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Phillies Walk-Off Again vs Rockies

Phillies 2B Chase Utley scores on Ryan Howard’s two-run double in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56)
LP – Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Late-inning drama has become the Phillies forte as of late, and it’s become a bit of a pest to the Rockies.

For the second time this series, the Rockies blew an early 2-0 lead, only to be walked-off, and again the final score being 3-2 in favor of the Fightins.

Rockies catcher Wilton Rosario had a problem handling pitches all day and it hurt the Rockies in the end.

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Cole As the Rockies: Hamels Leads Phils To Series Win

Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed one run in eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Rockies. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Phillies 5, Rockies 1
WP – Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.07)
LP – Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79)

DENVER — The Phillies got their second half off to a good start with a series win in Colorado.

Backed by Hunter Pence’s three-run homer and Cole Hamels’ eight innings of brilliance, the Phillies beat the Rockies, 5-1, Sunday afternoon. The win was the Phillies second in a row, giving them a series win in the rubber match.

It was an ordinary pitcher’s dual through the four innings with the Phillies holding a 2-0 lead. But Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz got himself into a little but of trouble in the 5th and Hunter Pence made him pay.

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Series Preview: at Colorado Rockies

PHI: 37-50, 5th in NL East; COL: 33-52, 5th in NL West

When: July 13-15
Where: Coors Field (Denver, CO)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) vs Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.98)
Saturday: Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) vs Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.20) vs Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 3.06)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 8:40, CSN
Saturday, 8:10, CSN
Sunday, 3:10, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Game 70: Making Up Ground

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz and SS Jimmy Rollins celebrate after Ruiz’s two-run homer in last night’s 7-2 over the Rockies. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies find themselves in a position they haven’t been in for a very long time: last place in June.

Sitting five games under .500 (32-37) and eight games behind the first place Nationals, the Phillies are looking to gain some ground heading into the All-Star Break.

Talking with one of the TTB writers yesterday, Dan MacNeal, we both feel the Phillies have a little bit of a run in them. Perhaps if the team can win 70% of its next 18 games (13-5 record) they could find themselves maybe four or five games out of first and with a 45-42 record heading into the break.

In that time, Chase Utley will have returned to the line up and more news on the progress of Ryan Howard will be made (hopefully in an official rehab stint by the break).

The 18 games remaining start with nine more home games on this 10-game homestand. The Phillies have two more with the Rockies before hosting one of the best teams in the American League, Tampa Bay, and the Pittsburgh Pirates who are currently playing some good baseball.

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Series Preview: vs Colorado Rockies

PHI: 31-37, 5th in NL East; COL: 25-40, 4th in NL West

When: June 19-21
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34) vs Josh Outman (0-2, 8.44)
Wednesday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93) vs Alex White (2-5, 5.56)
Thursday: Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80) vs Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Series Preview: at Colorado Rockies

PHI: 68-39, 1st in NL East; COL: 51-57, 3rd in NL West

When: August 1-3
Where: Coors Field (Denver, CO)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.61) vs Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52) vs Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44) vs Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.65)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 8:40, CSN
Tuesday, 8:40, CSN
Wednesday, 3:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Troy Tulowitzki: In the last 30 days (22 games), Tulo is hitting .356 with four homers and 18 RBIs. He brought his average up to a .289 while still leading the Rockies with 20 homers and 73 RBIs.

We all know Tulo is one of the best players in baseball so there isn’t any more I really need to say about him.

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Hamels makes most of two runs

Placido Polanco applies the tag on Colorado's Alfredo Amezaga, who tried to go from first to third on Carlos Gonzalez's single. John Mayberry gunned him out. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

You have to be damn near perfect the way the Phillies anemic offense has been of late.

Cole Hamels was as good as you can expect him to be, pitching too good for the Phillies offense to squander his gem in their 2-1 win Wednesday night.

The Phillies started off their nine-day home stand with a win, despite it’s lack in the pretty department.

The Phillies struck first in the fifth. With one out, Raul Ibanez singled and Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch. Both moved into scoring position on a passed ball during Wilson Valdez’s at-bat. Valdez took advantage, singling in Ibanez on the next pitch to make it a 1-0 game. Read more of this post

Lee rocked in loss

It was Cliff Lee’s turn.

Only days after Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton were blown up in early exits, Lee got bounced in the fourth as the Atlanta Braves took the first of many meetings between the two teams, 6-3.

The wheels for Lee quickly fell off. Atlanta scored three runs in the second inning when Jason Heyward led off with a triple before being driven in my Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI double. Martin Prado then drove in Gonzalez and rookie Freddie Freeman to tie the game up at three apiece.

It got worse for the lefty two innings later when he could only manage to record one out before being yanked. Lee hit Freeman and allowed two more singles to load the bases before Chipper Jones hit a bases-clearing double to make it 6-3. Brian McCann followed up with a single and Lee was yanked.

Lee’s final line was 3 1/3 innings pitched, six runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strike outs.

