Direct quote from Dave Flemming on the KNBR broadcast today: "That's the best stuff Noah Lowry has had in the last two years. Were it not for the defense, he could be going for a complete game."
Obviously, since I was listening to the game on KNBR, I didn't see the game. So I don't really know what kind of stuff Lowry actually had. The numbers support Flemming's claim though:
Lowry: 6.2 innings, 1 earned run (3 runs total), 1 walk, 5 hits, 8 K's
Were it not for Lowry's effort, the Phillies might have scored 100 runs. The defense, from the sound of things, was atrocious. Eliezar Alfonzo made a couple of throwing errors, but made up for things a bit with his solo homer in the seventh. The bullpen came in and did a nice job and the insurance runs late (they seem to be making a habit of that) ensured they would not need to rely on Benitez.
Back to Lowry; he's on fire this year and pitching like he did back in 2005. As discussed at the beginning of the year, Lowry's performance was key to the Giants season. So far, he is exceeding expectations.
Lowry's 2007 stats: 4-2, 38.1 innings, 3.29 ERA, 33 hits, 17 walks, 24 K's, 1 HR, 1.30 WHIP, .234 BAA, 5.34 K's/9 innings
In 2005, Lowry's best season to date, he had similar numbers: 1.31 WHIP, .249 BAA, 7.56 K's/9 innings
The baseball Jesus goes tonight for the Giants. ESPN. National TV.