There was nothing rocky about this game. The Phillies were in control from the beginning.
Rarely this season have the Phillies posted a winning effort from start to finish and also secured the payoff. Tonight, much like their last win last Thursday, everything went smoothly from start to finish.
With Cole Hamels on the mound pitching well and the offense and defense delivering good plays in the clutch, there was never a doubt. For once, nothing, not even the baseball gods, could take away this game.
The Phillies didn’t start off strong, giving up an early run to the Rockies on an RBI single by Tyler Colvin.
The Phillies wouldn’t answer until the third with an RBI double by Placido Polanco to tie the game.
John Mayberry Jr. continued his strong month by belting another home run, this one a two-run shot, to give the Phillies the lead in the fourth.
An RBI double by Carlos Ruiz would add another run in the fifth.
Hamels worked out of a jam in the sixth, despite allowing a run, on a great throw by Shane Victorino to nab Chris Nelson at second, who was trying to extend his RBI single into a double.
Insurance runs came in the seventh for the Phillies, who led things off with a single by Hamels. After a sac bunt by Polanco moved two runners into scoring position. Hamels scored on an RBI groundout by Hunter Pence. Ruiz followed that with a two-run home run to cap the three-run inning.
That was plenty for Hamels, who allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings. He walked three and struck out seven in getting his 10th win of the season.
Chad Qualls entered to close things out in the ninth and pitched a perfect inning to end the game and give the Phillies a 7-2 win over the Rockies.
When everyone contributes, good things usually happen. That’s exactly the way this game went for the Phillies.
They got the pitching from Hamels and Qualls. They got the defense from guys like Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino. They got the offense from several more.
On the offensive front, three Phillies had multi-hit games. Jimmy Rollins was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, two walks and two runs scored. Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. John Mayberry Jr. was 2-for-4 as well, also with a double and a home run.
Overall, there can be no complaints about the way the Phillies played tonight. It is the first of hopefully many wins to come.
It is nothing to get overly excited about, because it is just one game. But it takes one game to start a streak. The Phillies, and their fans, are hoping, this is it.
The Phillies are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Rockies again. Joe Blanton gets the start against Alex White.
L: Josh Outman (0-3)