The Phillies’ offense was only able to get six hits during last night’s game, but they were able to make them all count as they defeated the Rockies, 6-1, giving Adam Eaton his first win of the year. The Phillies would score first when, with the bases loaded, and two outs, Geoff Jenkins would take the walk, scoring Shane Victornio who has gotten on base earlier with a single. The Rockies would tie the game in the top of the third, when Todd Helton hits a RBI single to left, scoring Willy Taveras. But, after Pat Burrell has thrown the ball back into the infield, the Phils would catch Helton overrunning first base, and get him into a run down, Jimmy Rollins to Chase Utley to Ryan Howard, who would then throw the ball home when he sees Seth Smith trying to score on the play. Howard’s perfect throw would nail Smith out at home plate, as Carlos Ruiz puts on the tag, keeping the score tied at one to one. The Phillies would then go to work in the fifth. After Greg Reynolds has walked both Rollins and Victorino, he would give up a three-runs home run to Utley, his seventeenth of the year, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils back the lead, 4-1. Three batters later, with Howard on first, via another walk, and with one out, Reynolds would give up another home run, this time to Jenkins, his fourth of the season, scoring Howard, to make it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the ballgame, as the Phillies’ bullpen, after relieving Eaton in the seventh, would keep the now very frustrated Rockies from being able to score during the last three innings.
Adam Eaton gets the win, as he would go six innings of very aggressive pitching, giving up only one earned runs on four scattered hits, while striking out four and walking only one. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch one and one-third innings of relief, giving up no runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on two hits. Greg Reynolds took the lost, pitching five and two-thirds innings as he gives up six earned runs on five hits, while walking eight Phils, four of whom would later score. He is now 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Jason Grilli would pitch one and one-third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Matt Herges would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hits.
With the win, the Phillies have completed their second series sweep of the year, with both of them coming at the expense of the Rockies. The Phillies have, in fact, swept their season series with the Rockies and have swept the Rockies for the first time since they have joined the Majors back in 1993.
The Phillies have now won four games in a row for the first time this season, while also being seven wins over .500 for the first time this year. With the six runs that they have scored last night, the Phillies have now scored seventy-three runs in their last eight games, as well as winning seven of their last nine games. During their last four games, Chase Utley has knocked in thirteen RBIs, including his career high six RBIs on Monday night, tying him for first place in RBIs with Lance Berkman of the Astros, while his home run puts him back into first place in home runs with seventeen, over both Berkman and Dan Uggla of the Marlins, both with sixteen home runs. Utley is also among the league leaders in total bases (2nd), runs scored (4th), hits (7th), doubles (8th-T) and slugging percentage (4th), while he is 15th in batting average. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell are also among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Howard is among the leaders in home runs (5th-T), RBIs (8th-T), runs scored (10th-T) and walks (9th), while Burrell is among the leaders in home runs (7th-T), RBIs (18th-T), doubles (13-T), walks (2nd) and slugging percentage (7th). As a team, the Phillies are right now first in home runs (79), RBIs (284), total bases (874) and slugging percentage (.457), are second in runs scored (293), third in hits (511) and doubles (114), fourth in walks (203) and team on-base percentage (.341) and fifth in team batting average (.267). They are also seventh in stolen bases (38).
The Phillies presently have the fifth best record in the National League at 31-24 with a .564 winning percentage. Their pitching staff is second overall in innings pitched (490.0), while sixth in team ERA (3.99) and their relief core is still leading the league in ERA (2.81), while it is seventh in saves (14), has given up the third least number of hits (146), the least runs (56), the least earned runs (52), the least home runs given up (10), and is tied with the Padres for the least hit batters (3).
The win puts the Phils a half game behind the now cooling Marlins, who have lost their game with the Mets in extra-innings, 7-6. The Phillies are now two games ahead of the Braves, who have lost their game with the Brewers, 1-0, as their road problems continue. The Phillies are still four games ahead of the fourth place Mets. As the Phillies and Marlins take the day off, the Braves will conclude their series with the Brewers, now in the top of the fifth inning, with the Braves winning, while the Mets will begin a four games series at home with the Dodgers.
