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July 21 2007

Former Padre Adam Eaton got the start and the win for the Phillies last night as they beat former Phil Justin Germano and the Padres.  Eaton pitched out of a huge mess in the third inning and the pen turned in 3 1/3 innings that were solid enough.  Utley and Howard paced the Phillies' offense, going 4-for-8 and driving in three runs.

The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres last night, winning 7-3 to improve to 48-48 on the season. 

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles.  He struck out six.

Eaton struck out Brian Giles to start the first, but Milton Bradley followed and hit a ball to left that bounced once and cleared the fence for a ground-rule double.  Adrian Gonzalez flew to center for the second out.  Eaton's 2-2 pitch to Mike Cameron was in the dirt and bounced away from Barajas.  Bradley went to third.  Barajas made a strong throw to Helms that beat Bradley, but Helms' tag was high.  Eaton walked Cameron, putting men on first and third for Khalil Greene.  With Greene behind in the count 1-2, Cameron took off for second before Eaton had delivered his pitch.  Eaton ran towards Cameron, who stopped between first and second, and Bradley came home.  Eaton threw home and Bradley was tagged out without a slide to end the inning.

Greene started the second with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Michael Barrett.  Russell Branyan singled into center, scoring Greene to tie the game at 1-1.  Geoff Blum flew to left and the pitcher Justin Germano struck out to end the inning

In the third, the Padres put their first two men on with a walk by Giles and a single by Bradley that moved Giles to third.  Gonzalez was next and he blooped a ball just inside the line behind third.  Giles scored to put San Diego up 2-1.  Burrell, Helms, Rollins and the third base umpire all ran towards the ball.  Burrell fielded and threw to nobody in particular at third base as Utley, Eaton, Bradley and the second base umpire all converged at once.  Burrell's throw was right on target -- Utley caught it on a run about ankle high as Eaton and the umpire collided and Bradley slid in safely.  Gonzalez was safe at second with a double.  Eaton, who wound up underneath the second base umpire, was shaken up but stayed in the game.  Eaton got behind Cameron 3-0 and Condrey started to warm in the pen.  In what may have been the pitch of the game, Cameron swung at the 3-0 pitch and flew to shallow right.  It wasn't deep enough to score Bradley.  And all of the sudden Eaton snapped out of his funk.  He struck out Greene on a check swing and Barrett on a swinging swing to end the inning, leaving both runners stranded.  Huge spot in the game for Eaton as he prevents further damage with men on second and third and nobody out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

In the fifth he walked the leadoff man Giles, who went to second on a two-out single by Cameron.  Eaton struck out Greene for the third out.

Blum singled with two outs in the sixth and switch-hitter Jose Cruz, Jr pinch-hit for the pitcher Cla Meredith.  JC Romero came in to pitch to Cruz, Jr and walked him.  Giles was next and Romero walked him as well.  It loaded the bases with two outs for Bradley, and Romero got him to ground to short to end the inning with the Phils up 4-2.

Romero has now walked 22 in 26 1/3 innings on the season.

Madson started the seventh up 6-2 and walked Cameron with one out.  Greene followed with a single that moved Cameron to second, but Madson struck out both Barrett and Branyan to leave the runners stranded.

Zagurski started the eighth and walked Blum to start the inning.  He struck out Kouzmanoff for the first out before Giles sent Blum to third with a single.  Bradley walked to load the bases with one out.  Zagurski stayed in to pitch to the lefty Gonzalez and got him on a fly ball to left that scored Blum and made the score 7-3.  Alfonseca came in and got Cameron to fly to left to end the inning.

Alfonseca returned for the ninth and Barrett reached on a one-out single.  Termel Sledge pinch-hit for pitcher Kevin Cameron and lined to first for the second out before Barrett moved to second on defensive indifference with Blum at the plate.  Blum moved Barrett to third with an infield single, but Alfonseca got Kouzmanoff on a ground ball to short to end the game.

Five walks in 3 1/3 innings for the pen. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Justin Germano went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Helms (8) Barajas.  Helms starts at third against the righty with Dobbs slumping.  Barajas behind the plate after re-joining the team on Thursday after the birth of his sixth child.

Victorino singled with one out in the first and stole second with Utley at the plate.  Utley went down swinging for the second out.  Howard was next and he laced a single into right-center.  Victorino scored easily and the Phils led 1-0.  Rowand grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.

Utley started the fourth with a walk and moved to second on a single by Howard.  Rowand hit a bloop behind short that Greene got his glove on but couldn't catch.  It went as a double for Roward, Utley scored and Howard went to third with the game tied at 2-2.  Burrell grounded to short for the second out, Howard scored to put the Phils up 3-2.  Helms struck out for the second out, but San Diego walked Barajas intentionally to pitch to Eaton with two down and men on first and second.  I don't like that play if it works, but it didn't in this case.  Eaton singled to center, Rowand scored and Barajas went to second with the Phils up 4-2.  Rollins popped to short for the third out.

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

Burrell walked with one out in the sixth and went to second when Helms followed with a single.  Barajas hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Coste started the seventh, pinch-hitting for Romero, and singled to center.  Rollins followed and lined out to center for the first out.  Victorino followed with a ground ball to second and Coste was forced at second for the second out with Victorino safe at first.   Utley followed with a home run that put the Phils up 6-2.  Howard walked and Rowand lined to right for the third out.

Burrell led off the eighth with a walk and Bourn ran for him at first.  Helms followed with a single that moved Bourn to second before Barajas flew to right for the first out.  Nunez hit for Madson and struck out.  Rollins was next and he singled to center, Bourn scored to put the Phils up 7-2 and Helms went to second.  Victorino struck out to set the Phillies down.

Utley doubled to start the ninth, but Howard struck out behind him and Rowand grounded to short.  Utley moved to third on Rowand's ground out.  The Padres intentionally walked Michael Bourn and Alfonseca hit for himself with runners on first and third, two outs and the Phils up by four.  Alfonseca grounded to second for the third out.

What the Phillies didn't do in the ninth was pinch-hit Dobbs against the righty Kevin Cameron and let Gordon pitch the bottom of the inning with at least a four-run lead.  I assume that the Padres would have called on Royce Ring to pitch to Dobbs, anyway, but you have to wonder how much confidence the Phils have in Flash at this point.  I think the answer may be not much -- if it's none they should give his roster spot to someone else.   

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI.  1-for-his-las-14 with no walks.

Victorino 1-for-5 with a double.  He's 2-for-his-last-13 with one walk.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a double, his 17th home run and two RBI.  He's 17-for-his-last-37 with seven doubles and two home runs.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Rowand was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Burrell was 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.  415/537/756 in July.

Helms was 2-for-4 in a rare start against a righty.  Dobbs and Helms have both been struggling -- the Phillies need one of them.

Barajas was 0-for-3 with a walk and left four men on base.

Jamie Moyer (7-8, 4.99) faces lefty David Wells (5-5, 4.15) tonight.   Moyer got bombed in LA on Monday, allowing ten runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Over his last three starts he's 0-3 with a 10.06 ERA, having allowed 27 hits, including four home runs, in 17 innings.  He made a start against the Padres at Petco last season while pitching for the Mariners and got the win, holding San Diego to two runs on four hits over seven innings.  Wells is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his last three starts.  Opponents are hitting .303 against him on the season but he's walked just 26 in 102 innings.

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