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Rock(ie) A Bye Phillies

After a nine run outburst on Memorial Day, Ryne Sandberg tweaked his lineup a bit against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Both Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown were given the night off in favor of Darin Ruf and John Mayberry, Jr. Speaking of lefties, Cole Hamels took the mound for the Phillies in search of win number two on the year.

The Rockies got on the board first in the top of fourth when Drew Stubbs led off with a single. He would steal second and advance to third on a single by D.J. LeMahieu. With runners on the corners and nobody out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki singled Stubbs home for a 1-0 lead.

The Phillies answered right back in the bottom of the inning, when Darin Ruf homered to left center-field for a solo shot and a tie ballgame. It was Ruf’s first home run since being called back up to the big leagues.

Hamels would cruise through the next two innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh. After Tulowitzki grounded out to start the inning, Hamels walked Corey Dickerson and Michael Cuddyer back to back. After getting Justin Morneau to fly out, catcher Wilin Rosario laced one out to right field and over the fence for a three run home run and a 4-1 Colorado lead.

It was a tough break for Hamels, who had allowed just two hits prior to the seventh. He departed going seven innings and allowing all four runs on just three hits. He walked two and struck out four. Despite his efforts, the walks in the seventh inning came back to haunt him.

What also came back to haunt the Phillies was a bases loaded, nobody out chance in the bottom of the third. Mayberry, Cesar Hernandez and Hamels all singled to start the inning with the top of the order coming up. Stop me if  you’ve heard this before. Revere grounded to third, forcing Mayberry out at home. Rollins then popped up to second, and Utley would fly out deep to left field. Just like last Friday night, another golden opportunity was wasted.

The Phils would cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Revere hit his first career home run. It was a solo shot that landed in the first row of seats in right field.

Jeff Manship replaced Hamels in the eighth, and he was greeted by a lead-off triple from Jeff Rutledge and a double from Stubbs that made it 5-2 Rockies. With Stubbs now on third, the Phils would walk Tulowitzki intentionally to face Brandon Barnes. He would ground to short on a great stop by Rollins. The Phils would force Tulowitzki at second, but Barnes was safe at first and Stubbs scored from third to make it a 6-2 Rockies lead.

That bases loaded, none out chance was really the Phillies’ only big scoring chance. They collected eight hits on the night, but managed only two runs via the home run. They are now 0-21 this year when trailing after eight innings.

The Phils will send Roberto Hernandez to the mound in the series finale tomorrow night against Jordan Lyles for Colorado. First pitch slated for 7:05.

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