The Phillies will start a three games home stand with the Florida Marlins (30-22) tomorrow night. The first game of the series will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79), who is coming off of his fourth straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 24, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. Myers will be looking to get back to his winning ways, while hoping that the offense will give him some much needed runs support. The Marlins will be sending to the mound Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14), who is coming off one of his worst starts, in spite of winning the game. He would go five innings against the Giants on May 25, giving up five earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win, in the first game of a makeup doubleheader. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while hoping that the Phillies’ bat won’t be aiming to up his ERA. The Phillies will be trying to win the weekend series with the Marlins so that they can regain the lead in the National League East, while hoping that the Braves and Mets will lose ground during their series at Cincinnati and against the Dodgers, respectively.
Edit: The Braves have just won their game against the Brewers, 8-1. So the Phillies are now ahead of third place Atlanta by a game and a half as the Braves head to Cincinnati to play the Reds.
The Phillies’ offense takes advantage of Jorge DeLaRosa’s wildness and the Rockies’ middle relievers while veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer takes advantage of their ‘youthful’ lineup as the Phils’ crushed the Rockies, 20-5. The Rockies would score the game’s first runs in the top of the first, when, with one out, Ryan Spilborghs would hit his second home run of the year on a 1-1 pitch, knocking in Willy Taveras, who has singled earlier, and Todd Helton, who has walked, giving Colorado a 3-0 lead. The Phillies would tie the game in their half of the first, when Chase Utley hits his sixteenth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who have both walked. The Rockies would retake the lead in the top of the third, when Hilton, who has singled and moved to third on Ryan Spilborghs’ double, would score from third on Jeff Baker’s sacrifice fly. From that moment on, it would be all Phils. The Phillies would start it off by re-tying the game in their half of the third on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who has earlier walked, for the second time in the ballgame, off of Rockies’ starter DeLaRosa. The Phillies would then bust the game wide open in the fourth. Pedro Feliz would start the inning off with a double. He would then score on a ground rule double by Chris Coste, thanks to fan’s interference, making the score 5-4 Phillies. So Taguchi would then follow with a double of his own, scoring Coste, and giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. After Moyer bunts Taguchi over to third, DeLaRosa would be taken out of the game for Jason Grilli. Grilli would be greeted by a single from Rollins, scoring Taguchi, and increasing the Phils’ lead to 7-4. Victorino then singles, moving Rollins to third base. Utley then grounds out to the first baseman, scoring Rollins, and moving Victorino to second, as the Phillies now lead it 8-4. After Howard and Pat Burrell both walk to load the bases, Feliz would come up for the second time in the inning, and singles, scoring both Victorino and Howard, and moving Burrell to second, making the score 10-4 Phils. Coste would then end the inning by flying out to right. The Phillies would then increase their lead in the sixth inning. The new Rockies pitcher, Josh Newman, who is pitching in relief of Grilli, would start the inning off by walking Howard. After striking out Burrell, Feliz would single, moving Howard to second base. Coste would then follow by hitting his fourth home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Feliz, while increasing the Phillies’ lead to 13-4. Taguchi then gets on base with a single. After Moyer walks, moving Taguchi to second, Rollins lines out to left for the second out of the inning. Victorino, with the count 0-2, is hit by the pitch, loading the bases. Utley then singles, scoring Taguchi, and moving up both Moyer and Victorino, keeping the bases loaded, as the Phillies increased their lead to 14-4. Newman is then replaced by Alberto Arias. He is soon greeted by a single by Howard, scoring both Moyer and Victorino, and sending Utley to third, while giving the Phils a 16-4 lead. After a wild pitch moves Ryan to second base, Burrell grounds out to end the inning. While the Phillies’ batters were unloading on Rockies’ pitching, Moyer was moving along, taking advantage of the youthful impatient of the Rockies’ batters, a result of the many injuries that are now plaguing the Rockies, giving up only two singles since Baker’s sacrifice fly. He would be replaced by Clay Condrey who would pitch a 1-2-3 eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies’ bat would continue to create havoc. With Matt Herges now replacing Arias, Greg Dobbs would reach base with a double. He would go to third on Eric Bruntlett’s single. After Victorino pops up for out number one, Utley would get a single, knocking in Dobbs for his sixth RBI of the night, a career best, and moving Bruntlett to second, with the score now 17-4 Phillies. Howard then walks, once again loading the bases. T.J. Bohn then hits a infield single under the pitcher’s glove, scoring Bruntlett and keeping the bases loaded, as the Phils now lead its 18-4. Feliz then hits a single, scoring Utley and Howard, and sending Bohn to second, while making the score now 20-4 Phils. Coste would get a single, reloading the bases, but that would be it, as Manuel Corpas, now in relief of Herges, would get Condrey and Dobbs to both strike out to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, with two out, Condrey would give up a RBI single to Cory Sullivan, scoring Omar Quintanilla, who has earlier doubled, making it a 20-5 Phillies’ lead. But that would be it as Condrey would get the next batter to hit into a force out, short to second to end the game.
