In the final game of a four game series, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies in walk-off fashion for the second straight game. The Rockies sent out Chad Bettis for just his fourth major league start, and the Phillies rolled out the 10-10 Kyle Kendrick, who has struggled in his last few starts after a good start to the season. Both pitchers received a no-decision, with the Phillies bullpen shutting the Rockies down, while the Rockies bullpen imploded in the late innings to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, as Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz got on base with singles. Cody Asche drove Brown in to put the Phillies on the board. The Rockies would get on the board in the 5th inning on a Dexter Fowler sacrifice fly that brought home Nolan Arenado.
Kyle Kendrick was cruising along entering the sixth inning, with a low pitch count, the lead, and a handful of base runners allowed. That didn’t last long, however, as Kendrick quickly allowed two singles, then gave up a line-drive home run to Wilin Rosario, the 20th of the year by the Rockies catcher. This was also Rosario’s third home run of the series. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wasted no time getting Kendrick out of the game. Kendrick left with just 78 pitches, allowed 8 hits, 4 earned runs, one walk, and struck out two.
Making just his fourth career start for the Rockies, Chad Bettis pitched quite well, holding the Phillies to 6 hits, just one earned run, and one walk through 5 and 1/3 innings. Bettis also struck out 5 batters this evening.
The Phillies bullpen, which has been surprisingly strong for the past 9 games, kept it a three run game for the rest of the night. Zach Miner pitched two scoreless innings in which he didn’t allow a base runner, and B.J. Rosenberg allowed one hit in one inning. The bullpen, which has been a major weak spot for the team for most of the season, has been considerably better in the second half of this month.
Despite the Phillies bullpen shutting down the Rockies, the Phillies were not able to get anything done against the Rockies bullpen, until Darin Ruf hit his 9th home run off of Matt Belisle in the bottom of the 8th, a two-run shot to cut the Rockies lead to 4-3. This would set the stage for Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt.
Betancourt, who blew the save and lost the game last night for the Rockies, got the first two outs, then allowed a double to Jimmy Rollins. After Rollins moved to third, Michael Young, who has helped the Phillies walk off twice in the previous four games, dropped an infield single that scored Rollins to tie the game. Betancourt blew his second straight save, and injured himself on the play, exiting immediately afterwards.
Jeff Francis came into the game to replace Betancourt. Still with 2 outs, Francis would walk Utley, moving Michael Young to 2nd base. Domonic Brown, the next batter, would take a Francis breaking ball and club it into right field, scoring Michael Young on the play, for yet another walk-off win. This is the Phillies second straight walk-off win, and their third since Sunday.
Cesar Jimenez picked up the win in tonight’s game, and Rafael Betancourt took the loss for the second straight night. The Phillies, who could very well have been 55-72 by now, move to 57-70 with another last-second win – both of their runs coming with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. They take 3 out of 4 games from the Rockies, who drop to 59-70 with the loss. The Phillies will move on to face the Arizona Diamondbacks at home starting tomorrow night.
Carlos Ruiz came into this game 7 for his last 12 with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Tonight, Ruiz went 3-4 for 3 singles, making him 10 for his last 16 – Ruiz is as hot as he’s been all season.
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