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Monday, April 30th, 2007

Jamie Moyer’s run at a no-hitter in the Phillies 6-1 win over Florida was probably one of the lesser news-worthy items in the MLB on a big newsday.

In addition to the sad news regarding pitcher Josh Hancock’s demise in a vehicular accident, there were a number of classic baseball news items.

                            Troy Tulowitzki

Firstly, there was rookie Colorado Rockies’ slick-fielding shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s unassisted triple-play in the 7th inning of Colorado’s 11 inning 9-7 win over the Atlanta Braves.

MLB.com’s Owen Perkins reports the scene;

In the top of the seventh inning of a tied game, with runners on first and second, nobody out, and the count full, Chipper Jones hit a line drive at Tulowitzki, who snared the ball in flight, stepped on second to double up  Kelly Johnson, and tagged Edgar Renteria between first and second for an unassisted triple play.

Just to be safe, Tulowitzki fired the ball to Todd Helton at first, but three outs was sufficient on the play.

A second was about half the time it took for Tulowitzki to retire the side, taking advantage of aggressive baserunning on a 3-2 count.

“It’s amazing,” Tulowitzki said once he’d had time to put the play in perspective. “It kind of just fell into my lap, but I’ll take it.”

It was just the 13th unassisted triple play in Major League history, and all those who witnessed it shared the heart-stopping moment of inescapable wonder the play produced.

Last season, this blog featured an entry on former Phillies 2nd baseman Mickey Morandini’s unassisted triple-play in 1992.
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The Boston Red Sox are intent on fufilling their side of the bargain on my pre-season prediction of a Phillies-Red Sox World Series.

On Sunday, they completed a 3 game sweep of the New York Yankees in the Bronx with a 7-4 win.

Yahoo sports’ AP recap sets the game-ending scene;

Julian Tavarez (1-2) and four relievers held New York to seven hits, with Papelbon pitching the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

         John Papelbon      David Ortiz

Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon stepped on first base for the final out, arm raised high. Boston, which got home runs from David Ortiz, Alex Cora and Manny Ramirez, is 5-1 against New York this season. The Red Sox have a four-game division lead and are 6 1/2 ahead of the Yankees, baseball’s $195 million bust.

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                            John Maine

Finally, I guess that, based on John Maine’s stellar performances in the otherwise shakey New York Mets starting rotation, I will have to revise my previously spoken, but unblogged analogy of the Mets pitching staff.  It now seems that lifting that old Boston Braves analogy of the late 40’s, early 50’s would be more appropriate; Glavine, Maine and 2 days of rain.”  Tom Glavine is 3-1, John Maine is 4-0 with his most recent masterpiece being a a 7 inning, 3 hit shutout, with help from the bullpen who closed down the Washington Nationals on 3 hits over the final 2 innings in registering a 1-0 win.

Yahoo Sports’ AP recap summarizes the game;

The Mets managed only three hits, but one was Beltran’s solo shot, and that was enough to back John Maine’s latest impressive outing for a 1-0 victory over the Nationals.

Maine (4-0) struck out a career-high eight and allowed three hits in lowering his ERA to 1.35.

“He showed me again he’s getting better and better,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “Each time out, he’s stronger and stronger.”

Beltran’s fifth homer came with one out in the sixth off starter Jason Bergmann (0-2), who allowed two hits over seven innings and trimmed his ERA to 2.79.

Mark Hale of the New York Post adds this observation;

Maine’s season has been surprising. He was a good pitcher for the Mets last year and his postseason outings were impressive. This season, though, Maine has been exceptional. He’s given up 18 hits in 33.1 innings - a fantastic ratio - and the Mets are 5-0 in games he starts.

                  Sandy Koufax

Stay tuned for a piece of Phillies baseball trivia; the only 2 Phillies pitchers to toss no-hitters at Veteran Stadium and for a report on the new Israel Baseball League which, on Saturday night drafted, among others, 71 year old Sandy Koufax to join the league.
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St. Louis Reliever Josh Hancock a Fatality in Auto Accident

Monday, April 30th, 2007

                                      Josh Hancock

The St. Louis Cardinals put out a  press release on Sunday regarding the death in a traffic accident of relief pitcher Josh Hancock.   Hancock was one of the cogs in the Cardinals bullpen during their World Championship 2006 season.

