Jamie Moyer allowed two runs in seven innings, and Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino both homered, in a terrific 6-3 win in front of a packed house Saturday night. The Phils and Tigers meet again at 1:35 p.m.
A crowd of 45,000-plus were treated to an entertaining victory against one of the league’s premier teams. Now, the Phillies will go for the series win this afternoon when Adam Eaton (7-4, 5.42 ERA) takes on Justin Verlander (7-2, 2.79 ERA), who’s coming off a blazing no-hitter against the Brewers. If Ryan Howard can connect off Verlander, the ball will sail to South America. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s.
Meanwhile, the Phillies announced a roster move after the game, placing right-hander Francisco Rosario on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed shoulder. Right-hander Brian Sanches has been called up from Triple-A Ottawa to take his spot.
Sanches, who pitched 21 1-3 innings with the Phils last season with a 5.91 ERA and 22 strikeouts, had been closing games for the Lynx, amassing 10 saves. In 30 innings, he posted an impressive 39/4 K/BB ratio, however opponents are batting a lusty .323 off him and his ERA sits at 5.40. He was rocked for three runs in 1/3 inning less than a week ago
This figures to be the most graceful move, roster-wise, the Phillies could have made. He was already on the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old former second round pick of the Royals has plenty of late-game minor league experience, solid career totals as a reliever and throws reasonably hard, but he didn’t look ready for the show last season and is very hittable. With the Phillies making a trip to Cleveland next with Cole Hamels due up first, I would have tried something else, like an extra bat. But I’m willing to be proven wrong.