The Phillie Phanatic greets Roger Waters after he threw out the first pitch. (Rusty Kennedy/AP)
By Stephen Fastenau:
The Phillies should have recognized the ominous signs before they took the field Friday.
Roger Waters, who co-founded Pink Floyd, threw out the first pitch. James Earl Jones, who voiced "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader, followed by performing a dramatic reading of "Casey at the Bat" from his seat on the mound.
And then it rained.
The events that unfolded during the game, then, seemed normal by comparison. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected and the Giants hit three home runs that accounted for 10 RBIs as they eased past Philadelphia, 13-0.
"Sometimes when you get beat like that, you don't have to say a whole lot," Manuel said. "It kind of speaks for itself."
Giants right fielder Fred Lewis hit a second-inning grand slam, Ray Durham added a fourth-inning, three-run shot off Phillies rookie Mike Zagurski, and Pedro Feliz hit a three-run blast of his own the following inning to complete the show.
The loss was the Phillies' fourth consecutive. Manuel's team was swept by the D-backs earlier in the week, dropping its record below .500 again. The Phillies had managed to surge past the mark with a sweep of Atlanta.
But the up-and-down season continues.
"It has been a tough four games, but we've been through a stretch of games even worse and turned it right around," said third baseman Greg Dobbs. "No need to worry."
The Phillies managed their first hit with two outs in the sixth. It was the second time in as many games the Phillies were one-hit through the first five innings. Randy Johnson gave up one hit Wednesday over six innings' work.
This time, it was Giants pitcher Matt Morris who shut down the Phillies lineup.
"That's two starts in a row he's done that to us -- moving in and out, throwing the big curveball when he needed to get it over for a strike," Dobbs said. "He mixed well and just kept us off balance."
On the other side, the Phillies went with five different pitchers, with one, Francisco Rosario, leaving the game after the third inning with a left knee bruise after getting hit by a line drive.
And they were walloped, with only one RBI coming from Barry Bonds. The Giants slugger remained nine home runs from tying Hank Aaron's record after being pinch-run for in the fifth inning.
He came close, sending an Adam Eaton pitch off the wall in right-center for an RBI double as part of a five-run second inning. The Giants also tacked on five fifth-inning runs.
The Phillies allowed two five-run innings Wednesday when the D-backs clinched their sweep. Each of the Giants' home runs Friday came off a different Phillies pitcher.
The start was Eaton's shortest outing this season. He walked four over the first two innings before being pulled, including an intentional first-inning walk to Bonds.
"The last few games in the month of May have been predictable," Eaton said. "I've gone six or seven [innings] pretty much every outing, you come up short and only go two innings, now I put the bullpen in a bad situation -- for tonight, but also for the next three games. We don't have an off-day coming up for a while. To put the stress on the bullpen right after an off-day, is definitely a letdown."
Lewis' slam followed an odd string of events that led to Manuel's ejection.
Morris showed bunt and appeared to hold it there as Eaton's throw came in. Carlos Ruiz threw to second and picked off Eliezer Alfonzo, who had taken a generous lead, for the second out.
The pitch to Morris, which came with two strikes, was called a ball by home-plate umpire Paul Schrieber. Manuel argued and was tossed almost immediately by first-base umpire Tim McClelland.
"I felt like he bunted at the ball," Manuel said. "The ball was a strike anyway. Tim said he didn't bunt at it."
Eaton was looking for Morris to pull back his bunt attempt, which Eaton said was a common two-strike ploy the Giants utilized. But when the pitch settled into Ruiz's mitt, Eaton, too, thought Morris was going to be called out on strikes.
But Schrieber signaled ball.
"After that, I knew he was going to be swinging away," Eaton said.
Morris kept the inning alive with a base hit. Randy Winn walked. And Lewis drove them all in.
It was that kind of night for the Phillies