|Jon Lieber / P|
Weight: 230 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
None of this mattered four pitches later, when Carlos Delgado pasted a Lieber fastball deep to right for a three-run homer. One pitch later, Miguel Cabrera clubbed a homer to left, accounting for Florida's scoring.No matter how well Lieber pitched through the first five innings, he couldn't forget how much he struggled in the sixth. He's taking each loss harder, since his role is to continue winning streaks, not stop them. "It's really tough," he said. "That's why they brought me in here. If the Phillies didn't want me here, they never would have signed me. I feel like I owe a lot to this organization, and I haven't done that recently. It's all about making pitches, and I'm not doing that." Willis did. "He's 8-1 with an ERA under 2.00 [1.55]," said Michaels, who singled twice off Willis and scored a run. "It's not just us." "He dominated the game pretty well," said Bobby Abreu, who also had two hits. Philadelphia had its two best opportunities snuffed out in the fourth and sixth innings. Loading the bases with one out in the fourth, the Phils wound up with one run on a sacrifice fly by David Bell. In the sixth, Willis struck out pinch-hitter Jim Thome with two outs and runners on second and third. "I thought we had a good chance [to win], but Delgado had the big hit," said Manuel. "And Dontrelle pitched a good game. We didn't get it done."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less