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Phillies Offense Slumbers Again, Texas Wins Final

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Rangers 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler, who has pounded the Phillies’ throughout the series, shortstop Michael Young and recently called up 1st baseman Chris Davis who again homered, all provided offensive support as rookie Eric Hurley and the Rangers bullpen set down the stone-cold Phils offense Sunday for a 5-1 win in their series final.

The loss, coupled with wins by Florida and the Mets and a loss by Atlanta, shrunk the Phillies NL East lead to 1 game over the 2nd place Marlins, 3 games over the 3rd place Mets.  The Phils remained 4 games up on 4th place Atlanta.

The Phils finished up with a 4-11 mark in interleague play, but even worse, they are 5-13 since June 10 and 12-14 for the month of June having lost 9 of their last 11 games.  Not a good way to go into July which begins with a critical 3 game set with Atlanta followed by an equally critical 10 game homestand starting with 4 games against the Mets. 

Once again, Texas wasted no time in going to work on a Phillies starter, this time veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer.  Lead-off hitter 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler, 8 for 13 for the series, opened the game with a triple to rightfield and scored on shortstop Michael Young’s ground out to shortstop.

In the second inning, after Moyer got former Phil centerfielder Marlon Byrd on strikes, 1st baseman Chris Davis hit his 2nd homer in 3 starts since being called up from the minors last Thursday.  Davis went yard on Moyer to centerfield for the Ranger’s 2nd run.

In the third inning, shortstop Michael Young opened with a double and
DH
Josh Hamilton followed with a single to right for the Ranger’s 3rd run.

The Phils managed to plate a run in the sixth as 2nd baseman Chase Utley slammed a 1 out double to rightfield.  After leftfielder Pat Burrell struck out, 1st baseman Ryan Howard drove in Utley with a single to left.

Hurley, who was credited with the win after pitching 5 2/3 innings after throwing 105 pitches and giving up 1 run, 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3, was replaced by reliever Jamey Wright after Howard’s single.  Wright got DH Greg Dobbs to ground out to end the inning.  Wright, who was also in for the seventh inning, as well as two other Rangers relievers set the Phillies down in order the rest of the way (totally 3 1/3 innings) striking out 4. 

Losing pitcher Moyer, although he did not manage a clean 1-2-3 inning through 5 2/3 innings, held Texas off the board in the fourth and fifth innings before being replaced by reliever Ryan Madson with 2 on and 2 out in the sixth. Madson got Michael Young to ground out to short to end the inning.

Moyer’s line for the game; 117 pitches, 3 runs, 7 hits, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Madson finished the game going 2 1/3 innings for the Phils and was touched-up in the eighth inning for the final 2 Rangers’ runs on an RBI single by 3rd baseman Ramon Vazquez and Michael Young’s bases loaded groundout.

AP Sports Writer David Jimenez recounts the Phillies’ offensive woes for Yahoo sports;

Philadelphia did not have a base hit the rest of the way. The Phillies, who had 15 runs in the first two games against the Rangers, has scored three runs or fewer in eight of their last 14 games.

“We’re not swinging the bat well,” Utley said. “We had a few opportunities, but just not enough.”

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on Sunday’s games, click here.

The Phillies have an off-day on Monday before facing Atlanta for 3 huge games with the NL lead, just a few weeks ago looking safely in the Phils’ grasp by 7 1/2 games, now essentially up for grabs.

In Tuesday’s series opener with the Braves, 2nd year hurler Kyle Kendrick, 2ith a 7-3 record is opposed by rookie Charlie Morton who is 1-1 in 3 starts.  On Wednesday, Adam Eaton faces Jorge Campillo.  In the series final, Brett Myers apparently gets another chance (subject to change) to perform and skirt demotion out of the rotation against a very hot Jair Jurrjens who has given up but 3 runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last 3 starts.

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Monday’s games, click here.

Utley, Howard Homer Supporting Hamels in Phillies Win

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

   Chase Utley     Cole Hamels     Ryan Howard

The Phillies scored 3 runs in each of the second and third innings, including third inning homers by 2nd baseman Chase Utley’s 23rd homer and 1st baseman Ryan Howard’s 20th and ace lefthander Cole Hamels pitched well enough for 7 innings to pick up his 8th win as the Phils held on Saturday to beat the Texas Rangers by 8-6 to even their series.