St, Louis Post-Dispatch writers Joe Strauss and Bill Bryan report;

Hancock died instantly Sunday when his sports utility vehicle plowed into a flat-bed tow truck that was parked in the left lane of Highway 40 near the Forest Park/Grand exit.

Investigators were tracing Hancock’s steps for the 12 hours before the accident, St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa said at a Sunday afternoon news conference at Busch Stadium. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

— Before coming to the Cardinals for the 2006 season, Hancock, 29, made 32 appearances for the Red Sox, Phillies and Reds, including 12 starts.

— He made his mark as a reliable middle reliever with the Cardinals in ‘06, going 3-3, with one save and a 4.09 earned-run average.

— Hancock pitched in 62 regular season games last year and led all Cardinals relievers in innings pitched (77). He was on the postseason roster but did not appear in the World Series.

— In eight games this season, Hancock was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA.

This is the second tragic fatality involving a major league pitcher in the past 6 months.  Former Phillies and Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died in a plane crash in October, 2006.  Sunday’s Cardinals - Chicago Cubs game was postponed because of the death. For St. Louis, it was the second death of a  pitcher in nearly 5 years invoking memories of Darryl Kile’s death in 2002.  Kile was found dead in his hotel room in Chicago, having died of a coronary artery blockage.

Phillies Slammed on Saturday, Take Series From Florida on Moyer’s 4 Hitter

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

                Jamie Moyer                Dontrelle Willis

                   Aaron Rowand              Dan Uggla

Coming off Friday’s dramatic 6-5 win, the Phillies, minus 1st baseman Ryan Howard who was rested for Saturday’s game, got blasted by 3 Florida homers as the Marlins, who continuing their routine of at least 1 hit per inning, crushed the Phillies by an 11-5 score.

There’s not much one can say about this one.  Four Phils pitchers, 11 Florida runs beginning with starter Adam Eaton who got bombed over 4 1/3 innings for 7 runs on 10 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4 and giving up 2nd baseman Dan Uggla’s 2 run shot in the second inning.   Eaton was charged with the loss.

Inquirer staff writer Todd Zolecki comments on Eaton’s performance and the unfortunate pattern of the first 2 games;

The Marlins have had at least one hit in every inning this series - that’s 18 consecutive innings.

“It feels like it,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “I’ve seen a lot of hitting.”

Phillies righthander Adam Eaton, who is 2-2 with a 7.71 ERA in five starts. In 41/3 innings last night, Eaton allowed 10 hits, seven runs and three walks. He struck out four.

“It’s frustrating, to say the least,” Eaton said. “I just didn’t get ahead of hitters very well. And when I did, I didn’t make quality pitches when I had them behind in the count. I don’t know if it’s a tweak or a mind-set or what, but obviously it needs to change.”

This certainly isn’t the start the Phillies or Eaton envisioned when he signed a three-year, $24.5 million contract in the off-season to replace lefthander Randy Wolf.

“Obviously, I’m coming up a little short with my expectations, let alone with theirs,” Eaton said.

Eaton struggled last night from the jump, which so far has been his modus operandi. He has allowed 13 runs in the first and second innings this season. He has allowed 12 in the rest. He also has allowed the leadoff hitter in every inning to hit .407 (11 for 27) with three walks.

So if it seems that Eaton always has been pitching with runners on base, it’s because he typically has been.

The Marlins touched up Francisco Rosario for 3 runs in his 1 1/3 innings on leftfielder Josh Willingham’s 3 run homer in the 6th inning and nicked lefthander Fabio Castro for a run in the 8th on 3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera’s solo shot in the 8th inning.

In fact, the only Phils pitcher to escape unscathed was Geoff Geary who pitched a scoreless 9th inning allowing only a double and striking out 2 in a mop-up mission with the game out of hand.

