May 25 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
ATL 28-19 227 4.83 4 772 (4) 19 6
PHI 23-24 235 5.00 1 774 (3) 39 7


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
ATL 28-19 201 4.28 T-7 4.07 (8) 3.84 (7)
PHI 23-24 229 4.87 13 4.61 (12) 4.53 (15)

Ryan Howard returned to the lineup tonight and Moyer returned to being the guy we all saw his first seven starts of the season.  He kept the Phillies in the game and gave the offense a chance to score some runs.  They scored enough, getting big hits from Dobbs and Howard and an impressive night from the top of the order. 

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves tonight, winning 8-3 to improve to 24-24 on the year.  They are back to .500 for the fifth time in nine games. 

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.  Only two of the runs were earned.  One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double.  He struck out four.  He did not allow a home run after allowing two in each of his last three starts.

Moyer walked Edgar Renteria with two outs in the first, but Jeff Francoeur flew to left to end the inning.

Andruw Jones started the second with a double.  Brian McCann moved him to third with a ground ball to first base.  Matt Diaz was next and he hit a fly ball to center.  Jones scored and the game was tied at 1-1.  Scott Thorman flew to center to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 third.

In the fourth, Renteria led off and was called out on a close 1-2 pitch.  He argued and then walked away and was ejected as he was walking away.  Cox argued and was ejected.  Francoeur was next and hit the ball hard to third off the glove of Dobbs for a single.  Andruw hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Diaz singled with one out in the fifth and the Phils up 3-1.  Thorman followed with a ball handled by Victorino in right for the second out.  Tim Hudson grounded to third to end the inning.

In the sixth, Johnson and Martin Prado started the inning with singles.  Chris Woodward bunted, moving them to second and third with one out.  Francoeur hit a ground ball to third that was fielded by Dobbs.  As he fielded it, Johnson was coming back towards third and Prado was running towards third from second.  It looked like Dobbs could have gotten one of them, but he threw to first, getting Francoeur for the second out.  Johnson came home and Howard threw home, but his throw was wild.  Johnson and Prado both scored, tying the game at 3-3. 

Moyer started the seventh.  McCann led off with a ground ball to Howard.  It went off his body, he caught it in the air and flipped to Moyer to just beat McCann for the first out.  Moyer got Diaz and Thorman to end the inning. 

Lefty Michael Zagurski made his major league debut in the bottom of the eighth with the Phillies up 7-3.  The 24-year-old Zagurski was called up today when Brett Myers was put on the DL.  Zagurski pitched just seven innings at Double-A Reading since coming up from Clearwater.  At Reading he struck out eight in seven innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and one run.  At Clearwater he struck out 30 in 16 1/3 innings while pitching to a 1.10 ERA.  Opponents hit .113 against him.  Zagurski threw a 1-2-3 inning.  He got pinch-hitter Willie Harris on one pitch on a weak fly ball to right.  Johnson grounded to first and Prado grounded to second.

Yoel Hernandez started the ninth with the Phils up 8-3 and set the Braves down 1-2-3.  Woodward flew to center, Francoeur grounded to second and Andruw popped to first.

Two perfect innings for the pen, delivered by Zagurski and Hernandez.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Rowand  (7) Dobbs  (8) Ruiz.  Nice to see Howard back in the lineup.  He was activated prior to the game and Coste sent to Double-A.  Coste was apparently sent to Double-A Reading rather than Triple-A Ottawa so that he can catch regularly.  Dobbs plays third with Helms on the bench against the righty. 

Rollins led off the first with a double and went to third on a ground out to second from Victorino.  Utley swung at a 3-0 pitch and grounded out to first.  Rollins came in to score to put the Phils up 1-0.  In his first at-bat since coming off the DL, Howard hit a line drive that would have been a hit except for the nutty shift.  It was right at Kelly Johnson in shallow right field to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second. 

Moyer singled with one out in the third and Rollins followed with his second double of the game, moving Moyer to third.  Victorino hit a chopper to second and was just safe with an infield single.  Moyer scored to put the Phils up 2-1 as Rollins went to third.  Utley hit a ground ball to second.  Rollins scored as Utley was thrown out.  3-1 Phils.  Howard hit it well to center for the third out.   

Dobbs singled with two outs in the fourth, but Ruiz flew to right to end the inning.

With two outs in the fifth, Victorino and Utley singled, putting men on first and second for Howard.  Howard struck out to end the frame.

Rowand singled with one out in the sixth and moved to second on a ground out by Dobbs.  Ruiz was walked intentionally to get to Moyer.  Moyer singled, loading the bases.  Rollins struck out on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt for the third out.