The win, combined with losses by Florida, the Mets and Atlanta enabled the Phillies to put some room between them and their 3 competing clubs in the NL East.  The Phils now lead Forida by 2 games and the Mets and Braves by 4 games.

former Phillie Vicente Padilla put the Phils down in order in the first inning.  But in the Rangers’ first, 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler, who was a big thorn in the Phillies’ sides throughout Friday’s opener including his lead-off homer, opened with a single to centerfield and was followed by shortstop Michael Young’s 2 run rightfield shot to put Texas up 2-0 before Hamels registered an out.

But Hamels got the next 3 hitters in order to end the first inning and went on to retire 9 in a row before walking rightfielder Josh Hamilton to open the fourth inning.  But then a ground 3rd-to-2nd-to-first double-play rubbed out Hamilton and Hamels struck out former Phillies centerfielder Marlon Byrd to end the inning.
  
Meanwhile, the Phillies went to work on Padilla in the second and third innings scoring 3 in each frame to take a 6-2 lead.  
AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins describes the second and third frames for Yahoo sports;

After Padilla walked Howard and allowed consecutive singles to load the bases in the second, [rightfielder] Jayson Werth hit a two-run single to tie it at 2.  [3rd baseman] Pedro Feliz then scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch by Padilla that put the Phillies ahead to stay. 

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit 400-foot home runs only pitches apart in the third inning, both ending long homerless droughts…

“I’ve said it all along, we’ve got to hit to win,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “Our big boys have to hit.”

This time, they did.

Utley had two doubles and his first homer in 12 games, his 23rd of the season matching Florida’s Dan Uggla for tops in the majors.

After Utley hit a 418-foot shot into the Rangers’ bullpen in right-center field and leftfielder Pat Burrell drew a walk, Howard hit a blast that landed in the second deck of seats above the bullpen for a 6-2 lead.

Helped by 2nd baseman Utley’s throwing error on a fielder’s choice grounder in the fifth inning, Texas got to Hamels to narrow the Phils’ lead to 6-4 as catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia pounded an RBI double to rightfield and Kinsler singled through the middle scoring Saltalamacchia.

In the sixth inning, catcher Chris Coste, batting in the normal pitcher’s 9th spot, solved Padilla clubbing a 2 out double to leftfield and shortstop  Jimmy Rollins followed driving in what proved to be the winning run, an RBI triple to right centerfield which he tried to stretch into an inside-the-park homer after the drive took a crazy bounce off of the wall past Hamilton.

AP’s Hawkins recounts the play;

Rollins never slowed down, but the right fielder retrieved the ball and got it to Kinsler for a perfect relay throw to Saltalamacchia, who made a sweeping tag of the sliding Rollins for the inning-ending out.

After 6 innings, losing pitcher Padilla, who tossed 101 pitches in allowing 7 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3, was doe.
Reliever Joaquin Benoit took over to pitch the seventh. 

Centerfielder Shane Victorino, who has shown a serious proficiency for bunting, led off with a bunt single to the pitcher.  Utley followed with an RBI double scoring Victorino from 1st base with an insurance run as the Phils’ lead built to 8-4.

Meanwhile Hamels retired the Rangers in order in the sixth and seventh innings before leaving the game.  The young ace lefthander threw 107 pitches allowing runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8 in another quality effort.

Reliever Chad Durbin replaced Hamels to open the eighth inning.  He gave up a lead-off single to Kinsler who was rubbed out on picked off play.  Durbin got shortstop Young to ground out before the Rangers loaded the bases on two singles with a catcher’s interference call sandwiched in-between.

1st baseman Max Ramirez then singled in the 5th Rangers run as Durbin was replaced by lefthanded J.C. Romero who walked in the 6th run before stiking out Saltalamacchia to retire the side.

Reliever Luis Mendoza took care of the Phillies in the ninth, giving up only one hit.

