next and the Phils employed their super-shift that saw third baseman Dobbs playing near short.  Delgado hit a ground ball to second and Utley threw to Dobbs, who was forced to cover second and try to complete the double-play.  Didn't go so well.  Dobbs' throw was nowhere near close to first base, so the Phils only got one out on the play.  No error for Dobbs on his throw cause Delgado held first.  Valentin flew to center for the third out.

He started the seventh and got the next two before the lefty Ricky Ledee pinch-hit for the pitcher Guillermo Mota.  Manuel called on the lefty JC Romero, who was pitching in his third game in three days.  This time he would go just one pitch.  Righty Damion Easley hit for Ledee and grounded to third to end the frame.

Brian Sanches started the eighth with a 5-2 lead and got the first man before he walked Lo Duca.  He got Beltran to pop to the third baseman Nunez in foul territory for the second out.  Wright grounded to third to set the Mets down.

Sanches has allowed just one hit while throwing to a 2.08 ERA over 8 2/3 innings since being called up.  He has allowed five walks.   

With lefty, switch-hitter, lefty due to start the ninth and the Phils up 5-2, Manuel let the lefty Zagurski start the inning.  Nice move by Manuel and it almost didn't work.  Zagruski walked Delgado to start the inning, which is really bad with a three-run lead.  Zagurski struck out Valentin for the first out, and Green moved Delgado to second with a ground out to first base.  Alfonseca did enter the game then to pitch to the righty Gomez.  Switch-hitter Ruben Gotay hit for Gomez and singled into center, scoring Delgado to cut the Phils lead to 5-3.  Alfonseca got pinch-hitter Julio Franco to ground to second to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz.  Burrell back in left and Dobbs at third.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell drew a two-out walk in the second.  He took off on the 3-2 pitch to Dobbs, and Dobbs stroked it into left-center, scoring Burrell to tie the game at 1-1.  Full count to Dobbs lets Burrell take off with the pitch and score from first on the double.  Ruiz struck out to end the inning.

Kendrick started the third with a ground ball to Wright.  Wright's throw to first was errant and wound up behind first in foul territory, allowing Kendrick to go to second on the error.  Rollins followed with a two-run shot to right to put the Phils up 3-1.  Victorino was next and reached on an infield single.  Utley flew to center for the first out and Victorino stole second.  Howard walked, putting men on first and second for Rowand.  Rowand grounded to short and Howard was forced at second for the second out.  Burrell walked to load the bases but Dobbs flew to center to end the inning.

After a 1-2-3 fourth, Victorino singled to start the fifth.  Utley lined to left on a nice diving play by Gomez, and, with Howard at the plate, Victorino stole second.  Howard flew to left and Rowand flew to center to leave him stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Victorino homered to right with two outs in the seventh, putting the Phils up 4-2.  Utley followed with triple down the line in right.  Howard was walked intentionally and Rowand singled to center.  Utley scored to make it 5-2 and Howard went to second.  Burrell struck out to end the inning.

Nunez started the eighth with a single, but Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play.  Bourn grounded to short to end the inning.  Nunez had entered the game at third in the top of the inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with his 14th home run and two RBI.  2-for-15 in the series.  283/328/513 on the season.

Victorino 3-for-4 with a home run yesterday.  4-for-10 in the series.  271/338/410.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a triple.  3-for-14 in the series.  326/406/579.

Howard was 0-for-2 with two walks.  2-for-12 with a home run in the series.  248/382/549.

Rowand 1-for-4 with an RBI.  3-for-14 with a home run in the series.  312/390/478.

Burrell was 0-for-2 with two walks yesterday.  1-for-7 in the series.  201/369/364.  Bourn was 0-for-2 yesterday and 2-for-11 in the series.  266/365/328.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI yesterday and 2-for-12 in the series.  287/321/535.

Ruiz was 0-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-11 in the series.  276/330/403.  Barajas was 0-for-4 in the series.  210/347/390.

Jamie Moyer (7-5, 4.15) faces righty Woody Williams (3-10, 5.58) tonight in Houston.  Moyer has been solid of late, allowing three or fewer earned runs in five of his last seven starts.  He's allowed 14 home runs on the year but none in his last two starts.  Carlos Lee is 4-for-23 against him in his career, Berkman 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.  Williams has allowed 118 hits in 98 1/3 innings this season.  Righties are hitting .317 against him with a 1.57 ratio, lefties .263 with a 1.46 ratio.  He started against the Phils on April 14 and was hit hard, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings on eight hits and three walks.  Utley and Rollins homered off of him in that game. 

Chase Utley, Aaron Rowand and Cole Hamels have been named to the All-Star team.  All three well-deserved.  First time for Rowand and Hamels, second for Utley.

Tom Gordon starts a rehab assignment at Single-A Clearwater today.  The linked article says that Freddy Garica "will begin tossing today."  There is either no timetable for Brett Myers or he may be back around July 13.  I'd put my money on no timetable.

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