Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Mauling Marlins | After both papers noted (Inquirer; Daily News) that Florida just might be a team the Phillies should consider beating once in a while, the home nine fell meekly to the Fish tonight at the Park, 3-1. For those of you scoring at home, that's four straight losses to the Marlins so far this season, and 16 in the Phils' last 18 against Florida.

Reverting to their opening week form, the Phils could muster just four hits, and hung Vicente Padilla with another loss despite a decent starting effort. Would-be table-setter Jimmy Rollins was 0-for-4, and the slumping Bobby Abreu and Marlon Byrd were both rested, though Abreu pinch-hit and lined out in the ninth. The team played atypically sloppy defense and was charged with three errors after having booted only one ball in all of its previous games. But, hey, at least the Phillies held Dontrelle Willis hitless. What's that? Moral victories don't show up in the standings?


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