Cole Hamels Aced, Ryan Howard Hit One Ball Far, Phillies Won 2-0

Cole Hamels Aced, Ryan Howard Hit One Ball Far, Phillies Won 2-0

With Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins on the bench, the Phils were hoping for some help from their role players tonight against the Dodgers. Chase's much maligned fill-in may have helped uncork the bats...

Michael Martinez tripled with two outs in the fifth, good for just the Phillies' second hit of the evening. That was followed up by Cole Hamels putting in a professional at bat, working a walk that seemed to fluster Hiroki Kuroda, who was then very erratic in delivering to Shane Victorino, including throwing a wild pitch that Martinez somehow didn't score on from third.

With the bases loaded after Shane was given the free pass, Dom Brown worked a full count that breathed some much needed life into Citizens Bank Park and brought the fans to their feet. They were begging for an onslaught of runs. The blue seats were quickly depressed though, as Brown popped out weakly to left to end the threat. Another frustrating night for the offense seemed in order.

But in the following inning, Ryan Howard shut up his haters -- at least for a moment -- by catching a Kuroda fastball on the sweet spot and depositing it into the first row in right center.

Entire Camels

Cole Hamels was incredibly thankful for this one run of support and it proved to be all he would need as the lefty was dealing. Cole's final line: 8.0 innings, 6 hits, 9 Ks, 0 runs. Even when he got in trouble in later frames, he was able to deal his way out of it.

XBHs Can Still Happen

Martinez's extra-base hit seemed to wake the bats a bit. After notching only seven extra-base hits in the last seven days, the Phillies had four tonight, with Shane Victorino's triple in the bottom of the seventh leading to a second (!) run. While Martinez had a gaffe on third in the sixth, Vic showed off some nice baserunning the following inning when he scored on a Dom Brown fielder's choice hit to the first baseman. Heady, brah. After Howard's homer, Raul Ibanez mashed a double that helped expedite Kuroda's departure. 

Yep we're celebrating a pair of runs.

Finally, Ryan Madson maintained his perfect save percentage by notching his fourteenth of the season, capping another Phillies series win.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild