Sunday, April 11, 2010

Offense carries inconsistent Moyer

The Phillies keep on rolling and for the second straight time to start the season, they will go for the sweep in the series finale. The match-up: Roy Halladay vs. Roy Oswalt. Doesn't get much better than that.

It looked as though the Phils were on their way to another easy victory last night, jumping out to a 4-0 lead thanks to Jayson Werth three RBI, Ryan Howard's triple and Jamie Moyer retiring the first eight batters he faced.

Then, the inconsistency that marred Moyer last season arose again when he allowed a double to the opposing pitcher in the third. Former Phil Jason Michaels followed with a two-run homer and the wheels fell off in a hurry. As quickly as he retired the first eight batters, he allowed eight straight hitters to reach base. Houston took a 5-4 lead, their first lead of the season.

But Moyer settled down and kept the Phils in the game. Good thing. Ryan Howard crushed a two-run blast to left-center in the seventh; Shane Victorino hit his first homer of the season and the Phils never looked back.

Chad Durbin and Danys Baez each pitched a perfect inning and Ryan Madson allowed one run as the Phils won 9-6.

They are 4-1 and have 10 hits in every game to start the season. That speaks for itself.

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