Chase Utley tied a franchise record by homering for a fifth-straight game, but credit can be given to a handful of others, as the Phillies overcome the Rockies 9-5. The bullpen combined for four shutout innings.
Playing on short rest, this had all the makings of a throwaway game out West. After five ineffective innings by Kyle Kendrick, it appeared the Phils would settle for the loss and head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. Instead, they caught their second wind in the sixth with an inside the parker Jayson Werth, followed by Utley’s league-leading ninth home run of the season. Then in the eight, Carlos Ruiz crowned the comeback bid with a two-run double down the line. Mired in a tough slump, Ruiz really needed it.
It was a night of good hitting. The Phils tacked on insurance runs in the ninth, featuring good hits by Geoff Jenkins and a pair of doubles by Werth and T.J. Bohn, who redeemed himself for a dropped ball in left after replacing Pat Burrell. Burrell homered earlier, his seventh of the season.
Leading up to this game, the Phils were living and dying by the long ball, and indeed, four of the nine runs last night came from home runs. They’ve also been riding Burrell and Utley. Not only have they knocked in the most runs, Utley’s .354 BA is over .100 points higher than Jenkins, who’s third on the team. Werth, who's hitting .283, should qualify shortly.
In relief, Rudy Seanez has walked a batter an inning (7), but has yet to allow a run or hit. Tom Gordon earned his third hold of the season, settling into a pseudo-set-up role he seems to be sharing with J.C. Romero. And Brad Lidge is now averaging a strikeout-per-inning.