The Phils bounce back as the offense come alive, crushing the Rockies, 9-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe offense bounce back as Kyle Kendrick receives his first victory of 2014, as the Phils crush the Rockies, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Jhoulys Chacin’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had lead-off the inning with a single. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, had moved up to second base on Revere’s single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ force out, 4-6, as Revere is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead one batter later as Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Utley. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.  hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Howard. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Corey Dickerson to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Jhoulys Chacin (0-4, 5.20) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and three wild pitches, while striking out five. Tommy Kahnle pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nick Masset pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Rex Brothers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Adam Ottavino pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Home Run, 5 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Brown, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed two double plays.

The Phils (22-26, 4th NL East) continue their series with the Rockies (27-24, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.30) who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 22, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be trying to throw his fourth straight quality start, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Rockies will counter with Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants in a suspended game on May 22, as he went only three scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three, in the Rockies’ 2-2 tie with the Giants in a rain-suspended game. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak while trying to forget Sunday’s game.

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