Boobirds: Who needs Barry?

Posted: June 02, 2007

PHILLIES FANS came out last night ready to boo Barry Bonds.

By the end of the game, they were booing the home team.

That's because the Phillies didn't get their first hit until Shane Victorino singled to rightfield with two outs in the sixth inning.

That's because last night's 13-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants was the worst loss of season.

And that's because, after sweeping the Atlanta Braves last weekend and finally getting above .500 for the first time this season, the Phillies have lost four in a row and find themselves slipping further behind the National League East-leading New York Mets, who now own an 8 1/2 game lead of over the Phils.

"I don't have to say too much," said manager Charlie Manuel, who was ejected in the second inning by first base umpire Tim McClelland for arguing whether Matt Morris had followed through on a bunt attempt.

"Seems like we played good in Atlanta. We haven't done a whole lot since we've been back here, and tonight we just got beat bad."

Bad indeed.

The Phillies mustered up only two hits in front of the 38,164 fans at Citizen Bank Park. Over the last two games, the Phillies have tallied only five hits.

Before the game, Adam Eaton repeatedly heard how he had struggled against Bonds. He had given up four homers to Bonds, who had .360 batting average against him. Well, Bonds wasn't his problem - Eaton intentionally walked him in their first meeting of the night - everyone else in the Giants' lineup was.

Eaton lasted only two innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs, including a grand slam before leaving.

"I wanted to stay in the game, yeah," Eaton said. "I don't know what it was tonight, it just wasn't clicking. I have to put this behind me and move on."

Eaton's early exit caused some to wonder whether he had been injured. But that was not the case. The only thing hurt on this night were Eaton's feelings.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the second, Eaton threw rightfielder Fred Lewis a fastball down the middle on a 3-2 count that was sent over the leftfield wall. It was Lewis' first career grand slam.

A double by Bonds in his next plate appearance drove in Mark Sweeney, who had walked. That gave the Giants a 5-0 lead and ended Eaton's misery for the night.

Francisco Rosario replaced Eaton, but lasted only one inning after a Morris line drive toward the mound forced him out with a bruised left knee. Rosario, who was expected to be fine, gave up one hit and struck out one.

Mike Zagurski relieved Rosario, but failed to do much better, as was the theme the entire night. He allowed three earned runs after a Ray Durham homer with one out in the fourth brought in Lewis and Sweeney.

Clay Condrey added to the mess, allowing five runs on four hits in two innings.

Ten of the Giants' 13 runs were scored off home runs.

"We all know it wasn't a pretty game," second baseman Chase Utley said. "To be quite honest with you, it was just a good 'ol [butt] kicking."

After the game, there wasn't much to be said.

"Sometimes when you get beat like that, you don't need to say anything," Manuel said. "Look at yourself in the mirror and take inventory. Trust me when something needs to be said I'll make sure I say it."

In that case, somebody needs to start talking soon.


Michael Bourn spent time with first-base coach Davey Lopes before the game, working to improve his baserunning techniques. Recalling his baserunning mistake in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Arizona, Bourn acknowledged he needs to start using his head more than only his natural ability while on base. "It'll come. I just need to be out there a little bit more and get some repetitions under my belt, so I don't rely so much on my speed and raw talent but more on what's going out there in the field," said Bourn . . . Tom Gordon played catch with pitching coach Rich Dubee before batting practice. While any discussion of Gordon's being able to pitch in the near future is far-fetched, Gordon said he felt pretty good. Gordon, who hasn't pitched since May 1, battling a strained right rotator cuff and an upper respiratory infection, said he is eager to throw on flat ground and off a mound soon to really test the strength in his arm. Gordon will leave tomorrow to begin rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla. . . . Meanwhile, closer Brett Myers, who has been sidelined since he hurt his right shoulder against Florida on May 23, is expected to start throwing by the end of this weekend, Charlie Manuel said . . . Ryan Howard signed a baseball and took pictures with actor James Earl Jones before the game. Jones was in attendance promoting the Phillies' "Be Phanatic About Reading Program." *

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