Jamie Moyer got another opportunity to show he still has gas left in the tank. Unfortunately the chance to throw a few frames came at the expense of Cliff Lee’s worst start in Phillies pinstripes rather than mother nature.
Lee lasted only three innings, surrendering six runs for the second time in as many games. Lee was able to work out of a two-out, two-men-on jam without damage done in the bottom of the first inning. In the second inning, Lee’s troubles began.
With the bases loaded for the Astros, courtesy of three seeing-eye hits, pitcher Wandy Rodriguez stepped to the plate with no outs and ripped a double down the right-field line, scoring two. After striking out former Phillie, Michael Bourn, Kaz Matsui doubled to left, scoring two more, capping off a four-run second inning.
The Astros would add two more in the third on a two-run bomb from Hunter Pence before Charlie Manuel would hand the ball over to the crafty veteren and the Phillies newest long reliever, Jamie Moyer. Moyer surrendered just one run in three innings out of the pen, but his solid effort was too little, too late.
The Phillies offense has struggled as of late and despite taking two of three games from the Giants, they only produced three runs in the series. Tonight, the struggles continued.
‘Stros starter Wandy Rodriguez had the Phillies line-up befuddled all evening as he threw seven innings of shut-out ball, scattering seven Phillies hits, while striking out seven.
Despite the 7-0 loss, Carlos Ruiz managed to finish the game 3 for 4 at the plate. Shane Victorino provided the defensive highlight of the night for the Phils throwing out Aaron Boone at home in the eighth.
The Phillies will look to even the series tomorrow night in game two of the four game set.