Phillies edged again, 2-1
Written by: Phil E. Backer
Saturday, May 8, 2010
After the return of eight Chewonki campers to their lineup, the Phillies found themselves in another tight ballgame Saturday at Plaisted. Despite excellent pitching from R.J. and Matt and errorless defense under wet and occasionally rainy conditions did anyone else see that harbor seal swim through our dugout in the fifth? the Phillies again fell one run short, losing 2-1 to the unbeaten Rangers.
Joe led the way offensively with a pair of ringing doubles. He also scored the lone run when Jacob put a two-strike pitch into play and reached base an a Rangers error.
Will laid down a nifty bunt to move Joe into scoring position. R.J. stung the ball twice, reaching on an error in the first inning and seeing the Rangers second baseman handle a hot smash in the sixth.
Looking to break open a tie game in the fourth, Jake drew a walk and stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out, but the third Rangers pitcher of the game was able to set down the last eight Phillies batters in order.
R.J. opened the game by striking out the side in the first. He finished with six whiffs and yielded only one hit, leaving the game temporarily after taking a cleat across the wrist on a successful putout at the plate of a runner attempting to score. Credit George with a hustling assist.
On another play at the plate, which resulted in the first Rangers run, R.J. made a heads-up move by throwing to Nat at third to catch Rangers runner trying to sneak an extra base.
Isaac and Will combined on a nice fielding play in the third, with Isaac ranging far to his left for a grounder and shoveling to Will, who barehanded the ball for the out at first.
Matt and Joe each handled infield flies with aplomb. R.J. made a horizontal dive behind the bag at second to knock down a line drive. Matt struck out five in 2 1/3 innings of strong relief.
The Phils look to get off the schneid with three games in four days, beginning Wednesday night against the Cubs and continuing Friday against the Red Sox and Saturday against the Pirates. Call it a homestand, as the Phils will have last raps in all three.