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Nationals 5-Brewers 1

Jeff Suppan pitched well for Milwaukee until the sixth, when the [long-absent] Washington offense came alive. After J.J. Hardy mishandled a double-play ball, the Nats broke through, scoring on doubles by Ryan Zimmerman and Jesus Flores and on a Lastings Milledge sacrifice ground ball. Wily Mo Peña his his first home run of the year earlier in the first inning, and Suppan drove in the Brewers’ only run of the game.

Odalis Perez pitched well for the Nationals (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 84 P) but left with a no-decision. Brian Sanches, just called up from Triple-A Columbus, struck out the side in the sixth and was credited with the win. Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala, and Jon Rauch closed the door for Washington.

Rockies 5-Mets 4 (F/13)

The Mets dropped their fifth straight game as Matt Holliday hit a walk-off single in the 13th off of Aaron Heilman after homering off of Billy Wagner in the ninth to tie the game (Wagner’s second blown save of the year). It was a back and forth game as neither team dominated on the mound.

Oliver Perez was all over the place for the Mets, going 5 innings allowing 6 hits for 4 earned runs, walking 8 and striking out only 2, and allowing a home run on 110 pitches (just 56 for strikes). Rookie starter Greg Reynolds never dominated for the Rockies, going 6 full innings allowing 4 earned runs on 4 hits, walking 3, striking out 5, and allowing 2 home runs on just 84 pitches thrown. He left the game after allowing back-to-back home runs to Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis (who replaced the injured Marlon Anderson) in the 6th.

Driving in runs for the Mets were Luis Castillo, Delgado, Tatis, and Jose Reyes, who got in the home plate umpire’s face after being called out on a very low strike three in the 13th. Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, and Holliday drove in runs for the Rockies.

Astros 5-Phillies 4

Brandon Backe was superb for the Astros, giving up just one run in 7.1 innings pitched, striking out 6 and walking one. Adam Eaton didn’t pitch terribly for the Phillies (7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO,2 HR, 96 P), but couldn’t keep the ball in the park, giving up two home runs to Hunter Pence.

Also driving in runs for the Astros were former Phillie Michael Bourn (who also stranded three on base), and Carlos Lee (his 36th of the season). For the Phillies, Pat Burrell homered in his second-straight game and Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins also drove runs in.

Diamondbacks 11-Braves 1

Doug Davis returned from cancer surgery in unbelievable fashion, shutting the hot-hitting Braves lineup down for 7 innings, allowing just one earned run on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4 on 89 pitches. His team responded, taking batting practice off of Jo-Jo Reyes (5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR) and Chris Resop (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR).

Homering for the D-Backs were Stephen Drew, Eric Byrnes, Conor Jackson, Chris Young, and Mark Reynolds. Whew. Kelly Johnson drove in the only Atlanta run of the night.

Giants 8-Marlins 2

Scott Olsen finally came back down to Earth, surrendering 5 earned runs off of 8 hits in just 3.1 innings pitched, walking 3, striking out 2, and allowing a home run on 81 pitches. Olsen drops to 4-2. He was relieved by Doug Waechter, Renyel Pinto, and Tyler Tankersley, who all pitched much more effectively. Dan Uggla homered for Florida (his 15th of the year) in the ninth, driving in both Marlins runs of the evening.

Barry Zito finally got his first win of the season, giving up just one earned run in 6.1 innings of work, walking 4 and striking out 5. Bengie Molina and Jose Castillo homered for the Giants. Aaron Rowand drove in three runs, and Rich Aurilia drove in two more for San Francisco.

Brett Carroll had to leave the game in the fourth inning after separating his right shoulder. He’ll be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

 

Postgame: Werth 8 – Bluejays 3

(AP Photo,H. Rumph Jr.)

Ok, the real score was Phils 10, Jays 3. But the point remains, Jayson Werth was out of hand last night. 3 home runs, including a salami, totaling for 8 RBIs on the night. Hasn’t been done for the Phils since Mike Schmidt did so in a 10 inning game against the Cubs in 1976. A historic game for Schmidt, he bested Werth with 4 home runs in that match up.

Jamie Moyer was not too bad himself. After a shaky performance in his last start, Moyer went 6.2 innings, letting up only 3 earned runs, striking out 5, while allowing 7 hits. Moyer tends to be hit or miss this year. When he’s on, he grabs the 45 year old still has it headline; when he’s off, people call for his retirement. Still, it seems about 2/3 of his starts earn him a place on the roster. He just should not be the third starter.

FTR, Ryan Howard continued his hitting streak, now at eight games with an RBI single. He’s hitting .318 over the last week with an OPS of 1.239.

Up tonight, Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40, fingers crossed) vs. AJ Burnett (3-4, 4.94). The Phils are looking for their third win in a row.

-Greg Berlin

Will Kris Benson ever pitch for the Phillies?

I certainly hope not.

David Murphy asked Ruben Amaro Jr. just that question:

“We’re hopeful. Things have been very slow with him. Obviously, he’s had a couple of setbacks, which hurt us. But we still have to let it play out and see how it’s going. He’s back throwing off the mound again, which is a good sign, but he still has some fatigue in his groin and he’s got to get himself healthy before we even really consider him being an option for us.”

[Kris] Benson is well behind schedule. He’s still recovering from an injured groin, which followed a bout with biceps tendinitis. The Phillies initially thought he’d be ready to help the team sometime this month. Now, there’s no telling when he might be ready to go.

Combine that situation with the fact that the Phillies have used more than five starting pitchers in each of the last 15 years, and the chances are good that the team will eventually find itself looking for help from its minor league system.

