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.