April 09, 2005

Floyd throws 7 solid as Phils snap skid

Gavin Floyd gave up three hits in seven innings, including a stretch when he retired 19-straight batters, as the Phillies snap their three-game losing streak 10-4 to the Cardinals.

The Phillies get a much-needed easy win without a major bullpen meltdown in a game that also featured a big day from Pat Burrell, who went 4-5 with a homer and five RBIs.

Burrell now leads the league in RBIs with 12.

Floyd, pitching to catcher Todd Pratt this game, overcame a long first inning in which he threw 29 pitches and gave up a double to Larry Walker and an RBI single to Albert Pujols. Floyd also collected his first major league hit in the fourth inning.

Chase Utley started at second and hit his first home run of the year off starter Jeff Suppan, who gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in four innings. Bobby Abreu also went deep for his first home run of the season.

Tomorrow, it's Jon Lieber (1-0) against Chris Carpenter (1-0) at 2:15 p.m.

Rotation looks sharp in early going
After one turn through the rotation, Jon Lieber, Brett Myers, Randy Wolf, Cory Lidle and Floyd have all pitched well, but today’s performance by Floyd was the best and deepest of the bunch: Seven innings, three hits, no walks. It will be interesting to see what the Phillies do with Floyd when Vicente Padilla returns from the DL. Floyd looked very poised this afternoon against a tough Cardinal lineup.

Bullpen notes:
The game was more of a blowout than the score reveals, as Pedro Liriano struggled in the ninth inning, giving up three runs, two of them earned.

Tim Worrell returned to action, stepping into a low-pressure situation with the Phils up 10-1. Though he didn’t allow a run, he allowed two hits, but was helped by a dumb baserunning mistake by Einar Diaz that resulted in a double play.


At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

Floyd only threw 26 pitches in the first (10 balls, 16 strikes).

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Thanks. I'll check it and change it from 29 to 26.


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