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The Phillies looked to take today’s rubber match against the Colorado Rockies and win a series on what has turned into one disaster of a road trip. The team lost three of four in Milwaukee and two out of three in Minnesota.  They had their hard luck ace on the mound today in Cole Hamels, who had a record of 2-9 coming into today.

This one stayed close for a while, with Hamels allowing an early solo home run to Rockies’ catcher Wilin Rosario that made it 1-0. After some questionable calls by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, Hamels allowed two more runs in his last inning of worked, the seventh.

Hamels departed with the Rockies up 3-0, all three runs charged to him and six hits allowed. He did a good job again of keeping the Phils close, but his offense, again, gave him nothing.

The Phillies managed just four hits against Rockies’ starter Jhoulys Chacin, who retired 14 Phillies in a row at one point.  The Rockies would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two run home run by Carlos Gonzalez off of Antonio Bastardo, making it 5-0 Rockies. Colorado finished with nine total hits against Phillies’ pitching.

The Phillies finally got to Chacin in their last at-bat. After Ben Revere singled, and advanced to second, Jimmy Rollins came inches short of a home run to right field with a double off the wall. Revere would score to ruin Chacin’s bid at a shutout. The next batter was Ryan Howard, who singled to right field and plated Rollins from second, making it 5-2 Rockies.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss then called on his closer Rex Brothers to get the final out, which he did on a Dom Brown strikeout. Chacin went 8 2/3 innings today, allowing six hits and two runs. The Phillies had no answer for him on the day, making a lot of quick outs and not working the count at all. Chacin had exactly 40 pitches to begin the fifth inning, 32 of them for strikes. Zero plate discipline or presence for Philadelphia right now.

Hamels’ unfortunate season continued today as his record dropped to 2-10 and his ERA rose up to 4.40. They say the numbers never lie, but in the case of Hamels they do.  In his last 10 starts, he has allowed more than three runs only twice, more than seven hits only twice. He’s turned in a lot of quality starts with nothing to show for it.

The Phils record dropped to 33-37 with the loss, and they remain firmly entrenched in third place in the National League East. As for the wild card race, they are not eight games out of the last spot with a loss today.

They’re back at it tomorrow at home against the division rival Nationals.

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