Rookie Jonathan Pettibone allowed six runs in the first inning and one more in the second in a three-inning outing where he allowed 10 hits and a walk as he fell to 3-3.
In 11 starts, Pettibone has a 4.40 ERA and has been hit fairly hard in his last few outings. Called up from Triple-A when John Lannan was injured, Pettibone has been able to stick around with Lannan expected to make a start on Monday at home against the Nationals.
But with Pettibone next scheduled to start on Friday against the Mets, the Phillies could have some options. Will they allow Pettibone to make his next turn or call up veteran righty Carlos Zambrano to take the start instead.
Zambrano is scheduled to pitch again on Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If he suddenly is scratched from that start, chances are he's coming up to pitch for the Phillies.
Did the Phillies do anything well against the Rockies on Saturday afternoon? Ben Revere had three hits and he has 11 hits in his last four games to boost his batting average to .272. Also, Ryan Howard hit a pair of doubles in four at-bats.
Meanwhile, relievers Joe Savery, Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman combined for four scoreless innings.
Next up, the Phillies send Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.45) to the mound against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4.3, 4.52) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
Ruiz back in action
In his first action since suffering a strained hamstring on May 21, catcher Carlos Ruiz went 0 for 2 in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday night.
Ruiz is scheduled to work out in Philadelphia on Monday and then will have two more rehab games with Double-A Reading on Tuesday and Wednesday.