With the game tied 3-3 in the seventh, Utley was hit by a pitch with one down.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and Howard was walked intentionally.  Burrell popped to second for the second out.  Howard protection alarmists, start your engines.  Rowand walked, loading the bases with two down for Dobbs.  Dobbs delivered a hard ground ball in the hole between first and second.  It went off the glove of a diving Thorman and into right for a single.  Utley and Howard scored as Rowand went to third with the Phils up 5-3.  Ruiz flew to right to end the inning.

With one out in the eighth, Rollins walked and Victorino moved him to second with a single.  Utley flew to left for the second out of the inning.  Howard was next and he hit a two-run double into right-center.  Two runs scored and the Phils were up 7-3.  Bourn, who had entered the game in the bottom of the seventh in left, struck out to end the inning.

Werth pinch-hit for Zagurski with one out in the ninth and homered to right-center to put the Phils up 8-3.  Ruiz and Helms went down to end the frame.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk and two doubles.

Victorino was 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Top two in the order combine to go 5-for-9 with a walk.

Utley was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

Burrell was 0-for-4.

Rowand was 1-for-4 with a walk. 

Dobbs was 2-for-4 with a huge hit.  Two RBI. 

Ruiz was 0-for-4 with a walk. 

Werth hit his third home run of the year in his only at-bat.  Three home runs in his last 12 at-bats.

Adam Eaton (4-3, 5.70) faces righty Buddy Carlyle (NR) tomorrow.  Over his last three starts, Eaton has allowed four earned runs in 20 2/3 innings (1.74 ERA) while giving up just 15 hits.  He walked five his last time out against the Blue Jays.  The 29-year-old Carlyle has made nine starts at Triple-A Richmond.  In 48 2/3 innings he struck out 56 while throwing to a 2.59 ERA.  Nine walks and 40 hits.  He made seven starts for the Padres in 1999, going 1-3 with a 5.97 ERA as a 21-year-old.  In 2005 he made ten relief appearances for the Dodgers, throwing to an 8.36 ERA. 

May 25 2007

It just doesn't make any sense for them to keep making that commute.

Yet another wild one with the Marlins as tempers flared and the Phillies faltered.  The Phils just couldn't get the big hit they needed late in the game and the Marlins finally did, a blast off the wall in the bottom of the eleventh that gave the Fish a win and the series. 

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night in a game that started about an hour and a half late due to rain.  They fell 5-4 in eleven innings to drop to 23-24 on the year.  They are winless in their last four attempts to go over .500.  They've gone W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L in their last eight.

Jon Lieber got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple.  He stuck out three. 

Alfredo Amezaga led off the first with a single to left and moved to second when Dan Uggla followed with a walk.  Hanley Ramirez was next and hit a ground ball to short.  Rollins got Uggla at second with Ramirez safe at first and Amezaga moving to third.  Miguel Cabrera was next and hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Aaron Boone was hit by a pitch with one out in the second and the Phils up 2-0.  Miguel Olivo popped to second for the second out.  Joe Borchard followed with a double to center that scored Boone to cut the Phils lead to 2-1.  Lieber's first pitch to Willis was behind Dontrelle, drawing a glare and moving Borchard to third.  Willis grounded out to first for the third out.

Uggla singled with one out in the third, but Ramirez went down swinging for the second out.  Cabrera drew a walk, putting men on first and second with two down for Jeremy Hermida.  Hermida flew to left to end the inning.

Lieber hit Borchard on the foot with a slow breaking ball with two down in the fourth.  Willis flew to left to end the inning.

Uggla singled with one out in the fifth.  Ramirez followed and struck out.  Cabera walked, moving Uggla to second, and Hermida followed with a double to Rowand's side of left-center, scoring two runs to put the Marlins up 3-2.  Hermida moved to third on a passed ball Barajas just didn't catch before Boone struck out to end the inning.

Olivo led off the sixth with a drive into right-center.  Rowand took another odd angle and Olivo had a triple.  Borchard was next and hit the ball sharply to first.  Olivo stormed home on contact as Condrey threw to the plate.  The throw beat Olivo but was on the first base side of home plate.  Barajas swept his glove across the plate and Olivo kicked the ball free.  Safe.  4-3 Marlins.  Geary came in to pitch to Willis and Willis bunted Borchard to second.  Amezaga flew to pretty deep center, but Rowand handled it and Borchard held second.  Uggla grounded to short to end the inning.