In the meantime, Florida ace Dontrelle Willis, who’s ERA of 5.35 is astronomical, won his 5th game of the season against 1 loss while pitching 6 1/3 innings and surrendering all 5 Phillies runs.

Batting in the leadoff spot in this game, centerfielder Aaron Rowand upped his hitting streak to 16 games with a 1st inning double and scored on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ single.  Rollins was switched to the 3 spot with rightfielder Shane Victorino remaining in the 2nd slot and 2nd baseman  Chase Utley batting cleanup.

Catcher Rod Barajas had the Phillies only homer of the game, a solo blast off of Willis in the 2nd.

But the Phillies came back on Sunday, with Howard back in the lineup, to take the series from Florida on the strength of an outstanding pitching performance by Jamie Moyer, who won his 3rd game against 1 loss,
solid relief from both
Brett Myers and Antonio Alfonseca as well as just enough offensive punch to post a 6-1 win.

Yahoo sport’s AP recap reports on Moyer’s performance and on the Phils’ offense which included 2 hits by Moyer who helped his own cause at bat;

Moyer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and combined with two relievers for a four-hitter in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-1 win over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Moyer had faced the minimum 20 batters when Miguel Cabrera broke up the no-hitter with a two-out double in the seventh. The hard liner went over third baseman Abraham Nunez’s glove and down the left-field line. Moyer got Josh Willingham to line out softly to end the inning.

Moyer (3-1) struck out five and walked two in 7 1-3 shutout innings, leaving the field to a standing ovation.

Jayson Werth made a key defensive play in left field and had a two-run single for the Phillies, who have won seven of their last nine games. Moyer went 2-for-3 with a double but it was his pitching that dazzled against the Marlins.

The crafty 44-year-old mixed up a fastball that topped out at 82 mph with an array of cutters, changeups and curveballs that frustrated the Marlins throughout the game. Moyer’s low-hit game for his career was a two-hitter on Aug. 16, 1986, at Montreal when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Moyer gave up a leadoff walk to Aaron Boone in the eighth. He struck out Cody Ross but yielded a single to Joe Borchard. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel brought in Brett Myers, who fanned Miguel Olivo and Mike Jacobs to end the threat.

Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs had a three-run double in the eighth for the Phillies, and Antonio Alfonseca allowed a run-scoring double to Josh Willingham in the ninth before retiring Aaron Boone for the final out.

Unfortunately, Aaron Rowand’s hitting streak came to an end at 16 games as he went hitless in 3 plate appearances.  Losing pitcher Wes Obermueller gave up three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings but stayed competitive with Moyer through 5 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits but gave up 2 runs and 2 hits in in the 6th inning before being relieved. He struck out four, walked two and hit two batsmen.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on these and all Saturday and Sunday games, click here and here.

The Phillies now go on the road for 10 games; 3 games in Atlanta with those Braves who thrive on late inning comebacks.  Then they head to the West Coast for 4 games with the San Francisco Giants followed by 3 games in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

On Monday, Jon Lieber goes for the Phils vs Tim Hudson for the Braves with a battle of lefthanders scheduled for Tuesday as Cole Hamels opposes  Mark Redman.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on these and all Monday and Tuesday games, click here and here.

Phillies Beat Florida in Opener as Rowand, Ruiz Star

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

                             Carlos Ruiz

            Jimmy Rollins      Chase Utley     Aaron Rowand

The Phillies got back to winning ways against Florida on Friday after losing the get-away game to Washington on Thursday.

Although starter Freddy Garcia and reliever Antonio Alfonseca couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 3-1 lead as the Marlins charged ahead with 1 run in the 3rd inning and 2 more in the 5th, the Phils charged back to 2 in the 8th inning for a 5-4 lead, only to watch closer Tom Gordon blow the save in the 9th before winning in the bottom of the 9th on Carlos Ruiz’s none out, bases loaded walk-off single to win by a 6-5 score.  Neither Garcia nor Marlins’ starter Anibal Sanchez figured in the final win or loss column.

