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July 8 2007

 

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
COL 42-43 411 4.84 3 767 (3) 53 18
PHI 43-42 439 5.16 1 780 (1) 70 10

 

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
COL 42-43 421 4.95 T-10 4.73 (T-11) 4.60 (12)
PHI 43-42 446 5.25 T-15 4.95 (14) 4.76 (13)

The Phillies went meekly in the first two games of their three-game series with the Rockies.  The bad news is the Phils look like a team that thinks they might not be good enough to win.  The worse news is that as worn down as they are they might be right.

No matter how bad the team, and the pitching in particular, may look today, there's a good chance things will look different 20 or 30 games down the line.  When they do, the Phils might wish they had some of these games back, because they sure looked wiling to sleepwalk through till the All-Star break as the series started in Colorado.

In both games they Phillies led early.  In Friday's game they managed two hits in the last six innings, both of them singles.  On Saturday night they had three hits in eight scoreless frames after the first inning.

Yesterday the Phillies lost 6-3 to drop back below .500 at 43-44.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run.  He struck out two. 

Up 3-0 in the first, Moyer walked Ryan Spilborghs to start the inning.  Jamey Carroll hit a ground ball to third and Spilborghs was forced at second.  Matt Holliday flew to left for the second out, but Todd Helton doubled to right, scoring Carroll and cutting the Phils' lead to 3-1.  Moyer struck out Garrett Atkins to end the inning.

Troy Tulowitski walked and stole second to start the second inning, but Moyer got the next three.

Spilborghs singled to start the third, but Moyer got the next three.

After a 1-2-3 fourth, Moyer started the fifth still up 3-1.  Yorvit Torrealba led off the inning with a double, and after pinch-hitter Willy Taveras grounded back to the pitcher, Spilborghs homered to left to tie the game at 3-3.  Carroll followed with a single and Holliday reached on an error by Utley.  It put men on first and second for Helton, who singled into right.  Carroll scored to put the Rockies up 4-3.  Moyer got Atkins to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

With one out in the sixth, Brad Hawpe doubled and Torrealba followed with a walk.  Jeff Baker hit for the Rockies' pitcher and, with Baker at the plate, Coste picked Hawpe off of second for the second out.  It saved the Phillies at least one run -- Baker singled to left, moving Torrealba to second.  With the righty Spilborghs at the plate, Sanches replaced Moyer.  Spilborghs singled to right, scoring Torreabla and moving Baker to third with Colorado up 5-3.  Sanches got Carroll on a diving play by Rowand in right-center.  Great diving catch that saved two runs for the Phils. 

Anderson Garcia started the seventh for the Phils, making his major-league debut.  He got Holliday on a fly ball to center before Helton singled to left.  Atkins flew to left for the second out, but Tulowitski moved Helton to second with a single.  JC Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Hawpe, who drove in Helton and moved Tulowitski to third with a single into center.  Torreabla grounded back to Romero to end the inning.

Romero has yet to be charged with a run in six appearances with the Phils.  He allowed one charged to Garcia in the seventh.  He has yet to get more than two outs in an appearance.  Zagurski, his fellow lefty in the pen, had gotten three outs two of his last three times out.

Zagurski pitched a 1-2-3 eighth to lower his ERA to 4.70. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Rodrigo Lopez, who the Phillies did not trade for Pat Burrell, went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Helms (8) Coste.  Dobbs in left and Helms at third.  

Rollins led off the game with a home run.  1-0.  Utley doubled with one out and Howard hit one out the opposite way.  3-0.  Dobbs doubled with two outs and Helms followed with a walk, but Coste grounded to second for the third out. 

Then the game was delayed by rain for an hour and 22 minutes.

Victorino singled with two outs in the second, but Utley grounded to short to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third, fourth and fifth. 

Dobbs doubled with two outs in the sixth, but Helms flew to center to turn the Phillies away.

Coste started the seventh with a single, but the pinch-hitter Ruiz struck out and Rollins hit into a double-play. 

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

Manny Corpas struck out Rowand, Dobbs and Helms in the ninth for his first career save.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with his 16th home run.

Victorino 1-for-4.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double. 

Howard 1-for-4 with a two-run homer run and three strikeouts.

Rowand 0-for-4.

Dobbs 2-for-4 with two doubles. 

Helms 0-for-3 with a walk.

Coste 1-for-3.

On Friday, the Phillies couldn't hold a 6-1 lead and lost 7-6 in eleven innings.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing three runs on ten hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He walked one and struck out two.

Up 3-0 in the first he gave up a leadoff double to Tavares. He got the next two before Helton walked to put men on first and second. Atkins grounded to short to end the inning.