Closer Brad Lidge got into some hot water in the ninth giving up a lead-off double and a single with a ground out in-between.  Lidge escaped unscathed striking out Hamilton and DH Mitlon Bradley to end the game to notch his 19th save in 19 attempts.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on Saturday’s games, click here.

In Sunday’s final, veteran 45 year old lefthander Jamie Moyer is opposed by rookie Eric Hurley.

The Phillies have an off-day on Monday before heading to critical 3 game set with Atlanta followed by an equally critical 10 game homestand starting with 4 games against the Mets. 

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Sunday’s games, click here.

Feliz Slams but Myers Bombed, Phillies Lose

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

                  Pedro Feliz

Phillies 3rd baseman Pedro Feliz pounded a 2 out Grand Slam Homer to leftfield off of lefthander Kason Gabbard to cap a 5 run third inning, but  Brett Myers couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 5-1 lead. With help from reliever Clay Condrey, the Phils gave all 5 runs back in the Texas third inning.  After catcher Chris Coste tied the game in the fourth, the Rangers got single runs in the fifth and eighth innings to edge the Phils by an 8-7 score in Friday’s series opener.

With the loss, the Phillies lead in the NL East dwindled to a single game over Florida, who won and 3 games over both the Mets, who split a home and home Friday doubleheader with the Yankees, and Atlanta.  The Phillies are 4-12 since June 10 and 11-13 for the month of June having lost 8 of their last 9 games and miraculously still in 1st place.

Texas lead-off hitter 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler got the Rangers on the board against Myers to start the game but Myers got through the first inning, despite a walk, on a double-play grounder. 

After retiring the Phils in order in the first, Gabbard found himself in a 2 on, 2 out pickle in the second inning having surrendered 2 walks but emerged unscathed.  Myers then also got out of a jam, 1st and 2nd base on a double and a walk with one out, on 2 strikeouts and a ground out.

But then Gabbard walked 2, with his error on a grounder sandwiched in-between, as the Phillies loaded the bases with none out in the third.  They had yet to get a hit.  Then shortstop Jimmy Rollins grounded out to drive in a run followed by an intentional walk to Pat Burrell to reload the bases for Feliz whose slam was the first Phillies hit.  Centerfielder Shane Victorino then ended the inning by grounding out to 2nd base; 5-1 Phillies.

But then the Rangers went to work on Brett Myers.  After Kinsler led off with a double to right and shortstop Michael Young followed with a single past third, rightfielder Josh Hamilton drove home the 2nd Texas run with a single past 1st baseman Eric Bruntlett.  Bruntlet was playing 1st base in Charlie Manuels AL-style lineup which had Ryan Howard as DH.  Then Myers walked DH Milton Bradley to load the bases and followed by walking leftfielder David Murphy to force in the 3rd Texas run. At this point, Myers hit the showers relieved by Condrey who coaxed former Phillie centerfielder  Marlon Byrd into a 3rd-to-2nd-to-1st doubleplay which scored Hamilton with the 4th run.

Then recently called up 1st baseman Chris Davis pounded a 2 run homer to leftfield scoring Bradley with him to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead.  Condrey got the final out on a line out to leftfield.

The Phils came right back in the fourth inning as Coste led off with a leftfield solo shot sending Gabbard to the showers as the game started taking on the look of a wild one; 6-6.

With one out in the fifth, Bradley’s solo shot put the Rangers ahead for good at 7-6.  After the Rangers loaded the bases with 2 outs, Condrey too hit the showers and was charged with the loss.  Reliever Ryan Madson entered and recorded a strikeout to end the threat.

Both teams went down in the sixth and seventh with no damage done. 
Hamilton’s one out sacrifice fly to left off of
Rudy Seanez in the eighth gave Texas an insurance 8th run which they turned out to need as rightfielder Jayson Werth went yard to left centerfield leading off the ninth inning against closer C.J. Wilson.  Wilson got the next 2 outs before the Phils threatened rightfield double by Burrell and single by Howard put runners at the corners.  But Greg Dobbs, a late game replacement at 1st base, grounded to 2nd base to end the game as Wilson was credited with his 17th save in 19 attempts.

