Apparently a day off and a trip across the country wasn’t what the Phillies needed to get their offense going.
Jamie Moyer was fantastic for six innings last night, but he pitched more than six. He took a 1-0 lead into the seventh before Emil Brown’s three-run homer put the A’s up to stay.
The Phillies had one extra-base hit in the game. They have scored 11 runs over their last six games. Carlos Ruiz hit into another enormous double-play for the Phils with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh.
The Phillies lost to the Oakland A’s last night, falling 5-2 to drop to 42-36 on the year. They have lost six in a row for the first time this year.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out nine, which is his high for the season and the most batters he has struck out in a start since July 28, 2004 (also in Oakland).
Kurt Suzuki led off the first and dumped a single into center. Ryan Sweeney was next and he hit a ground ball hard to first. Howard took it and threw to second to force Suzuki, then retreated to first to take Rollins’ relay and nip Sweeney to complete the double-play. Nice play by Howard. Jack Cust lined to right for the third out.
Moyer struck out the first two in the second before he walked Jack Hannahan. A wild pitch moved Hannahan to second before Moyer struck out Carlos Gonzalez to end the inning.
Moyer threw a 1-2-3 third, fourth and fifth. If the fifth, A’s hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Moyer struck out the side again in the sixth.
He started the seventh up 1-0, having allowed one single and one walk and nothing since the second inning. Sweeney led off with a single to left. Cust followed with a fly ball to left for the first out. Bobby Crosby was next and he blooped a single in front of a diving Victorino, putting men on first and second for Emil Brown. Brown got ahead 2-1 and popped one just out to left-center. 3-1. Hannahan flew to right for the second out before Gonzalez hit a ground-rule double to right. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Donnie Murphy and struck him out to end the inning.
Romero started the eighth down 3-2 and got the first two before Sweeney drew a walk. The lefty Cust was next and he got ahead 1-0 before he muscled one out to the opposite field to put the A’s up 5-2. First home run that Romero has allowed to a left-handed batter since Eric Chavez hit one against him on April 21, 2006, also in Oakland. That’s just weird. Madson came in and struck out Bobby Crosby to end the inning.
The pen goes 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit while striking out three. Romero threw 19 pitches, Durbin and Madson each threw five.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Joe Blanton went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Jenkins (8) Feliz (9) Ruiz. Werth in right against the righty. Jenkins the DH. Ruiz catches. Werth in the lineup instead of Dobbs with the righty on the mound, perhaps because Blanton’s numbers against righties are bad this year.
With one out in the first, Victorino lined a ball back up the middle and off the glove of a diving Crosby for a single. Utley followed with a walk to put men on first and second before Howard hit a ground ball to second too slow to get a double-play. Utley was forced at second for the second out and Victorino went to third. Burrell grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.
Jenkins and Feliz struck out in a 1-2-3 second.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.
With two outs in the fourth, Burrell hit a 3-2 pitch out to left-center, putting the Phils up 1-0. Werth followed with a walk, but Jenkins again struck out to end the frame.
Feliz and Ruiz struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Utley walked with one out in the sixth, but Howard hit into a double-play behind him.
Burrell led off the seventh with a walk. Werth was next and he hit a ground ball to third that Hannahan probably should have handled, but bobbled, and Werth was given an infield single. Jenkins flew to left for the first out before Feliz loaded the bases with a single to right. Ruiz stayed in to face the righty Blanton and chopped a ball slowly to third. Hannahan stepped on third and threw to first to double-up Ruiz and turn the Phillies away.
Unless one of Dobbs or Coste is not available, I think you should hit Dobbs for Ruiz there. There’s no pitcher to hit for and the Phils didn’t use either of them in the game. Dobbs would just about surely have faced the lefty Alan Embree and not Blanton, though.
Down 3-1 in the eighth, Victorino singled with one out and stole second. Utley struck out for the second out before Howard singled into center. Victorino scored to cut the lead to 3-2. Howard went to second on a passed ball, but Burrell struck out to set the Phillies down.
Houston Street struck out Werth and Jenkins to start the ninth and got Feliz on a ground ball to short to end the game.
Rollins was 0-for-4. 3-for-his-last-20.
Utley 0-for-2 with two walks.
Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Burrell 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.
Werth 1-for-3 with a walk. He has one extra-base hit in his last 43 at-bats.
Jenkins 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He’s 2-for-his-last-37.
Feliz was 1-for-4 and struck out twice.
Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s 2-for-his-last-18.
Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.06) faces lefty Greg Smith (4-5, 4.51) tonight. The 24-year-old Smith has allowed two earned runs in 10 innings over his last two starts. He’s tough on lefties, they are hitting .179 against him on the season with an 0.71 ratio. He walks a lot of righties — righties are hitting .245 against him but on-basing .335. The Phillies have won five of the last six games Kendrick has started. Lefties are hitting .338 against him on the year.