Friday, September 03, 2010

Rocky Mountain High! Phils Out Duel Rockies 12-11

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman bats against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 2, 2010 in Denver. Utley hit a grand slam home run in the seventh inning. The Phillies lead the NL Wild Card race. UPI/Gary C. Caskey
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman bats against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 2, 2010 in Denver. Utley hit a grand slam home run in the seventh inning. The Phillies lead the NL Wild Card race. UPI/Gary C. Caskey


The 'wild west' is synonymous with the gun fight scenes that we've seen in movies and television over the years. That was the way it was back in the 1800's in the west, you had a gun battle to settle the score if you were a gunslinger. The Phillies baseball team looked very much like gunslingers yesterday in Denver as they outslugged the Rockies by a score of 12-11 to earn the victory.

Early on in the game, it looked like the Phils might not have the energy in them to match up with Colorado. The Phils were down 4-0 through the 3rd inning. It wasn't till the 4th when the Phils got on the board. Fast forward to just before the top of the 7th inning, it was still 7-3 in favor of the Rockies and things looked bleak for the Phils. The Phillies then unleashed the beast, scoring 9 times in a feeding frenzy that included 3 home runs, one of which was a grand slam courtesy of Chase Utley.

It was the kind of offense that the Phillies are capable of producing but we've seen only sparingly thorough out the season. Chase Utley needed this grand slam, not only for his offensive numbers getting better, but also as a confidence builder as he has struggled since coming back from the DL less than a month ago.

Hurricane Earl may be churning off the east coast today and tonight, but it looks like the storm won't be a factor to get tonight's game with the Brewers underway at CBP in Philly. The Phils could have used a day off, but it's no rest for the weary, as they'll have to play up to next Thursday to have a day off, which is their next scheduled day off.

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