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July 19 2007

The Phillies finally played a close game, but this one didn't turn out the way you would hope.  The Phils jumped out to a 3-1 lead only to see it evaporate on a three-run blast by Andre Ethier in the fourth.  The Dodgers wouldn't trail again.  The Phils' bullpen, finally pressed into service in a close game, did a nice job but the Phils managed just one base runner after the fifth inning.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday, falling 5-4 to drop to 47-47 on the season.  The Phils lose the series two games to one. 

And then they started firing off the quotes about how great it is that they can play with the Dodgers.  I'm not as impressed as they seem to be that they won one of three in Los Angeles.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs.  He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

Half of the Phillies games since the All-Star break have been started by Kyle Kendrick or JD Durbin.

Rafael Furcal led off the first with a single and Juan Pierre followed with another that moved Furcal to third.  Russell Martin singled into right and Furcal scored to put the Dodgers up 1-0.  Pierre went to third.  Luis Gonzalez was next and he hit a line drive to first that Howard caught.  Howard threw to Rollins at second and Pierre was doubled off.  With two outs and Wilson Betemit at the plate, Martin stole second.  Betemit struck out to end the inning.

Kendrick got the first two in the second before Ramon Martinez hit one back up the middle.  Rollins fielded but couldn't get the ball out of his glove and was charged with an error.  Pitcher Chad Billingsley grounded to third for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 third.

Betemit and James Loney reached on back-to-back singles with one out in the fourth and Andre Ethier followed with a home run to right-center that put the Dodgers up 4-3.  Kendrick got Martinez and Billingsley on ground balls to short to end the inning.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the fifth, Furcal led off with a ball ticketed for the corner in right.  Howard made a nice play to rob hit of a hit, diving to his right.  Kendrick got Pierre on a ground out and struck out Martin to end the inning.  Great job job by Howard to turn a leadoff double into an out.

Gonzalez homered to right to start the sixth, putting the Dodgers up 5-4.  Kendrick got Betemit on a ground ball and with back-to-back lefties coming up for LA, Manuel called on Romero.  Romero got Loney to ground to first for the second out, but walked Ethier.  Romero stayed in to pitch to the righty Martinez and got him on a fly ball to center to end the inning. 

Madson started the seventh and gave up leadoff single to Matt Kemp, who was thrown out by Ruiz trying to steal second with Furcal at the plate.  Furcal struck out and Pierre grounded out to end the inning.

Madson returned for the eighth and walked pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz with one out.  Brett Tomko ran for Saenz and moved to second when Betemit singled to right.  Loney grounded to Howard for the second out and the runners moved up to second and third.  Madson walked the lefty Ethier to load the bases and got Martinez on a line drive to short for the third out.  

Madson has an 0.96 in his 9 1/3 innings in July.  Another 30-plus outing for him as he threw 34 pitches.  He's thrown 30 or more in three of his last four games.

Can't blame this one on the pen, they gave the Phils 2 2/3 scoreless innings but the Phils didn't score a run after the fifth. 

The Phillies lineup against righty Chad Billingsley went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Nunez at third with both Dobbs and Helms struggling of late.  Ruiz came into the game 1-for-his-last-20.

Victorino walked with one out in the first.  Utley followed and struck out and Victorino was caught stealing with Howard at the plate to end the frame.

Howard started the second with a home run to center, so the caught stealing by Victorino to end the first costs the Phils a run.  Howard's bomb tied the game at 1-1.  Rowand struck out for the first out, but Burrell followed with a double to left and Nunez walked.  Ruiz finally broke through with a big hit, a double to left that scored Burrell and moved Nunez to third with the Phils up 2-1.  With runners on second and third and one out the Phils couldn't get any more.  Kendrick grounded to short and Rollins grounded to first.

Howard drew a two-out walk in the third and Rowand drove him in with a double to put the Phillies up 3-1.  Burrell popped to Martin on a nice basket catch in foul territory for the third out.

Ruiz singled to left with one in the fourth.  Kendrick struck out trying to bunt and Rollins flew to the warning track in right.

Victorino led off the fifth and was retired on a pop caught by Loney in foul territory after a long run and a slide.  Utley struck out for the second out before Howard delivered a single back up the middle.  Rowand followed with a walk, putting men on first and second for Burrell.  Burrell singled up the middle, Howard scored to tie the game at 4-4, and Rowand went to third with the help of a bobble from Pierre in center.  Nunez popped to second for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

In the ninth, Ruiz led off and grounded to short.  Madson's spot was next and Dobbs pinch-hit against the righty Saito and singled into right.  Bourn ran for Dobbs and stole second on a pitch that bounced off the home plate umpire.  Bourn may have had a chance to go to third but didn't try.  Rollins flew to shallow left for the second out.  Victorino hit it pretty hard, but right back to the pitcher.  Saito gloved and threw to first to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-5 yesterday and 3-for-13 in the series.  289/334/523 on the season.

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk.  6-for-15 with two triples in the series.  283/351/437.

Utley was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.  5-for-14 with three doubles in the series.  334/404/583 on the year.

Top three in the lineup go 0-for-13.

Howard was 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run.  4-for-12 in the series with three home runs.  264/382/586.

Rowand was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  8-for-13 with four doubles and a home run in the series.  333/405/529.  He's 16-for-his-last-26 with eight doubles and two home runs.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  239/396/437.

Nunez was 0-for-3 with a walk.  1-for-5 in the series and 4-for-his-last-18 with four singles.  He has three RBI in his last 76 at-bats.  264/323/322 on the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-1 with a single yesterday and 1-for-5 in the series.  292/321/514.  He doesn't have a walk in his last 65 at-bats.

Helms did not play yesterday and was 1-for-7 in the series.  He's at 255/313/363 on the season.  He's 1-for-his-last-16. 

Ruiz was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  2-for-7 in the series and 264/322/389 on the year.

Great matchup tonight in San Diego as Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.83) faces righty Chris Young (8-3, 1.97).  Hamels has allowed 21 home runs on the year, only Woody Williams has allowed more among NL pitchers.  He's surprisingly been better at home (6-2 with a 3.52 ERA in nine starts) than on the road (5-2 with a 4.12 ERA in ten starts) on the road.  He's allowed ten home runs in 63 1/3 innings in his road starts.   Opponents are hitting .192 against Young, righties .165 and lefties .221.  He's allowed just four home runs in 190 2/3 innings on the year and none in 55 innings at home.  At home this season he's 3-1 with an 0.82 in 55 innings, having allowed just five earned runs (which is what Kendrick allowed yesterday).

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