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Offensive Outburst Propels Phils in Colorado

By Ian Sontag

Last night against the Colorado Rockies, the Philadelphia Phillies couldn't hit a ball out of the reach of any of the fielders. Tonight, however, it was a different story. The Phillies mashed out 15 hits, including three doubles, a triple, and a homerun as the Phils doubled up the Rockies 8-4.

This surely must be the team that we will see for most of the year. Right? Well, outscoring your oppenent wins games, but the offense must get key hits in important situations. The pitching, well, it was better then yesterday-which is an improvement.

Out of the eight runs the Phillies (2-3) scored, seven of them came with two outs. That's when players earn their money. It's called being clutch in clutch situations.

Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino were getting on base, while Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez were driving them in. Those top six hitters in the lineup were a combined 11-for-27 (.407 batting average). They had all the extra base hits-led by Ibanez's second homer of the season along with a double. Werth had a triple. Howard and Victorino had the other two baggers.

It was nice to see the offense come together this way, after a lackluster first four games.

Colorado didn't make it seem so easy in the beginning , jumping on starter Brett Myers for 2 runs in the bottom of the second inning as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit his third homerun of the young season. The Phils then answered in the top of the third inning with the bases loaded, Howard blasted a 3-run double into the left-centerfield gap. The Rockies answered with a soloshot in the fourth by Garrett Atkins and Clint Barmes hit one in the fifth inning.

That was all they could muster against Myers who only allowed four hits (three homeruns and a double) through seven innings of work. He walked one and struck out six. Again, the early inning jitters and all the hits given up were extra base hits.

Myers (1-1), remained unbeaten (5-0) in his career at Coors Field and 7-0 overall in eight appearances against the Rockies.

Thinking back to Myers' opening night start against the Atlanta Braves, I seem to recall him giving up three homeruns that night too. All told in his first two starts of the season, Myers has given up 12 hits, six of them were homeruns. Yet he's 1-1.

Ryan Madson pitched a perfect eighth inning. Brad Lidge came in and mowed down his three hitters in 1-2-3 fashion.

The Phils roll into tomorrow afternoon's clash with Colorado with a chance of evening their record at 3-3 on the season, as Chan Ho Park faces off agains sinkerballer Aaron Cook for the Rockies.

Then it's off to Washington to face the Nationals. Jamie Moyer gets the nod on Monday for the Phightins, while the Nats bring Daniel Cabrera.

On the down side, starting catcher, Carlos Ruiz, went on 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain.


  1. Most people get the newspaper or rely on experts like for the news. Your job as a blogger is to bring more to the table than just reporting the game. Be opinionated and share the fans point of view.

    The Boss

  2. Boss, I think I have so far as I have in all four of my articles. But thanks for your opinion.