a 2008 Philadelphia Phillies: Phillies Cannot Get Bats Going
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Phillies Cannot Get Bats Going as They Drop 2 of 3

The Phillies have to get the bats going and fast. For the second straight series the Phils could not put together any offense and their hold on the NL east is slipping. The Phils dropped two of three from Oakland and the pitching did extremely well.

Philadelphia Phillies hats In the first game the Phillies (43-35) could not solve Joe Blanton as the A’s (42-34) beat the Phillies 5-2. Only Pat Burrell got any offense for the Phils as he hit a home run to center in the fourth inning. Blanton (4-10) pitched seven strong allowing only the home run and four hits to pick up his fourth win of the year. Jamie Moyer was cruising until the seventh inning when he gave up a three run shot to Emil Brown which gave the lead and the game to the A’s. Moyer struck out nine through six and a third, giving up the three runs. A quality start wasted because the Phillies could not get their offense going. Huston Street picked up his 14 th save for the A’s.

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The Phils (43-36) finally ended their six game losing streak in the second game of this series with a gem by Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick pitched eight innings of shut out ball allowing four hits and striking out four in the 4-0 victory. Chase Utley also bounced out of his slump with authority as he had four hits. He came a homer short of the cycle as he singled, doubled, and tripled in his first three at bats. The Phils still stranded eleven guys on base and pounded out eleven hits.

In the rubber game the Phils (43-37) could not handle Rich Harden and the A’s (43-35) took the game 5-0. Harden (5-0) dominated the Phillies, striking out eleven and giving up two hits through eight innings of work. Adam Eaton (2-6) pitched well for the Phillies as he went seven innings giving up three runs and striking out six, but it was not enough as the A’s took the game and the series. Carlos Gonzalez had two hits including a home run to lead Oakland.

Next up the slumping Phillies head to Texas for a three game set with the Rangers. The Phillies have struggled in interleague play but they have to get something going as the Marlins, Braves, and Mets are nipping at their heels. The pitching probables are as follows:

  • B. Myers (3-9) vs. K. Gabbard (2-3)
  • C. Hamels (7-5) vs. V. Padilla (10-3)
  • J. Moyer (7-5) vs. E. Hurley (0-1)


By Andrew Nuscis
Philadelphia Phillies & Tampa Bay Rays Correspondent

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