Thursday, July 24, 2014
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It Couldn't Last Forever

Jamie Moyer was 10-0 against the Florida Marlins. Make that 10-1 after last night's 8-2 loss.

It Couldn't Last Forever

Jamie Moyer reacts after walking Dan Uggla with the bases loaded.
Jamie Moyer reacts after walking Dan Uggla with the bases loaded. TOM MIHALEK / Associated Press

You knew it couldn't last.

Jamie Moyer was 10-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 10 career starts against the Marlins. He baffled them almost every time he pitched. But the longer the streak, the greater the likelihood it's about to end. Because nobody wins forever, just like nobody hits forever. In five innings, Moyer allowed six hits, two runs, three walks and two hit batters. He struck out four.

"It's bound to happen sooner or later," he said.

He avoided tons of trouble in the first four innings and left with a 2-0 deficit, but that hardly comforted him.

"The way I look at it, I beat myself tonight," he said. "My command was so poor."

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The Phillies are an experimental site for instant replay, and last night MLB tested the equipment that could be up and running before the end of the season. They certainly got a good test because Shane Victorino's home run in the seventh inning didn't appear to be a home run at first glance. The initial instant replay showed it was foul. Instant replays showed later indicated it might have glanced off the foul pole. But then umpire Dale Scott said he messed up and it was foul.

I just want to know if each manager gets a red flag to throw onto the field?

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In the Phillies Notebook: Scott Eyre, Freddy Garcia, Livan Hernandez, Kris Benson, Pedro Feliz and J.A. Happ.

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Adam Eaton is getting bombed in the minor leagues. In 3 1/3 innings last night for double-A Reading, he allowed four hits, seven runs (six earned runs), two walks, one hit batter and two home runs. In 3 2/3 innings last week for single-A Lakewood, he allowed five hits, four runs, one walk and one home run. That's a 12.86 ERA in his first two starts in the minors.

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The bats were silent again last night. Credit Josh Johnson? Or is this more of what Phillies fans have seen since June?

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Billy Wagner is on the 15-day DL, which means Aaron Heilman -- wha, wha, wha, what? -- is closing for the moment.

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