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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-14

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-14
After his last start -- a seven-run, 2 1/3-inning pounding last week against the Mets -- Jamie Moyer said he planned to watch the video from one of the best starts of his long, distinguished career to remind himself how it looks when he's pitching well.

It didn't work.

Six days after that miserable night in New York, Moyer got battered again. This time, the Los Angeles Dodgers tagged him for five runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, leading to a 9-2 Phillies loss Wednesday night before another sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park and once again keeping Moyer from his 250th career victory.

"What are you going to do?" Moyer said. "It's the same story I gave you last week."

Actually, it's been the same story for several weeks. Since he allowed one run in six innings April 26 in a win at Florida, Moyer has yielded 19 runs in 12 1/3 innings for a 13.86 ERA. It's his worst three-game stretch since May 6-18, 2005, when he allowed 17 runs in 10 innings for a 15.30 ERA in back-to-back-to-back starts against the Red Sox and Yankees.

But there is little the Phillies can do with Moyer except allow the 46-year-old left-hander to continue making starts. Despite his age, they signed him to a two-year, $13 million extension last winter, and at this stage of his career, he isn't a candidate to pitch out of the bullpen.

Manager Charlie Manuel said lefty J.A. Happ will start one game in Saturday's doubleheader in Washington, but at this point, he won't replace Moyer in the rotation.

"I don't see how (Moyer) can get right by sitting," Manuel said. "I don't think that can get him right. You can sit him down, but what's that going to do?"

Said Moyer, "I'm not making the pitches I'd like to be making. Every mistake I've made has gotten hit hard. That's more or less how I'm feeling. The mistakes I'm making I'm being punished for. It's got to be mistake-free."

That's a tough way to pitch. And after Moyer led the Phillies with 16 wins last season, it's reasonable to wonder if, at his age, he can still be as effective.

"If I start to doubt, then it's time for me to go home," Moyer said. "I've done this over 500 times. So, you know what, I don't really worry about what's behind me."

DODGERS 9, PHILLIES 2: Jamie Moyer allowed seven runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings and the Phillies lost for the fifth time in seven games. Moyer allowed five runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth. Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer in the second inning, but Philadelphia mustered only five hits against Dodgers LHP Randy Wolf and four relievers. Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-2 with two doubles for the Phillies.

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