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May 31 2007

Any momentum the Phillies had coming off of their sweep in Atlanta is long forgotten as the Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of their own last night in Philadelphia.  Last night's game was surprisingly similar to Monday's -- the Phillies gave up a couple runs late and mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth that fell a run short.

For second-guessers the biggest moment last night came in the top of the eighth.  After Jamie Moyer had thrown seven strong innings he started the eighth with a low pitch count.  He got the first out before he surrendered a solo home run and the next batter smashed one high off the top of the wall in left.  Manuel couldn't get him out before he had given up another home run, this one a two-run shot, that put the Phillies down by four runs.  It proved to be one run too many.

The Phillies lost their third straight last night, falling to the Diamondbacks 4-3.  They are back under .500 at 26-27.  The Phillies have played 53 games.  Tomorrow night's game will mark one-third of the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk.  Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs.  He struck out three.  He pitched better than his line and Manuel should have gotten him out before he could give up the second bomb in the eighth.  He threw just 86 pitches on the night.  Manuel is clearly terrified of his pen.  With good reason.  But he's losing games when he doesn't use them, too, and when nobody gets hurt the outcomes don't get much worse than that.

Eric Byrnes hit Moyer's first pitch of the game out to center to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Moyer got the next three to end the frame.

Chris Young started the second with a single to left.  Carlos Quentin was next and he hit a ground ball to third. The Phils got Young at second with Quentin safe at first.  Chris Snyder hit into a double-play to set Arizona down. 

Alberto Callaspo doubled to lead off the third.  Moyer walked Randy Johnson, putting men on first and second with nobody out.  Moyer struck out Byrnes, got Conor Jackson to pop to first and Orlando Hudson to ground to short for the third out.

Mark Reynolds led off the fourth with a single.  Young flew to left for the first out before Quentin hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

In the sixth he got the leadoff man before Jackson hit a ground ball to short.  Rollins fielded it but dropped the ball while transferring it from his glove for an error, hits second in two games.  Hudson moved Jackson to second with a single, but Moyer got Reynolds on a pop up and Young on a ground ball to short to end the frame.

Moyer hit Quentin to start the seventh.  Snyder popped to Nunez on a nice play near the stands for the first out and Callaspo hit into a double-play, the third of the game the Phils had turned, to set Arizona down.

With one out in the eight, Byrnes homered to left to put Arizona up 2-0.  Jackson was next and he smashed one nearly out off the top of the wall in left.  Hudson flew to right for the second out, but Reynolds followed with a home run to center that made it 4-0.  Manuel, surprisingly unfazed when Jackson smashed the ball nearly out to left, finally took Moyer out.  Madson came in and got Young on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

Alfonseca pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.  He hasn't be charged with a run his last four times out, throwing four scoreless innings while allowing three hits and no walks.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Randy Johnson went (1) Rowand (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Rollins came into the game hitting 192/214/212 on the year while batting third.  Nunez at third and Helms at first.  No Werth as Victorino starts in right.  Howard on the bench against the tough lefty after leaving the game on Tuesday with a leg problem. 

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

Burrell singled to left with one out in the second.  Helms flew to right and Nuenz flew to center to end the inning.

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

In the fourth, Victorino led off and hit a ground ball to short.  Callaspo fielded and threw low to first for an error.  Victorino went to second.  Rollins, Utley and Burrell all struck out to end the inning.

They went 1-2-3 in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

In the eighth, Ruiz walked with two outs.  Dobbs pinch hit for Madson and flew to center to end the inning.

In the ninth, Brandon Lyon got ahead of Rowand 0-2 before he hit him with a pitch.  Victorino hit a double-play ball to second that skipped up on Hudson and went through his legs for an error.  Rowand went to third with Victorino safe at second.  Rollins stroked it into center, just out of the reach of a diving Young for a two-run triple that cut the Arizona lead to 4-2.  Jose Valverde came in to pitch to Utley and got a fly ball to center for the first out.  Burrell singled back up the middle on an 0-2 pitch to score Rollins and make the score 4-3.  Bourn ran for Burrell and Howard hit for Helms. On the 2-2 pitch, Bourn stole second.  On the 3-2 pitch, Howard lined a ball that would have been a hit except for the shift.  It was right at Hudson in short right.  Bourn was doubled-off of second to end the game.  Bad base-running by Bourn to end the game.  Didn't like the steal, either, but if Howard's liner had been about three feet higher the steal would have helped tie the game.  

One hit through eight innings.  Three on the game.

Rowand was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.  2-for-9 with a double in the series.  321/393/500 on the year.

Victorino 0-for-4 in the game and 0-for-10 in the series.  274/354/381.  236/300/309 in 55 at-bats against lefties on the year.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.   3-for-13 with two doubles and triple in the series.  273/321/502.

Utley was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.  5-for-13 with a double in the series.  299/381/540.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  3-for-8 in the series.  233/402/407.

Helms was 0-for-3.  0-for-5 in the series and 257/304/309 on the year.  Dobbs was 2-for-6 with two home runs in the series.  297/337/549 on the year.

Nunez was 0-for-3 last night and 0-for-7 in the series.  287/339/366 on the year.

Ruiz was 0-for-2 with the Phillies' only walk last night.  3-for-10 on the series.  267/319/397.  Barajas was 0-for-1 in the series.  213/351/361.

No game today.  Giants tomorrow night for the first of four.  Then the Mets.

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