Rookie Giant Slays Phils In First Major League Win

The Phillies seem to have trouble with pitchers that they haven't faced before. Not just this season, but in seasons past, rookie pitchers have seemed to have the upper hand against Phillies hitters and many have picked up their first major league win against the Phils. Sunday, it happened again as the Phillies lost the getaway game of their series in San Francisco and finished up a 2-4 road trip that sends them limping back to Philadelphia.

The Phillies may have been better off facing Jason Schmidt. A few hours prior to Sunday's game, the Giants ace felt pain in his elbow and was a late scratch from his scheduled start against the Phillies. Instead, the Phillies faced Kevin Correia, who was making his first major league start and had no problem playing the role of Jason Schmidt. Correia pitched six strong innings for to record his first major league win as the Giants beat the Phillies 5-2 and took two out of three games against the Phils to even their season series at three wins a piece.

During the game, the Giants announced that Schmidt was diagnosed with tendonitis in his elbow.

Yorvit Torrealba delivered a two-run single to highlight a five-run third inning for the Giants, who completed a 4-2 homestand. Phillies starter Brett Myers (11-7) gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out six. Everything that could go wrong for Myers and the Phillies did in the fateful third inning. Four singles, a double, an intentional walk to Barry Bonds, a wild pitch and a passed ball led the Giants to five runs in the inning. It also signaled the beginning to the end of Myers' day, as he would last just four innings for one of his worst starts of the season.

Other than the Giants big inning, there wasn't much offense from either side. The Phillies bullpen held the Giants to just one hit over the final four innings of the game.

The Phillies stranded 10 runners on base. Jim Thome and Tomas Perez provided the only real sparks as they both collected two hits in the game.

The Phillies got their first run in the fifth when pinch-hitter Nick Punto singled and went to second on a walk to Placido Polanco. Bobby Abreu singled to drive in Punto and make it a 5-1 game. Polanco later stole third base on a close play, but was stranded there when Mike Lieberthal hit a shallow fly ball to center field for the third out of the inning. Lieberthal finished the day 1-for-4, but left five runners stranded on base.

The Phillies tried to mount a rally against Giants closer Tim Worrell in the ninth. Perez led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Tyler Houston to make it 5-2 with no outs in the inning. Marlon Byrd and Polanco flied out and Abreu struck out to end the game.

The Phillies went 2-4 on their road trip to Colorado and San Francisco and are still tied for the lead in the National League wild card race with the Florida Marlins, who lost to Milwaukee 5-4 on Sunday. After an off day Monday, the Phillies will host Milwaukee for a three game series at Veterans Stadium. Wayne Franklin (7-9, 5.49) will go against Brandon Duckworth (4-6, 4.65) in Tuesday's series opener.


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