Pirates shut out reeling Phils, 2-0

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July 3 Philadelphia Inquirer

“Before the Phillies came to PNC Park, Daniel McCutchen and Ross Ohlendorf had pitched a combined 78 2/3 innings this season without producing a victory for the last-place Pirates.

In two days, each starter won his first game. And in two days, the Phillies have realized life without Chase Utley and Placido Polanco is far from paradise.

The Phillies lost to Pittsburgh for the second straight game, an insufferable 2-0 defeat Friday. They ruined yet another gem by a starting pitcher, this time Jamie Moyer left empty-handed.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Ohlendorf won for the first time in 318 days. He pitched seven shutout innings and struck out eight.

Get the picture yet?

“It could be seen as a lot of different ways,” shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. “We’re just not hitting the ball.”

The Phillies’ offense has yet to find its way without Utley and Polanco, both of whom aren’t returning anytime soon. Are the last three games an indication of how injury ravaged this team is? Or is it something else?

“I think that’s a good question,” Manuel said. “I look up on the scoreboard and see goose eggs, I think they could help some.”

Two players who began the season as Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Wilson Valdez and Dane Sardinha, accounted for three of the Phillies’ five hits. Valdez, filling in for Utley, and Sardinha, catching for the injured Brian Schneider, have done their part.”

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