The Phillies’ offense continued where they had left off Monday night as they knock in seven more runs in the first two innings to support Kyle Kendrick as they defeat the hurting Rockies, 7-4. After Kenrdick gets through the top of the first, the offense would go to work against Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez. After giving up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, a stolen base to Victorino, and then a walk to Ryan Howard, while being able to strike out Chase Utley, Jimenez would give up a two-run single to Greg Dobbs, scoring Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. During the play, Howard and Dobbs would both move up a base on catcher’s Yorvit Torrealba’s fielding error. After Geoff Jenkins reaches first on a fielder’s choice ground out, which saw Howard get tagged out at the plate and Dobbs move up to third on the play, Pedro Feliz would hit a two-run double, scoring both Dobbs and Jenkins, and increasing the Phils’ lead to 4-0. Jimenez would finally get out of the inning by striking out Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies would add more runs in the second inning, when, with two outs, Utley would double in Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, making it 5-0 Phils. Howard would then get a RBI single, knocking in Utley, increasing the Phils’ lead to 6-0. Jenkins would then follow up with a double, scoring Howard, and giving the Phillies a 7-0 lead. Both teams would then stay quiet until the top of the fifth when the Rockies were finally able to get a run on the board as Willy Taveras ground outs, second to first, scoring Omar Quintanilla, who has earlier double, making it 7-1 Phillies. That would remain the score until the top of the eighth inning, when Kendrick gives up a lead off double to Seth Smith. After Smith is thrown out at home by T.J. Bohn, as he tries to score on Todd Helton’s single, Charlie Manuel would come to the mound to take out Kendrick and replace him with Tom Gordon. After getting the second out, Gordon would give up a two-run home run to Ryan Spilborghs, his third home run of the year, scoring Holton, while reducing the Phillies’ lead to 7-3. After giving up a double and a single, Gordon is finally able to get out of the inning, without any further damage, via a force out. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth. After getting two strikes out, while walking Taveras, Lidge would give up a single to Helton, scoring Taveras, making it 7-4 Phils. But that would be it for Colorado as Lidge is able to get Garrett Atkins to fly out to end the game.
Kyle Kendrick gets the win, pitching a superb game as he goes seven and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven scattered hits. His record is now 4-2 with a ERA of 4.84. Tom Gordon pitches two-thirds inning of relief, giving up an earned run on three hits. Brad Lidge would go an inning, giving up a rare earned run on one hit, while striking out two. Ubaldo Jimenez would take the lost, as he goes only four innings while giving up all seven earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 1-5 as his ERA rises to 5.37. Alberto Arias would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Manuel Corpas would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Brian Fuentes, who was originally scheduled to pitch the bottom of the eighth, never did, thanks to the one hour plus rain delay that occurred before the start of the Phillies half of the eighth. Taylor Buchholz would pitch the inning instead, giving up no runs on no hits.
With the Phillies’ two inning explosion, the offense have now knocked in forty-two runs in three games, just missing by five runs tying a franchise record, and has knocked in sixty-seven runs in seven games. Since they were not able to score any more runs after the second inning, the question now is, are the bats going to become silent once again, or will there be another offensive eruption? Guess we’ll find that out tonight as the Phillies prepare to try and sweep the floundering Rockies.
The Phillies (30-24) will end their three games series with the Rockies (20-32, 4th National League West) tonight with another night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37), who is coming off of his second straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 23. In that game, he pitched well, as he went seven innings while giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking to finally get a win this year, after suffering three loses in his last four starts, as he face the depleted Rockies, while at the same time hoping, like Kendrick did last night, that the offense will have enough left in the tank to actually help him win. The offense showed Kendrick last night that they did. Will they be able to do to same for Eaton tonight? We will learn the answer to that question tonight. The Rockies will counter with Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, this one against the Mets on May 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, in the Rockies’ 6-5 win. His previous start, against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, saw he go six innings, giving up no runs on six hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 win. He’ll be looking for his first career win while hoping to not become the latest victim of the Phillies presently potent bats.
The Phillies are now once again alone in second place, now trailing the Marlins by a game and a half, as the fish lost to the Mets, 5-3, and the Braves lost to Milwaukee, 3-2. The Phils are now a game ahead of the third place Braves, and four ahead of the fourth place Mets. The Phillies will be looking to continue to gain ground on the fish before they come to Philadelphia for a three games weekend series, while staying ahead of both the Braves and the Mets.
The Phillies will tonight be trying to get their second series sweep of the season, as well as their first four games winning streak, as they prepare to meet the Florida Marlins this weekend.