Defensive Miscues Lead Phils To 7-4 Loss To Giants

Shaky defense has not been a trademark of the 2003 Phillies so far this season. Friday night against the Giants, three errors ruined another strong outing by Vicente Padilla and gave the Giants another win. The loss snapped a three-game win streak that the Phillies had going on their current homestand.

Through seven innings, the Phillies and Giants were wrapped in a classic pitching duel. Kurt Ainsworth for the Giants and Vicente Padilla for the Phillies were both methodical in working their way through the opposing hitters. Ainsworth exited after six innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and four walks. Padilla (3-2) worked into the seventh and got himself into a bases loaded jam with two out in the inning, when defensive disaster struck.

A routine fly ball from J.T. Snow wound up popping out of Pat Burrell's mitt and allowing all three runners on base to score for San Francisco. The miscue gave the Giants a 5-2 score and signaled the exit of Padilla. Terry Adams came on in relief and promptly gave up a homerun to Marquis Grissom to push two more runs across and push the San Francisco lead to 7-2.

The Giants had gotten single runs in the second and third innings. Jose Cruz stroked his seventh homerun of the season in the second to give the Giants a 1-0 lead and Barry Bonds doubled home Ray Durham in the third to make it 2-0.

The Phillies got single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to tie the score. Ricky Ledee doubled home Jimmy Rollins in the third and David Bell singled home Jim Thome in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.

The Phillies final rally fell short in the bottom of the ninth. Tomas Perez reached base on a single and Bobby Abreu hit his second homerun of the season, making it a 7-4 game. Scott Eyre then walked Burrell, but Jim Thome flied out to left to end the ballgame.

The two teams meet again Saturday night with Jerome Williams making his major league debut for the Giants and Brandon Duckworth (0-1, 40.50) getting his second start of the season for the Phils.


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