The Phillies got poor pitching and no timely hitting, leading to an 8-2 loss to the Marlins Tuesday night.
I really should note they got no timely hitting. Shane Victorino’s home run was a foul ball that was ruled fair. Other than that, they took absolutely no advantage of any opportunity handed to them. Ryan Howard struck out in a very key moment of the game, when they could’ve tied it at 4. He hit into a double play another time.
In fact, the Phillies hit into multiple double plays, some by chance, some by design. It seemed as if the Phils wanted to break out and hit it off Marlins pitching, but just never could.
Jamie Moyer went just five innings and gave up only two runs, but threw a lot of balls and didn’t help his cause one bit. The Fish were much more patient at the plate, solving Moyer and giving him his first career loss against them. In relief, Clay Condrey, Les Walrond and JA Happ pitched poorly. Walrond struck out a batter, then walked a couple, threw a wild pitch and gave up a two-run hit. Happ gave up a few more runs late. The back end was finally given a chance to pitch, and didn’t show up. But when you don’t use guys for two weeks, wouldn’t that be the case?
Overall, a poor loss for the Phils, and one that hopefully doesn’t leave too much of a sour taste. It’s better not to get that series loss.
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