Michael McKenry HR MLB.Com Video screen shot
On this day it was more of a give-away game, w/ neither Jerome Williams, nor Jorge De La Rosa making it past the 5th inning – De La Rosa going only 4.1 on 108 pitches, and 3 Errors committed, 2 by Freddy Galvis, one by the Rockies Ben Paulsen. The big blow though was the HR by Colorado’s catcher, Micheal McKenry (1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB) right after the Phillies came back to tie it. They were never able to get the big hit after that, even though they had the chances, going 1-7 w/ RISP.
The Phillies started by scoring 1st, which they have been doing a lot during this 6 wins out the last 8 games run. Darin Ruf knocked in the 1st run in the top of the 3rd inning, after a Freddy Galvis single and his 5th SB of the season, and Chase Utley, going 2-4 out of the two hole today, reaching on an error. They failed to add on after that.
But the next inning Colorado came right back, which would be a recurring theme today. They scored 3 times on a melange of HBP, singles and walks, as Williams did not have great control. The big blow was Troy Tulowitzki‘s 2 run single.
After a scoreless 4th, the Phillies got some help from the Rockies manager leaving De La Rosa in for maybe one inning too many as he went into the 4th w/ 100 pitches. He started the inning giving up a triple to Utley, his 1st of the season, a sac fly by Ruf, followed by a long HR to left by Ryan Howard , his 9th of the season, his 1st off a lefty, and 2nd in two days.
Yet again Williams failed to get the shut down inning, and gave up the eventual game winning HR to McKenry, scoring Paulsen who singled w/ one out.
To put the game out of reach, if any is in the bandbox that is Coors Field, Colorado put two more on the board in the 7th off Elvis Araujo, his 1st ER of the season, as well as his longest outing of 2 innings. A walk and 3 singles – one of which should have been another error on Galvis, did the damage for 2 runs. Daniel Descalso and pinch hitter Nolan Arenado w/ the RBI’s.
As well as they have played the last 3 series, one has to keep in mind that it was Pirates, Diamondbacks, and the Rockies, all teams comparable to the Phillies right now. Now they move on to D.C to play the Nationals who have been hot lately.
A few notes:
After 7 games in a row of Rockies batters racking up double digit K’s, for the 2nd day in a row Phillies starters go 10 innings w/o striking out a Rockies batter… and today no Colorado batter whiffed.
Chase Utley no matter where he is hitting, has at least a hit in each one of his last 6 games and an extra-base hit in five of them
Lastly on a personal note, this is my 1st post here on Pattison Ave and I want to thank the people here for giving me the chance to do this. In June I will start a weekly post about Phillies past and present w/ a more personal slant on the way I see this team. When I am not here, you can often find me posting on Sports-Boards.net in the Phillies forum where we have series threads for people to comment on. I have been posting there w/ a variety of characters since 2005 so we have seen the rise and fall of the latest Phillies Glory Days, and it has been a pleasure to share them w/ some of the most knowledgeable sports fans in the country. Plenty of other Philly sports talk there as well as many other Team’s fans from all over the country. Tell ’em brett5355 sent ya.