Monday, April 19, 2010

Phils drop two straight to Marlins

After taking the series opener from Florida, the Phils dropped two straight for the first time this season, losing their first series. The offense went from plentiful to anemic in the two losses of 5-1 and 2-0.

Jamie Moyer, once again had one terrible inning around a decent outing. Allowing five runs in the first, the Marlins never looked back behind a terrific start from Ricky Nolasco. Jayson Werth's solo homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth broke the shutout, but Nolasco still pitched a complete game victory.

Cole Hamels was excellent in the rubber match. Dan Uggla hit a solo shot off the foul pole and Ryan Madson allowed an inherited base runner to score, which was more than enough for Nate Robertson and the Marlins. Hamels pitched in and out of jams all day, but he got big outs when he needed them and made quality pitches; an encouraging sign and certainly an outing Hamels can build from. He falls to 2-1 as his record is started to balance out. He was fortunate to pick up two straight victories to start the season over Washington as he was backed by an offensive onslaught. Now he takes a tough luck loss but he will undoubtedly focus on the positives after that start.

The Phillies have the day off before regrouping for their series in Atlanta starting tomorrow. Phils fans will get their first look at twenty year old phenom Jason Heyward; as well as Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe. That's some tremendous pitching the Phils will see in Atlanta this week. Hope they bring some hots bats with them.

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