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July 16 2006

Sleeping Phillies' bats awoke this weekend in San Francisco as the Phils took their second consecutive series.  Aaron Rowand, David Bell and Pat Burrell, all of who had been struggling mightily, came up big and the Phillies won for the fourth time in their last five games.

The Phillies caught a huge break today when scheduled starter Jason Schmidt, who apparently needed another day of rest coming off the All-Star break, was replaced with Matt Cain.

The Phillies beat the Giants this afternoon 6-2 to improve to 42-48 on the year.  They move back into a tie with the Braves for second place in the NL East.  The Braves have won five straight. 

Brett Myers got the start, appearing in his first game since returning to the team following his leave of absence.  He pitched very well, throwing seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk.  He struck out seven, which gives him 23 strikeouts over the 18 2/3 innings he pitched in his last three starts.

Ray Durham hit a solo home run in the second, which put the Giants up 1-0.  It was Durham's second homer of the series.

Bonds put the Giants up 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth with another solo homer, which came on a 3-2 pitch.

Cormier pitched the eighth for the Phillies, allowing a leadoff single to Chad Santos in his first career at-bat, but keeping the Giants off the board.  Cormier hasn't been charged with a run in seven games in July. 

Flash Gordon threw a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation to nail it down for the Phils.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Abreu (4) Burrell (5) Howard (6) Rowand (7) Bell (8) Lieberthal. 

The Phillies didn't get a hit in the first three innings and had just one baserunner.  Burrell reached on a ball hit to Feliz, which was booted.  It was called a single at first but later changed to an error.

Down 1-0 in the fourth, Rowand drove in the first run with a two-out double that tied the game at 1-1. 

The Phillies didn't get a hit in the fifth or sixth and went into the seventh trailing 2-1.  David Bell led off and tied the game at 2-2 with a long ball. 

The Phillies blew it open in the eighth, which started with the score still tied at 2-2.  Utley led off with a triple but Abreu followed with a strikeout.  Pat Burrell followed, and with lefty Steve Kline on the hill the Giants walked him to set up the double-play.  Howard followed, singling off of Kline to put the Philllies up 3-2.  Burrell went to third on the play, which is something we haven't seen him able to do with his lingering foot problems for much of the year.  The Giants called on Jonathan Sanchez, who had dominated the Phils in game one of the series, to pitch to Rowand.  Manuel pinch ran at third with Victorino and it turned out to be a nice move -- Victorino scored on a wild pitch from Sanchez to put the Phillies up 4-2.  It was a ball that Burrell would likely been unable to score on.  Rowand doubled on a strange looking bloop to right, scoring Howard to make it 5-2 and Bell followed that with a triple, which put the Phillies up 6-2.

Rollins was 0-for-4 on the day with three strikeouts and a walk.  For the series he was 2-for-15.

Utley was 2-for-5 with a triple and a double that Bonds lost in the sun.  For the series he was 5-for-13 with a walk.  He has hit in 18 straight games.

Abreu went 0-for-3 and walked two more times.  In the series he went 1-for-10 with a single and four walks.

Burrell was 0-for-2 with two walks.  In the series he was 6-for-10 with two doubles and a home run.  He walked three times.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a huge hit.  5-for-13 with 5 RBI in the three-game set.

Rowand was 2-for-4 today and 4-for-12 with three RBI in the series. 

Bell was huge.  2-for-4 with a triple and a home run today and 5-for-13 with four extra-base hits in the series.  He also made several nice defensive plays. 

Lieberthal was 0-for-4 today and 0-for-8 in the series.  He's just 2-for-his-last-31 going back to May 4. 

The Phillies play the Padres in San Diego tomorrow night. 

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