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Baby Snakes: Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 2

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In Phoenix tonight, the Phillies showed why they're the champs -- a little bit of luck, some timely hits, and clean defense.  And the Diamondbacks showed by they're mired in the second division -- poor defense, and an inability to put the game away early.

Jamie Moyer strugged at the outset, getting into a bases loaded, no out jam in the second, and a 1st and 2nd, no out jam in the third inning.  Total Diamondback runs in those innings?  Zero.

The Phillies, despite being outhit 9 to 6, made their hits count, scoring their first two runs on a left-center field bomb from Ryan Howard in the fourth, and would add another run in the fifth on a Jimmy Rollins RBI double, and three in the sixth, in large part due to the D-Backs failure to convert three double play grounders.  Giving this Phillies team extra outs = terrible idea.

From there out, Moyer toyed with the young D-Backs lineup, allowing a total of six hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings pitched, with no runs scored.  Both D-Backs runs scored in the eighth inning, on a mammoth leadoff blast from Mark Reynolds off a still struggling Ryan Madson.  The Snakes tacked on another run on a Chad Tracy RBI single later that inning.  Brad Lidge worked a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.

Nice game, and a nice win, with Dan Haren looming tomorrow.

Zappa ATJ

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