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The Panda's Revenge: Giants 7, Phillies 2

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Phillies' starter Rodrigo Lopez surely knew his fate, expendable now with the arrival of Cliff Lee and the (impending?) promotion of Pedro Martinez.

And like a pink-slipped cubicle jockey who is given "until the end of the week" to settle his affairs, Lopez's performance was as lackluster as could be expected.  He wasn't helped by his defense -- particularly a misplayed line drive from Jayson Werth in the first, and a wide throw from Pedro Feliz in the fourth that opened the floodgates on a four run inning.

The big hit of the night, though, was Pablo Sandoval's solo home run into McCovey Cove, the 49th "splashdown" in the history of PacBell/AT&T Park.  Sandoval had another hit and four RBIs total.


Things got a little tense in the top of the sixth, when Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez threw a fastball above Chase Utley's head.  After a staredown, Utley worked a few pitches and then cranked a flyball over the right field wall for the Phillies' second and final run of the night.  Tyler Walker retaliated in the seventh, plunking Ryan Garko with a pitch, after which both benches were warned.

Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Walker, two more likely lame duck pitchers, each worked two scoreless innings in relief.