In the meantime, the Washington Nationals opened their series in DC against the New York Mets on Friday with a first-timer this season.  They scored 3 runs in the first on rightfielder Austin Kearns’ 3 run homer, notched 1 more in the 6th inning and then held on to whip the Mets by a 4-3 score.

But back to the Phillies and Marlins.

3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera got the Marlins on the board in the first inning with a two out solo homer off of Garcia.  But the Phillies came back in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 3-1 lead in large part due to starter Sanchez’s wildness.  Centerfielder Aaron Rowand led off the inning with his 5th homer of the season.  Rowand would go 4 for 5 while extending his hitting streak to 15 games.  Yahoo sports’ AP recap reports that “Rowand is batting .448 (26-for-58) with five homers and 10 RBIs during his hitting streak.”  After 3rd baseman Wes Helms walked and moved to 2nd on Sanchez’s wild pitch, catcher Carlos Ruiz doubled to centerfield scoring Helms.  Sanchez then uncorked another wild one moving Ruiz to 3rd base.  Pitcher Garcia made the first out while driving in Ruiz with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

In the 3rd inning, 1st baseman Mike Jacobs clubbed a one out solo shot to rightfield.  3-2 Phillies.

After retiring the first 2 hitters the Florida 5th inning, Garcia’s unraveled.  Garcia struck out 8 in 4 2/3 innings but worked himself into quite a jam.  Jacobs doubled to centerfield, leftfielder Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch. Rightfielder Cody Ross walked loading the bases and that was it for Garcia.   Alfonseca relieved and was greeted by catcher Miguel Olivo’s run-scoring single.  He then forced in a run as centerfielder Alfredo Amezaga was walked.  He then got Sanchez to ground into a fielder’s choice with Amezaga being forced at 2nd to end the inning.  Florida 4, Phillies 3.

Yahoo sports’ AP recap comments on Garcia’s performance;

Freddy Garcia had another so-so outing for the Phillies. The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out eight in his third start since coming off the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

A two-time All-Star acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the offseason, Garcia hasn’t met expectations, though it’s quite early.

The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the 5th with 3 singles and 2 outs sandwiched in between, but Sanchez escaped getting Greg Dobbs, who pinch hit for Alfonseca, to pop out to first base to end the inning.

Inquirer Staff Writer Shannon Ryan picks up the game from here;

They rallied from a 4-3 deficit to take a one-run lead in the eighth inning on home runs by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

Rollins’ homer was his ninth of the season, tops in the National League.

It looked as if that was the game. All they needed was a clean inning from their closer.

But Gordon (1-1) made it . . . interesting.

In the top of the ninth, he gave up two hits and the run that tied it.

“I’ve just got to continue to battle,” he said.

“It’s just a matter of him getting his command better,” manager Charlie Manuel said.

Brett Myers had kept the Phillies in the game earlier with another strong effort out of the bullpen. He pitched the sixth and seventh innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.

“Brett will get some chances,” Manuel said. “The more he pitches, the better he’s going to get.”

Ryan Madson gave up a hit and struck out two in the eighth.

Rowand, who homered in the second inning, delivered a key hit in the ninth when he singled to right.

“I feel good at the plate,” Rowand said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s nice to have balls I’m hitting fall in. . . . I’ve got to take it all in stride. You try to have the same preparation every day and go to work.”

Wes Helms followed by dropping a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by Marlins reliever Randy Messenger. Ruiz then came to the plate and singled to drive in Michael Bourn, who had opened the inning with a walk.

Gordon was awarded the win depite blowing the save.  Marlins’ reliever Taylor Tankersley, who gave up the homers to Rollins and Utley, blew a save opportunity and reliever Messenger was charged with the loss.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on this and all Friday games, click here.

 On Saturday, Adam Eaton opposes lefthander Dontrelle Willis and on Sunday, veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer faces Wes Obermueller in the get-away game.
 