But the bull pen stopped the bleeding once again to keep the Phils in the game. Kyle Kendrick pitched 1 2/3 while allowing only a hit and walk. Antonio Bastardo was absolutely filthy, allowing one hit and striking out six straight batters. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless eighth.

Atlanta’s Jones had two hits in the game. His second hit was the 2,500th in his career. If Jones can play and be effective in two more seasons after this, he may join the very exclusive 3,000 hit club.

Jones was one of four Braves to have multi-hit games. Prado (3-for-5, Nate McLouth (2-for-5) and McCann (2-4) all contributed in big ways and Jones had three RBIs.

Ben Francisco continued his hot start, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz also had two-hit games.

The Phils play tomorrow at 1:oo PM on FOX. Roy Oswalt will face Brandon Beachy.

2B: Francisco (2).

WP: Hudson (1-1). LP: Lee (2-0). S: Kimbrel (3).

Boxscore.

Phillies Survive Late Rally

Joe Blanton sure didn’t get off to the most stellar start this afternoon.  The Rockies hit three straight singles off Blanton leading to two runs in the first inning.  Blanton was able to calm down  and shut out the Rockies for the next five innings.  Brad Lidge was shaky once again in the ninth inning.  He gave up a two-run home run to Seth Smith.  He then loaded the bases but was able to escape with a save once again.  The Phillies hung on for a 5-4 heart-pounding win.

Blanton avoided a shaky start and was very solid for the Phillies.  He threw six innings giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.  After allowing three consecutive singles to Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Giambi, and Ryan Spilborghs, Blanton didn’t look like he would make it out of the first inning.  He was helped out  by a timely double play to end the threat.  He kept the ball down for the most part and really gave the Phillies the opportunity to chip away at the Rockies lead.

Three of the Phillies runs came in an error filled second inning.  Ross Gload started off the inning with a single.  With one out, Greg Dobbs doubled to right field to put runners at second and third base.  Brian Schneider then hit a two-run triple to center field to tie the game up.  It was Schneider’s first triple since 2007 and was hit off current Phillies reliever J.C. Romero.  Joe Blanton followed to hit a ground ball and it was a very routine play.  Giambi dropped the throw at first base which Blanton to make it to first base safely.  The very next batter Jimmy Rollins grounded into a fielder’s choice where Giambi tried to throw to second base.  He ended up throwing the ball into left field, which allowed Schneider to score.  Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez added RBI singles in the sixth inning to pad the lead.

The Phillies were able to pick up another game on the Atlanta Braves, who had an off day.  They now stand only four and a half games behind the National League East division leaders.  The Arizona Diamondbacks will come to town now for a three game series.  The Phillies dodged facing ace Dan Haren who was dealt to the Angels.  They should continue to feast on struggling teams and hopefully cut down this division lead.

2B: Dobbs (5)  3B: Schneider (1)

WP: Blanton (4-6). LP: Hammel (7-6).  S: Lidge (10).

Boxscore

Phils Win Wild Wet One

It sure as hell wasn’t an easy ninth inning, especially with Brad Lidge on the mound for the final frame. But despite loading the bases, Lidge nailed the door shut to give the Phillies their fourth straight win, a 4-3 victory over the Rockies on a rain-soaked afternoon. The win was also the Phils’ seventh straight at home.

J.A. Happ made his return to the Phillies rotation with a solid five-inning effort. The left-hander allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. The bull pen followed up with four shut out innings in which Lidge finished off with a save.

The skies opened up after the sixth inning ended (or beginning of seventh which allowed our good buddy Mike Patota to win the rain delay pool). After a 99-minute delay, the Phillies attacked. Jimmy Rollins proved why he is the spark to this offense with his hustle. After Wilson Valdez led off with a ground-rule double, Rollins drove him in on a single and got to second when Carlos Gonzalez booted the ball in left field. Then he stole third base and took home on a passed ball with no one covering home. When Rollins plays his game and manufactures scoring opportunities, he sets the Phillies up to win.

Rollins, Jayson Werth, and Ben Francisco each had two hits. Francisco homered in the second inning and drove in two runs. Raul Ibanez, Valdez, and Ross Gload each hit pinch-hit doubles for the Phillies. For Colorado, Ryan Spilborghs went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Happ had his velocity today but not the command. He hadn’t pitched since April and it showed with the four walks and the 55/37 strike/ball ratio. Happ gave them five solid innings and kept the game close but he will need to do a much better job at this point in the season.

With the win and the Braves’ 5-4 loss in the 11th inning thanks to former Phillies third baseman Wes Helms’ walk-off single, the Phillies sit five games behind the Braves in the division. They are also three games back of the Giants for the Wild Card, who are playing Arizona right now.

2B: Werth (32), Ibanez (20), Francisco (9), Valdez (9), Gload (4). HR: Francisco (3).

WP: Madson (3-1). LP: Beimel (1-1). S: Lidge (9).

Boxscore.

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Dan Haren was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Los Angeles Angles for Joe Saunders and three “top” prospects. The Phillies focus will now turn towards Roy Oswalt as the trade deadline nears.

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