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June 11 2007

The momentum of the Phillies' sweep of the Mets in New York died deader than insert-the-dead-person-of-your-choice this weekend in Kansas City as the Royals took two of three.  Yesterday's game was particularly ugly as the Phils lost 17-5. 

Again yesterday the starting pitching failed the Phils as Jamie Moyer was pounded.  In the games started by Moyer and Garcia in the series the pair combined to throw 5 1/3 innings in which they were charged with 12 runs.  In the two games of the series in Kansas City that the Phillies lost they were outscored 25-9.  In the last four games the Phils have lost overall they've been outscored 46-10.

The Phils are apparently taking things in stride.  I'm holding out hope against hope that Charlie Manuel and Jimmy Rollins are engaged in a see-who-can-get-the-craziest-quote-in-the-paper contest and taking it really seriously.  Here's some of the offerings after giving up 17 runs to the Royals yesterday:  "You act like we're supposed to win every game" (Manuel) and "There wasn't anything that wasn't successful about this road trip" (Rollins).

Nobody needs to be embarrassed by losing a game to the Royals.  You should be if you lose 17-5, though.

The Phils lost to the Kansas City Royals yesterday, falling 17-5 to drop to 32-31 on the year.  They have 99 games left to play.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and didn't last long.  He went 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs.  He struck out two.

With one out in the first David DeJesus singled and went to second on a wild pitch.  Mark Grudzielanek doubled to left, scoring DeJesus to put the Royals up 1-0.  Mike Sweeney was next and he line a ball headed for left, but Rollins snared it on a dive for the second out.  Nice play by Rollins and it saved a run.  Emil Brown popped to second to end the inning.

Moyer got the first two in the second before Tony Pena homered to left to put Kansas City up 2-1.  First home run on the year for Pena.  Joey Gathright followed and tried to bunt his way on, but Moyer fielded and threw him out at first.

In the third, Moyer got leadoff hitter Esteban German but DeJesus followed with a walk and Grudzielanek homered to left, putting Kansas City up 4-2.  Sweeney popped to short for the second out before Brown drew a walk.  John Buck flew to right to end the inning.

Ryan Shealy and Pena started the fourth with back-to-back singles, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Gathright.  Gathright bunted the runners to second and third.  Moyer struck out German for the second out, but DeJesus doubled to right and both runners scored to put KC up 6-3.  Madson replaced Moyer and got Grudzielanek to fly to center to end the inning.

Madson returned and threw a 1-2-3 fifth.  He started the sixth and walked Shealy.  Pena bunted Shealy to second.  Madson walked Gathright, putting runners on first and second with one down.  German grounded to third for the second out as Helms threw to second to force Gathright.  Madon nipped DeJesus with a pitch, loading the bases.  Grudzielanek singled into right just in front of Victorino, scoring two runs to extend the KC lead to 8-5.  With runners on first and third and two down, Sweeney hit a hard ground ball to second that went under the glove of Nunez.  DeJesus scored to make it 9-5.  Sweeney was given a hit, but Nunez should have made the play.  Jose Mesa made his '07 debut with the Phils and got Brown on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Mesa started the seventh.  Buck singled. Shealy walked.  Pena bunted and the runners moved to second and third with one out.  Gathright was next and he grounded to short.  The runners held as Rollins nipped Gathright at first.  With pinch-hitter Alex Gordon at the plate, Mesa uncorked a pair of wild pitches that allowed two runs to score and extend the Royals' lead to 11-5.  Gordon flew to center to end the inning.

Geoff Geary started the eighth and hit DeJesus with a pitch.  Grudzielanek followed with a ground ball to second, but Rollins dropped the throw from Nunez for an error.  Sweeney singled to load the bases.  Brown singled to center, scoring two to to make it 13-5 with runners on first and second.  Buck struck out for the first out of the inning, but Shealy followed with a single that scored another run.  14-5 with men on first and third and one down.  Rosario came in and got Pena on a sac fly to left.  15-5 with two down and a man on first.  Gathright walked and Gordon hit a two-run double.  17-5.  DeJesus flew to left to end the inning.

The Phils' pen allowed 11 runs in 4 1/3 innings without giving up a home run.  Madson threw 36 pitches, Geary 20, Mesa 20 and Rosario 17.  Even with Lieber throwing a complete game in the middle game of the series, the pen throws 10 2/3 innings in three games.  Too many for a pen that's bad when it's well-rested.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Rowand (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Helms (8) Nunez (9) Ruiz.  Nunez plays second with Utley on the bench against the lefty.  Helms at third.  Burrell at DH with Werth in left.

Rollins singled to start the first and Victorino followed and popped to short.  Rowand singled to left, moving Rollins to second with one down.  Howard struck out swinging and with Burrell at the plate Rollins was caught stealing third to end the inning.  That's awful base running by Rollins to end the inning with Burrell up against a lefty with two men on.

Werth and Helms drew back-to-back walks with one out in the second.  Ruiz doubled into left-center, scoring Werth and moving Helms to third.  It tied the game at 1-1.  With one out and men on second and third Nunez struck out for the second and Rollins struck out to end the frame.  Awful at-bat by Nunez who struck out swinging on a pitch out of the strike zone.

Victorino started the third with a home run to left that tied the game at 2-2.  Rowand and Howard went down before Burrell drew a walk, but Werth flew to left for the third out.

Nunez walked with two outs in the fourth and scored on a double by Rollins to cut the Royals' lead to 4-3.  Victorino flew to center to end the inning.

Rowand started the fifth with a single and Howard followed with a two-run shot to right that got the Phils within one at 6-5.  Burrell and Werth went down before Helms walked.  Ruiz lined to second for the third out.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the sixth, but Victorino struck out and Rowand lined to third to end the frame.

Zack Greinke struck out Howard, Burrell and Werth in the seventh.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.  Victorino singled with one out in the ninth, but Rowand and Howard went down behind him.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with two doubles yesterday and 4-for-13 with three doubles in the series.  284/329/505 on the year.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a home run yesterday and 5-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series.  270/341/392.

Rowand was 2-for-5 yesterday and 5-for-13 with five singles in the series.  325/392/491.

Howard 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.  3-for-13 with a double and two home runs against KC.  237/390/520.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday.  1-for-10 with a double and two walks in the series.  221/378/392.

Werth 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday and in the set.  242/338/394.  Dobbs was 4-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in the series.  284/325/541.  I'd play him a lot until he started to slug something under .541.

Helms was 0-for-2 with two walks.  1-for-6 with a double and two walks in the series.  247/303/307.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI yesterday in his only action in the series.  265/315/391.  Barajas was 2-for-7 with a double and a home run.  227/376/413.

Nunez continues to play way too much.  0-for-3 with a walk yesterday and 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in the series.  252/312/315 on the year and 115/207/115 in June.

Adam Eaton (6-4, 5.99) faces righty Javier Vazquez (3-4, 4.13) tonight in Philadelphia.  Eaton was great against the Mets on Wednesday, holding New York to two runs over six innings, but has been awful this season.  At home he's given up six home runs in 35 1/3 innings and thrown to a 7.04 ERA.  Lefties are hitting just .205 against Vazquez, righties .267.  Utley is 3-for-6 against him with three extra-base hits.  Rollins 7-for-40 and Burrell 12-for-40 without a home run.  Vazquez hasn't allowed a home run in either of his last two starts.

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