The Phillies were shut out once again on this road trip, the fourth time in six games and the fifth in the last eight. The Marlins got a run in the sixth as the offense spoiled a great outing by Jamie Moyer as the Phillies dropped this one 1-0.
The amazing part is that the Phils still won the series despite scoring four runs. They are also homer-less in their last 54 innings. The last home runs hit was a pinch-hit two-run homer by Ross Gload on May 22 against Boston in the ninth.
Moyer lasted six innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings to hold the Marlins but the offense couldn’t get the job done.
The Phillies managed only four hits in the loss, two of them coming from lead-off hitter Shane Victorino. The team struck out 11 times in the poor showing.
In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Hanley Ramirez stole second to put himself into scoring position. Two batters later, Ronny Paulino worked his ex-Phillies magic and drove in Ramirez for the game’s only run.
One week ago, the Phillies had six of their regulars batting above .300. Now they have two (Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco who are both hurt).Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth have been the most disappointing thus far.
Werth struck out four times today, bringing him to a total of 49. Howard leads the team with 52 strike outs. Utley got cold fast, batting .087 (2-for-23) in his past six games. Howard hasn’t homered since May 21.
Double: Victorino (7)
WP: Sanchez (5-2). LP: Moyer (5-5). S: Nunez (10).