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Piece Out

The Phillies have been on the seesaw their last five games. They’ve wasted opportunities here, and cashed in big time there. They’ve been shutout and no-hit, then at times spray hits all over the field. They were shutout twice over the weekend, then managed to pitch a shutout of their own on Monday.  Tuesday saw a well pitched game by Cole Hamels fall by the waste side late, even though the Phillies managed to out-hit the Rockies.

Tonight Roberto Hernandez looked to do his part to try and win the three game series with Colorado. In both the first and second innings, Hernandez got two outs before allowing men to reach scoring position. Charlie Culberson reached on an error by Cesar Hernandez at third. Pitcher Jordan Lyles followed with an infield single, and Hernandez then walked Charlie Blackmon to load the bases before getting the final out.

The Rockies would finally score in the third, when first baseman Justin Morneau led off with a solo home run. Two batters later, Corey Dickerson worked a walk against Hernandez. The next batter was catcher Wilin Rosario, who did the Phils in last night with a three run homer off Hamels. This time Rosario doubled to deep center-field to score Dickerson for a 2-0 Colorado lead.

The Phillies responded in the bottom of the third, when Chase Utley led off with a double. Ryan Howard would single him home to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was Howard’s 31st run batted in of the season.

The Phils tied the game in the sixth when Ben Revere led off with a single. After striking out both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, Lyles intentionally walked Ryan Howard. The next batter was Marlon Byrd, and he singled to left-field to bring Revere home and tie things up at 2-2.

The Phillies escaped damage in the top of the seventh inning by the grace of Mike Adams. Antonio Bastardo started the inning with three consecutive walks to Dickerson, Rosario and Josh Rutledge.

Adams replaced Bastardo and was tasked with getting Carlos Gonzalez out. Adams was able to induce a 1-2-3 double play to leave runners on second and third with two outs. Still, Adams had to face Troy Tulowitzki who was sent up as a pinch hitter. Adams was able to get Tulowitzki swinging, and the Rockies would not score in the inning.

Jake Diekman replaced Adams for the eighth inning, and allowed a solo home run to D.J LeMahieu to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

They would take that lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, after Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Tony Gwynn, Jr. reached base on a throwing error by Rutledge. Revere followed with a single to put runners on first and second with one out. The next batter was Rollins, and he would line out to left for out number two.

Utley stepped up next, and Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss made a pitching change, bringing in left-hander Boone Logan. Utley came through with a single to right that brought Gwynn home to tie the game at 3-3.

The next batter was Howard, who was 3-5 lifetime against Logan, good for a .600 average. Howard launched a three run bomb into the night to win it for the Phils, 6-3. Howard finished with four RBIs on the night, none bigger than the three coming on the walk off home run.

The Phillies took the series from the Rockies and snapped their string of seesaw play. This win was a statement of sorts, showing once again that this team is indeed capable of big things. Adams’ performance in the seventh was miraculous, but showed how good the veteran reliever can be when healthy and focused.

The Phillies start a four game series with the Mets tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. David Buchanan makes his second start for the Phillies against Zack Wheeler for the Mets. First pitch slated for 7:05.

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