Whatever is wrong with the Phillies, it needs to stop now. Jamie Moyer pitched okay and the offense made Todd Wellemeyer look like Tim Lincecum as the Phillies lost 6-2 Tuesday night. This was the first time the Phillies were NOT in first place in the NL East since May 29, 2009.
Moyer (2-2, 5.25) wasn’t bad at all. He went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, one walk, and striking out two. He got no offensive support at all. Wellemeyer (1-3, 6.33) went seven-plus innings, allowing two runs on three hits, three walks, and striking out four.
The Phillies attempted a late rally in the eighth while down 6-1. Ben Francisco drove in Carlos Ruiz with no outs to make it 6-2. The after Shane Victorino was called out on strikes (one of my biggest pet peeves), Placido Polanco hit into an inning-ending double play.
Then Chase Utley led-off the ninth trying to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out. Ryan Howard then stared at strike-three and Jayson Werth did the same.
The Phillies can’t expect to beat Lincecum tomorrow if they aren’t hitting. Though a break-out game would be due, it’s not happening against a pitcher as unbelievable as Lincecum. It’s a tough pill to swallow but I think the Giants will be getting out the brooms.
Doubles: Werth (10)
WP: Wellemeyer (1-3). LP: Moyer (2-2).