Posted by mattsmith on 8:09pm, Sunday August 9th 2009
Sunday, August 9th
Marlins 12, Phillies 3
This was the ugliest loss of the season.
The Marlins finally solved Jamie Moyer and Josh Johnson pitched like an ace for Florida, which swept the Phillies and is four games back in the division.
We could have seen the last of Moyer, who allowed 11 hits and three runs over five-plus innings.
The Phillies have had 1-9 homestands, horrible starting pitching and a closer who can’t close, but this loss ranks at the top of worst moments of 2009.
Shane Victorino was ejected for arguing balls and strikes… in center field.
Victorino ran in from center field and had to be restrained from home plate umpire Ed Rapuano. Victorino threw his arms up in the air after a pitch by Rodrigo Lopez was called a ball in the seventh inning. Victorino pushed Paul Bako out of the way and nearly made contact with Rapuano.
(The ejection was bush league all the way. Rapuano should be disgusted with himself and, consequently, fined for his actions).
The Marlins unloaded for six runs in the seventh. Jayson Werth, who replaced Victorino, failed to put his glove on the grass to field a single up the middle by Mickey Man… err, Chris Coghlan, allowing three runners to score while Coghlan advanced to third base.
The Phillies’ bats, meanwhile, were quieted once again. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard both haven’t hit a home run in 12 games and Chase Utley is mired in a terrible slump.
Ibanez hasn’t had an RBI in August.
The lack of production is mind-boggling.
Philly will look to get back on track at Wrigley Field starting Tuesday.
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