The Phils win their series with the Rockies with a rout on Saturday, 10-2 behind Kyle Kendrick, and then with a wierd win on Sunday, 4-3, as J.A. Happ returns to the team from the minors.
On Saturday, the Phils took a 7-0 lead in the third inning as they send eleven men to the plate. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off with a single, and then stole second been, and Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez followed with walks, loading the bases, as Rollins went to third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard gave the Phils the lead with a bases clearing triple, scoring Rollins, Polanco and Ibanez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it 4-0 as Howard would score on a Ubaldo Jimenez’s wild pitch. After Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino are walked, Jimenez is replaced by Matt Belisle. Greg Dobbs greets Belisle with an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. After Brian Schneider hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Dobbs at second for the inning’s first out, as Victorino moved up to third base and Kyle Kendrick moves Schneider to second on a sacrifice bunt, 2-4, for the inning’s second out, Rolllins made it a 7-0 Phils’ lead with a two-run triple, scoring Victorino and Schneider. The Rockies got a run back in the fifth as Ian Stewart hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, scoring Polanco, who had eariler doubled, giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the seventh as, with a man on second and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier doubled. The Rockies made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Spilborghs, who had earlier doubled. That would be the final score as rookie Vance Worley made his major league debut pitching a 1-2-3 inning, recording two strikeouts.
Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings coming back from Lehigh Valley, giving up only one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out three. His record is now 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Vance Worley, as he made his major league debut before being sent to Lehigh Valley, pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Ubaldo Jimenez took the lost, as he lasts only two innings, plus six batters, giving up six runs on just three hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while he strikes out only two. His record is now 15-2 with a 2.75 ERA. Matt Belisle pitches three innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he strikes out a batter. Taylor Buchholz pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Joe Beimel pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Huston Street pitches a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, as he knocks in three runs. Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth both follow with two hits each, with both men getting a single and a double. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run, Howard’s hit being a three-run triple, Dobbs’ hit being an RBI single, and Francisco’s hit being a double. The other Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch.
On Sunday, the Rockies took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Spilborghs, a single to Stewart, sending Spilborghs to third, and a walk to Miguel Olivo, and with one man out, Clint Barmes hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Spilborghs, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Rockies regain the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Spilborghs hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Melvin Mora, who had earlier walled, to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. After the game was held up for over ninety minutes by a rain delay, the Phils regained the lead in the seventh. Pinch hitter Wilson Valdez started the inning off with a pinch hit ground-rule double, before scoring on an RBI single by Rollins, tying the game up at three-all, before he moved up to second on a fielding error by Gonzalez. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, via Rollins stealing third, and Howard walking, and with two men out, Rollins scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Rafael Betancourt, as Betancourt did not cover home plate, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his ninth save of the year as he got out of a bases loaded jam, via a walk to Jonathan Herrera, a single to Mora, sending Herrera to second, and a walk to pinch hitter Jason Giambi, moving both Herrera and Mora up a base, and with two men out, by striking out Stewart on a call third strike.
J.A. Happ, coming back from elbow injury, pitches five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, getting a no-decision. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.51 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his eight hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men that he would face. J.C. Romero receives his fifth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the one man that he would face. Brad Lidge would records his ninth save of the year, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Jeff Francis also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Manuel Corpas collects his second hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Joe Beimel blew his first save of the season before taking the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which were earned, on two hits and walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Rafael Betancout pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit and throwing a wild pitch.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco leading the club with two hits each. Rollins’ hits were both singles, knocking in a run, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double and Francisco’s hits were a two-run home run and a double. Ryan Howard, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ryan’s hit being a single, and Ibanez, Gload and Valdez’s hits being pinch hit doubles, with Valdez’s being a ground-rule double. The last Phil run scored on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense seems to have responded to the firing of hitting coach Milt Thompson, as they have now won four straight games, and seven straight at home.
The Phils (52-46, 2nd NL East) conclude their series with the Rockies (51-47, 4th NL West), going for the series sweep, with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading in the eighth inning.