Jon Lieber looks to rebound after Monday’s shelling, as the Phillies try to keep the playoff pressure on today at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies are learning the hard lessons of the playoff race. Last night featured everything you could ask: Great pitching, big hits, great hustle, and a playoff-type atmosphere. Yet, they are no closer to the prize this morning. The Dodgers and Padres both won.
Then again, they’re no further away. But it’s harder to get up for something like that, isn’t it? That’s the challenge they’ll face between now and Oct. 1 as the games get tighter and tighter.
Jon Lieber (8-10, 5.03 ERA) was rolling until Monday’s 11-6 loss to Chicago. Lieber booted the first ball put in play by Juan Pierre, and the game simply unraveled from there. He lasted just 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing since injuring his groin on May 29.
Lieber has had problems with Florida. He is 2-2 with an 8.22 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season. In two losses at home, he's given up 13 runs and 19 hits for a 10.03 ERA.
Brian Moehler (7-9, 6.09) looks for his first win since taking over for the injured Josh Johnson in the rotation.
Phillies win 5-2
Last night, a sellout crowd of 44,737 saw great performances by Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, among others. Howard hit is league-leading 58th homer to tie Jimmie Foxx for the all-time Philadelphia record. Jeff Conine delivered a timely hit to drive in Utley in the sixth to make it 5-1. Utley went 3-for-4. Jimmy Rollins also went 2-for-5 and scored twice. Abraham Nunez supported Hamels with solid defense at the hot corner. Tom Gordon recorded his 33rd save and pitched a scoreless ninth.