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Lackluster Run Production Prevents Phillies Sweep
Posted By Matt LaCoille On Jun 21 2012 @ 11:13 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | 4 Comments
The Philadelphia Phillies failed to complete their first sweep of any team this season with their 4-1 loss against a struggling Colorado Rockies team. Despite a strong performance from pitcher Vance Worley, the Phillies offense could not muster up more than a single run for the pitcher, as he falls to 3-4 on the season. The only run produced by the Phillies was a first inning home run to left field by shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Worley pitched an extremely solid game into the seventh inning until Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson tagged the pitcher for left-center field bomb with Rockies right fielder Tyler Colvin on base to put the Rockies ahead 2-1. From there, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel turned to his bullpen with Chad Qualls, Jacob Diekman, and Michael Schwimer, who all struggled to maintain the deficit in which Worley left the game from. Schwimer allowed the lead to extend to 4-1 by giving up a two run home run to Rockies catcher Willin Rosario in the top of the ninth. Jeff Francis pitched five innings for the Rockies allowing only the one home run to Rollins. The Rockies bullpen came up clutch with four innings of relief, giving up only two hits and no runs. Rafael Betancourt closed the door on the game with his eleventh save in fourteen chances.
Vance Worley has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Phillies this year in a season that finds his team in the bottom of the pack in the National League East. Worley has given great performance after great performance, with only one start this season giving up five runs or more. The Phillies failure to provide Worley with adequate run production has also been a consistent trait of the Phillies, with games such as the June 15th game against the Blue Jays in which Worley only surrendered one earned run in the loss, as well as the June 9th extra inning loss to the Orioles in which Worley did not give up a single earned run. Worley seems to be one of the only bright spots for Philadelphia, as they sit in last place, nine games behind Washington Nationals.
John Mayberry led the Phillies with two hits during the game, but no rally ever seemed to manifest as the Phillies were a pitiful 0-9 with runners in scoring position as well as leaving seven runners left on base. Many have speculated that the Phillies might be looking out into the trade market to amp up their bruised and under-performing lineup, and games like this only add to the speculation. Charlie Manuel as well as Philly fans have to be frustrated when their offense spoils an opportunity to at least become tied with the Miami Marlins and move out of last place even with a solid pitching performance. One thing is known for sure, a strong second half turn-around is much needed if the Phillies are to make a serious playoff run.
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