Archive for May 10th, 2008

Moyer goes foyer

The San Francisco Giants’ offense is hide-your-eyes-Bengie-Molina-hitting-cleanup bad, but it didn’t help Jamie Moyer much today. Coming off a fantastic outing against the Snakes his last time out, Moyer got pounded by the Giants. He could give the Phils just four innings and exited down 6-1.

Tim Lincecum, on the other hand, was dominant. He struck out eight Phils in eight innings, holding them to four hits. The Phillies’ runs came on solo homers from Coste and Howard.

The Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants this afternoon, falling 8-2 to drop to 21-17 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and the teams will play the final game of the set tomorrow afternoon.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out one.

Omar Vizquel singled with one out in the first, but Moyer got the next two.

Moyer started the second with a 1-0 lead. Aaron Rowand led off the inning with a home run to center that tied the game at 1-1. Jose Castilllo followed with a double and Emmanuel Burriss bunted him to third. Dan Ortmeier drew a walk and it put men on first and second for Lincecum. Lincecum singled back up the middle. Castillo scored to make it 2-1 and Ortmeier went to second. Lewis flew to center for the second out and Vizquel grounded to third to end the inning.

Randy Winn singled to start the third. Bengie Molina lined to Feliz at third for the first out, but Rowand and Castillo followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases for Burriss. Burriss flew to left deep enough to score Winn and put the Giants up 3-1 with men on first and second. Ortmeier followed with double into right that cleared the bases and made it 5-1. Lincecum grounded to short to end the inning.

Moyer got the first two in the fourth before Winn homered to left to extend the lead to 6-1. Molina flew to center for the third out.

Seanez started the fifth down 6-1. Rowand and Castillo singled back-to-back to start the inning, putting men on first and second for Burriss. Burriss grounded to third for the first out and the runners moved to second and third. Seanez walked Ortmeier intentionally to load the bases for Lincecum. Lincecum hit a ground ball to first and Howard threw home to force Rowand for the second out. Coste threw to first to try to get Lincecum, but his throw was bad and got passed Howard. Utley backed Howard up, but didn’t field the throw cleanly. Castillo came in to score and put the Giants up 7-1. Lewis grounded to second for the third out.

Vizquel and Winn started the sixth inning with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and second with no outs for Molina. Molina flew to center and Rowand struck out, but Castillo singled into right and Vizquel scored to extend the lead to 8-1. Burriss grounded to second for the third out.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Condrey pitched the eighth with the Phils down 8-2. He gave up a leadoff single to Winn, but got Vizquel to hit into a double-play and Molina on a fly ball to deep right for the third out.

Two runs in four innings for the pen. Seanez was hit pretty hard, allowing five hits and a walk in two innings. Madson and Condrey both pitched well. Seanez threw 37 pitches, Madson 14 and Condrey 11, so Seanez should be shelved for a day or two.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches.

Lincecum struck out the side in the first.

Howard started the second with an opposite field home run to put the Phils up 1-0. The next three Phils went in order.

The Phils went 1-2-3 again in the third.

Down 5-1 in the fourth, they went 1-2-3 again.

Burrell walked to start the fifth and Jenkins moved him to second with a single. Feliz and Coste struck out back-to-back and Dobbs hit for Moyer. Dobbs grounded to first to end the frame.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh.

Coste homered with one out in the eighth to cut the San Francisco lead to 8-2. Dobbs followed with a single off the wall in right, but Rollins and Victorino went down behind him to leave him stranded.

Brian Wilson set the Phils down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Utley 0-for-4. Top three in the order combined to go 0-for-12 with five strikeouts.

Howard 1-for-4 with a home run.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Jenkins 1-for-3.

Feliz 0-for-2.

Coste 1-for-3 with his third home run of the year.

Eaton (0-1, 5.63) faces lefty Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 4.74) tomorrow afternoon. Sanchez has made seven starts on the season and two, including his most recent, have been really bad. Twice he allowed seven runs in a start — in his other five starts he’s thrown to a 1.80 ERA. Lefties are hitting .194 with an 0.70 ratio against him, righties .248 with a 1.61 ratio. He made two relief appearances against the Phils in 2007 and allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Monster contract or not, Eaton is going to have to show something soon. His numbers through seven starts this year are a little better than last, but not enough better. Righties are hitting just .254 against him, lefties .286. He faced the Giants twice last season and threw to a 14.14 ERA in those starts. May 3 and June 1.


Rollins reminds the Phils what they’ve been Misching

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
SF 14-21 117 3.34 T-15 689 (14) 38 12
PHI 20-16 173 4.81 4 766 (7) 17 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
SF 14-21 165 4.71 10 4.40 (7) 4.10 (12)
PHI 20-16 159 4.42 7 4.58 (10) 2.70 (1)

MVP returned to the Phillies lineup last night with a bag. Two bangs, actually. In the fifth he hit a two-run shot off of Giants’ starter Pat Misch. He added an RBI double in the eighth and finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI as he led the Phils to a 7-4 win over the Giants.

