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July 16 2007

While we're on the subject, it turns out that Julia Stiles is a big Mets fan, which may explain why Matt Damon is always yelling at her in dark rooms in subway stations.  I did love her in Clueless, though.  And Traffic.

Phillies lose.  Ten thousand.  Not all last night, though, it just felt that way.  Brian Sanches, apparently feeling the vibe, celebrated the occasion by trying to allow ten thousand home runs but came up 9,996 short.  The Phils can't do anything right.

The Phillies lost to the St Louis Cardinals last night, falling 10-2 to drop to 46-45 on the year.  For the Phils it was the ten thousandth loss in the organization's 125 year history.  The Phils take the series two games to one.   

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and got bombed.  He went four innings, allowing six runs on ten hits.  Six of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and two home runs.  He walked one and struck out one.  His ERA is 5.98.

Albert Pujols singled with two outs in the first, but Eaton got Chris Duncan to fly to center to end the frame.

Scott Rolen started the second with a double and Juan Encarnacion bunted him to third.  Adam Kennedy doubled, scoring Rolen to put the Cards up 1-0.  Yadier Molina hit a ground ball to first for the second out, moving Kennedy to third.  The pitcher Adam Wainwright followed with a single to center and Kennedy scored.  2-0.  David Eckstein grounded to first for the third out. 

Skip Schumaker started the third with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Pujols.  Duncan walked and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Rolen grounded to first, Schumaker scored to put the Cards up 3-0 as Duncan moved to third.  Encarnacion grounded to third for the third out.

Eaton allowed a one-out single to Molina in the fourth, but got the next two.

Schumaker doubled again to start the fifth and Pujols followed with a long home run to center that made the score 5-0.  Duncan followed with a laser just out to right-center.  6-0.  Rolen followed with a single and that was it for Eaton.  Clay Condrey, who joined the team when Anderson Garcia was sent back to Triple-A after last night's game, came in to pitch to the righty Encarnacion.  Condrey struck out Encarnacion and got Kennedy on a fly ball to left to set the Cardinals down.

Jose Mesa threw a 1-2-3 sixth. 

Brian Sanches started the seventh with the Phils down 6-0.  Pujols led off and homered to left.  7-0.  He got the next two before Encarnacion homered to left.  8-0.  Kennedy was next and he homered to right.  9-0.  First home run of the year for Kennedy.   Sanches got Molina to fly to center for the third out.

With Sanches still on the mound, pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick started the eighth with a home run.  10-0 on the fourth home run that Sanches had allowed to the seven batters he had faced.  Sanches got the next three.

Zagurski started the ninth down 10-0.  The first two men reached on a single and a walk, but Zagurski struck out Encarnacion and Kennedy and got Molina on a fly ball to right to end the frame. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Adam Wainwright went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Barajas.  Dobbs plays third against the righty with Barajas behind the plate.

Victorino singled with one out in the first, but Utley followed and hit into a double-play.

They went 1-2-3 in the second. 

With one out in the third, Barajas singled and Eaton walked.  It put men on first and second for Rollins, who struck out.  Victorino reached on an error by Kennedy that moved the runners to second and third, but Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Rowand and Burrell singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth, but Dobbs popped to third and Barajas struck out.

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

Utley singled to start the sixth and Howard followed with a popup to short.  Rowand was next and was hit by a pitch.  Burrell walked, loading the bases with one out for Dobbs.  Dobbs popped to short for the second out.  Second time in three innings that Dobbs comes up small with men on base.  Helms pinch-hit for Mesa and grounded out to third to end the inning.

Coste singled to center to start the seventh, but Rollins, Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

Howard started the eighth with a double, but Rowand and Burrell struck out and Dobbs flew to center for the third out.

Michael Bourn started the ninth with a home run to right, the first of his career.  10-1.  Coste was next and reached on Kennedy's second error of the game.  He moved to second on a ground ball to first by Nunez.  Victorino grounded to third for the second out, but Utley doubled over the head of Schumaker in center.  Coste scored to cut the lead to 10-2.  Howard struck out to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.  6-for-14 with a double and two home runs in the series.  291/334/532 on the year.

Victorino was 1-for-5 yesterday and 4-for-13 with a double and two walks in the series.  372/449/651 in July and 278/348/427 on the year.

Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  8-for-15 with two doubles and a home run in the set.  333/405/583 on the year.

Howard was 1-for-5 with a double.  5-for-14 with two doubles, a home run and six strikeouts in the series.  261/380/563.

Rowand 1-for-3 with a single yesterday and 8-for-13 with four doubles and a home run in the series.  322/396/505.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a walk.  5-for-8 with a double and four walks in the series.  229/391/419.

Dobbs was 0-for-4 and left six men on base.  4-for-10 in the series.  294/325/522 on the year.  Helms was 0-for-1 yesterday and left three men on base.  0-for-6 in the series and 259/318/371 on the year. 

In the last two games, Dobbs and Helms combined to go 0-for-10 and have left 18 men on base.  Look it up -- I wouldn't believe me either.

Barajas was 1-for-2 with a strikeout in his only action in the series.  218/344/391.  Coste was 1-for-3 yesterday in his only action of the series and is at 360/385/480 after 25 at-bats.  Ruiz was 0-for-7 in the series.  263/320/388 on the year and 059/150/118 in 17 at-bats in July. 

Jamie Moyer (7-7, 4.43) faces righty Brad Penny (10-1, 2.39) tonight in Los Angeles.  Moyer is 0-2 with a 6.12 ERA in his last three starts.  He's allowed 16 home runs on the year, 14 of which have been hit by righties.  Penny has been one of the best pitchers in the NL this season.  In 116 1/3 innings he's allowed just three home runs.  Lefties are hitting just .215 against him, righties .268.  He's thrown to a 2.13 ERA in his ten starts at home but has been good everywhere -- in eight starts on the road he's 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA. 

Big series with the Dodgers, who should be in it to the end in the Wild Card race.

Tom Gordon has been activated from the DL and Brian Sanches sent back to Triple-A.

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