Segrio Mitre held the Phillies scoreless through the first five frames, while the Florida bullpen didn’t allow a run over the final three, as the Phillies fell short of the three-game sweep 4-2 at Citizens Bank Park.
Mitre settled in after the Phils hit the ball hard in the first inning. Greg Dobbs’ two-run double would eventually tie the game in the sixth. But then in the ninth, Brett Myers (2-4) was dealt the loss in a poorly played, poorly-pitched inning, which included a bunt back to the mound with second baseman Tadahito Iguchi late to cover first. The Marlins would eventually score on a pair of fielders choices. It was one of those innings, and the Phillies never got anything started offensively, spoiling another strong start by rookie Kyle Kendrick, who lasted seven full. The Phillies remain four back of the Mets, but dropped to a half-game behind the Braves. They remain just a game out of the Wild Card.
Roster notes: Before the game, the Phillies made a pair of roster moves to clear room for newly acquired utilityman Russell Branyan, who will join the club tonight against Atlanta. Reliever Geoff Geary was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa for the second time while Reading right-hander Zach Segovia was designated for assignment.
Segovia earned a spot start with the Phillies the first week of the season. Since then, he’s struggled in both Triple-A and Double-A assignments. The team has 10 days to trade, waive or release Segovia. If he clears waivers and accepts the assignment, he can be outrighted back to the minors.
The 24-year-old right-hander looked like a decent prospect after a 16-win 2006 season between Class-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. He pitched well for Team USA and was strong in the Arizona Fall League, earning a tryout for a spot in the Phillies' bullpen. It’s gone rapidly downhill since then. You could say the same for Geoff Geary. Nobody represents the season-by-season, up-and-down nature of relief pitching better than Gas Can, who was the team’s most reliable middle reliever last season. Meanwhile, Clay Condrey, who's already been designated four times this season, will stick around.