It wasn’t pretty, but the Phillies ended their four game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. I’d be willing to bet that there were plenty of fans that left Citizens Bank Park frustrated despite the victory.
One thing that was going right for the Phillies on Wednesday was the pitching. Cole Hamels brought his A-Game back home to Philadelphia. Cole allowed just six hits over eight strong innings, and didn’t allow the Rockies only run until the 7th inning. Cole’s eight innings and seven strikeouts lowered his ERA to 2.92, and bettered his record which now stands at 5-2.
The bats were fairly quiet again. The Phillies again managed just five hits, which was enough to scrape out a win on Wednesday, but isn’t enough if they plan to keep their hold on first place in the N.L. East.
Still there is a problem. Nobody has answers. When will things “click?” Is Charlie Manuel worried?
“Worried? Concerned is a better word,” Manuel said. “I’m concerned about it, but at the same time with the pitching we have we keep working, we keep chipping away and we want to improve our offense. We’re going to have to. That’s the way I look at it. It’s a long season and you stay with it and grind it out. We’re going to get it done, that’s how I look at it.”
It sure isn’t fair to the pitchers, that’s for sure. Watching this night after night, I can’t imagine that Cliff Lee hasn’t thought to himself at least once… “Did I make the right choice?”
The Phillies are back in the win column and look to start an new streak with Joe Blanton facing Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin pitched fairly well to start the season, but hasn’t won a start in his last two outings. Blanton is looking to rebound, and just get things going. His velocity is way down, and his command has been pretty poor. Look for him to be on a short leash.
Side Notes -
John Mayberry Jr. - Mayberry continues to show that he has plenty of tools. His throw home on Tuesday that was misplayed by Sardinha, and Wednesday’s throw to third to get Alfredo Amezaga were both really impressive. John has really proving that his days in Lehigh Valley are over.
Shane Victorino - Vic threw down a Sac bunt in the 8th inning which lead to the winning run after a . This is a great sign that Shane is getting closer to a return to the lineup. Shane is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.
Michael Stutes - Michael played catch on Wednesday and said that he feels better, and that he thinks that he could be available out of the pen as early as Friday.