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on these and all Saturday and Sunday games, click here and here.

Phillies Nipped by Nationals, Winning Streak Ends at 5

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Young Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels made short work of the Washington Nationals for 3 innings.  But in the 4th he served up a plum to 1st baseman  Dmitri Young with one out and Young slammed it out to right field for a solo homer and a Nationals lead.  The Hamels got into big trouble in the 6th inning as the Nationals scored 3 runs.

                     Shawn Hill       Dmitri Young

In the meantime, Nationals starter Shawn Hill gave the Phils fits with his fastball and sinker for 8 innings enroute to a 4-2 Washington win.

Yahoo sports’ AP report contrasts the performances of the two starters, Hamels and Hill;

Shawn Hill wouldn’t let an injury to his non-throwing arm keep him off the mound. It’s a good thing for Washington because Hill’s pitching like an ace.

Hill pitched eight-plus innings… and the Nationals snapped Philadelphia’s five-game winning streak with a 4-2 win Thursday.

“A terrific performance,” Washington manager Manny Acta said.

                    Aaron Rowand

Aaron Rowand hit a solo shot for the Phillies to extend his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.

Hill (2-2) gave up two runs and four hits, striking out three in his 14th career start. The right-hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his five starts this season.

Hill missed the 2005 season after having a ligament replaced in his elbow and was shut down after only six starts last year because of elbow problems. He strained his left shoulder on a dive in his last start, but didn’t feel any ill effects on the mound.

“The shoulder is a little tight, a little tired, but no big deal,” Hill said. “We really needed the win and I wanted to give the bullpen a rest.”

Coming off a complete-game, 15-strikeout performance at Cincinnati last Saturday, Cole Hamels (2-1) had his shortest outing this season. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

“Coming off a phenomenal performance, it gives you confidence,” Hamels said. “I was feeling good for five innings then I just got out of my comfort zone.”

The Nationals went ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Young hit an opposite-field homer to right-center, one pitch after left fielder  Pat Burrell threw Ryan Zimmerman out at second base trying to stretch a single into a double.

Austin Kearns followed with a drive that nearly reached the seats in left-center, but he settled for a double. Hamels struck out Ryan Church to end the inning.

Washington chased Hamels with three runs in the sixth.   Ronnie Belliard and Zimmerman started the inning with consecutive singles and advanced on a wild pitch. After Young lined out, Kearns was intentionally walked.

Church then sliced a two-run single to left to make it 3-0.  Michael Restovich walked to the load the bases again and Brian Schneider walked to force in a run. Geoff Geary came in and struck out Hill and retired Josh Wilson on a fly to center.

Things got a bit dicey in the bottom of the 9th for Hill, who had never gone this deep into a game, and for Nationals’ closer Chad Cordero.

Inquirer staff writer Todd Zolecki reports on the Phillies 9th inning;

Hill walked Shane Victorino to lead off the ninth and was replaced by closer Chad Cordero, who blew a save against the Phillies last week in Washington. Chase Utley flied out to the center-field wall, but Ryan Howard doubled to put runners on second and third with one out.

Pat Burrell’s sacrifice fly scored Utley to make it 4-2. But there would be no blown save this time.

Despite the loss, manager Charlie Manuel remained encouraged.

“We’re playing a lot better than we were, but we’ve got three games left on this homestand and we’ve got to come out and win tomorrow,” he said.

With his solo homer in the 8th inning, Aaron Rowand extended his hitting streak to 14 games.  And during the game, the announcers reported that reliever Matt Smith, who had had rough going this season, was sent to the minors for more seasoning and lefthanded reliever Fabio Castro was brought up to the big club in his place.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on this and all Thursday, click here.   The Florida Marlins are next  into Philadelphia on Friday for 3 games with  Freddie Garcia slated to pitch the opener vs Anibal Sanchez.  On Saturday,  Adam Eaton opposes lefthander Dontrelle Willis and on Sunday, veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer faces Wes Obermueller in the get-away game.
 

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on this and all Friday, Saturday and Sunday games, click here, here and here.

