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June 6 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
NYM 35-20 268 4.87 4 772 (2) 65 13
PHI 28-29 289 5.07 1 770 (3) 41 8


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
NYM 35-20 206 3.75 2 3.48 (2) 3.09 (2)
PHI 28-29 293 5.14 15 4.83 (14) 4.66 (12)

The Phillies got good pitching last night and it kept the Mets off the board long enough for Utley to get one of the bombs he was hitting to left-center up just a couple of feet higher.  Jamie Moyer gave the Phils seven strong innings and was followed up by a trio of relievers from the much-maligned pen who combined to allow two hits in four scoreless innings.

Utley put the Phillies on top to stay with a home run in the top of the eleventh.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 4-2 in eleven innings to improve to 29-29 on the year.  The Phillies' record is .500 for the eighth time on the season.  They hit 20-20 on May 16 and their best mark was two games over at 26-24 after a win on May 27.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks.  Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double David Wright.  He struck out one.  I thought Manuel did a nice job getting him out after seven innings after Moyer was hit hard in the eighth his last time out.

With Shawn Green out with a broken bone in his right foot and Moises Alou sidelined with a problem with his left quad, Moyer and the Phillies faced some new names in the Mets' outfield.  Prospect Carlos Gomez played right and Ben Johnson played left, a duo that has combined for seven career home runs and 30 RBI.  They combined to go 0-for-8 on the night.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 first.

Carlos Delgado led off the second with a walk and moved to third on a double by David Wright.  Lo Duca blooped singled into center.  Wright read it and charged home, scoring a few feet behind Delgado when Rowand's throw came in way high.  Johnson popped to first and Gomez flew to center for the second out.  Glavine followed and he singled into right, sending Lo Duca to third.  Jose Reyes grounded to third to end the inning. 

With the score tied at 2-2 in the third, Damion Easley led off the inning with a single.  Carlos Beltran followed with a ground ball to short.  The Phils got Easley at second with Beltran safe at first.  With Delgado at the plate, Beltran moved to second on a wild pitch and then to third when Delgado grounded to Utley for the second out.  Wright went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Ruiz handled to end the inning.

Moyer set the Mets down 1-2-3 in the fourth.

Glavine started the fifth with a silly-looking single chopped just inside the first base line.  Reyes bunted him to second.  With one out, Easley hit a one-hopper back to the mound that went off of Moyer's glove.  Easley was safe at first with Glavine at third and one down.  Moyer got a big second out when Beltran fouled out to Ruiz.  Delgado flew to center to end the inning.  Moyer dodged a bullet as he kept the Mets off the board with men on first and third with one down.

Wright started the sixth with a sinking liner into right that Victorino charged and made a diving catch on, robbing Wright of a leadoff single.  Lo Duca followed with a single into left, but Moyer got Johnson and Gomez on fly balls to left.

Reyes singled with one out in the seventh and a marathon of picks, step offs, and whatnot ensued before Reyes stole second.  He actually stole it twice but the first time Easley helpfully waived his bat in front of Ruiz and the ball hit the knob of Easley's bat for a foul ball.  Easley walked anyway, so the 20 minutes or so could have been better spent.  With runners on first and second and one down, Reyes took off for third too early with Moyer still holding the ball on the mound.  Moyer charged Reyes, who was tagged out after a short rundown with Easley taking second.  Beltran flew to deep left to end the inning.

Ryan Madson, not a lefty except in the heart and mind of Charlie Manuel, who apparently is not a details guy, started the eighth with the lefty Delgado due to leadoff.  Moyer had thrown 101 pitches so I was happy to see him go.  His last time out, Moyer took a great game into the eighth and before you could say did-anybody-besides-me-notice-all-the-Diamondbacks-are-hitting-the-ball-really-hard-all-of-the-sudden he had given up two taters and three runs.  Madson set the Mets down 1-2-3.

Madson returned for the ninth and struck out the first two before pinch-hitter David Newhan popped a ball into short right-center.  Rowand made a long run as Utley came out.  Rowand took it, or tried to, but it bounced out of his glove for a two-base error.  Madson walked Reyes intentionally and got Easley on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Geary started the tenth and got the first two before Wright singled to center.  Wright stole second, but Lo Duca popped to short with the winning run in scoring position.  Geary has pitched to a 5.79 ERA at home this season and a 1.23 ERA away from Citizens Bank Park.

Alfonseca came in for the eleventh with the Phils up 4-2.  He got the first two before pinch-hitter Julio Franco hit a line drive into right that went off the glove of a diving Victorino.  Reyes was next and he hit a chopper to short.  Nunez made a nice play to cut in front of Rollins and make a strong throw to nail the super-fast Reyes by, well, he looked safe to me, but whatever.  The Phillies got the call and it ended the game. 

