Apparently the only group of people more frustrated than the fans with the Phillies’ back-to-back one-run losses to the Astros this weekend was the Phillies themselves. The Colorado Rockies, or at least what’s left of them, rolled into Philadelphia last night and for the second time in two days the Phils’ offense put on a show. A day after scoring 15 runs against the Astros, the Phillies scored 20 to pound the Rockies.
Chase Utley drove in six runs in the game. After struggling through most of May he’s 4-for-his-last-10 with two home runs and nine RBI.
The Phillies crushed the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 20-5 to improve to 29-24 on the season. In their past two games they have scored 35 runs. They have another chance to go six games over .500 for the first time this season tonight.
Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out a season-high seven. He faced a decimated Rockies’ lineup that did not include Holliday, Atkins, Tulowitski or Hawpe.
Willy Taveras singled to start the first. Moyer struck out Jonathan Herrera for the first out before Todd Helton moved Taveras to second with a walk. Taveras stole third before Ryan Spilborghs hit one just out to center, tying the game at 3-3. Jeff Baker hit a ground ball to short, but Howard didn’t handle the throw at first and was charged with an error. Seth Smith and Yorvit Torrealba went down behind Baker to end the frame.
More horrid defense from Howard.
Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second.
With the game still tied, Helton singled with one out in the third. Spilborghs doubled to left and Helton went to third. Baker hit a fly ball to left-center and Burrell threw to third. Helton scored to put Colorado up 4-3. Smith flew to left to end the frame.
Torrealba singled to start the fourth with the score tied at 4-4. Omar Quintanilla popped to short for the first out before the pitcher Jorge De La Rosa bunted Torrealba to second. Moyer struck out Taveras to leave Torrealba stranded.
Moyer started the fifth up 10-4 and set Colorado down 1-2-3.
He threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Moyer had thrown 79 pitches through six.
Taveras singled with two outs in the seventh, but Moyer got Herrera on a ground ball to short to end the frame.
Condrey got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.
He returned for the ninth and got the first two before Quintanilla doubled and pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan followed with a single. Quintanilla scored to cut the Phillies’ lead to 20-5. Taveras grounded to short to end the game.
Condrey threw 24 pitches in the game. He has his ERA down to 4.76 for the season and has been good in May. In nine appearances this month Condrey has thrown 14 innings with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. He has walked just one batter this month.
The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. With Werth on the DL, Taguchi plays righty against the lefty. Coste catches against the lefty. Feliz and the catcher’s spot move up in the lineup with Taguchi hitting eighth.
Rollins and Victorino started the bottom of the first with back-to-back walks with the Phils down 3-0. A balk moved them to second and third before Utley hit a 2-2 pitch out to right-center. 3-3. Howard, Burrell and Feliz went down behind Utley.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.
Victorino walked with one out in the third and stole second before Utley hit a ground ball to second that Herrera didn’t handle. Victorino went to third with Utley safe at first on the error. Howard hit a ball hard to right, but Smith took it just in front of the warning track for the second out. Victorino scored to tie the game at 4-4. Utley stole second before Burrell flew to left to end the inning.
Feliz led off the fourth with a double. Coste followed and squirted a ball down the first base line that a fan reached out and grabbed. Feliz scored on the ground rule double to put the Phils up 5-4. Taguchi ripped a double into the corner in left and Coste scored. 6-4. First hit of the month for Taguchi. Moyer bunted Taguchi to third. With the infield in Rollins singled into center and Taguchi scored to make it 7-4. Victorino moved Rollins to third with a single. Utley grounded to first for the second out. Rollins scored and Victorino went to second with the Phils up 8-4. Howard and Burrell both walked, loading the bases for Feliz. Feliz singled to center and Victorino and Howard both scored. 10-4 with men on first and second. Coste flew to right for the third out.
Taguchi doubled to start the fifth and Moyer bunted him to third. Second time Moyer moved the runner along with the bunt in the game. Rollins struck out and Victorino was hit by a pitch to put men on first and third, but Utley popped to short to end the inning.
Howard walked to start the sixth. Burrell was next and was called out on a pitch that was low for the first out. Feliz moved Howard to second with a single before Coste popped an 0-1 pitch out to left to put the Phils up 13-4. Taguchi singled and a walk to Moyer moved him to second. Rollins flew to left for the second out. Victorino was again him by a pitch, loading the bases. Utley singled to right and everyone moved up a base with Taguchi scoring to make it 14-4. Howard singled to center and Moyer and Victorino scored. 16-4 with men on first and third for Burrell, who grounded to third to end the inning.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Dobbs doubled to start the eighth and moved to third on a single by Bruntlett. Victorino popped to short for the first out. He’d have like 80 RBI this season if he could bring in runners with a man on third and less than two outs. Eighty might be a little strong. 75? Utley singled and Dobbs scored with Bruntlett going to second. 17-5. Howard walked to load the bases. Bohn hit a dribbler passed the mound and right to where Herrera would have been if Herrera and Quintanilla hadn’t both been covering second thinking the pitcher would field the ball. Everyone moved up a base. 18-5. Feliz followed with a real single down the line into left. Utley and Howard scored and it was 20-5 with Feliz on first and Bohn on second. Coste singled to load the bases, but Condrey hit for himself and struck out. Dobbs struck out for the third out.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a single and a walk.
Victorino 1-for-2 with two walks and scored four runs.
Utley 3-for-6 with a home run and six RBI.
Howard 1-for-2 with three walks and three RBI.
Burrell 0-for-4 with a walk.
Feliz 4-for-6 with a double and four RBI. His single in the ninth should have been a double as well.
Coste 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and four RBI.
Taguchi 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.
6-7-8 in the order combined to go 10-for-17 with nine RBI.
Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.19) faces righty Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 4.61) tonight. In nine of Jimenez’s ten starts he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer. Jimenez shut the Phillies down in the playoffs last season. Lefites are hitting .344 against Kendrick this season.