Battered by the injury bug, the Colorado Rockies look like they feel just about ready to call it a season. That’s somebody else’s problem, but for a Phillies fan the good news is that the Phils look like they’re just getting started. While the Rockies ran into out after out on the bases, walked 18 in the set and turned fly balls into new kinds of entertainment programming, the Phillies swept the series with monster bats but also by playing crisp baseball. The Phils ran their ground balls into hits, backed up third and, despite three errors in the series, showed flashes of brilliance defensively. It probably didn’t hurt that Chase Utley drove in ten runs three games, either.
And if all that wasn’t enough, Adam Eaton finally has a win. Eaton has put back-to-back solid starts together and earned his first win of the year last night.
The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 6-1 to improve to 31-24 on the season. They sweep the three-game series and have won four in a row. They are seven games above .500 for the first time this season.
Eaton got the start for the Phillies and was very good. He went six innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits were singles. He struck out four.
He walked Todd Helton with two outs in the first, but Garrett Atkins flew to center for the third out.
He threw a 1-2-3 second.
With two outs in the third, Willy Taveras and Seth Smith singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third for Helton and Helton hit a ball that went over the head of Burrell in left and off the wall. Taveras scored easily to tie the game at 1-1, but the ball bounced right back to Burrell and Burrell fired the ball back to the infield. Rollins took the throw and fired to Utley at second. Helton was caught in between first and second. Utley ran towards him and Smith came home from third. Utley threw to Howard and Howard made a nice throw home. Ruiz put down a pretty sweep tag to get Smith at home to end the frame. He looked safe to me, but either way it was a nice play by all five of the Phillies in the field who were involved in the play — Burrell, Rollins, Utley, Howard and Ruiz.
Eaton hit Atkins to start the fourth, but Ryan Spilborghs lined into a double-play behind him. Ian Stewart struck out for the third out.
Eaton started the fifth with a 6-1 lead. Omar Quintanilla singled with one out and the pitcher Greg Reynolds bunted, but Ruiz threw Quintanilla out at second for the second out. Taveras flew to left for the third out.
He set the Rockies down 1-2-3 in the sixth.
Madson started the seventh with a 6-1 lead. Spilborghs led off and chopped a ball over Madson. The ball hit the cutout between the grass and the infield grass and Rollins couldn’t handle it cleanly. Spilborghs was safe with an infield single. Stewart was next and singled to right. Jenkins threw to third, but the bouncing ball got passed Feliz. Spilborghs tried to score, but Madson had backed up third well and threw Spilborghs out at home. Great job by Madson to cover third. The throw from Jenkins was fine — Feliz should have handled it. Stewart went to second so Jenkins was charged with a tough error. Madson struck out Chris Iannetta for the second out. Quintanilla flew to right for the third.
Terrible base-running again from the Rockies after Smith gave away an out at home the game before. I realize they can’t score, but that’s just not the way to go.
Madson started the eighth and walked Taveras with one out. Romero came in and got the lefties Smith and Helton to end the frame.
Durbin started the ninth with a five run lead. Spilborghs singled to right with one out before Stewart flew to center for the second out. Spilborghs took second on defensive indifference and went to third when Iannetta singled to left. Quintanilla flew to left for the third out.
Three scoreless innings for the bullpen, although they allowed four hits and a walk. Madson threw 28 pitches, so he’ll probably get a day or two of rest. Ditto Durbin after 22 pitches. Romero threw nine.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Greg Reynolds went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Burrell returns to the lineup after being scratched late on Tuesday with a stiff neck. Ruiz catches against the righty.
With one out in the first, Victorino singled on a dribbler between first and second and stole second. Utley walked before Howard hit a ball back to the pitcher. Reynolds juggled briefly or he might have had a double-play. Howard was thrown out at first and Victorino went to third with Utley at second and two down. Burrell walked to load the bases and Jenkins followed with a walk of his own. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Feliz flew to center for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.
Burrell doubled to start the fourth with the score tied at 1-1. Jenkins popped to third and Feliz lined to third for the first two outs before Ruiz was walked intentionally to pitch to Eaton. Eaton popped to second to end the inning.
Phillies can’t score after the leadoff double. Jenkins fails to move the runner to third with the first out. I really wouldn’t walk Carlos Ruiz intentionally very often — he’s probably not going to get an extra-base hit and there’s a good chance Burrell can’t score from second on a single even with two outs.
Rollins and Victorino walked back-to-back to start the fifth. Utley pounded an 0-1 pitch into the second deck in right, putting the Phillies up 4-1. Howard walked before Burrell flew to center for the first out. Jenkins followed and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 6-1. Feliz and Ruiz went down behind him.
Victorino reached on another infield single, this one deflected by the pitcher, with two outs in the sixth. Again he stole second. Utley followed with a walk, but Howard struck out for the third out.
With one out in the seventh, Jenkins hit a high fly ball to left-center. Spilborghs looked like he had it lined up, but Taveras cut in front of him and had it go off his glove for a two-base error. Feliz and Ruiz both grounded out to leave Jenkins stranded.
With two outs in the eighth, Victorino reached on yet another infield single. This one was just a ground ball to third. Fantastic hustle for Victorino and he got three hits out of it in the game. Utley flew to right for the third out.
Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 in the three game set. He is hitting 312/363/496. Yesterday was just one of two days this season where he has ended a game with a slugging percentage under .500 for the year.
Victorino was 3-for-4 in the game and 6-for-10 with three walks and four stolen bases in the series. He’s hitting 291/360/392 for the season.
Utley was 1-for-3 with his 17th home run of the year. 5-for-12 with a double, two home runs and ten RBI in the series. He’s hitting 310/394/638 for the season.
Howard was 0-for-3 and left four men on base. 2-for-8 in the series. 206/315/462 for the year.
Burrell was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1-for-7 in the series. 277/417/590 for the year. He’s hitting .222 in May.
Jenkins was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. 3-for-7 with a double and a home run in the series. 290/327/421 for the year. 323/353/516 in May.
Feliz was 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 5-for-14 with two doubles in the series. 265/305/439 for the year. 316/343/510 in May.
Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 0-for-7 in the series. 232/299/296. Coste was 3-for-6 in the series with a double and a home run. 341/402/568 for the season.
Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-7 with a double in the series. 361/390/542 for the year.
No game today. First of three with the Fish tomorrow night.