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Power Outage Loses It For Phils

One night after 21 hits and 16 runs, the Phillies seemed set up for a poor offensive showing. This is a team that once scored 20 runs in a game, and then followed that with one run the next night. What followed on Saturday night was a great pitched game filled with missed opportunities on both sides.

Cliff Lee got the start for Philadelphia, trying again for his 10th win of the season. He was opposed by L.A. new comer Hyun-Jin Ryu. The rookie southpaw has allowed just 33 earned runs in 105 innings pitched this season.

The Phillies once again jumped out to a lead, when Chase Utley homered to right center field to give his team a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Uncharacteristically, Lee came out in the bottom of the first and allowed a single to fellow Dodger rookie Yasiel Puig, and followed that with a walk to Adrian Gonzalez. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez then crushed the first pitch he saw to dead centerfield for a three run home run to put the Dodgers up 3-1.

They would be the only runs Lee would surrender all night. He went seven strong innings, allowing just two hits after the first inning. He walked three which is high for him, but also struck out 10. His offense, as per the usual, was not much help.

The Phillies were able to get seven hits against Ryu in seven innings, but only managed two runs against him. Utley would go deep again in his next at-bat for another solo shot, cutting the Dodger lead to 3-2.

The Phillies would load the bases with one out in the top of the eighth, with Carlos Ruiz at the plate. He would ground into a fielder’s choice, with Delmon Young getting forced out at home. With two outs, Manuel sent Ryan Howard up to hit for Lee. L.A. skipper Don Mattingly responded by calling on J.P. Howell to face Howard. Manuel countered with Kevin Frandsen to face the lefty. He would ground to shortstop to end the inning.

J.C. Ramirez pitched the eighth for Charlie Manuel, and retired the Dodgers in order. It was the second strong showing from the young hurler whom the team acquired for Lee himself back in 2009. Ramirez has been a relative bright spot in a much maligned bullpen.

Down by a run in their last at-bat, Michael Young led off with a single to right field that skipped by Puig, allowing Young to take second. After Utley grounded out to second, Jimmy Rollins stepped in with Young on third. He laced a line drive to Matt Kemp in centerfield, who threw wildly home. After drawing the throw from Kemp, Young was able to score when the throw got away from catcher A.J. Ellis up the first base line. The game was tied at three heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Manuel called on Justin De Fratus to send the game to the tenth inning. He would be unable to do so. Hanley Ramirez led off with a single, followed by a punch out by Kemp. Andre Ethier then singled to put Ramirez on second base with one out. Ellis then stepped to the dish and hit a hard grounder into right field. Delmon Young did all he could, but Ramirez beat the throw home, and the Dodgers won 4-3.

Once again, a terrific outing by Lee was wasted. He did find himself in a bases loaded, no out jam at one point, but benefitted from a 1-2-3 double play and managed to escape the inning. His offense went 0-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

The Phillies will look to earn a series split today at 4 p.m. EDT when Kyle Kendrick takes to the hill. He will be opposed by Stephen Fife for Los Angeles.

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