Huge Inning Propels Phils
September 2, 2010
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Well it’s been said before: the Phillies are never out of a game. They proved that once again in Colorado tonight. The Phillies exploded for nine runs in the seventh inning en route to a 12-10 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Phillies had one of their biggest innings of the season in the seventh inning. They sent 10 hitters to the plate during the inning. Chase Utley was two-for-two during the offensive outburst. Utley had an RBI single to score Placido Polanco to start off the inning. He later sent a grand slam off Matt Reynolds in the right field seats to make the score 12-7. Jayson Werth also added a solo home run and Ben Francisco had an RBI single in the huge inning.
Joe Blanton had been pitching well in his last few starts. Blanton was hit around by the Rockies in this outing. In four and a third innings, he gave up six runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Blanton did give up his usual first inning runs, but he fell victim to a three run home run courtesy of catcher Chris Iannetta.
The bullpen made things interesting late in the game. In the seventh inning, Chad Durbin gave up three runs on four hits. Contreras loaded up the bases in the eighth inning but was able to get Eric Young Jr. to ground into a fielder’s choice. Lidge allowed Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez to reach base on back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. The Rockies were able to score a run off Lidge on a fielder’s choice groundout. But Placido Polanco made a nice play at third base to get the out there and give the Phillies the victory.
The Phillies certainly didn’t get off to a good start but the offense bailed them out. The offense seems to be coming around. In their last four games, they have scored 25 runs. The offense has been hot and cold throughout the entire season and has been responsible for some of their struggles. If the offense is here to stay, that makes the Phillies one of the most dangerous teams in October. The Phillies now sit two games back in the NL East because the Mets defeated the Braves tonight.
2B: Polanco (24) HR: Utley (12), Howard (25), Werth (19)
WP: Bastardo (1-0). LP: Delcarmen (0-1). S: Lidge (19)