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San Diego at Philadelphia

San Diego
W: H. Bell (6-4) L: B. Myers (2-5)
S: T. Hoffman (33)
HR: SD - M. Cameron (17), M. Bradley (10), K. Kouzmanoff (14), T. Sledge (7)   PHI - P. Burrell (20)

Padres hand frustrated Phillies another loss with big ninth

CBSSports.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coughed up another lead. Then, things really boiled over in the clubhouse after the game.

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a go-ahead homer off Brett Myers in the ninth inning, one of two Myers allowed in the inning, and the San Diego Padres beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Saturday night to hand the slumping Phillies their fourth straight loss.

After the game, Myers got into a shouting match with a reporter and had to be restrained by teammate Pat Burrell.

When Myers was asked about the two home runs, he said they were really "just pop ups."

A reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer questioned whether Myers really thought they were pop ups, and Myers got angry.

"You're not even a beat reporter, you're a fill-in, you don't know anything about baseball," said Myers, who then called the reporter "retarded."

The Inquirer reporter asked if Myers could spell retarded, and Myers stood up. Burrell then restrained Myers, and Myers refused to speak any further.

Philadelphia has lost six of seven overall to fall four games behind the wild-card leading Padres and seven back of the New York Mets in the NL East.

San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman, who blew save opportunities against the Mets on Tuesday and Thursday, gave up an RBI single to Ryan Howard in the ninth before striking out Aaron Rowand to end it. Hoffman picked up his 33rd save in 38 opportunities.

Heath Bell (6-4) struck out two in a perfect inning of work, and Milton Bradley, Mike Cameron and Terrmel Sledge also homered for San Diego, giving the Padres eight home runs in the first two games of the series.

"This park is conducive to home runs and we've been able to capitalize on that," Cameron said. "We got guys that can swing the bats and we're showing it here."

Padres manager Bud Black said, "Four runs on four solos, you don't see that everyday. But we have the ability to hit home runs."

Burrell went deep for Philadelphia, which dropped to 1-4 on a pivotal 10-game homestand.

Kouzmanoff drove a 2-0 pitch from Myers (2-5) into the right-field seats for his 14th homer of the season. Sledge added an insurance run with a solo drive -- his seventh of the season and first career pinch-hit shot.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel lifted starter Kyle Lohse after he issued a two-out walk in the seventh, having thrown just 84 pitches. J.C. Romero surrendered a single but escaped the jam when he got Brian Giles to pop out.

"I liked Romero there and we had our bullpen set up," Manuel said.

Lohse gave up four hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

"Obviously, I'd like to stay in there but that's not my call," Lohse said. "I know Charlie's trying to stop anything before it starts."

Bradley made the struggling Phillies bullpen pay in the eighth. He crushed a 441-foot home run into the second deck off Tom Gordon to tie it at 2.

Bradley was met with jeers from the Phillies fans, but he fired right back, yelling to the crowd. The ordeal went on long enough that plate umpire Laz Diaz motioned for Bradley to get in the dugout.

Bradley irked the crowd on Friday night as he homered twice and drove in six runs. After his second home run, Bradley bowed to the fans in left field.

"I'm just having fun," Bradley said. "They're telling me I'm no good, I'm telling them I am that good. It feels good to come through and help this team win.

"I'm not trying to entice the crowd. I'm just living in the moment. This has the atmosphere of a playoff game and I love that. I'm at my best in situations like that."

Cameron cut it to 2-1 in the sixth inning with a leadoff homer -- his 17th -- into the seats in left-center field.

There was some fallout from Friday's altercation between Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz and San Diego's Marcus Giles. Giles was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain which occurred when Ruiz barreled into the infielder trying to break up a double play. Giles, who called the play "dirty," confronted Ruiz immediately. Both benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

Reliever Doug Brocail drilled Ruiz in the left hip with a pitch Saturday. Diaz walked with Ruiz down to first base and then proceeded to warn both benches.

