Phils bats held in check as Marllins take them down 5-1
When you look at Jamie Moyer's line this morning, it is a bit misleading. He had a disasterous first inning, including a 3 run home run surrended to former Philly Ronnie Paulino, but cruised after that, even striking out 7 in 6 innings of work. Nelson Figueroa continued his best JA Happ impression coming in for multiple innings and shutting the opposing offense down. Chad Durbin pitched a clean inning as well.
However, the bigger story of the night was probably the inability of the offense to get anything going against Ricky Nolasco. He no hit the Phils through 4 and only allowed a run on Jayson Werth's solo shot in the 9th with 2 outs. No single Phillie had more than one hit, 5 in total. Although Werth's home run was only his first of the year, he is hitting .342 in his contract year.
The phils finish off the set today when Nate Robertson takes on Cole Hamels at 1:35.
In injury news, Brad Lidge pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning last night, striking out one. It is only single A batters we're talking about here, but still, you have to start somewhere. JC Romero is going to through back to back games in AAA this week. If he feels good on day 2, he'll try to rejoin the team for its upcoming road trip against Atlanta. JA Happ is experiencing soreness and may have his next step start skipped.
Mlbtraderumors.com posted an interesting article listing the largest contracts given out in team history in terms of total money. The largest contract the Phils ever gave out? Utley's 85 million dollar deal, only the 18th highest among all major league teams.