Jamie Moyer became the second pitcher in as many days to put out a great performance only to have the offense not pick him up. A day removed from Roy Halladay’s complete game loss, Moyer allowed only two runs the Phils 4-1 loss to the Cubs Wednesday night.
Moyer went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Tom Gorzelanny went 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the Cubs, only allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five. Carlos Marmol notched his seventh save on the year.
The Phillies didn’t put a run on board until the eighth inning when they trailed 2-0. Placido Polanco doubled and scored a couple batters later on Ryan Howard’s ground out.
The Cubs scored first in the third inning on a Starlin Castro RBI single. They made it 2-0 in the seventh with an RBI single by Jeff Baker. They then got two runs in the ninth when the score was 2-1 when pinch-hitter Xavier Nady hit a two-run single up the middle.
The Phillies pressed in the ninth. With two outs and runners on first and second, Shane Victorino struck out on the check swing to end the game.
The Phillies have only managed to score two runs in the last two games, something uncommon with their high-powered offense. Hopefully this little drought will end as they go into series’s against the Red Sox, Mets, Marlins, Braves, and Padres in the next two weeks.
Doubles: Polanco (9).
WP: Gorzelanny (2-4). LP: Moyer (5-3). S: Marmol (7).