Texas reliever Josh Rupe, who relieved Gabbard in the third and pitched 2 1/3 effective innings during which the Rangers took the lead, was awarded the win. 

It become ever more apparent the Brett Myers is not long for the starting rotation.  AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins notes for Yahoo sports;

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Myers could soon find himself out of the starting rotation.

“First, you have to get somebody to do the job. When things go bad, those are things we discuss,” Manuel said. “I told you two a few outings ago, we’d try to get him right and go from there.”

The Phillies are 1-11 in the last 12 games started by Myers, who is 1-8 in that stretch.

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

Ace lefthander Cole Hamels shoots for his 8th win opposing former Phillie  Vicente Padilla (10-3) in Saturday’s game 2.  In Sunday’s final, veteran 45 year old lefthander Jamie Moyer is opposed by rookie Eric Hurley.

The Phillies have an off-day on Monday before heading to critical 3 game set with Atlanta followed by an equally critical 10 game homestand starting with 4 games against the Mets. 

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Saturday’s games, click here.

Phillies in Deep Offensive Funk as Oakland Wins Shutout

Friday, June 27th, 2008

The Oakland A’s got to Adam Eaton right out of the starting blocks in the first inning and Rich Harden was flat-out dominant over eight innings as the Phillies offense, which awoke briefly on Wednesday, returned to its lethargic slumber funk again being shut out by a 5-0 score and losing 2 of 3 in the series.

Despite the loss, the Phils remained in the NL East lead over the 2nd place  Florida Marlins by 2 games as the Marlins lost. But the Phils saw their lead drop to 3 1/2 and 4 game respectively over the Mets and Braves who both had open dates.

For the Phillies, it was their 7th loss in 8 games as the offense has scored a total of 15 runs in 8 games, 1.875 runs per game, 31 runs in the 11 games (2.82 runs per game) since the June 13th 20-2 rout of St. Louis.  Since June 10th, they have been in a certified tailspin, winning 4 while losing 11.

Harden opened by striking out shortstop Jimmy Rollins and 2nd baseman Chase Utley enroute to fanning 11 Phillies in eight innings of work mounted no offense at all.

Meanwhile, Eaton was down 2-0 after facing the first 3 hitters in the first inning on a leadoff walk and an RBI double by rightfielder Ryan Sweeney followed by an RBI single by leftfielder Jack Cust.  But Eaton settled down after falling behind and was only touched for a sixth inning one out solo homer by rightfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

Eaton finished up throwing 111 pitches through his seven innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6 in losing his 6th game against 2 wins.

Reliever Tom Gordon, who seems at or near the end of the line careerwise, was once again roughed-up in the eighth inning as Oakland scored 2 more  inconsequential insurance runs as the Phillies offense was moribund.

To show just how dominant Harden was, the first 14 Phillies went down before Shane Victorino singled to rightfield in the fifth.  Then Harden got next 7 of 8 Phillie hitters, only walking catcher Carlos Ruiz in the sixth, before Victorino singled to open the eighth inning.  The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” who tried real hard to breath life into the Phils offense on Wednesday, stole second but was stranded there as Harden struck the side.  Regarding Victorino’s stolen base, the AP recap for Yahoo sports notes;

The Phillies have been successful on 23 consecutive steal attempts and lead the majors with a 90 percent success rate.

The AP recap also records these comments on Harden’s performance;

“I’ve had games where I’ve felt better,” Harden said. “In the past I’ve always had that one inning when I’d lose command suddenly. I want to get away from that. I was able to locate pitches and I felt good.”

Harden’s previous best for strikeouts was 10 against Tampa Bay on Aug. 31, 2003. He is the first A’s pitcher to start a season 5-0 since Billy Koch in 2002, and he improved to 18-3 in 29 starts when pitching at least seven innings.

“I can’t think of a more dominating performance than that one,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “When he’s on, he’s almost unhittable.”

“He pitched one of the better games against us this year if not the best,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “We got beat by a good pitcher. They outhit us and outpitched us.”

Harden threw 95 pitches, easily his most proficient outing of the season.

“He didn’t leave too much over the plate for us,” Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said. “It seemed like he could have gone longer.”