General manager Pat Gillick said a couple of weeks ago in Pittsburgh that if Benson didn’t pan out, the Phils would likely look internally for pitching help should a need arise. The prospects of finding a starter via trade or the waiver wire simply aren’t good.

So who will it be?

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Phillies Pregame – 5/11 4:05 pm EDT

The Game: San Francisco Giants (15-22) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (21-17)

The Matchup: Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 4.74, 44/17 K/BB, 1.37 WHIP) vs. Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.63, 20/16 K/BB, 1.43 WHIP)

The Story: The Phillies go for another winning road trip today in San Francisco. If they win, they’ll be 4-3 on the trip, alternating every win with a loss. But that would be respectable for the Phils. To take 2/3 from the Giants, losing only against Tim Lincecum, and splitting with the NL leading Dbacks is not too shabby of a road trip.

Trying to get to the 4-3 mark on the road trip, the Phillies will put anti-ace Adam Eaton on the mound. Eaton is coming off one of his worst outings of the year, a 4 inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

Stat of the Day: In 17 at bats against Phillies hitters, Sanchez has 11 strikeouts. May God have mercy.

Lineups:
Phillies
Rollins (SS)
Victorino (CF)
Utley (2B)
Howard (1B)
Burrell (LF)
Werth (RF)
Feliz (3B)
Ruiz (C)
Eaton (P)

Giants
Lewis (LF)
Valez (2B)
Winn (RF)
Molina (C)
Rowand (CF)
Bowker (1B)
Castillo (3B)
Vizquel (SS)
Sanchez (P)

-Greg Berlin

JA Happ making his push for Phils’ rotation

Gregg at Phuture Phillies recaps JA Happ’s excellent performance last night:

The performance tonight of prospect JA Happ is worthy of special recognition. Happ started and went seven dominant innings giving up only one run (in the 7th) on 4 hits. He walked two and struck out thirteen. He threw 110 pitches, 75 of them for strikes and lowered his ERA to an outstanding 2.72. He was pinch hit for in the bottom of the 7th and left with a 3-1 lead. This is the fourth consecutive excellent performance by Happ, and I would hope discussions have begun about the possibility of replacing Adam Eaton, who has drifted back into the same doldrums that have followed him the last several years as a Phillie.

As Gregg points out, this is the fourth strong performance in a row for Happ. He hasn’t recorded a win in those four starts, but that can be attributed to how bad the IronPigs are. Mr. Eaton, on the other hand, has had three poor performances in a row. Eaton really had me going. I was just stepping onto the bandwagon before he started mailing it in, a la 2007. Eaton is a lost cause, not that there ever was a cause. I’d say Happ is up by June.

UPDATE: I forgot about stud Kris Benson, who would most likely get the call before Happ. Benson can’t seem to get healthy, but Todd Zolecki reports that he’s throwing a bullpen session in Clearwater today. I’d rather take the chance with Happ.

-Greg Berlin

Phillies Pregame – 5/7, 9:40 PM EDT

The Game: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Matchup: Kyle Kendrick (6 GS, 2-2, 5.01, 16 SO, 11 BB, 4 HR, 1.55 WHIP) vs. Micah Owings (6 GS, 4-1, 4.42, 30 SO, 12 BB, 6 HR, 1.20 WHIP)

The Story: Kyle Kendrick on the mound as the Phillies look to rebound from last night’s frustrating loss against the Diamondbacks and Randy Johnson.  With any luck, Kendrick will be better than Adam Eaton was last night, walking the Big Unit on FOUR PITCHES!  Of the walk, Eaton said after the game, “It’s pretty pathetic.”  Pathetic indeed.  Eaton started well, but he may be regressing to 2007 form…

The Phils bats weren’t silent last night, but they didn’t get the job done.  They left seven men on base, including men on first and third in the 9th.  The Phils could use this game, as they are going up against surefire Brandon Webb tomorrow.  He’s 7-0 with a 2.49 ERA, and yes, you read that correctly.

Phils are gonna need some luck in the next couple days.  All hands on deck!

Stat of the Day: Kyle Kendrick’s opponents’ batting average is .293. Oy…

Phillies Pregame – 5/6, 9:40 PM EDT

The Game: Arizona Diamondback (21-11) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (19-14)

The Matchup: Randy Johnson (4 GS, 1-1, 4.79, 22 SO, 9 BB, 1.45 WHIP) vs. Adam Eaton (6 GS, 0-0, 4.72, 19 SO, 13 BB, 1.37 WHIP)

The Story: You never want to look up and see Randy Johnson opposing you, but it’s safe to say he’s not the pitcher he once was.  Regardless, he’s should get a lot of Ks against the Phillies hackers.  Adam Eaton is bound to never get a decision this year, posting none in 6 starts.  The righty has lasted at least 5 innings in five of his six starts, and continues to be quite the pleasant surprise for the Phillies.

It’s unlikely that the Phils’ bats with be as hot as they were last night, but overall the team is just hot all around.  Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard seem to be taking baby steps towards getting back to their old selves.  Even Eric Bruntlett is starting to swing the bat with a triple and two hits last night.  Look for Jason Werth to be back in the lineup after sitting out the last two games.

The Dbacks will look to recover from an all around poor performance yesterday.  The NL’s second best offense (183 RS) owns the highest slugging percentage in the league (.459) and are still posting the major’s best record (21-11).

Stat of the Day: The Phillies own the NL’s best road record at 9-6.

Lineups later.