Sunday, April 12, 2009

Phils outslug Rockies, Ruiz to the DL

The Phillies won a typical game last night, beating the Rockies 8-4 at Coors Field. Staying true to himself, Brett Myers gave up his early runs before settling in nicely and giving the team seven solid innings.

After retiring the first four batters he faced, Brad Hawpe fought off a good breaking ball, driving it down the left field line for a double. Myers temporarily unraveled, as Troy Tulowitzki followed with a two-run home run. Myers would allow two more solo shots and one walk, but nothing else. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge were dominant to close it out, as usual.

The Phils came roaring back from the 2-0 deficit in the third inning on Ryan Howard's bases clearing two-out, three run double. Jayson Werth's two-run triple in the fifth put the Phils back in front, 5-3. On the play, Ryan Howard went first to home.

"Was it that smooth? Did it look good?" Howard joked. "I was trying to tell people. Hopefully, they'll all watch the video and see. I'm trying to show Shane Victorino how it's done."

Raul Ibanez also slugged his second homer of the season, and Chase Utley stole the team's first bases of the season.

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the 15 day DL yesterday, and manager Charlie Manuel said Lou Marson will get his opportunity behind the plate. Chris Coste started in place of Ruiz, going 1-for-5.

Chan Ho Park makes his Phillies debut today, opposing Aaron Cook, who lasted just 2.1 innings in his season debut. He allowed six earned runs on seven hits, and his era stands at 23.14.

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