The offense could not seem to put it all together either. After a Shane Victorino fielders choice, Chase Utley hit a double off the wall in right field that was played perfectly by Smith and a perfect relay to catcher Chris Iannetta nailed Victorino at home for the third out of the inning. Victorino was called into manager Charlie Manuel’s office after the game to talk to him about the play. On replay it appears as though Victorino did not get a good jump on the play and that cost the Phillies a pivotal run. Victorino said after the game “I shouldn’t be out there, but I was. I didn’t get a good secondary lead. I’m upset with myself.”
Cole Hamels got himself into a jam in the fifth. After getting Iannetta to ground out to Placido Polanco to start the inning, Hamels gave up back to back hits to opposing pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and Eric Young, Jr. then walked Dexter Fowler. After loading the bases, Hamels buckled down to strike out Mark Ellis and Troy Tulowitzki to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Phillies had an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth when Hunter Pence came up with two outs with Victorino on third and Chase Utley on second. Pence went down swinging. After holding the Rockies scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies had one more at bat to tie up the game. After getting two quick outs, Rockies closer Huston Street gave up a double to Carlos Ruiz which brought up pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. Mayberry, a former college foe, had faced street when Street was at Texas and Mayberry at Stanford. Street threw Mayberry all sliders and got him quickly in the hole at 1-2. Mayberry worked the count to 3-2 and fouled off two pitches before Street hung the eighth pitch of the at bat, a slider, that Mayberry, although out in front slightly, was able to deposit in the left field seats 406 feet away to tie the game at 3 for the Phillies.
After shutting down the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth, Rex Brothers came in to face Shane Victorino. After fouling off pitches, Victorino hit a high fastball, also the eighth pitch of the at bat, 401 feet into the left field seats. The Phillies had taken their first lead of the game in the top of the 10th. After Brothers retired Utley, Howard, and Pence in order, Ryan Madson came in for the same. In 1-2-3 fashion Madson retired the Rockies to help the Phillies move 30 games over .500 with a 69-39 record and extend their division lead to seven games after the Braves lost 5-3 at the hands of the Nationals.
The Phillies get back at it tonight in Denver at 8:40. Kyle Kendrick gets the nod for the Phils and Aaron Cook opposes him for the Rockies.