Harden was replaced by lefthanded reliever Alan Embree who easily got the first 2 outs on a foul out and and a ground out before leftfielder Pat Burrell tripled to leftfield.  He was stranded when 1st baseman Ryan Howard grounded to 3rd base to end the game.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on Thursday’s games, click here.

On Friday, the Phils head to Texas to play 3 games with the Texas Rangers while desperately needing turn things around and to end June on winning notes.  Brett Myers, who hopes to build on the momentum of his previous start after a couple of poundings, is opposed by 26 year old lefthander Kason Gabbard in Friday’s opener.   Ace lefthander Cole Hamels shoots for his 8th win opposing former Phillie Vicente Padilla (10-3) in Saturday’s game 2.

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Friday’s and Saturday’s games,  click here and here.

Kendrick Leads Phillies Past A’s as Offense Awakens

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

    Chase utley     Kyle Kendrick    Chris Coste

Young Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick threw an eight inning 4 hit shutout gem in the longest start of his career, lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero finished off Oakland in the ninth. The slumbering Phils offense, led by 2nd baseman Chase Utley’s 4 for 5 game and catcher Chris Coste’s 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, awakened with 4 runs and 11 hits as the Phillies broke their 6 game losing string Wednesday with a 4-0 win.

With the win, the Phils finally picked up some lost ground in the NL East as they extended their lead to 2 full games over the 2nd place Florida Marlins who lost and maintained their 4 and 4 1/2 game leads over the Mets and  Braves who both won.

Kendrick went right to work on the A’s retiring 13 of the firat 14 hitters he faced, issuing only 1 first inning walk, before 3rd baseman Jack Hannahan’s fifth inning 1-out ground-rule double.  From there, the youngster retired the next 7 hitters in a row before shortstop Bobby Crosby’s seventh inning 2-out single.  The only time that Oakland put 2 runners on base in the same inning was with 1 out in the eighth, Kendrick’s final inning.  But Kendrick got a strikeout and a ground out to the pitcher to end the inning.   Kendrick threw 113 pitches in eight innings in what may have been his finest, of quite a few fine performances over the past 2 seasons.  He walked 1, allowed 4 hits and struck out 4 to earn his 7th win against 3 losses.

The AP recap for Yahoo sports discusses Kendrick’s performance;

“Each inning we were trying to figure out exactly what he was throwing,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “Hitters were coming back saying they weren’t getting much over the middle of the plate. He was sinking the ball well, living on the corners and showing good command.”

“My command was good throwing inside to the left-handers,” said Kendrick, who threw a career-high 113 pitches. “You have to throw inside to get them moving a little and I was using my sinker and slider.”

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense, previously flatter than Israeli lafa during the 6 game losing string, reawakened, led by Utley’s 4 for 5 game.

Rightfielder Jayson Werth opened the game against rookie lefthander  Greg Smith by drawing a walk. Then Utley singled to rightfield pushing Werth to 2nd base.  After shortstop Jimmy Rollins popped out to shallow right centerfield, Werth and Utley executed a double-steal putting runners at 2nd and 3rd base.  Leftfielder Pat Burrell drove in Werth with the Phillies 1st run on a sacrifice fly to center.  Utley, however, was stranded at 2nd base as DH Ryan Howard struck out to end the inning.

The Phils added 2 more runs on Smith in the fourth inning on 3rd baseman Pedro Feliz’s RBI triple to leftfield and Coste’s first of two RBIs on a sacrifice fly to rightfield.

Losing pitcher Smith surrendered one more Phillies run with two outs in the sixth inning when centerfielder Shane Victorino bunted safely.  The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” then charged around the bases, scoring from 1st base on Coste’s single on a short fly which fell just in front of centerfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

Smith pitched well over 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits.  But the Phils offense did what it had to do in the clutch and hopefully, Victorino’s made dash around the bases on Coste’s shallow single re-lit the fire for games to come.

Manager Charlie Manuel shook up his lineup and adjusted to the AL DH rule.  He led off with Werth, moved Utley to the #2 slot, batted Rollins 3rd, put Burrell at cleanup dropping DH Howard to 5th, Victorino to 7th and put  Eric Bruntlett at 1st base and hitting 9th, in the normal pitcher’s spot.

