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Phillies fall short in another Coors Field hit-fest

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 15, 2013 07:25 PM | Comments: 10
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It was another standard Coors Field-type game on Saturday, one which featured 15 runs and 29 hits, but also a 10-5 loss for the Phillies at the hands of the Rockies. The Phillies tried to mount another comeback like they did on Friday, but fell short as they dropped the middle game of the three-game series.

Jonathan Pettibone was chased from the game after the third inning, as the Rockies jumped on him for seven runs. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood held the Phillies in check for his five innings, allowing just two runs and scattering seven hits.

Pettibone hit hard again

Jonathan  Pettibone struggled for his second straight outing, and was chased after allowing seven runs in three innings Saturday. (AP Photo).

Jonathan Pettibone struggled for his second straight outing, and was chased after allowing seven runs in three innings Saturday. (AP Photo).

Pettibone struggled mightily for his second straight outing on Saturday afternoon. He allowed a season high seven runs (six earned) on ten hits in just three innings of work. In his last two outings, he has allowed a combined 10 earned runs in just eight and one third innings. His earned run average has skyrocketed a full run over those last two outings, from 3.40 on June 4 to 4.40 after exiting the game today.

Middle of the Rockies order kills Phillies

I use ‘middle’ of the order loosely, it was really everyone but basically the very top and bottom of the order. The Rockies’ three through seven hitters went a combined 12-for-21 (.571) with a home run, triple, four doubles and eight runs batted in against Phillies pitching. When Carlos Gonzalez struck out in the fourth inning it was the first time he failed to reach base in the series.

Horst’s struggles continue, Brown cooling off

Jeremy Horst has never been the most dependable reliever, but lately things have been much worse for the left-hander. In his last six appearances (six total innings) Horst has allowed eight runs and has stranded none of his four inherited runners. He threw 41 pitches in his one inning of work, and only 21 of them were strikes.

Domonic Brown has been the backbone of the Phillies offense since the middle of May, but lately his production has started to taper off. Since going 2-for-4 with a home run on June 8, Brown has gone two for his last 21 (.095) with no extra base hits and just one RBI. In Saturday’s game he was 0-for-3, and his average is down from .293 on June 8 to .278.

Up next…

The Phillies still have a chance to win the series on Sunday, with Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.45 ERA) scheduled to take the hill against the righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52 ERA) for Colorado. First pitch is at 4:15 ET.

 

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    I feared this was going to happen with Brown. Everyone knew he would come back down. However i was hoping it would be more of a soft type of landing not a push off the cliff thing. Lets hope he gets back to hitting. Weve seen this before with new pitchers where they have a few good games then they start to get lit up.

     
  • Posts: 105 pamikedc

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    Okkkk…but lets appreciate that DB has 19 home runs and not one of us thought he would do that this season. So lets be positive w this topic here and applaud DB if and when he ends the season w 30?

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      True, pamikedc. If Dom doesn’t hit another home run this month he’ll still be far ahead of expectations. It’s the invariable slump. I believe Dom’s shown what he can do and in a reasonable sample size.to feel pretty good about the type of player he can become. If he stays healthy (for the first time) I have no concern.Dom should have the confidence realize it’s just mechanics – assuming, of course, that he’s not playing hurt and the front office forgot to mention it to us.

       
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      I might add that while Dom has decent RBI stats he would probably have another 10 RBIs if he came to bat with runners on base a reasonable percentage of the time. Seems like he’s hit more than his share of solo shots but perhaps the stats don’t bear me out.

       
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Dom has had plenty of opportunity in his recent 2 for 21 with men on base..he wasn’t going to stay hot all season..needs to be a better team effort.

         
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    D. Brown is just going through a lull right now. He doesn’t seem to be having bad AB’s , he’s hit the ball hard on occasions with nothing to show for it. Also I’d ad that with the tear he was on it was inevitable that he’d cool off and he’s being pitched a little differently now. So if you ad that up it ends up being a 2-21 slump. But like I said it’s not like he’s stinkin the place up. He’s got a ways to go to stink like some of the others in the lineup.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    There are a lot more things to be concerned about than a slumping Brown. It was inevitable that he would cool off, and he’s shown that he does have the ability hit. But the BP continue to be an issue. Also, Pettibone hasn’t had any success his last two games and in his first several his peripheral stats didn’t really measure up to his W/L and ERA results. D. Young is still on the roster and Rollins is still sore. When the team’s record is below .500, there’s more going on than just one player in a slump.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    I don’t think DB should be the focus of any concern, especially with some other things going on at the same time – Revere & Young (Michael of course) are hittting better, quietly JRoll is also somewhat moving along – nothing of real impact as our impact players are DB and Howard. Mayberry has been a pleasant surprise too.
    Concerning todays game – I feel (and I know it would not buy me a cup of coffee) the way that Cole has pitched he will get killed today. If the Phils can muster offense they might still have a chance to win but I think a lot of runs will have to be scored, probably more than their season high of 8 (?).

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I’d love to slam Jenny Dell in her poop hole!

     
    • Posts: 85 loupossehl

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      Isn’t there a kiddies’ show you’re missing? Go away, Mike.

       
 
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