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The Phillies played the first of a crucial four game series against the
National League best Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at Chase Field in
Arizona. The Phillies offense finally exploded for runs while Jamie
Moyer pitched 7 strong innings giving up only 2 runs on 6 hits striking
out 5 and walking none in the Phillies 11-4 victory. Clay Condrey
struggled again and showed why he does not belong on a major league
roster. There is no way Steve Kline would be any worse. CUT HIM NOW!
Phillies had 17 hits and Shane Victorino, Geoff Jenkins, Pedro Feliz,
and Carlos Ruiz all looked better at the plate after slow starts and
had multiple hit nights. Jenkins and Ruiz had three hits a piece.
This was the type of game this team needed especially against the
best team in the league to start a four game set. Hopefully the
Phillies pitching will continue to impress and the offense will now hit
to their ability. When it happens, this team will be unstoppable!
More good news came from Los Angeles as the Dodgers beat the Mets
putting the Phillies a game and a half ahead of their bitter rivals.
The Marlins are now in second place 1/2 game out.
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The New York Mets and Florida Marlins were slaughtered. The Atlanta
Braves also lost. The Phillies had every opportunity to end April in
first place in the National League East. Unfortunately, the baseball
gods had other plan for the Phightin’ Phils. Jamie Moyer, on Jamie
Moyer bobble head night, was not sharp and although he battled, did not
make it through six innings and was charged with all 4 San Diego Padres
It was a cold night at the park and the Phillies bats were just not
working. They could not put anything together other than the two run
homerun that Chase Utley hit. I am still thawing out myself although it
would have been much easier to do had the Phillies won.
Chase Utley waiting for the pitch he hit out of the park.
I really thought the Phillies would pull out the win tonight and
take control of the NL East. It would have been poetic considering the
past few Aprils. Still, the Phillies are in sole possession of second
place, only 1/2 game out of first place. Looking back at April, that is
a miracle. I am excited for May as the team usually plays better when
the weather heats up and we know the team will be better once Jimmy
Rollins makes his return.
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Get more coverage here about the Turnpike Series: Phillies Mets Rivalry.
Citizens Bank Park will be sold out again today as the Philadelphia
Phillies (8-9) host the rival New York Mets (9-6). Jamie Moyer (1-0
5.52) will toe the rubber for the Phillies while Oliver Perez (1-0
3.38) counters for the Mets. For the second night in a row both teams
will start Southpaws.
The Phillies lost the opener to the Mets last night 6-4 as Johan
Santana threw 7 solid innings and David Wright missed the cycle by a
homerun. The Phillies defense and another wrong call concerning Jose
Reyes also helped sink the Phils.
Other quick hits:
- Jamie Moyer is 7-3 with a 2.87 ERA against the Mets in his career.
- Every pitcher in the Phillies bullpen has an ERA under 3.00 against
the Mets in their career except Rudy Seanez 3.80 and Clay Condrey 3.12.
- Pat Burrell leads all active players in career homeruns against New York with 41.
- Jayson Werth is a career .339 hitter versus the Mets.
4/20 vs. NYM Pelphrey (1-0 3.60) vs. Eaton (0-0 3.95) 8:05pm ESPN
4/21 at Col Kendrick (1-2 4.40) vs. Redmon (2-1 4.60) 8:35pm CSN
4/22 at Col Myers (2-1 3.96) vs. Francis (0-2 5.89)8:35pm CSN
The New York Mets can’t remember the last time they beat the
Philadelphia Phillies. The good news for Phillies fans is that the
streak continues. The Phillies now have a 9 game winning streak against
the Mets while they broke an 0-7 streak for opening days at Shea
The Phillies offense continued to threaten against starter Oliver Perez
but they could not push a run across. But just like last year, the Mets
bullpen imploded against the Phils and gave up 5 runs in the seventh
and eighth innings. The Mets also seem to have the Phillies in their
head a bit as this losing streak continues into this season. Phillies
fans have no problem with that!
Jamie Moyer battled and was able to limit the Mets to 2 runs in 6
innings while Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, and Tom Gordon were able to
shut the door on the Mets.
On a bad note, Jimmy Rollins was taken out of the game in the eighth
with a left ankle sprain. Phightin’ Phils Phorum will give you all the
information on Rollins when it becomes available.