Geary returned to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Madson pitched the eighth and looked great.  He struck out Boone for the first out.  Olivo was next and hit a ball back up the middle.  Madson got a glove on it, but it got through him and Rollins had trouble picking it up.  Olivo was safe with a single.  Madson struck out Borchard and pinch-hitter Josh Willingham to end the inning.

Madson returned for the ninth with the score tied and got Amezaga on a soft fly ball to left before Uggla walked.  Reggie Abercrombie ran for Uggla at first.  Ramirez blooped a single into center in front of Victorino.  Abercrombie moved to second, bringing up Cabrera with one down and men on first and second.  Cabrera flew to center for the second out.  With no lefty in the pen, Madson stayed in to pitch to the lefty Hermida and Madson walked him on four pitches to load the bases for Boone.  Madson nearly hit Boone with his 1-0 pitch, his sixth straight ball.  Boone hit a looping liner to Rollins on the 2-1 pitch to end the inning.

Alfonseca and Rosario warmed as the Phillies threatened in the top of the tenth, but it was Rosario who came into the game with the score tied in the bottom of the inning.  If you want to think that means Alfonseca was the closer, at least last night, let 'er fly.  Rosario got the first two before Todd Linden singled to center.  Rosario walked Amezaga on four pitches, bringing up Abercrombie with two down and men on first and second.  Abercrombie grounded to short to end the inning. 

Rosario returned for the bottom of the eleventh, but the bottom of the eleventh didn't take long.  Ramirez singled to right and Cabrera smashed a ball off the wall in left, scoring Ramirez to give the Fish a 5-4 win.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Dontrelle Willis went (1) Rollins (2) Nunez (3) Rowand (4) Burrell (5) Helms (6) Werth (7) Coste (8) Barajas.  Nunez starts at second having seen no time there this season.  No complaints here, middle infield is where he belongs and Utley sure needed a day off.  Helms at third.  Werth in right with Victorino on the bench.  Coste plays first with most thinking he's headed back to Triple-A when Ryan Howard returns.  Six righties in a row as Manuel puts his two switch-hitters at the top of the lineup.

In the first, Rollins singled to center and stole second on the pitch that Nunez struck out on.  Olivo's hand smashed into Nunez' face on the throw and Nunez would have to leave the game.  Rowand doubled to center, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0.  Burrell flew to right for the second out, but Helms drove Rowand in with a single to right to extend the lead to 2-0.  Werth flew to center for the third out.

Barajas doubled to left with one out in the second, but Lieber and Rollins went down behind him.

With two outs in the third, Burrell hit a ground ball to third.  Cabrera threw to first and the umpire ruled that Boone came off the bag to catch the throw.  Awful call but Burrell was safe on the error.  Fredi Gonzalez was ejected arguing, but being right didn't prove to be the magic bullet in this case.  Helms flew to right to end the inning.

Coste singled with one out in the fourth.  Barajas was next and struck out.  Willis threw behind Lieber, returning the favor.  Coste moved to second and everyone was warned.  Lieber drew a walk, putting men on first and second, but Rollins grounded to short to end the inning.

After the inning, Willis started to walk off the field pointing and shouting in the direction of the Phillies' dugout.  Everyone came forth, bullpens and benches, for pushing and shoving.  No punches that I saw, but Victorino and Barajas were looking pretty enthusiastic.  Willis was not a happy person and Scott Olsen was in the middle of things.

Burrell walked with two outs in the fifth, but Helms grounded to third to end the frame.

With one out in the sixth, the Phillies loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Coste and Barajas and another walk to Lieber.   Rollins hit a fly ball into center that scored Coste and tied the game at 3-3.  Utley flew to center to end the frame.  Phils get one out of bases loaded with one out and Rollins and Utley at the plate.

Burrell walked with one out in the seventh, but Helms and Werth went down behind him.

Coste walked in a good at-bat to start the eighth with the Phils down 4-3.  Bourn pinch-ran for him and Dobbs hit for Barajas against the righty Matt Lindstrom.  Great move by Manuel whether it worked or not.  It did.  Sort of.  Dobbs crushed the ball to right.  Hermida looked like he had a chance to catch it, but it hit off the middle of the wall.  Bourn had hesitated around second but tried to score anyway and was thrown out by a lot.  Dobbs wound up at second with one out.   Victorino pinch-hit for Geary and laced a single back up the middle.  Dobbs scored to tie the game at 4-4.  Rollins was next and hit a ball to third.  Cabrera bobbled and then soft-tossed to second, but it was way high and Victorino was safe on the error.  Utley followed with men on first and second and struck out on three pitches, swinging at a ball way up and in to end his at-bat.  Rowand hit it hard but right at Amezaga in center for the third out.  Getting Bourn thrown out at the plate proved not to be the way to go in that situation.  Third-base coach Steve Smith fell on his sword after the game.

