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May 4 2007

The Phillies have put Tom Gordon on the DL and called up 27-year-old righty Yoel Hernandez.  Hernandez has appeared in seven games with Triple-A Ottawa this season, throwing to a 3.68 ERA in 7 1/3 innings while allowing seven hits and a walk.  He and Brian Sanches have been finishing out games for the Lynx, they each have three saves on the year.

Hernandez has no major league experience and missed much of last season with a right shoulder strain.

May 4 2007

The good news is that Brett Myers has his first save as a Phillie.  The bad news is it came on a night when the Phillies scored nine runs and jumped out to a seven-run lead.  Adam Eaton continues to struggle and the worries about the starting pitching, particularly Eaton and Freddy Garcia, continue to grow.

The top of the order shined last night as the Phillies got to rising star Matt Cain early and often.  Cain entered the game with a 1.54 ERA, having allowed seven hits in his last 29 innings.  Led by Rollins, Victorino and Utley, the Phils pounded out nine runs in the first four innings, seven of which were charged to Cain.  They should have sailed from there, but the Giants came back against Eaton and managed to make a game of it.

The Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants last night, winning 9-7 to improve to 13-15 on the year. 

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and was shelled again after being staked to a 9-2 lead in the fourth.  He went five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles.  He struck out five.  After six starts his ERA is 8.18.

Eaton got the leadoff man in the first but Randy Winn followed and slapped a hit to left.  Burrell played it with fear in his heart and it skipped off his glove and past him.  Winn wound up safe at second with a double.  Eaton walked Rich Aurilla, which is what you always want to do ahead of Bonds.  Bonds singled to right, loading the bases for Ray Durham with one out.  Durham hit a fly ball to center, which was deep enough to score Winn and put San Francisco up 1-0.  Eaton struck out Bengie Molina to end the inning.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second. 

In the third, he walked Dave Roberts and gave up a single to Winn that moved Roberts to third to start the inning.  He got Aurilla to hit into a double-play to short.  Roberts scored to cut the Phillies' lead to 4-2.  Bonds grounded out to end the inning.

Molina hit a one-out double in the fourth, but Eaton set the next two down to end the inning.

Eaton had a 9-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth.  Kevin Frandsen singled to start the inning, but Eaton got the next two before Eliezer Alonzo sent him to second with a single.  Todd Linden grounded to short to end the inning.

The Phils still had a seven-run lead in the sixth when the Giants opened the inning by loading the bases on a single, a walk and a hit batter.  Omar Vizquel batted and hit a double off the wall in right, making the score 9-4 with nobody out and runners on second and third.  Madson relieved Eaton and got Frandsen to hit a ground ball to second for the first out.  Mark Sweeney scored from third to make the score 9-5 as Vizquel went to third.  Roberts followed with a ground ball to third that didn't score a run for the second out.  Winn doubled, scoring Vizquel.  9-6.  Alfonzo tripled.  9-7.  Madson struck out Todd Linden to finally end the inning.

Madson returned to start the seventh and walked Durham to lead off the inning.  He got the next two before Durham stole second and Vizquel walked.  Lefty Ryan Klesko pinch-hit for the pitcher as the go-ahead run in a two-run against Alfonseca, who is notably not the lefty Castro.  Alfonseca got Klesko to ground to second to end the inning.

Alfonseca returned to pitch the eighth and allowed a two-out single to Alfonzo, but got Linden to ground to second to end the inning.

Brett Myers threw a 1-2-3 ninth to get his first save and drop his ERA to 6.20.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Rowand (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Helms on the bench against the tough righty with Nunez at third.  Ruiz catches Eaton.  Victorino returns to right after sitting twice in a row against lefties. 

Rollins struck out start the first, but Victorino followed with a walk.  Victorino stole second on the pitch that Utley struck out on for the second out and the Giants walked Howard intentionally.  Burrell flew to center.

