Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
COL 9-9 76 4.22 11 697 (10) 14 5
PHI 9-10 85 4.47 7 784 (5) 8 3

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
COL 9-9 87 4.83 T-10 4.60 (13) 3.16 (3)
PHI 9-10 83 4.37 8 3.80 (7) 3.03 (2)

The Phillies’ bullpen has been fantastic this season. Coming into play yesterday the Phillies’ 3.03 bullpen ERA was second-best in the NL. The pen was in the middle of things again last night as the Phils topped the Rockies 9-5.

After Kendrick left his weak start after just five innings, four Phillies’ relievers combined to allow a hit and three walks in four shutout innings. In those four innings the Phils scored seven runs, including four driven in by the unlikely duo of TJ Bohn and the struggling Carlos Ruiz. Just about the only person on the Phillies giving the team more than the pen these days is Chase Utley.

Utley was at it again last night, doubling and hitting yet another home run. He has now hit six home runs in the last five days and homered five games in a row. Last night’s was a solo shot as well, his fifth of the six home runs, but we gotta give Jayson Werth, who hit ahead of Utley, a break this time. Werth homered himself in the sixth before Utley delivered his latest solo blast. As amazing as his contribution with the bat has been, the biggest boost the Phils got from Utley last night came with his glove. With one out and the based loaded in the third, Utley helped turn a ball smashed by Clint Barmes back up the middle into an inning ending double-play with a beautiful diving stab and a glove-hand flip to second.

Pat Burrell continues to do his best to help Utley carry the offense. He clubbed a two-run homer to left and singled twice. But Burrell and Utley got some help offensively last night and it came from some of the guys who have been scuffling of late. Carlos Ruiz had the biggest hit of the game, a bases-loaded double in the eighth with the Phils down a run. Jayson Werth was 2-for-5 with an inside the park home run. Slumping Ryan Howard had two hits in five at-bats and scored a pair of runs. Just called-up TJ Bohn delivered a two-run double in the ninth.

The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 9-5 to improve to 10-10 on the season. Tonight they try to go over .500 for the sixth time since opening day and seventh if you count opening day. With 20 games played the Phils are in fourth place in the NL East and trail the division-leading Florida Marlins by 2 1/2 games.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils and was pretty bad. The Phils made three errors in the game and two behind him, but he also was bailed out by a brilliant play by Utley to turn a two-run single into an inning-ending double-play in the third. He went five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out two and his ERA is up to 5.59 after four starts.

Willy Taveras led off the first with a ground ball to short. Bruntlett’s throw to first was high for an error. Troy Tulowitski was next and hit a ground ball to short. The Phils got the lead runner at second with Tulowitski safe at first. Todd Helton and Matt Holliday both popped out on the infield to end the inning.

With one out in the second, Brad Hawpe hit a ball into left-center. Werth is still playing super deep in center, and in the huge outfield in Colorado that leaves a lot of ground to cover. Hawpe wound up at second with a double. Clint Barmes was next and he dropped a single right in front of Burrell, moving Hawpe to third. Yorvit Torrealba was next and got ahead 2-1 before he hit one way out through a strong wind to left, putting the Rockies up 3-0. The pitcher Mark Redman followed and grounded to second for the second out. Taveras was next and hit one over Burrell’s head in left for a double. Kendrick kind of forgot about Taveras and Taveras stole third without a throw from Ruiz. Tulowitski grounded to first to set the Rockies down.

Kendrick walked Todd Helton to start the third. Matt Holliday was next and drove the ball deep to right-center, but Taguchi took it for the first out. Garrett Atkins hit a ground ball to third that Feliz booted for an error. Not a hard play for Feliz, the ball just went in and out of his glove. It put men on first and second with one out for Hawpe and Kendrick walked him to load the bases. Clint Barmes hit a ball hard back up the middle, but Utley made a great play diving to his right and flipped the ball from his glove to Bruntlett at short who threw to first to nip Barmes and complete the inning-ending double-play. Fantastic play by Utley. Kendrick had thrown 54 pitches through three innings.

Torrealba started the fourth with the Rockies up 3-2 and doubled to left. Redman bunted him to third for the first out. Tavares hammered a 1-2 pitch down the right field line but just inches foul instead of at least a double for Taveras. Taveras looped a 3-2 pitch into shallow right, but Taguchi took it for the second out and Torrealba had to hold third. Kendrick struck Tulowitski out on three pitches to end the inning.

Helton singled to start the fifth. Kendrick struck out Holliday behind him before Atkins hit one out to left, putting the Rockies up 5-2. After Hawpe grounded out for the second out, Barmes singled but was thrown out trying to steal second.

Condrey started the sixth and walked pinch-hitter Scott Podsednik with one out. Podsednik stole second and third before Condrey walked Taveras, putting men on first and third with one out. Tulowitski hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Rudy Seanez pitched the seventh. He walked Holliday with one out, but got Atkins to hit into a double-play to end the inning. Third time in the game and second in two innings that Phillies’ pitchers got an inning-ending double-play.

