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Giant Miss

The Phillies looked to take the weekend series with San Francisco Sunday afternoon at AT&T  Park. David Buchanan got the call against Tim Lincecum for the Giants.

Ben Revere led off the game with a single, but was then thrown out trying to steal. Jimmy Rollins followed that with a walk, and he would score on a triple by Chase Utley. Revere being caught stealing would cost the Phils a run.

Buchanan allowed the Giants to take the lead in the bottom of the second, starting with a one out single by Michael Morse. Catcher Andrew Susac singled two batters later to put two on with two outs. Brandon Crawford then singled to Marlon Byrd in right. Morse scored, and Byrd’s throw to third bounced by Cody Asche. Susac scored on the error, and the Giants led 2-1.

The Phillies would tie the game in third inning.

Byrd, Grady Sizemore and Carlos Ruiz went single, double, walk, to load the bases with two men down. Asche followed that with a walk of his own to force in the tying run.

Morse & Susac would do the Phils in again, this time in the fourth inning. Morse led off with a single, and advanced to second on a single by second baseman Joe Panik. Susac followed with another single to score Morse from second. The Giants took the lead at that point 3-2.

Buchanan would pitch into the seventh inning, departing with runners at the corners and two outs. He was replaced by flamethrower Kenny Giles.

Buchanan was charged with three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings pitched. He struck out four and walked one.

Lincecum lasted only five innings, allowing the two runs on seven hits. The Phillies offense did little the rest of the way, striking out six consecutive times at one point against Giants’ pitching. The San Francisco relievers held the Phils in check, allowing no runs on two hits in four innings today.

Giles retired the one batter he faced, but Jake Diekman struggled a bit in the eighth.

He allowed a lead-off double to Gregor Blanco, followed by a single to Panik. Panik advanced to second on Byrd’s throw that went over the head of his cut-off man. Diekman then walked Susac to load the bases with nobody out.

Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly to right to make it a 4-2 Giants lead. Panik would then score on another sac fly, this one from Joaquin Arias, making it 5-2.

The Phils went quietly in the ninth to lose the series to the Giants.

They left 10 men on base today, six of which were in scoring position.

Revere continued his consistent hitting with three hits today. He’s now hitting .311 on the year, good for third in the National League. Asche also had three hits, going 3-3 with a walk and run batted in via the walk.

The Phils come home tonight and begin a home series with the Seattle Mariners Monday. Jerome Williams gets the start for the Phillies against Roenis Elias for the Mariners. First pitch 7:05.

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