Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happ pitches well as Phils fall; Lee not scheduled to pitch in San Fran

J.A. Happ fell on some tough luck last night, losing his second consecutive start as the Phils failed to complete the sweep of Arizona, losing 4-0.

Happ surrendered a two-run homer to Justin Upton in the first inning that just managed to clear the left field wall, but showed his maturity but settling down and keeping the Diamondbacks in check.

In his six innings pitched, Happ allowed just three hits and those two runs; but Yusmeiro Petit was tremendous, picking up his first victory of the season by tossing six scoreless innings.

Happ showed his composure while dealing with adversity for a second straight start, something many young pitchers fail to do. Keeping the Diamondbacks off the bases, and more importantly the scoreboard, was important in allowing the offense an opportunity for a rally. The rally never came.

Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco will join the Phillies in San Francisco for tonight's game. Cliff Lee is not penciled in to start during the series against the Giants, and is unlikely to make his Phillies debut until the team returns home to face Colorado. He could have made his debut on Saturday, when he was originally scheduled to pitch for Cleveland, in could have been an intriguing match-up of 2008's Cy Young award winners as the Phils oppose Tim Lincecum on Saturday.

The Giants acquired durable second baseman Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh yesterday, and he could be in the lineup against the Phils tonight as Rodrigo Lopez takes the hill looking to put the Phils right back into the win column.

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