Gordon started the eighth with a 6-5 lead. Hawpe led off the inning and looped a ball into left field, which was dropped by Bohn, who had run for Burrell in the top of the inning, for an error. Flash worked around it, though. He struck out Barmes for the first out and got Torrealba on a fly ball to center before pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs was called out looking to end the inning.

Lidge started the ninth up 9-5 in a non-save situation after pitching the night before. The Phils scored two runs on a double by Bohn with two outs in the top of the inning. If Madson was available, and he would be unless he’s injured cause he last pitched on Saturday, it’s unfortunate the Phils couldn’t get him into the game. Lidge gave up a leadoff single to Tavares, but got the next three to end the game.

Lidge threw 16 pitches in the game, which was the most of any reliever. Don’t know if the Phillies will use him three days in a row if they need to tonight or not. Probably. They may be reluctant to use Gordon on back-to-back days, but he only threw 14 pitches. Seanez and Condrey are well-rested and should be available tonight if needed.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mark Redman went (1) Taguchi (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. Werth plays center with Taguchi in right against the lefty. Ruiz back behind the plate.

Utley doubled to deep left with two outs in the first, but Howard grounded to first to leave him stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second. They started the third down 3-0 and went 1-2-3 again. Two strikeouts for Redman in the third, he got Taguchi looking at a pitch that was outside to end the frame.

Howard singled to right with two outs in the fourth. Burrell got ahead 3-1 and hit one just out to left, getting the Phils within one at 3-2. Feliz grounded out for the third out.

Kendrick singled with two outs in the fifth, but Taguchi grounded out behind him.

Werth led off the sixth with the Phils down 5-2 and hit a towering drive to deep center field. Tavares went after it hard and the ball bounced off the base of the wall and rolled a long way away from the center fielder towards left field. Werth stormed around the bases and slid in head first as an amazingly strong relay from Tulowitski came to the plate. Safe. 5-3. Utley was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out down the line. 5-4. Howard flew to center for the first out before Burrell singled, but Feliz and Ruiz went down behind him.

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

Howard and Burrell singled back-to-back with one out in the eighth. It put men on first and second and Bohn ran for Burrell at first. Feliz walked to load the bases with two outs and the Phils down a run. Lefty Brian Fuentes came in to pitch to Ruiz, relieving the righty Taylor Buchholz. Coste was available, but Manuel stuck with Ruiz. Ruiz got ahead 1-0 before he doubled softly down the right-field line. Howard and Bohn both scored, putting the Phils up 6-5 with two outs and men on second and third for Bruntlett. Bruntlett grounded out to first to end the inning. Not pinch-hitting for Bruntlett up a run with two outs and two men in scoring position may mean we’re just never going to see Brad Harman defensively. At least not at short in a one-run game. The Phillies have to have someone in their organization they can put on the roster who can play shortstop defensively well enough they can put him into a game — if they don’t they should get someone. If they don’t have someone and can’t get someone they shouldn’t take up a roster space pretending they do. I actually don’t think it was a big deal not to hit for Bruntlett in the inning, but it doesn’t make any sense to have Harman on the roster if he’s never going to play — there’s got to be somebody in the organization you’re willing to put on the field.

Jenkins, who had entered the game in the seventh, led off the ninth and singled into right. Coste hit for Gordon against lefty Micah Bowie and was hit by a pitch. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Werth, and Werth doubled to right on 1-2 pitch. Jenkins scored to put the Phils up 7-5 and Coste went to third. Utley grounded to first and Howard went down swinging for the first two outs of the inning, bringing up Bohn, who had run for Burrell in the eighth. Bohn quickly got behind 0-2 but worked the count full and then laced a double into the corner in left. Both runners scored and the Phils led 9-5. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.

Taguchi was 0-for-4.

Werth was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI.

Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run.

Howard was 2-for-5.

Burrell was 3-for-4 with a home run and two singles. He’s actually hitting for a higher average than Utley, .364 to .354. Utley is out-slugging him .823 to .742.

Feliz was 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s hitting .203.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with a huge double and two RBI.

Bruntlett was 0-for-4.

Brett Myers (2-1, 3.96) faces lefty Jeff Francis (0-2, 5.89) tonight. Francis got hit hard in the first two of his three starts this year before looking like the guy that baffled the Phils in the NLDS last season. After getting hit hard twice by the Snakes to start the season, Francis threw seven shutout innings against the Padres on Thursday, holding San Diego to three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Opponents are hitting .297 against him on the season and he’s been hurt by home runs — he’s allowed six in 18 1/3 innings this year, all to right-handed batters. The Phils shelled him in two regular-season starts against them last year before he shut them down in the playoffs. Francis faced the Phils on July 6 and September 13, and in the NLDS on October 3. Myers did not start against the Rockies last season, but threw two innings of scoreless relief. He appeared in two games in relief in the NLDS and allowed two hits but was not charged with a run in 1 1/3 innings.

The Start Log is up to date and shows that each of the five Phillies’ starters has now started four games and the team has gone 2-2 in the games started by each of the five.