Burrell walked to start the ninth.  Helms was next and took a wild swing at a high pitch and missed, but then bunted Burrell to second.  Memo to Helms -- Burrell isn't going to score from second either, unless someone hits it out of the yard or off the wall.  Werth just missed a 2-0 pitch, fouling it back, and hit a low 3-2 pitch back to the pitcher Kevin Gregg who threw to first for the second out.  Ruiz struck out to end the inning, the latest blow to advocates of bunting with your five-hitter.

Dobbs started the top of the tenth and crushed the ball to right again.  It didn't leave the yard and Hermida pull it in at the fence for the first out.  Victorino was next and singled to left.  Rollins laced a single into left, moving Victorino to second.  Utley was called out on a 3-2 breaking ball that looked high for the second out.  With Madson due to hit the Phillies had no position players left.  Adam Eaton pinch-hit for him and struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch (that one was a strike).

Burrell led off the eleventh and hit a soft line drive in foul territory down the third base line.  Cabrera, who was guarding the line, caught it for the first out.  Helms followed with a walk.  Werth lined a ball into left.  Borchard got his hands on it but couldn't hold it.  He was charged with an error.  With men at first and second and one out, Ruiz singled into center and everyone moved up a base.  With the bases loaded and one out, Dobbs struck out for the second out.  On Wednesday he struck out with men on first and third with one out in the tenth.  Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  3-for-15 with three singles in the series, but a huge hit in Wednesday night's game.  He looked a lot better in the second and third games of the series, so hopefully it won't be long till he's back.  234/257/330 in 94 May at-bats.  268/317/483 on the year.

Nunez was 0-for-1 last night and 2-for-7 with a double in the series.  312/366/398 on the year.  Utley 0-for-5 last night and left six men on base.  4-for-13 with a triple and a home run in the series.  Utley is at 292/380/551 on the year. 

Rowand was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  4-for-15 with two doubles in the series.  328/396/514 on the year.

Burrell was 0-for-3 and walked three times.  His average dropped to .237.  0-for-8 in the set.  He's hitting .175 in May with 11 hits, five of which are home runs.  237/409/430 on the year. 

Helms was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.  2-for-7 in the series.  271/319/326 on the year.  326?  97th of 110 NL players with 125 plate appearances.  Dobbs was 1-for-3 with two near home runs and a huge strikeout in the eleventh.  2-for-8 with a double and a terrible play at first in the series.  292/333/482 on the year.

Werth was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.  3-for-11 with two home runs in the series.  245/351/388 on the year.  Victorino was 2-for-3 with an RBI yesterday and 2-for-9 in the series.  267/352/360 on the year. 

Coste was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Barajas 2-for-3 with a double.  3-for-8 in the series.  232/377/393 on the year.  Ruiz was 1-for-2 last night and 1-for-7 in the series.  265/308/416 on the year. 

Jamie Moyer (4-3, 4.37) faces righty Tim Hudson (5-2, 2.47) tonight.  Moyer has been hit hard his last two times out, allowing 12 earned runs on 17 hits in 9 2/3 innings.  He's given up six home runs over 16 2/3 innings in his last three starts.  Hudson has made ten starts on the season and allowed more than three runs just once, but it came in his most recent start.  He allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings on Sunday in Boston.   His 2.42 ERA is third-best in the NL.  Opponents are hitting .220 against him.  Righties .191, lefties .243.

Ryan Howard is expected to be activated today.

Myers hopes to stay off the DL, but couldn't move his arm yesterday when he woke up.  No one associated with the Phillies seems to have any problems with what has transpired.  In the linked article, Ruben Amaro says of Myers, "I don't think he's used too much.  I think Charlie is using him just right. That's not an issue for us at all. This is part of the game."  To recap:  The Phils put Myers, who, as the linked article says, "has never missed time because of an injury" in the pen in mid-April.  He makes 18 relief appearances between April 18 and May 23.  He pitches three days in a row, five times in seven days.  He pitches with a seven-run lead.  He throws 35 pitches in a relief appearance, gets one day off and then pitches three days in a row.  And he gets hurt.  This hasn't just been a mistake for the Phillies, it's been an enormous one -- not moving Myers to the pen but they way they used him once they did.

If you want to sign a petition to end interleague play, you can do so here.  I don't know what you do if you would like to see the Phils play the Blue Jays more often.  I would, however, be interested to know if Matt Stairs could homer off of Phils' hurlers for 18 or 19 games in a row.  It actually seems alarmingly possible.

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