Jamie Moyer allowed two runs over seven innings and tied a season high with seven strikeouts, but the mini-rut continued for the Phillies' offense in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs.
Phillies hitters managed just five hits, struggling for a second-straight night against an opposing left-hander while going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Moyer, who has found the fountain of youth after pitching himself out of the starting rotation in 2009, is now 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA through eight starts, all of them lasting six innings or more. The Cubs' runs off Moyer occurred in the third and seventh on balls hit in the gap between third and short, both of them deflecting off of Placido Polanco's glove. All four of the Cubs' runs came with two outs. The Cubs also benefited from several acrobatic plays in the field. The Phillies' only run came in the eighth on a ground out to the pitcher. Their division lead shrinks to three games over the Marlins.
Notes: Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49) and the boys try for the split this afternoon against Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.49). First pitch is 1:05. ... Injured catcher Brian Schneider will head to Lehigh Valley for a weekend rehab assignment and could be activated as early as Tuesday for the Phillies' series with the Mets. ... In former player news, the AP is reporting that infielder Brad Harman was banned 14 months by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. The ASADA told the AP that the former prospect failed to inform drug-testing officials of his location three times in an 18-month period, a violation of their whereabouts rule. ... Elsewhere, Mets outfielder Angel Pagan hit an inside-the-park home run and started a triple play, and the Mets still lost 5-3 to the Nationals. Bummed about losing two in a row? It could be worse, friends.