Game Recap: Phillies 4, Rockies 3
Key to the game
After a rain delay of 1 hour, 39 minutes following the sixth inning, the Phillies scored two runs in the seventh, the second on ‘s wild pitch.
began the inning and gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Wilson Valdez, who scored when Jimmy Rollins followed with a single. Rollins took second when left fielder booted the ball. Beimel retired the next two batters, but Rollins stole third base while Beimel was in the process of walking Ryan Howard. Betancourt came on to face Jayson Werth and threw a wild pitch before striking out Werth.
Rollins likely would have scored anyway, but Betancourt didn’t cover home plate when the ball skipped away from catcher.
The Rockies loaded the bases with two out in the ninth against closer Brad Lidge, but the Cherry Creek High School product threw a slider for a game-ending called third strike toafter falling behind Stewart 2-0.
The Rockies stranded 12 runners. In addition to the ninth, they loaded the bases with one out in the second, scoring whenhit a sacrifice fly, and with one out in the seventh before struck out and Stewart flied to right.
–The Rockies have lost four games on this 2-8 trip by one run. They have scored 31 runs in the 10 games.
–The Rockies blew leads of 1-0 and 3-2. Spilborghs, who doubled and scored on Stewart’s single in the second, hit a two-run homer following ‘s leadoff walk in the fourth to put the Rockies ahead 3-2. Spilborghs has hit safely in five of his past six games, going 8-for-19 with three doubles, one homer and two RBI. Spilborghs has hits in all five of his starts and went 0-for-1 on July 21 when he replaced injured Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth inning.
– gave up six hits and two runs in five innings with one intentional walk and six strikeouts, leaving after throwing 94 pitches, 60 strikes. Francis, who gave up a two-run homer to Ben Francisco in second, pitched out of trouble in the fourth and fifth. In the fourth, Francis had the bases loaded with one out but struck out Cody Ransom and got Carlos Ruiz to ground into a fielder’s choice. In the fifth, the Phillies had runners on first and second with no out, but Francis got Shane Victorino to pop out, Placido Polanco to hit a soft liner to third and Howard to fly to left.
–Beimel, who blew his first save opportunity of the season, has been scored upon in successive days, giving up five hits and three runs, two earned, in 1 2/3 innings. The only other time Beimel was scored upon in back-to-back outings this season was June 24 and 28.
–Lidge, who struck out the side, earned his ninth save but not before walking two and throwing 30 pitches, 15 strikes.