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July 9 2007

The Phillies sprang back to life yesterday in Colorado.  Better late than never.

Jimmy Rollins pulled up his socks, got on base four times and drove in two runs.  Flipping the recent script, the Phils got behind early and stormed back late.  But the moment that everyone will remember came during a rain delay before the start of the seventh inning.  As the grounds crew battled to cover the field in a wind strong enough to sweep several members of the crew under the tarp, most of the Phillies' team, aided by the umpires and a few Rockies' players, rushed to the field to help get things under control.

The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies yesterday, winning 8-4.  They lose the series two games to one and go into the All-Star break at 44-44.  They are in third place in the NL East, 4 1/2 games behind the division-leading Mets.  They trail the second-place Braves by 2 1/2 games.  The Phils limp into the break 3-7 in their last ten, losers of three series in a row. 

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies.  He went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple and two home runs.  He struck out three.

Kaz Matsui homered off of Eaton with one out in the first to put the Rockies up 1-0.  Eaton got Matt Holliday for the second out before Todd Helton singled to right.  A wild pitch by Eaton moved Holliday to second, but Eaton got Garrett Atkins to pop to first to end the inning.

Brad Hawpe tripled to right to start the second and Troy Tulowitski brought him in on an infield single that bounced off of Eaton.  2-0.  Chris Ianetta flew to right for the first out and the pitcher Cook bunted Tulowitski to second.   With two outs, Cory Sullivan singled to left.  Tulowitski scored with the help of Burrell, who dropped the ball in left, to put Colorado up 3-0 and Matsui followed with a single to move Sullivan to second.  Eaton struck out Holliday to get out of the inning.  Big strikeout for the Phils against one of the NL's best hitters.

Helton started the third with a home run.  4-0.  Atkins reached on an infield single to Dobbs that Dobbs did not field cleanly.  Atkins was given a hit on what was originally called an error than changed to a hit.  Should have been an error.  Eaton got Hawpe on a fly ball to center field.  Tulowitski struck out swinging as Atkins was caught stealing second to end the inning.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth and fifth.  In the sixth he walked Hawpe with one out, but got the next two to end the inning.

Then it rained and the game was delayed 50 minutes.  Eaton had thrown 111 pitches.

Madson came in to pitch the seventh and gave up a leadoff doubled to pinch-hitter Willy Taveras but got the next three.

He gave up a two-out single to Hawpe in the eighth, but got Tulowitski to ground to short to end the inning.

He returned to throw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Three innings for Madson with all of the Phils' bullpen about to get four days off.  He threw 31 pitches, the sixth time since June 18 he's thrown 30 or more.  If you hear any person associated with the Phillies in any way say anything remotely close to "Ryan's a big, strong kid and we really know his arm" prepare for the worst.  Hopefully the Phils are trying to stretch out his arm to see if he is an option for the rotation.  Not sure that would work, but if it's not what they're doing it's hard to understand the way they've been using him.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Aaron Cook went (1) Rollins (2) Bourn (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Barajas.  Bourn in center with Rowand on the bench.  Barajas catches.  Ruiz, battling a sore right knee, is 1-for-his-last-10 and hasn't started since a week ago today.  

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

In the second, Victorino singled with one out and Burrell was hit by a pitch.  It put men on first and second for Dobbs, who grounded into a double-play.

Eaton and Rollins singled back-to-back with one out in the third.  It put men on first and second for Bourn, who hit a ground ball to short.  Rollins was forced at second for the second out as Eaton went to third.  Utley singled, scoring Eaton to cut the Colorado lead to 3-1.  Bourn went to third and Howard knocked him on with another single as Utley went to second.  3-2.  Victorino flew to left to end the frame.

Burrell started the fourth with a home run that made the Rockies' lead 4-3.  Dobbs followed with a single, but Barajas hit a ground ball to short and Dobbs was forced at second for the first out.  Eaton bunted Barajas to second and Rollins brought him in with a single to tie the game at 4-4.  Bourn grounded to short for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Burrell started the sixth with a single, but Dobbs was next and hit into a double-play.  Barajas and Eaton both singled, putting men on first and second with two down for Rollins.  Rollins singled into center, scoring Barajas and moving Eaton to third.  The Phils led 5-4.  Bourn tried to bunt his way on and popped it up to first to retire the Phils. 

Utley started the seventh with a single.  Howard was next and struck out, but Victorino followed with a two-run shot that extended the Phillies' lead to 7-4.  Burrell struck out and Nunez pinch-hit for Dobbs and grounded to short to end the frame.

Rollins walked with two outs in the eighth but was caught stealing second with Bourn at the plate to retire the side. 

Bourn started the ninth with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Utley and scored on a sac fly by Howard to make the score 8-4.  Victorino grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins was 3-for-4 with a walk.  He was 6-for-14 with a double in the series.  286/329/518 on the year.

Bourn was 1-for-5 with a double and left five men on base.  1-for-7 in the series.  256/337/329 on the year.

Utley was 2-for-5 yesterday.  5-for-15 with a double in the series.  325/401/571.

Howard was 1-for-4 with two RBI.  4-for-14 with a home run and six strikeouts in the series.  256/377/555.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.  4-for-14 with a double and a home run in the series.  277/346/429.

Burrell was 2-for-3 with a home run, his eleventh of the year.  3-for-6 with a walk in the series.  215/378/408 on the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-3.  3-for-8 with two doubles in the series.  288/320/529.  He has two walks in his last 91 at-bats. 

Barajas was 1-for-4 in his only action in the series.  213/341/389.  Coste was 2-for-8 in the series and is at 364/391/500 in 22 at-bats on the year.  Ruiz was 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the series.  272/329/401.

Rowand was 3-for-9 with three doubles.  310/385/478.

The Phillies' next game is Friday against the Cardinals in Philadelphia.

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