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Gameday: Phillies (27-20) at Marlins (24-25)

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, May 29, 2010 06:10 PM | Comments: 136
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Philadelphia Phillies (27-20) at Florida Marlins (24-25)

Florida Marlins

Roy Halladay (6-2, 2.22 ERA) at Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43 ERA)

Time: 7:10, Sun Life Stadium
Weather: Scattered Storms, 86
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

Although the Phillies scored just 3 runs last night, they escaped with their first victory of the week taking the opener from the Marlins. They look to continue the run-scoring carousel with a win in balmy Miami, where we’re likely to see some rain tonight.

Fortunately, the Phils have their ace starting, even though he is coming off his worst start of the season in which he coughed up eight hits, seven runs and two walks in just 5 2/3 innings. The silver lining however is that Halladay only threw 99 pitches, so he should be well rested for tonight’s game. Last season after throwing back-to-back complete games, he lasted just lasted 3 innings in an interleague match against the Fish – he left after 43 pitches with a sore groin. Roy boy beat the Marlins earlier this season, going 8 innings allowing two runs on eight hits.

Pitching for the Marlins will be Josh Johnson, one of the team’s most reliable starters. Johnson will be looking to close out the month with another low-scoring appearance. He has allowed just 6 runs in five starts in May and is riding a 18+ inning scoreless streak….Just what Phillies fans want to hear…and in case you haven’t noticed, the Phillies haven’t hit a home run since Russ Gload’s lame duck shot on Sunday.

It would be a bit of an overstatement to say the Phillies offense broke out of their slump last night, but they certainly showed signs of improvement. As was noted in the Mets series, the Phillies were not moving runners to help their scoring chances. Last night witnessed Chase Utley’s second stolen base of the season as well as well-timed double steal that helped secure the winning run. After leading the NL in swipes last season, the Phils currently sit 13th in the league; and there’s more to blame than just Jimmy Rollins’ injury.

After shifting around the lineup last night, here’s Charlie Manuel’s scorecard for tonight:

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Valdez SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Castro 3B, Halladay P

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  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    “…we’re likely to see some rain tonight.”

    Yeah, welcome to South Florida. You’re likely to see rain every night of the summer. I lived in Fort Lauderdale for 4 years, so I speak from experience. It’s a good thing they’re building their new stadium with a roof.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Rats. Oh well, we got a hit in the first.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    our 3rd string SS aint doing so bad is he…?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yeah, that was a nice hit! Maybe I should stop pronouncing his name “Valdeez” :D

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Besides being the gidp champion, no he’s not.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Meanwhile, our 2nd string SS is playing 3rd tonight. And yet we’re still in 1st place.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Nice solid first inning from roy, hopefully an omen to the rest of the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: what the hell is that Willy Wonka commercial supposed to be advertising?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Woo hoo! Another double! Let’s see if we can do something with this one!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    CHOOCH!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Rats. Again.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Tough luck when the pitcher spot comes up runners on the corner and 2 outs. Oh well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I get to rely on MLB.com and you guys Tracey, keep the updates coming please.
    Quite a few pitches thrown in the first inning by Roy – 19

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    When I was listening on the radio on the way home, I know Roy had the first batter at a full count – here the first batter in the second inning same thing

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Seems to be throwing lots of off speed stuff so far. Not a whole lot of fastballs but looking good (as usual).

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Way to go Cody, first pitch swinging buddy

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow, another hit for Valdez! It’s his night tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Look at Valdeez! 2 for 2

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHOA!!!! HE MISSED IT!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Yahoo!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Utley hit it deeper than the CF realized, CF jumped up to get it, got some glove on it, but it bounced off his glove into the outfield!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Was Valdeez running all the way? How did he score from first?
    Did the ball go to the wall and bounce around -

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Wow, intentional walk to get to Jayson

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Utley got all the way to 3rd on that one. It rolled back to the wall. Now we’ve got runners at the corners (Howard intentionally walked) with 1 out. We should get at least one more run out of this inning…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Damn Jayson!?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Argh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Tell you what, this site is a hell of a lot more palatable without the Muts around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    They’re replaying that error by the CF. The ball bounced UP off his glove, out to the warning track, and he had to chase after it. That’s how Valdez scored. But hey, unearned runs count.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Marlins pitcher has 59 pitches already. Don’t know how long he’s going to last. (Halladay’s at 31, but only 2.1 IP)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Hell of a run by the Flyin Hawaiian. Two down.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Great at bat Jay. Take 2 strikes with a guy on 3rd.

    NExt week on LOST – Werth, Ibanez and Ruiz’s swings,

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    9 up, 9 down, Phillies turn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Bottom of the order now. Don’t expect much action.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Looked like CF might blow it again, but he got that one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    CHOOCH!!! Also his second hit of the night!

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    FOUND: ruiz’s swing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Halladay is showing bunt.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oops…. and struck out. Now let’s see if Shane can find his swing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (sigh!) Another LOB

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Where is Shane’s consistency gone.. we need consistency

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    He’s very consistent. He has popped out to the same location twice tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Aw… ball dropped about 3 rows back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    W00T! 12 up, 12 down, 6 Ks, and only 52 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Chase is 3 for his last 25 – and not showing any signs of improving

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Well, that’s the first 1-2-3 inning against the Phils. Johnson’s up to 92 pitches. We’ll be facing their ‘pen soon.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Where are the met trolls. Getting beat again 5 2

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I think you’ve answered your own question, Jeff.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    15 up; 15 down; 64 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (meanwhile, on NBC, the Flyers game is scoreless…)

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Halladay is sharp as a tack….nice

     
 
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