Rowand led off the second with a single and, for whatever reason, Nunez was only able to hit into one out.  He topped one to first and Sweeney had to take the out there as Rowand moved to second.  Official statistics suggest that Nunez had bounced into just two double-plays so far this season.  That seems unlikely.  Ruiz followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second for Eaton.  Eaton bunted the runners to second and third for Rollins.  Rollins got ahead of Cain 2-0 and then hit a 3-1 pitch hard to center.  Roberts made a long run for it and looked like he was going to get to it.  When he got the warning track he stabbed at it, but it was over his head.  Rollins was safe with a two-run triple and the Phils led 2-1.  Victorino followed and worked the count full before he slapped a single into right, scoring Rollins to make it a 3-1 game.  With Utley at the plate, Victorino stole second for the second time in two innings.  He moved to third on a wild pitch from Cain way over Molina's head.  Utley singled back up the middle.  4-1.  Great job by Victorino to help turn his two-out single into a run.  Howard popped out to Sweeney in foul territory to end the inning.

Burrell walked to lead off the third but Rowand followed with a pop out to first.  Nunez moved Burrell to second with a single, but Ruiz and Eaton went down to end the frame.

Rollins led off the fourth with his second triple of the game and Victorino scored him with a single that put the Phils up 5-2.  A double from Utley scored Victorino.  6-2.  That was it for Cain.  Jonathan Sanchez entered the game and struck out Howard for the first out, but Burrell doubled in Utley to make it 7-2.  A walk from Rowand put runners on first and second and Nunez knocked in another run with a single to left.  8-2 with runners on first and second.  Ruiz followed with another single to left, scoring Rowand and moving Nunez to second.  9-2.  Eaton struck out and Rollins popped to short to end the inning.

Victorino singled to start the fifth and after Utley struck out, Michael Bourn pinch-ran for him at first base.  No idea.  Howard and Burrell struck out to end the inning.

Nunez drew a one-out walk in the sixth, but Ruiz and Eaton went down behind him.

Bourn walked in the seventh with one out in what was suddenly a 9-7 game.  He stole second with Utley at the plate, but Utley flew to left and Howard struck out again to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. 

Ruiz singled to start the ninth but was caught stealing.  Werth, who entered the game with Alfonseca in the bottom of the seventh, walked, but Rollins popped to short for the second out.  Dobbs walked and Utley hit by a pitch to load the bases for Howard.  Howard struck out for the fourth time on the night.

Rollins was 2-for-6 with two triples and two RBI.

Victorino was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.  Dunno why Manuel would pinch-run for him in the fifth inning on a night he was 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, but it may have had something to do with being up seven runs.  (Addendum:  Victorino's back stiffened up, says Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for the Inquirer, in his blog.  He was also writing at about three AM last night, said Bourn pinch-ran in the sixth rather than the fifth and misspelled "just" a sentence later, but I say we take his word for it.  Those crazy bloggers.)

Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.  Top three in the order combine to go 7-for-14 and drive in six runs. 

Which was good, cause Howard was 0-for-5, struck out four times and left seven men on base.  His average is at .205.  1-for-his-last-11 with eight strikeouts.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI-double.

Rowand was 1-for-4 with a walk.

Nunez was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Ruiz was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Nine walks on the night for the Phils.

Jamie Moyer (2-1, 2.65) faces righty Matt Morris (3-1, 3.34) tonight.  Moyer has been absolutely fantastic in two of his last three starts.  He took a no-hitter into the seventh his last time out.  Over his last three starts he's allowed 12 hits in 21 1/3 innings.  He has given up just one home run in his five starts this year.  Morris has made five starts this season, the worst of which came Tuesday against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.  In that start he allowed five earned runs in 7 1/3 innings on 12 hits and three walks.  He has also allowed just one home run on the season, but opponents are hitting .286 against him.

Seekers of Giants' blog may want to check out El Lefty Malo.

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