Manuel held a closed-door meeting with his team before the game. A pressure situation that mounts as the losses continue to pile up.

"We definitely need to win (Sunday)," Manuel said.


  • Burrell became the third Phillies player to hit 20 homers in seven straight seasons, joining Mike Schmidt (1974-87) and Bobby Abreu (1999-2005).
  • Padres infielder Craig Stansberry singled in his major league debut in the seventh inning. Stansberry replaced Marcus Giles on the roster.
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Milton Bradley jaws with some Phillies fans after tying the game in the 7th with a 441-foot blast.  (AP)
Milton Bradley jaws with some Phillies fans after tying the game in the 7th with a 441-foot blast. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Bradley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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San Diego Padres
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Mike Cameron, CF5111011 .253
Milton Bradley, LF3111100 .337
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010001 .278
Khalil Greene, SS4010021 .246
Josh Bard, C4000012 .273
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4111000 .244
Geoff Blum, 2B3010100 .252
Clay Hensley, P1010000 .214
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH0000000 .263
   b- Craig Stansberry, PH10100001.000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
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    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Terrmel Sledge, PH1111000 .221
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
a-announced for Brocail in the 7th
b-singled for Mackowiak in the 7th
c-homered for Bell in the 9th
2B - Khalil Greene (34, Lohse)
HR - Mike Cameron (17, Lohse), Milton Bradley (10, Gordon), Kevin Kouzmanoff (14, Myers), Terrmel Sledge (7, Myers)
SH - Clay Hensley (2)
RBI - Mike Cameron (66), Milton Bradley (32), Kevin Kouzmanoff (55), Terrmel Sledge (23)
Team LOB - 7
E - Milton Bradley (1, Throwing), Kevin Kouzmanoff (18, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
Clay Hensley 4.2622351 6.43
Doug Brocail 1.1000020 3.75
Cla Meredith 0.1100000 3.59
Justin Hampson 0.2100020 3.38
Heath Bell (W,6-4) 1000020 2.45
Trevor Hoffman (S,33) 1211010 2.74
HBP - Ruiz (by Doug Brocail)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Hensley 102-62, Doug Brocail 13-8, Cla Meredith 3-3, Justin Hampson 14-11, Heath Bell 18-12, Trevor Hoffman 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Hensley 5-4, Doug Brocail 2-0, Cla Meredith 1-0, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Clay Hensley 23, Doug Brocail 5, Cla Meredith 2, Justin Hampson 3, Heath Bell 3, Trevor Hoffman 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110023 .285
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5010013 .264
Pat Burrell, LF4121011 .267
    Abraham Nunez, PR-3B0000000 .244
   a- Chris Coste, PH1000001 .341
Ryan Howard, 1B4021100 .259
Aaron Rowand, CF5020025 .311
Greg Dobbs, 3B-LF4110013 .282
Jayson Werth, RF4011021 .270
Carlos Ruiz, C1000210 .260
Kyle Lohse, P3000025 .140
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   b- Russell Branyan, PH1000000 .198
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
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b-grounded out for Gordon in the 8th
2B - Jimmy Rollins (32, Hoffman), Aaron Rowand (35, Hensley), Jayson Werth (5, Hensley)
HR - Pat Burrell (20, Hensley)
RBI - Pat Burrell (69), Ryan Howard (102), Jayson Werth (23)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell (21), Ryan Howard (44)
SB - Jayson Werth (2, 3rd base off Hensley/Bard), Carlos Ruiz (4, 2nd base off Hensley/Bard)
Team LOB - 11
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Lohse 6.2411241 4.47
J.C. Romero (H,13) 0.1100000 2.63
Tom Gordon (BS,5) 1211011 6.00
Brett Myers (L,2-5) 1222002 5.10
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 8-8, Tom Gordon 2-0, Brett Myers 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 26, J.C. Romero 2, Tom Gordon 5, Brett Myers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37957
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell