First Loss

The Phillies couldn't catch a break.. even though they technically did. Missed opportunities played the biggest part in the Phillies lost.

Jamie Moyer suffered his first loss to the Flordia Marlins in his career. His record against the Marlins is now 10-1.

Moyer did not have the type of game he's had all year, despite pitching somewhat well. He did not have the control he normally has. His pitch count enclosed around 100 in the 5th inning. The first run, he walked in. The second run came in on a fielders choice. Despite some command struggles, Moyer allowed just 2 earned runs in 5 innings on 3 walks and 6 hits.

In the 7th inning, the Marlins would take a 4-0 lead on an Alfredo Amezaga 2 run single. Les Walrond made his Phillies debut giving up one of those runs in 1/3 innings of work. He walked two batters, and struck out one.

However, the Phillies would cut that lead in half. Shane Victorino hit a 2 run homerun off the left field foul pole. Or was it? Replays show that the ball was clearly foul. Jorge Cantu argued the call, but after a brief meeting among the umpires, the call stood. Homerun.

Instant replay for disputed homerun calls could be in effecet soon. It was supposed to be in effect on August 1st, but that was changed to September 1st for trial purposes. If it works out, it could be used in the playoffs.

In the 9th inning, the Marlins broke the game open. Up 6-2, Jermey Herminda hit a 2 run single to go up 8-2.

J.A Happ gave up 4 runs in 2 innings of work. Happ hasn't got much work in since his recall. Today was his first major league appearance since July 9th.

The Phillies had all the chances in the world to win the game. The Marlins had their share of missed opportunities leaving 29 men on base. The Phillies could of took advantage of that, but instead left their own 22 men on base.

But, you have to give Josh Johnson some credit. Coming off Tommy John surgery a year ago, he's made quite a comeback. Johnson pitched 6 scoreless innings. He allowed 5 hits, and walked 4, and struck out 3, easily earning the win.

Florida is now 1.5 games out of the NL East.


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