J.C. Romero finished off what Kendrick started, making short work of the A’s despite issuing a 2-out walk.

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

In Thursday’s final, Adam Eaton goes against Rich Harden as the Phils hope to leave Oakland with winning momentum of having taken 2 of 3 games after having lost 6 in a row.

On Friday, the Phils head to Texas to play 3 games with the Texas Rangers and are hoping to end June on a winning note.  Brett Myers, who hopes to build on the momentum of his previous start after a couple of poundings, is opposed by 26 year old lefthander Kason Gabbard in Friday’s opener.   Ace lefthander Cole Hamels shoots for his 8th win opposing former Phillie Vicente Padilla (10-3) in Saturday’s game 2.

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Thursday’s games, click here.

Moyer Strong vs Oakland, But Phillies Lose 6th Straight

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Phillies veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer gave another strong performance for 6 1/3 innings and leftfielder Pat Burrell solo homered in the fourth inning.  But the Phillies offense continued their slumber against Oakland’s  Joe Blanton as the A’s got two late homers to come out on top by a 5-2 score in Tuesday’s opener.

Despite their 6th straight loss, the Phillies maintained their one game lead in the NL East over 2nd place Florida and their leads over the Mets and  Braves at 4 and 4 1/2 games respectively as all 3 teams lost.

Moyer retired 12 in a row between the third and sixth innings and only allowed Oakland 1 hit while walking 1 and striking out 9 through six innings.

Meanwhile, Blanton had to work out of early trouble as the Phils threatened in the first inning as centerfielder Shane Victorino singled through the middle and wnd baseman Chase Utley walked.  But Blanton got 1st baseman Ryan Howard and Burrell to each ground out to end the threat.  The Phils went down in order in the second and third innings before Burrell’s 2 out centerfield homer in the fourth put them on the board. Blanton then had an easy time with the Phils in the fifth and sixth innings. 

The Phillies loaded the bases on Blanton with one out in the seventh. But once again, they failed to push in a run as catcher Carlos Ruiz grounded into an inning ending double-play.

Manager Charlie Manuel, watching Moyer’s success through six innings, apparently didn’t take note that his veteran lefthander had thrown 92 pitches when Moyer took the mound for the seventh inning.  It’s not the first time lately that Charlie’s left his starter in too long and paid dearly.  With his once potent, powerful offense seeming comatose, there’s not much margin for error on the pitching side.

With two on and one out in the seventh, lefftfielder Emil Brown went yard on Moyer and Oakland led 3-1.  After a 2 out double by rookie centerfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Moyer hit the showers relieved by Chad Durbin who got the final out of the inning.  Moyer gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 9 and walking only one.  Moyer, as with Brett Myers on Tuesday, deserved a better fate than to lose.

Lefthanded reliever Alan Embree replaced Blanton to begin the Phillies eighth inning.  Blanton threw 119 pitches allowing 1 run on 4 hits while walking 4 and striking out 5 for his 4th win vs 10 losses.  Victorino led off against Embree with a single and stole 2nd base.  After Utley struck out, Howard singled to centerfield to cut Oakland’s lead to 3-2.  Howard got to 2nd base on a passed ball but was stranded there as Burrell struck out.

The Phils marched out their own lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero to pitch the eighth.  Romero got the first two outs easy enough.  But after a walk,
the A’s got a rare score on Romero as DH
Jack Cust went yard to give the A’s 2 insurance runs.  Reliever Ryan Madson came on to get the final out in the eighth, a strike out.

A’s closer Huston Street retired the Phils in order in the ninth on two strikeouts and a groundout to end the game.   Street was credited with his 14th save.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on Tuesday’s games, click here.

in Wednesday’s game 2,young second year Kyle Kendrick is opposed by rookie lefthander Greg Smith.  In Thursday’s final,  Adam Eaton goes against Rich Harden.  The Phillies badly need these two games after having lost 6 in a row.

On Friday, the Phils head to Texas to play 3 games with the Texas Rangers and are hoping to end June on a winning note..

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Wednesday’s games, click here.