At least the division race is close. Last night’s game wasn’t.
The funk continues as the Phils fell again last night in San Francisco. They didn’t hit, pitch, field or run the bases especially well. They’ve lost four of five and it has now cost them first place in the NL East as they have fallen a half game behind the Mets in the division. They’ve scored three or fewer runs in four of their last seven games.
The Phillies are 11-9 on the year after losing to the San Francisco Giants 6-2 last night.
Moyer got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing four runs on ten hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out two. After four starts he has a 5.25 ERA and a 1.42 ratio.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
He started the second with a 1-0 lead. Aubrey Huff led off with a home run that tied the score at 1-1. He got the next two before San Francisco second baseman Matt Downs homered to left to put the Giants up 2-1. Nate Schierholtz followed that with a double to left before Moyer struck out the pitcher Todd Wellemeyer to end the inning.
Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the third, but Moyer got Pablo Sandoval to hit into a double-play behind him.
Moyer walked Mark DeRosa with one out in the fourth, but DeRosa was caught stealing for the second out. Bengie Molina followed with a single, but Moyer got Downs to fly to right for the third out.
The pitcher Wellemeyer lined a single to left with one out in the fifth and Andres Torres followed that with a double that moved him to third. Renteria singled to left and Wellemeyer scored to make it 3-1 with men on first and third with one out. Sandoval was next and he singled, too, scoring Torres and moving Renteria to second with San Fran up 4-1. Huff was next and he hit a line drive, but Castro took it at short and threw to second where Renteria was doubled-off to end the inning.
The pitcher starts a sting of four hits in a row against Moyer that only ends when Huff lines into a double-play.
Molina singled to left with one out in the sixth and Moyer hit Downs to put men on first and second. He got Schierholtz and Wellemeyer on a pair of fly balls to leave them stranded.
Durbin started the seventh with the Phils still down 4-1. He walked Torres to start the frame and Torres stole second. Renteria singled to center and Torres scored to make it 5-1, with Renteria taking second as Victorino’s throw came in to the plate. Sandoval singled as well and Renteria scored to make it 6-1. Huff was next and he hit a ball to Utley, but Utley’s throw didn’t get anyone. Utley was charged with an error and the Giants had men on first and second. DeRosa fouled out to Howard for the first out and Durbin got Molina to hit into a double-play to end the inning.
The lead was cut to 6-2 when Romero pitched the eighth. He set the Giants down in order, getting his first outs of the year in his second appearance.
Durbin threw 24 pitches and Romero 17.
The Phillies lineup against righty Todd Wellemeyer went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Castro (8) Ruiz. Castro back at short and Ibanez back in left.
The Phils went in order in the first.
Howard led off the second and hit the ball into the right field corner. He rounded first and cruised into second, but Schierholtz’s throw from right beat him and he was tagged out for the first out. It cost the Phillies at least a run, cause Werth followed with a double. Werth stole third and Ibanez delivered a fly ball to left deep enough for him to tag and score and put the Phils up 1-0. Castro flew to center for the third out.
Just an embarrassing play by Howard, who didn’t run hard all the way to second.
Ruiz walked yet again to start the third and Moyer bunted him to second. Victorino popped to third and Polanco struck out to leave him stranded.
Howard singled with one out in the fourth and moved to second when Werth followed with a walk. Ibanez flew to left and Castro struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.
The Phillies went in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
Ruiz walked to start the eighth with the Phillies losing 6-1. Gload hit for Durbin against the righty Wellemeyer. Lefty Dan Runzler came in to pitch and Francisco hit for Gload. Ruiz went to second on a wild pitch before Francisco lined a single to right that scored Ruiz and cut the lead to 6-2. Victorino struck out and Polanco hit into a double-play.
Utley started the ninth with a ball lined to right. He ran hard for two, but Schierholtz threw him out as well for the first out. Howard and Werth struck out and the game was over.
At least Utley ran hard. Down four runs isn’t the best time to get thrown out trying for two.
Victorino was 0-for-4 in the game and is hitting .226 for the year. He’s on-basing .258.
Polanco 0-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-20 with two singles.
Utley was 1-for-4 in the game. He made an error and was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double.
Howard was 2-for-4.
Werth had the Phillies only extra-base hit in the game. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double.
Ibanez was 0-for-2 with an RBI, dropping his average on the year to .217.
Ruiz 0-for-1 and walked twice. He’s on-basing .438 and on pace to walk 113 times this season.
Cole Hamels (2-2, 5.11) faces righty Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.00) this afternoon. Lincecum hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a start this season. Hamels has.
Blanton could start Monday’s game against St Louis.
Lidge says he’s ready to return.