Great job by the Phillies' pen.  Madson, Geary and Alfonseca pretty much represent the cream of the crop in the Phils' bullpen, so the bats might need to come up with a lot of runs tonight if they want to get a win.  Or maybe Eaton will go nine.  Madson 25 pitches, Geary 18, Alfonseca 12, ten of which were strikes.  They might want to think about getting Alfonseca an upgrade to the next uniform size.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Tom Glavine went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Rowand (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  One day, perhaps soon, Charlie Manuel will be sitting on his porch in West Virginia with a grandchild on his knee and that clever youngster will ask him a question about his playoff-free years at the helm for the Phils.  "Grandad" the tot might say, "What I don't understand is why you would start a guy with a .319 career slugging percentage at third base over and over again?  Why would you do it against a lefty with Wes Helms on your bench?"  I don't know what Manuel is going to say, but I'd really, really like to be there to hear.  Something about defense I suspect.  Before it was over in this one, though, Nunez would strike a blow for people who can't hit everywhere.

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

Howard led off the second with a single, but Burrell, Rowand and Nunez all flew out behind him.

Rollins singled with two outs in the third.  Victorino was next and he reached out and dinked one down the line in right field for a double that sent Rollins to third.  Utley singled to right, scoring both of the runners to tie the game at 2-2.  Howard moved Utley to second with a single but Burrell struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth. 

Utley started the sixth with a ball off the wall in left-center for a double.  Howard swung at Glavine's first pitch and hit a fly into center that wasn't deep enough to move Utley to third.  Burrell walked, putting men on first and second for Rowand.  Rowand singled into right and Utley was held at third.  Lacking a second-base coach or sound judgment, Burrell stormed around second as the throw went home.  Two proved to be one runner too many at third base for the Phils, Burrell was caught and tagged out after a short rundown.  The throw from Gomez in right was way offline towards the Phillies' dugout, Utley would have scored easily if he hadn't been held.  The Phils wound up with runners on second and third and two down.  Nunez grounded to first to for the third out.

Rollins singled with two outs in the seventh and took off for second with Victorino at the plate.  He left too early.  Glavine picked him off and Delgado threw down to second for the out.

Utley walked with one out in the eighth.  Howard hit it hard, but right at Delgado who started a double-play that set the Phillies down.

With one out in the ninth, Rowand hit the ball off the wall in left.  Johnson played it perfectly.  His throw to second was strong and beat Rowand by a lot except that Easley was in an odd position when he fielded it and Rowand slid in safely.  Nunez struck out and Ruiz flew to center, causing some to curse loudly and wonder if Manuel really does have a grandchild and, if so, when he or she might finally get a much-deserved opportunity to shine as Phillies' skipper.

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

Utley homered on a laser to left-center to start the eleventh, putting the Phillies up 3-2.  Howard followed and crushed the ball to right.  It went off the fence and Howard was safe with a long single.  Dunno if he thought it was gone, he's just slow or his quad is still hurting, but he should have been on second.  Bourn ran for Howard and stole second.  Burrell singled into center and Bourn went to third.  Rowand was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out.  Nunez had a long, good at-bat and slapped the tenth pitch into left for a single that scored Utley and moved everyone up a base with the Phils up 4-2.   Ruiz hit the first pitch of his at-bat to Reyes at short.  Reyes came home to start a double-play.  With two outs and men on second and third, Helms hit for Geary and grounded out to short.

Rollins was 2-for-5.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a double.

Utley was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run and three RBI.

Howard was 3-for-5 with three singles.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk.

Rowand was 2-for-4 with a double.

Nunez was 1-for-5 with an RBI.  Big hit in the eleventh.

Ruiz was 0-for-5 with a bad at-bat in the eleventh.

Adam Eaton (5-4, 6.28) faces righty Orlando Hernandez (3-1, 2.20) tonight.  It's tough to spin a 6.28 ERA after 11 starts.  Opponents are hitting .286 against Eaton and he's walked 32 in 61 2/3 innings.  He was battered his last time out, allowing five runs in just two innings against the Giants on Friday.  He has faced the Mets once this season and was good.  On April 11 he got the win, going seven innings and holding New York to two runs on four hits and three walks.  El Duque has allowed just 26 hits in 45 innings this season.  Opponents are hitting .175 against him, righties .108.  He's made seven starts on the season and allowed two or fewer runs in six of them.  On April 16 he allowed six runs in five innings to the Nationals -- in his other six starts on the year he's gone 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

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