Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Utley Continues Streak, Phils Win.

Chase Utley took his four game, five home run streak into Colorado on Monday night in hopes of building off the important win in the final game against the Mets on Sunday. The Phillies were also looking to get some other offense going since they have been thriving off the long ball so far this season. They went into Monday's game against the Rockies with a league leading 31 home runs.

Monday nights match up featured the Rockies Mike Redman against the Phils Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick has been struggling a bit this season. Being a contact pitchers requires getting good defense from the rest of the team and the Phils have been struggling in the field, more so since the lost of Jimmy Rollins.

Kendrick allowed the Rockies to get on the board early in the second off a three run home run by Yorvit Torrealba.

The Phils looked like they were going to continue to struggle to score runs, until the fourth inning when Ryan Howard reached on a single and Pat Burrell crushed a ball for his seventh home run of the season.

It didn't take long though for the Rockies to add to their lead as Kendrick allowed a two run homer by Garrett Atkins bring the game to 5-2.

The Phillies came right back in the top of the sixth when Jason Werth managed an inside-the-park home run off a ball hit to center field, followed by Chase Utley's 6th home run in 5 games.

With the score 5-4 and the Rockies readying their closer in the bullpen in the top of the eighth, the Phillies managed to score two runs off of plays other than home runs for the first time in two games. Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Pedro Feliz all reached base which brought up Carlos Ruiz with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Ruiz smoked a ball down the right field line for a double allowing Howard and T.J. Bohn, who came in to run for Burrell, to score.

With the lead going into the ninth, the Phils looked to tack on some insurance runs. Geoff Jenkins led off the ninth with a single to right field and Chris Coste was hit by a pitch. Jason Werth came up to the plate and hit a line drive to right field for a double which allowed Jenkins to score. After Utley and Howard went down, T. J. Bohn came to the plate and hit a line drive to left field allowing Coste and Werth to come in to score.

Although they had the a four run lead, Brad Lidge came in to end the game and after striking out Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holiday, the Phils closed out a well fought 9-5 win.

The Phils send Brett Myers to the mound on Tuesday to face Jeff Francis. The Phillies are at the .500 mark for the fourth time the season and will be looking to get over the hump.

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