The 20 runs that the Phils’ offense have scored were the most run that they have scored in one game so far this season, and are the most runs that they have scored in a game since July 3, 1999. They are also the most runs that they have scored so far in the present century. Their 19 hits are the most hits they have gotten this season. Everyone in the starting line up, except for Pat Burrell, have had at least one hit in the game. Pedro Feliz leads the way with his four hits in six at bats, which includes a double, as he knocks in four RBIs while scoring two runs. His batting average is now at .271. Chase Utley went three for six, which includes his three runs blast, as he knocks in a career high six RBIs while scoring two. Chris Coste also went three for six, hitting a double and a home run, knocking in four runs while scoring two. The offense also got eight walks, while batting around three times, sending up eleven batters to the plate twice. In two days, the Phils’ offense has knocked in thirty-five runs on thirty-five hits. The other starting pitchers will certaining be hoping that the bats will remain hot for a while, especially during their upcoming series with the Marlins.
Jamie Moyer was the winning pitcher, as he goes seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, while striking out seven and only walking one, as he dominated the Rockies’ batters in the middle innings. His record is now 5-3 with a ERA of 4.45. Clay Condrey would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Jorge DeLaRosa would take the lost for the Rockies, as he is only able to go three and one third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on four hits, while walking three. His record has dropped to 1-3 while his ERA rises to 9.00. Jason Grilli would pitch one and two-thirds innings in relief, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Josh Newman would last only two-thirds of an inning, getting nailed for six earned runs on four hits. Alberto Arias would go one and a third innings, giving up no runs on one hit. Matt Herges would pitch only a third of an inning, giving up four runs on six hits. Manuel Corpas would go two-thirds of an innings, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies (29-24) will continue their three games series with the Rockies (20-31, 3rd National League West), with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.19), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on May 22, where he would only go five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. He has been involved in four no-decisions in his last five starts, with the other one being a win. He hopes to improve his record, while hoping that the Phillies will be able to supply him with some runs support. The Rockies will be sending to the mound Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 4.61), who is coming off a no-decision in which he would go seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost to the Giants on May 21. In his previous start, he would take the lost, as he would pitch seven innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, in the Rockies’ 4-2 lost to the Minnesota Twins on May 16.
The Phils are still trailing the Marlins by two and a half games, as the Marlins would come from behind to win their doubleheader with the Giants and then would defeat the Mets in New York on Monday. The Phillies are still .002 percentage points behind the Braves, who defeated the Diamonbacks in an Monday afternoon game. The Mets, with their lost to the Marlins, are now trailing both the Phillies and the Braves by four games. As the Phillies continue their series with the Rockies, the Marlins continue their three games series with the Mets, before coming to Philadelphia for a weekend series. The Braves will now start a three games series with the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Phils hope to stay pace with the Marlins, while hoping that the Braves will continue to be a bad team on the road.