Hawpe doubled to start the second and Tulowitski moved him to third with a fly ball to right that Victorino caught in foul territory. Torrealba grounded to third and Hawpe scored to cut the Phillies' lead to 4-1. Jeff Francis grounded to short to end the inning.

Matsui reached on an infield single with one out in third. Holliday hit a ground ball to short and the Phils forced Matsui at second with Holliday safe at first. Holliday was caught stealing for the third out.

With one out in the fourth, Atkins doubled and moved to third on a single by Hawpe. Kendrick kept the Rockies off the board, though, getting Tulowitski on a popup to second after a long run by Utley and Torrealba on a ground ball to short.

Up 6-1 in the fifth, Kendrick gave up back-to-back singles to pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan and Tavares. It put men on first and second, but Kendrick got Matsui, Holliday and Helton to turn the Rockies away.

Kendrick got the first two in the sixth before Tulowitski and Torrealba singled back-to-back. On Torrealba's single Rowand threw to third, allowing Torrelaba to move to second. Sullivan followed with a single to left that scored two runs, making it 6-3. Three hits in a row with two outs, and Rowand's throw to third costs the Phils a run. Kendrick struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Baker to end the inning.

Zagurski started the seventh up 6-3. He got the first man before Holliday homered to make it 6-4. Helton followed with a walk and moved to second on a single by Atkins. Zagurski struck out the lefty Hawpe and Mesa came in to get the righty Tulowitski to pop to second for the third out.

Mesa started the eighth. Torrealba doubled and Sullivan moved him to third with a single. Pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs hit a sac fly to right and Torrealba scored to make it 6-5. Matsui walked, moving Sullivan to second. Mesa got Holliday to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Romero started the ninth up 6-5 and got the lefty Helton on a ground ball to first. Alfonseca entered the game and got the righty Atkins on a fly ball to left. He got ahead of the lefty Hawpe 1-2 before Hawpe tied the game at 6-6 with a home run to center. Tulowitski reached on a single before Torrealba grounded to third to end the inning. Fourth straight inning the Phillies' pitchers had allowed runs.

Durbin started the tenth and gave up a leadoff walk to Sullivan, but set the next three hitters down.

He returned for the eleventh. With one out he walked Atkins, who moved to second on a single by Hawpe. Durbin struck out Tulowitski for the second out, but Torrealba singled into center to score Atkins and give the Rockies a 7-6 win.

The Phillies' pen goes 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks. The Rockies' pen goes six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Jeff Francis went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Helms (8) Coste. Burrell should hit between Utley and Howard against lefites, but looks like it's never going to happen.

Rollins started the first with a ground-rule double to center. Victorino lined to right for the first out, but Utley singled to right and Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard flew to left for the second out before Rowand hit another ground-rule double, this one to right-center, moving Utley to third. Burrell smashed a single to the wall in left but had to hold first as two runs scored to put the Phils up 3-0. Helms reached on an infield single up the third-base line that Torrealba touching thinking it had gone foul and Coste singled off of Francis' leg, loading the bases for Kendrick. Kendrick grounded to third to end the frame.

Victorino doubled with one out in the second. Utley struck out for the second out before Howard singled to left, scoring Victorino to put the Phils up 4-0. Rowand doubled to center and Howard was thrown out at the plate to set the Phillies down.

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

Rollins singled to start the fourth, but Victorino followed and hit into a double-play. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Rowand hit his third double of the game with one out in the fifth. Burrell followed with a walk and Helms doubled to center. Two runs scored and the Phils led 6-1. Coste grounded to second and Kendrick struck out to end the frame.

With one out in the sixth the Phils put men on first and third on a walk by Victorino and a single by Utley. Howard struck out and Rowand grounded to third to turn the Phillies away. Howard's strikeout hurt a lot there.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the seventh and eighth.

With one out in the ninth, Howard singled and Rowand followed with a walk. It put men on first and second with one out for Jose Mesa, of course, Burrell had been double-switched out of the game in the seventh. Dobbs pinch-hit for Mesa with the righty Jorge Julio on the hill, and flew to center for the second out. Helms struck out to end the frame.

1-2-3 in the tenth. 1-2-3 in the eleventh.

Rollins was 2-for-6 with a double.

Victorino 1-for-5 with a double and a walk.

Utley 2-for-6 with an RBI.

Howard 2-for-6 with an RBI. Two strikeouts, including a big one in the sixth with men on first and third and one out.

Rowand was 3-for-5 with three doubles.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Helms was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Coste was 1-for-5.

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