The Phillies started off the week by avoiding a sweep against the Colorado Rockies as they won the final game of the series on Sunday 10-9. Roberto Hernandez let up nine hits and six runs over 4 innings in his outing. Relief pitcher B.J. Rosenberg would’ve given up at least a run but was saved by Jimmy Rollins and Freddy Galvis. Rosenberg gave up a leadoff triple and a couple of two pair of walks. Jake Diekman didn’t do very well as he gave up a double and 2 run homer as he blew a Phillies 8-6 lead. Antonio Bastardo didn’t relinquish the 10-8 lead but did make the game closer as he let up a solo homer to outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Jonathan Papelbon secured the Phillies victory and his fifth save. The Phillies did very well offensively as the team broke their 4 game extra base hit drought, 17 games without a sacrifice fly which the Phillies got 3 of them. The Phillies gathered together 15 hits in the win. Ryan Howard had 4 hits which were 2 singles, a triple, and a home run. J-Roll had three hits and Chase Utley drove in 2 runs.
The Phillies started off the series against the LA Dodgers positively as the team beat the Dodgers 7-0 on Monday. Ryan Howard went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, 1 run, and a home run. Carlos Ruiz really shined in this victory as he went 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 4 RBI, and a home run. Cliff Lee really found a grove in this one and as all Phillies fans know when he’s in grove the outcome of the ball game is usually in the Phillies favor, Lee went 8 innings while giving up only 4 hits and striking out an impressive 10 batters. Double A Reading relief pitcher Ken Giles has been really garnering attention lately because of his 100 MPH fastball. Another reason is that he is getting noticed is because of the Phillies bullpen has been struggling.
The Phillies took the second game in a 3-2 ten inning affair on Tuesday. Ben Revere was exceptionally good in this one as he 4 for 5 with a run scored. Dom Brown hit the game winning RBI double in the tenth inning. Even though A.J. Burnett was the starter for this one, oddly enough he had the second best performance offensively as he went 3 for 3. A.J. Burnett was good in this outing as he went 6 2/3 while giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 1, and striking 5 strikeouts. Antonio Bastardo got the win in one inning of work. Jonathan Papelbon earned his sixth save of the season. While Cole Hamels was announced to debut on Wednesday and reliever B.J. Rosenberg was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Hamels.
The Phillies lost Cole Hamels debut 5-2 to the Dodgers Wednesday night. Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored. Cole Hamels went 6 innings while giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 1, and striking out 5. Third baseman Cody Asche sat for the third straight game for Freddy Galvis. The Phillies took the series finale against the Dodgers 7-3 on Thursday night. Marlon Byrd had a solid game as he went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI. Carlos Ruiz led the charge once again as he went 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 2 walks. Kyle Kendrick turned in a nice start as he went 5 2/3 while giving up 10 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts. The Phillies announced on Friday that minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies for 3 games for damaging equipment at Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies lost the opening game Friday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4. Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 5 with an RBI and Ben Revere went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Roberto Hernandez had another iffy start as he went 6 innings while giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, walking 2, and striking out 5. The Phillies took the second game of the series 6-5 as the team came back from a 5-0 deficit. Carlos Ruiz has been heating obviously as he’s led the charge to recent victories and this game was no different. Cliff Lee went 6 innings while giving up 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and striking out 2. Jeff Manship was the winning pitcher as he went an inning. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 7th save of the year in one inning of work.