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May 5 2007

Jamie Moyer took a shutout into the seventh inning last night against the Giants. Not enough. San Francisco finally broke through, and when they did it was too late for a Phillies' team whose bats had left the building after the first inning.

The Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants last night, falling 6-2 to drop to 13-16 on the year. The game featured a limp Phillies offense, more bad base-running and an intentional walk to Barry Bonds with two outs and nobody on that sparked a three-run Giants' rally.

Moyer got the start for the Phils and went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. Just one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three and took his second loss of the season. After six starts he's 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA.

Moyer didn't allow a base runner through the first three innings. Randy Winn singled with one out in the fourth, but Moyer went straight into his million throws to first routine. It looked like it infuriated Rich Aurilla, who tried to bunt a 1-1 pitch before striking out for the second out of the inning. Never bunt angry. Bonds grounded to third to end the inning with the Phils up 2-0.

Bengie Molina singled to lead off the fifth, but Moyer set down Pedro Feliz, Omar Vizquel and Kevin Frandsen to end the inning.

Winn reached on a two-out error by Burrell in the sixth, but Moyer got Aurilla to pop to first to set the Giants down.

The Giants finally got to Moyer in the seventh. Bonds led off with a walk and moved to second on a Molina single. Pedro Feliz flew to left for the first out, but Vizquel singled to load the bases for Frandsen. Ray Durham pinch-hit for Frandsen and flew to right, bringing up the pitcher's spot. Eliezer Alfonzo pinch-hit for Morris and delievered. Moyer's 98th pitch of the game was an 0-1 fastball to Alfonzo that Alfonzo hit into center field and just out of the reach of Rowand. A three-run double that put the Giants up 3-2. Dave Roberts flew to right to end the inning.

Alfonseca started the eighth and got the first two men before intentionally walking Bonds. Intentionally walking Bonds with two outs and nobody on proved ineffective in this instance. I'd let Alfonseca pitch to him I think. If you don't want to do that, how bout bringing in your lefty Castro from the pen? Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney singled and Feliz walked to load the bases. Vizquel singled, bringing in two runs and making the score 5-2. Another single, this one from Durham, made it 6-2 before Alfonseca struck out Alfonzo to end the inning.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Morris went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Rowand (7) Helms (8) Ruiz. Helms back in at third against the righty. Ruiz catches Moyer.

Rollins led off the first with a single and Victorino doubled him to third. Utley hit a ground ball to second and they both moved up a base, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard brought Victorino home with a fly ball to left. 2-0. Burrell blooped a single behind second but Rowand grounded to short to end the frame.

And that was pretty much it for the Phillies' offense. They went 1-2-3 in the second. With one out in the third, Victorino singled and stole second. Utley grounded to first and Howard flew out to left to end the frame.

Burrell walked to start the fourth but Rowand followed and hit into a double-play. Helms followed with a single to right before Ruiz grouded to third for the third out.

Rollins singled and stole second with one out in the fifth, but Victorino struck out and Utley flew to Bonds in left to set the Phillies down.

The sixth inning was a disaster. Howard and Burrell lead off with back-to-back walks. With runners on first and second with nobody out, Rowand singled to center. Wretchedly, Howard was thrown out at home for the first out of the inning. Just awful. Would have been really significantly better to have the bases loaded and nobody out. With runners on first and second and one out, Helms grounded into a double-play.

In the seventh, Rollins reached on a two-out error by Frandsen. Victorino followed with a single that sent Rollins to third, and with Utley at the plate, Victorino stole second. Utley flew to left to end the inning with the Phillies down 3-2.

Rowand singled with two outs in the eighth, but Helms lined to second for the third out.

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

Nine hits on the day for the Phils. Eight singles, a double and three walks. Top two in the order get it done again. Another bout of awful base running.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two singles and a stolen base.

Victorino was 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. The Phillies continue to run wild on the Giants. They have six stolen bases in the first two games of the series. Victorino is 6-for-his-last-10 with a walk. He's stolen four bases in the last two games.

Utley was 0-for-4 with an RBI and left five men on base.

Howard was 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. The three and four hitters go 0-for-6 behind the hot top of the order.

Burrell was 1-for-2 and walked twice.

Rowand was 2-for-4 with two singles.

Helms was 1-for-4.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Jon Lieber (1-0, 2.57) faces lefty Noah Lowry (3-2, 3.69) this afternoon.  Lieber has made three starts this season, all of them good.  He last went on Wednesday against Atlanta and held the Braves to a run on seven hits over seven innings.  He walked six in that game, which is very odd for him.  Last season he didn't walk six batters in all of April (five starts), all of August (five starts) or all of September (six starts).  Lefties are hitting .188 against him this year after hitting .304 against him last season.  Lowry has made five starts and held his opponents to three or fewer earned runs in four of them.  He made one start against the Phillies last year and didn't make it out of the fourth inning, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings.  Burrell hit a home run against him in that game.

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