With the win the Phils are 21-16 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out seven. After eight starts his ERA on the season is 3.36.

He struck out Fred Lewis and Jose Castillo to start the first before Randy Winn flew to center for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second.

In the third, Emmanuel Burriss singled with one out and the pitcher Pat Misch bunted him to second. Lewis followed with a single back up the middle. Victorino threw home strong, but Burriss slid in safe and Ruiz didn’t handle the ball cleanly (would have been safe anyway). Lewis went to second and Ruiz was charged with an error. The game was tied at 1-1. Hamels struck out Castillo to end the inning.

Winn started the fourth with a double, but Hamels got ground outs from the next two hitters with Winn holding second. Rich Aurillia got ahead 3-0 on two bad ball-strike calls from the home plate ump and was then walked intentionally. It put men on first and second with two outs for Eugenio Velez and Velez hit a slow ground ball to short. Rollins charged but did not handle it. Error on Rollins. Winn got a great jump on the 2-2 pitch and scored to put San Francisco up 2-1. Burriss followed with a triple down the line in right. Both runners scored and it was 4-1. Hamels walked Misch on five pitches, but struck out Lewis for the third out.

Winn singled with one out in the fifth, but Castillo hit into a double-play behind him.

The score was tied at 4-4 when Hamels started the sixth. Aurillia walked with one out and Velez followed and hit a ground ball to third. Aurillia was forced at second for the second out before Velez was picked off of first to set the Giants down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Gordon pitched the eighth up 7-4 and walked Castillo to start the inning. Winn flew to center for the first out before Castillo went to second on defensive indifference. Bengie Molina flew to left for the second out. Rowand walked to bring up Aurillia as the tying run, but Gordon got him to pop to second to end the inning.

Lidge got three strikeouts in the ninth to earn his ninth save on the year. Burriss singled with one out, but Lidge struck out pinch-hitter John Bowker and Lewis to end the game and keep his ERA at 0.00 for the year.

Another nice day from the pen. Gordon has been charged with two runs in his last 15 innings while allowing eight hits, seven walks and striking out 15. His ERA is down to 4.11. He threw 27 pitches, Lidge 14. That may mean Gordon is not available this afternoon.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Pat Misch went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Rollins returns to the lineup for his first start since April 8. Werth in right against the lefty with Jenkins on the bench. Ruiz catches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first. Rollins grounded to short on an 0-1 fastball in his first at-bat back.

Burrell walked with one out in the second. Werth flew to right for the second out before Feliz moved Burrell to third with a single. Ruiz scored Burrell with a single to center to put the Phils up 1-0 before Hamels struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third. Lewis made a nice play colliding with the wall for the second out on a line drive by Victorino.

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

In the fifth, Hamels singled with two outs and Rollins followed and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left, cutting the Giants’ lead to 4-3. Victorino grounded to short for the third out. Two out hit for Hamels gives Rollins a chance.

Howard singled with one out in the sixth and Burrell followed with a walk. Werth struck out for the second out, but Feliz hit the first pitch of his at-bat off the wall in right on a hop. Howard scored and Burrell went to third. 4-4. Ruiz was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Hamels hit for himself and struck out. Have to let Hamels hit for himself there.

Rollins started the seventh with a single, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Burrell walked to start the eighth and Taguchi ran for him at first. Werth singled and Taguchi went to second. Feliz struck out on a wild pitch and the runners moved to second and third. With the count full, Ruiz hit a ground ball to second and Velez came home, but Taguchi slid in safe to put the Phils up 5-4. Velez took the ball with his momentum carrying him towards first and the play at the plate wasn’t close. With men on first and third and one out, Dobbs hit for Hamels and singled. Werth scored, 6-4, and Ruiz went to second. Rollins followed with a double to right, scoring Ruiz and moving Dobbs to third with the Phils up 7-4. Victorino grounded to first and Aurillia came home to get Dobbs for the second out. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases for Howard, but Howard flew to center to end the frame.

Taguchi walked to start the ninth but the Phils went in order behind him.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Victorino 0-for-5.

Utley 0-for-4 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-5 and left four men on base.

Burrell 0-for-1 with three walks.

Werth was 1-for-5 and left four men on base.

Feliz 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15) faces righty Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49) this afternoon. Lincecum’s last start came against the Phils on May 4. He allowed four runs over six innings, all of which were unearned, on six hits and two walks. He has struck out 45 in 42 1/3 innings on the season and has allowed just one home run. In three of Moyer’s last four starts he’s gone at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer. So far in ’08 both his walk and home runs rates are down compared to ’07, although he is allowing opponents to hit for a higher batting average overall, .319 in ’08 versus .285 in ’07. He faced the Giants once last year. On May 4, 2007, Moyer allowed three runs over seven innings and took the loss.


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