There are worse crimes than dropping two-of-three against the league’s best team, as long as you win the games you’re supposed to. Tonight’s game would qualify.
The Phillies offense is known to fall out of whack against random left-handers, but tonight’s starter is not one of them.
Horacio Ramirez (5-4, 4.35 ERA) has had a tough time handling the Phils. The team is hitting .333 lifetime against him and head to Turner Field in something of a revenge situation. Ramirez held the Phils to 1 run over 7 innings back on July 23, during a game in which the Phils spoiled some good scoring opportunities.
Brett Myers (7-5, 3.83 ERA) took a hard loss in that game after pitching eight solid innings. Some of Myers’ best starts have come against Atlanta, but the Phillies ace has not won a game against them this season.
The Phillies’ offense will try to get clicking again. The hot-bats seemed to have died along with Chase Utley’s hitting streak. Last night in front of a prime time audience, they still appeared out of sorts, nobody more than Pat Burrell, who went 0-for-4.
Castro still dealing
Fabio Castro extended his string of scoreless frames to 10 2-3 innings yesterday. The 21-year-old left-hander has allowed just three hits, two walks with four strikeouts since coming over from Texas. Opponents are hitting just .148 against him in 18 2-3 innings for the Rangers and Phils.