Phillies Hand Nationals a Drubbing, Win Streak at 5

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

        Chase Utley    Aaron Rowand     Jimmy Rollins

                               Jon Lieber

Phillies starter Jon Lieber had another excellent outing going 6 innings allowing only two runs while recording his first win of the season and All Star 2nd baseman Chase Utley had a career game with the stick going a perfect 5 for 5 with 3 RBIs in a 9-3 clubbing of the Washington Nationals.

Lieber recorded 5 strikeouts as the Nationals went down in order over the first 3 innings. 

Yahoo sports AP report gives more background on Lieber;

Lieber (1-0) gave up five hits, striking out five in his second start since moving into the rotation after ace Brett Myers was sent to the bullpen to bolster a struggling relief corps.

Lieber tossed 5 2-3 scoreless innings at Cincinnati last Friday. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs in 2 1-3 innings in the bullpen, but has a 1.54 ERA in his two starts.

“I was never really worried about being in the bullpen,” Lieber said. “I was fine down there. (Starting) gives me more time to get ready.”

In the meantime, the Phillies put a run on the board in the 2nd inning as catcher Carlos Ruiz drove in a run while grounding out to 2nd base and 1st baseman Ryan Howard tacked on 2 more runs with a 2 run shot to rightfield, his 3rd homer of the season.

The only runs scored on Lieber were in the 4th inning as both 1st baseman  Dmitri Young and rightfielder Austin Kearns drove in runs with two out, Young with a single and Kearns with a double as Washington temporarily trimmed the Phillies lead to 3-2.

But, if Lieber starred on the mound, while helping his cause with a
leadoff single in the 5th inning, the offensive star of the game easily was Utley.

Among his 5 hits, were an RBI double to rightfield in the 5th and a two-run single in the 6th inning accounting for his 3 RBIs for the game as the Phils built up a 7-2 lead after 6, scoring 6 of the runs on losing pitcher John Patterson thanks in part to poor fielding support.

Inquirer Staff Writer Todd Zolecki notes observations about just how hot Utley is;

“It’s fun to watch,” Howard said. “To do what he did . . . it’s good, wholesome family fun.”

How hot is Utley right now?

“Red hot,” Howard said. “Smokin’ hot.”

Utley went 5 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Since Charlie Manuel called a team meeting Saturday in Cincinnati, Utley is hitting .550 (11 for 20) with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

He has raised his average from .213 to .296.

“It’s all about finding holes,” Utley said.

Utley would rather have his teeth pulled than talk about his personal accomplishments. He would much rather talk about his teammates - and the fact that his team has suddenly turned itself around after a nightmarish start.

“I think as a team we’ve been swinging the bats very well,” Utley said.

The Nationals scored their 3rd run in the 7th inning on catcher Brian Schneider grounded into a fielder’s choice off of reliever lefthander Matt Smith who once again struggled walking the bases loaded while getting the first two outs of the inning.  Geoff Geary got the side out in the 7th striking out shortstop Felipe Lopez swinging.

Relievers Brett Myers and Francisco Rosario shut down the Nationals easily in the 8th and 9th innings.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit his NL league-leading 8th homer of the season, a 2 run homer to rightfield in 8th inning to tack on the Phils’ final 2 runs.

Centerfielder Aaron Rowand increased his hitting streak to 13 games with a 2nd inning single.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on this and all Wednesday games, click here.

In Thursday’s get-away game, the Phillies fine young lefthander Cole Hamels, off of a complete game in his last start, goes for his 3rd win opposed by Shawn Hill for Washington as the Phils go for their first series sweep of the season.

The Florida Marlins follow Washington into Philadelphia on Friday for 3 games with Freddie Garcia slated to pitch the opener vs Anibal Sanchez.  On Saturday, Adam Eaton opposes Marlins’ ace lefthander Dontrelle Willis and on Sunday, veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer faces Wes Obermueller in the get-away game.

 For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on this and all Thursday, Friday and Saturday games, click here, here and here.