Notes From Phillies’ 6-4 Loss To BaltimoreBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Saturday, June 9th, 2012
The Phillies fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, losing 6-4 in extra innings. The defeat puts the Phils’ record at 29-32, and are now seven games behind the Washington Nationals, who won today in Boston.
- The Phillies were their own worst enemy today. Errors by a shoddy defense caused starter Vance Worley to give up two unearned runs. Jimmy Rollins and Mike Fontenot were responsible for two of three errors committed by Philadelphia today that led to runs.
- Had he gotten proper support from his defense, Vance Worley would have put together a nice outing in his second start back. He did have a decent line for the day (six innings, three runs, one earned), but you have to wonder if he defense held up behind him, could he have gone an extra inning?
- Because Worley had to extend himself early in the game, the Phillies were forced to turn to rookie Jake Diekman in the seventh inning, who gave up a run to give the Orioles the lead.
- Charlie Manuel has no reliable option to go to in the seventh inning, and he’s forcing his young talent into action, hoping that guys like Diekman can grow up fast.
- Jim Thome put together another good performance for the second straight game. He went 2-4, drove in two runs (including the tying run in the eighth inning), and also hit his first homer of the season.
- Hector Luna took advantage of his opportunity to start today, going 2-4 with a homerun and a walk.
- Ty Wigginton blew a tremendous opportunity to win the game. In the eighth inning, he grounded into a double-play with the bases loaded. The Phillies didn’t get another decent scoring opportunity after that.
- Wigginton finished the day 1-5, and left five runners on base.
- Chad Qualls has been pretty brutal over the last few weeks, but he pulled his weight today, tossing two scoreless innings to give the team several chances to gain a lead and get to Jonathan Papelbon.
- Tough break for rookie B.J. Rosenberg. He was thrown to the wolves in the extra innings today. He managed to throw one scoreless inning, but ended up giving up a walk-off homerun to Adam Jones.
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