Loss, Plus 2 More DLd
This just in: Rockies win first at Citizens Bank Park since 2009 as first baseman homers three times and drives in seven runs.
No, it wasn’t Todd Helton, a career .370 hitter against the Phillies, but Jason Giambi. He started in place of Todd on Thursday night. Jason was riding a 3-26 season and 0-18 over his last nine games. Oh, he had one extra base hit on the season, a home run. What happens? He hits three homers his first three at-bats and drives in all seven.
The Phillies lost the game and more as Joe and Shane went on the DL after the game. Joe was scratched from starting because of his ailing elbow. Kyle was the emergency starter and was roughed up, giving up five runs.
So far, the Phillies have used 16 pitchers which include seven different starters. Back in 1976, the Phillies used 11 pitchers for the entire 162-game season. Randy Lerch was the 11th and he pitched in only one game. That’s a club record that will never be broken.
Meanwhile, the offense continued its consistency of not getting hits and scoring runs. Last 13 games: .202 average, 2.4 runs per games, five wins, eight losses.
AL champion Rangers come to Philly for a weekend series starting on Friday. Phillies are 106-129 in 14 years of interleague play. Against the Rangers, 4-2, 3-0 at Citizens Bank Park in 2005.
Doc has faced the Rockies 20 times in the AL and is 7-7 with a 5.36 ERA.
Phillie connections on the Rangers include reliever Arthur Rhodes, outfielder Endy Chavez and pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Saturday’s game is a 7:10 p.m., prime-time FOX telecast.
Friday night, Raul will host members from Project HOME as part of the Ibanez Team Resurgence program . . . . Saturday, Cole, through his Hamels’ Heroes program, will honor members of the Student Veterans Organization (West Chester University) military for their service
Down On the Farm
Lehigh Valley (at Scranton) and Reading (at Portland) were rained out . . . CF Jiwan James doubled to start the game against Port Charlotte. That was the only hit as Clearwater bowed 4-0, the Threshers 10th straight loss to the Rays. RHS Julio Rodriguez (5-2) lost his second straight. Chase was 0-2 with 2 walks . . . RF Anthony Hewitt and LF Miguel Alvarez had 3 hits and 3 RBI each as Lakewood won, 7-1, at Delmarva.