Ubaldo Jimenez did muster the courage to show up last night, but that’s pretty much where the heartwarming part of the story ended from a Colorado perspective. Jimenez wasn’t through the second inning before he found himself down 7-0. The Phils’ bats cooled a little after that, but seven runs proved to be enough as the Phils rolled to their third straight win.
The Phillies continue to hit up and down their order. After going 11-for-35 at the plate as a team last night they are 48-for-113 (.425) as a team over their past three games.
They start the day six games above .500 for the first time this season.
The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 7-4 to improve to 30-24 on the season.
Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five.
Seth Smith singled with one out in the first and stole second as Todd Helton struck out for the second out. Garrett Atkins grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.
Willy Taveras reached on an infield single with two outs in the third and the Phillies up 7-0, but Smith flew to left for the third out.
Atkins singled to center with one out in the fourth, but Ryan Spilborghs followed with a ground ball to short and Atkins was forced at second for the second out. Kendrick hit Ian Stewart with a pitch, but Yorvit Torrealba struck out swinging to end the frame.
Omar Quintanilla doubled to start the fifth. Cory Sullivan hit for the pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and flew to right. Jenkins’ throw back into the infield was bad and the error allowed Quintanilla to go to third. Taveras grounded to third and Quintanilla scored, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 7-1. Smith singled and Helton followed with a walk, but Atkins flew to center to leave them both stranded.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh.
Smith doubled to left to start the eighth. Helton followed with a single into left and Bohn, who had just entered the game, threw Smith out at the plate with a nice throw. Terrible base-running by Smith to get thrown out down six runs for the first out of the inning. Gordon came in to pitch to the righty Atkins and got him on a ground ball to second. Helton, who had gone to second on the throw home to get Smith, went to third. Spilborghs got ahead 1-0 and hit a ball out to left-center, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 7-3. Stewart doubled to left and Torrealba moved him to third with a single, but Flash got Quintanilla on a ground ball back up the middle that Rollins made a nice play on to end the inning.
In 27 career plate appearances against the Phillies, Spilborghs is hitting 478/519/913 with three home runs and a double.
Terrible outing for Gordon. Three of the five hitters he faced got hits including a double and a home run. The throw by Bohn and the bad base-running by Smith looked irrelevant when it happened, but turned out to be important. Gordon needed a nice play from Rollins to end the frame.
Lidge started the ninth. Taveras walked with one out and took second on defensive indifference. Lidge struck out Smith for the second out before Helton singled to right, scoring Taveras to cut the Phillies’ lead to 7-4. Atkins flew to right to end the game.
Gordon threw 20 pitches, Lidge 23. Gordon has pitched on back-to-back days four times this season, but never after he threw more than 15 pitches in the first game. I would guess the Phils would try not to use him tonight.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ubaldo Jimenez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Dobbs (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Burrell was a late scratch with a stiff neck. Dobbs played left, putting lefties three through six in the Phillies’ lineup. Ruiz catches with a righty on the mound despite a big game from Coste with the bat the night before.
Rollins and Victorino singled back-to-back to start the first, putting men on first and third for Utley. Victorino stole second as Utley struck out for the first out. Howard walked to load the bases and Dobbs dumped a single into right. Rollins scored easily and Victorino and the ball arrived at the plate at about the same time. Victorino plowed over Torrealba, who had already failed to catch the ball by the time Victorino arrived. Torrealba was given an error on the play and the Phillies’ runners went to second and third with the Phils up 2-0. Jenkins grounded to first and Helton threw home. Howard was called out, although it appeared he slid in safely head first before the tag was applied. Feliz doubled into right field and Dobbs and Jenkins both scored, putting the Phils up 4-0. Ruiz struck out for the third out.
With one out in the second, Rollins singled and stole second. Victorino grounded to second for the second out and Rollins went to third. Utley doubled into right and Rollins scored. 5-0. Howard hit a ground ball right to where the shortstop would be were it not for the shift. Single, Utley scored, 6-0. Dobbs moved Howard to second with a single before Jenkins doubled. Howard scored to make it 7-0 with men on second and third for Feliz. Feliz struck out looking to end the inning.
1-2-3 in the third.
Victorino led off the fourth with a single and Utley followed with a walk. Howard, Jenkins and Dobbs went down behind them.
The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fifth and again in the sixth.
Jenkins singled with two outs in the seventh, but Feliz grounded to short behind him.
With the count 0-1 on Ruiz in the eighth, the game was delayed by rain for about an hour and a half. When it resumed the Phils went 1-2-3. Taguchi hit for Gordon and flew to center for the second out.
Rollins was 2-for-5.
Utley 1-for-3 with a double.
Howard 1-for-3 with a walk. No strikeouts in his last two games.
Dobbs was 2-for-4 with two RBI. He’s hitting .400 in May.
Jenkins was 2-for-4 with a double. 322/345/475 in May.
Feliz 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Ruiz 0-for-4. He has six extra-base hits on the season. 300/357/532 in May.
Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37) faces righty Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08) tonight. Reynolds has made three appearances on the season, all of them starts. Opponents are hitting .197 against him, but he has allowed four home runs and seven walks in just 17 2/3 innings. Eaton has taken three losses in his last four starts, but pitched well against the Astros on Friday, holding them to three runs over seven innings.