Phillies 4, Rockies 3
The Phillies ditched the bench and pressed against the dugout
railing rooting on Michael Young.
That saved them a few steps when they charged toward the
basepath to mob Young in their biggest celebration yet in six games
under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
Young hit the winning single with one out in the ninth inning
after Carlos Ruiz tied the game with a double, pushing the
Philadelphia Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Wednesday
”We battled right to the end,” Sandberg said.
Did they ever.
Erik Kratz opened the ninth with a double off Rockies closer
Rafael Betancourt (2-4). Pinch runner Casper Wells advanced to
third on a grounder and scored the tying run on Ruiz’s pinch-hit
double to left. Jimmy Rollins was walked intentionally and Young
followed with the winning single to left.
Jake Diekman (1-3) tossed a scoreless ninth for the win.
The Phillies stormed out of the dugout and converged on
Nolan Arenado’s two-out single in the eighth inning had put
Colorado up 3-2. Arenado made a game-saving stop at third base in
Colorado’s 5-3 win on Tuesday. One game later, he poked an opposite
field single to right off reliever Justin De Fratus.
Betancourt just couldn’t make it stand.
”I’d take Rafi with a one-run lead every time,” Rockies
manager Walt Weiss said.
Ruiz hustled home for the winning run for one of his few bright
spots in a down season for the former All-Star catcher. Ruiz, who
has only three homers and 16 RBIs, was suspended the first 25 games
for using a banned amphetamine.
”With everything that happened, it was tough for me,” he said.
”But that’s no excuse. I’m just trying to do my best and help the
Wilin Rosario homered for Colorado. Chase Utley went deep for
De Fratus hit Charlie Blackmon to open the eighth. Michael
Cuddyer hit a one-out single and Arenado made it 3-2 after his
After losing three of four at Baltimore, the Rockies have
dropped two of three so far in the four-game series against the
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio allowed two runs – one earned – in
5 2-3 innings and worked out of several jams to keep it close.
”He stayed away from the big inning that was getting him the
first time he was up,” Weiss said. ”When it starts to slip away,
he’s been able to close out the inning and not let it get away from
Phillies starter Cliff Lee remained winless since July 5 and is
0-4 with two no-decisions since beating Atlanta. He kept the
Phillies in this one, striking out six and walking none over seven
The Phillies blew several opportunities to help out Lee and bust
the game open.
They stranded runners on second and third when Lee struck out
swinging to end the second. They scored only one run after loading
the bases with no outs in the fifth. Young grounded into a double
play to score one run and make it 2-2. Utley fouled out to end the
Nicasio was chased with runners on first and second and two outs
in the sixth. Wilton Lopez fanned John Mayberry Jr. on a check
swing to escape the jam.
They had some timely hitting in the first when Utley’s 16th
homer of the season staked Lee to a 1-0 lead.
Rosario tied it a 1 on a solo shot to right in the second that
extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Dexter Fowler ripped an
RBI single to left later in the inning for a 2-1 lead, but Domonic
Brown threw out Jordan Pacheco at home to end the inning.
NOTES: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (shoulder) is set to make his
third rehab start Sunday with Double-A Reading. Halladay also
clarified some remarks he made after Tuesday’s rehab start that
made it seem like he endorsed the move to fire Charlie Manuel and
replace him with Sandberg. ”I have a lot of respect for Charlie.
There were some articles put out that offended me and, I’m sure,
offended Charlie. And I called him today and talked to him about
it,” Halladay said. … The Phillies signed free-agent OF Roger
Bernadina and optioned Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
… The Rockies send RHP Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30 ERA) to the mound
Thursday against RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) in the finale of
the four-game series.