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July 17 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
LAD 52-40 422 4.59 7 743 (9) 78 27
PHI 46-45 481 5.29 1 802 (1) 71 11


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
LAD 52-40 377 4.10 T-2 3.98 (3) 3.39 (2)
PHI 46-45 480 5.27 16 5.02 (14) 4.77 (14)

The Phillies have played four games since the All-Star break, all of them blowouts.  Saturday's contest with a the Cardinals has been the closest, the Phils won that game 10-4. 

Another blowout last night in Los Angeles as the Phils fell 10-3 to the Dodgers.  It dropped them back to .500 at 46-46.  They remain in third place in the NL East, five games behind the first-place Mets and 3 1/2 behind the second-place Braves. 

The Phillies have been outscored 20-5 in their last two games.

Last night's game demonstrated how the gaping hole in the Phillies rotation hurts the Phils on days when JD Durbin, or whoever the fifth starter is, doesn't pitch.  No doubt anticipating that today's starter won't go long, Manuel left Moyer in the game after he had allowed ten runs.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing ten runs on ten hits.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs.  He walked two and struck out four.  His ERA is 4.99.  He was again hurt by the long ball, allowing two three-run home runs.

Moyer's contributions to the team this season have been significant.  But if your team's second starter has a 4.99 ERA it's just not a good sign.  It's especially problematic when your number three starter has a 5.98 ERA and your number four is a guy just up from Double-A.  The Phillies need Myers back and in the rotation in a big way. 

He started the first with a 1-0 lead.  Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre singled to start the inning, putting men on first and third with nobody out.  Furcal scored on a ground ball to third by Russell Martin, tying the game at 1-1.  Pierre went to second on the ground ball and stole third with Jeff Kent at the plate.  Kent walked, putting men on first and third with one out.  James Loney was next and he hit a fly ball to center for the second out.  Pierre scored to put LA up 2-1.  Nomar Garciaparra doubled to left, scoring Kent, and the Dodgers led 3-1.  Andre Ethier flew to center for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second.

Pierre singled to start the third and stole second.  Martin followed with a walk, putting two men on for Kent who homered to left.  6-1.  Moyer got the next two.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

LA put their first two men aboard in the sixth on singles by Loney and Garciaparra.  With men on first and second, Ethier singled to right.  Loney scored to make it 7-1 and Garciaparra went to third.  Matt Kemp was next and he homered to left, putting the Dodgers up 10-1.  Moyer amazingly stayed in the game having allowed ten runs, and struck out pitcher Brad Penny for the first out.  Furcal followed with a single.  Righty Jose Mesa came in to pitch to the lefty Pierre and got Pierre to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Mesa returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk, but got a double-play and a ground out to keep the Dodgers off the board. 

Mesa hasn't allowed a hit over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his last three appearances.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth to lower his ERA with the Phillies to 2.08 in eight appearances. 

Tom Gordon was active for the game.  I would be happily amazed if Gordon proves to be an effective member of the pen the rest of the season.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Brad Penny (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Ruiz.  Dobbs at third against the righty.  Ruiz comes into the game with one hit in July. 

Rollins walked to start the game, stole second and went to third on a throwing error charged to Martin.  Victorino flew to right for the first out, but Utley followed with a single that scored Rollins and put the Phillies up 1-0.  Howard and Rowand both flew out to end the inning.

Burrell singled to start the second, but Dobbs followed and hit into a double-play.  Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

Victorino tripled with two outs in the third, but Utley grounded to first to end the frame.

Howard walked to start the fourth and Rowand followed with a single that moved Howard to second.  Burrell lined to left for the first out and Dobbs hit a ball back to the pitcher for the second out.  Howard moved to third and Rowand to second on the ball hit by Dobbs.  Ruiz walked to load the bases and Moyer was called out on strikes to set the Phillies down.  The Phillies were already down 6-1, but I don't think they really had a choice to pinch-hit for Moyer in the fourth given their bullpen and today's starting pitcher.

Victorino and Utley struck out as Penny set the Phils down 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Burrell was called out on strikes for the third out in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Penny struck out the side in the seventh, getting Dobbs, Ruiz and Bourn.

Nunez, who entered the game to play shortstop in the bottom of the seventh,  started the eighth with a single.  Victorino flew to right for the first out, but Utley followed with a double that scored Nunez and cut the lead to 10-2.  Howard struck out for the second out, but Rowand followed with a single to right that scored Utley and made it 10-3.  Helms pinch-hit for Mesa and struck out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the ninth. 

Rollins was 0-for-2 with a walk. 

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a triple.  He is quietly having a huge July, hitting 362/434/660 in 47 at-bats. 

Utley was 2-for-4 with a double.  He has an extra-base hit in three straight games.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. 

Rowand was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  He's 10-for-his-last-17 with five extra-base hits.

Burrell was 1-for-3.

Dobbs was 0-for-4 and left three men on base.  0-for-his-last-9.  Helms was 0-for-1 in the game and is 0-for-his-last-10. 

The Phils' starting third basemen have gone 0-for-12 in the last three games and left 15 men on base.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk.  1-for-his-last-20. 

JD Durbin (0-2, 13.50) faces lefty Mark Hendrickson (4-4, 3.92) tonight.  Durbin has appeared in four games for the Phils, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks in 9 1/3 innings.  He made one start, on June 29 against the Mets, and was hit hard.  He allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings.  Hendrickson has appeared in 22 games for the Dodgers and will be making his eleventh start.  Righties have hit .272 against him, lefties just .216.  Rowand is the only Phil with more than three at-bats against him for his career.  2-for-8 with two singles.

The Start Log has been updated to include the team record based on the number of innings pitched by the starting pitcher.

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