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Moyer Pounded, Offense Slumbers, Toronto Thumps Phillies

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Phillies veteran 46 year old lefthander Jamie Moyer was wacked for 2 first inning Toronto runs before recording his first out of the game.  Then the Blue Jays executed a 2 out double-steal before scoring their 3rd run of the inning.  After giving up a lead-off solo homer in the second, Moyer settled down to hold the Blue Jays scoreless through the sixth inning.  But when manager Charlie Manuel sent Moyer out for the seventh inning, he and reliever Chad Durbin were slammed for 3 more runs while all the Phillies could manage offensively was rightfielder Jayson Werth’s fourth inning 2 out solo homer off of Scott Richmond who lasted 8 innings.  Moyer was pounded as the offense slumbered and Toronto thumped the Phillies by a 7-1 score in Wednesday’s series game 2.

Fortunately, despite the loss, the Phils remained 3 games up in their NL East division as the 2nd place Mets lost to Baltimore by 6-4 in a turn-around of Tuesday’s score.

The game was yet another ugly deal which Phillies fans have had a belly-full of during the team’s 4 losses in its last 5 games after beginning June with a 7-3 run.  Only by dumb-luck have they only shed 1 game of their lead over the Mets in this span.

One can follow the game’s pitch-by-pitch box score by clicking here.  One need look no further than former Phillies 3rd baseman Scott Rolen and catcher Rod Barajas pummelling Phillies pitching for the 2nd straight game.  AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi notes in the recap for Yahoo sports:

Rolen has a seven-game hitting streak. He’s batting .517 (15 for 29) during that stretch.

The game was too discussing to even venture a treatment of it’s recap.

Rather, below are some choice tidbits on the game and where the season holds from 2 of the more prominent Phillies bloggers.

Beerleaguer’s Jason Weitzel scores manager Charlie Manuel and the Phillies slumbering offense:

Moyer allowed four early runs set up by the fact that he couldn’t find the zone. To his credit, he settled in and started making some pitches, but with a depleted bullpen, Charlie Manuel asked a six-inning starter to pitch into the seventh and was burned for a couple of more, putting this game out of reach.

The execution and approach against Scott Richmond, who matched a season-high 11 strikeouts against this offense using the same basic pitch, was an insult to fans who came out to watch this 13-18 home team in the rain. Even when they still in striking distance, there was no desire to work a count, reach base and get something started. Chalk up another home series loss, too; the only series wins have come against the Nationals, and the last one occurred in late April. You’d need to hop on a plane somewhere to see good baseball from this club.

And Phillies Nation’s Tim Malcolm finds nothing positive regarding the game:

There was not one redeeming moment in the Phillies’ 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays. No, not the four solid middle innings Jamie Moyer threw — they were cruel jokes jammed from either way by horrendous innings of pinball. Sorry Jamie, but four of seven won’t cut it, not against a strong-armed team like the Blue Jays, a team that shows patience, duty and a businessman’s approach at the plate.

And no, not even the Jayson Werth solo home run could redeem the bleak evening. That homer was straight out of the Citizens Bank Park guidebook: The last ball in the range bucket smacked as hard as possible and landing just on the edge of the green. Werth attmpted to duplicate that sad feat twice more but found himself kneeling at the altar of Scott Richmond after all-too-predictable curveballs. Richmond struck out 11 in eight innings of five-hit ball.  Roy Halladay couldn’t have done it better.

The saddest mark on this game is the now-struggling Raul Ibanez, …0-for-3 now showing a .312 average. A far cry from those “he can do anything” days of one week ago. It’s silly to even mention that Jimmy Rollins again went hitless in the leadoff spot…

No, this was pure embarrassment by a team that, right now, seems more poised and skilled than the phlailin’ Phils. The home record is now a truly head-scratching 13-18. Only Colorado and Washington have fewer home wins.

Oh, wait, there was one positive: Tyler Walker struck out two in his inning of work. Congratulations, Tyler. Get this kid a smiley-face sticker.

Moyer, who threw 101 pitches in six innings giving up 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 homers while walking 2 and stiking out 6, was tagged with his 6th loss.  He looked nothing like in his last 3 outings where he gave up a total of 6 runs in nineteen innings and only 1 homer.  Richmond, who tossed 107 pitches in an eight inning 5 hitter giving up only Werth’s solo shot to right centerfield, won his 5th game of the season.

For all of the scores of Wednesday’s games, click here.

In Thursday’s series final Joe Blanton takes the mound the Phillies, once again having lost the first 2 games of a home series, hope to salvage the series final.  Blanton is opposed by rookie lefthander Brad Mills for the Blue Jays. Blanton has turned in solid performances in his last 4 starts giving up but 6 runs in 27 innings of pitching, although giving up 5 homers in that stretch.

Next into town are the Baltimore Orioles who play a 3 game weeked series against the Phils beginning on Friday night.

For all of Thursday’s games, click here.

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