J-Roll Stirs the Phillies to Third Straight Victory Over Rockies

J-Roll Stirs the Phillies to Third Straight Victory Over Rockies

There was plenty of action in the first six innings of baseball, and the scoreboard said the Rockies bettered the Phillies 3-2 at that point, but after a one hour and thirty-nine minute rain delay Phillies fans had seemingly forgotten what had happened up to that point.

Ryan Madson came out to pitch after the lengthy delay in a spot he isn't typically used in. After back-to-back singles to start things off, Madson got Carlos Gonzalez down swinging, then drilled Melvin Mora in the back to load the bases. Madson struck out Ryan Spilborgh's on a nasty 96 mph heater right down the middle for the second out, and got Ian Steward to pop out to right to get out of the jam. Madson's tapdance with disaster but ability to eventually avoid it was quite Lidge-esque, but it gave the Phillies some hope heading into their final three at bats trailing by only a run.

Wilson Valdez led off the bottom half of the seventh with a pinch hit ground rule double and was batted in by Jimmy Rollins who singled to left and advanced to second on a kicked ball. Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco couldn't advance Rollins, Jimmy stole the bag during Howard's at bat which ended with the Big Piece working a walk to set the table for Jayson Werth who hadn't had a hit with 2 outs and a runner in scoring position since the middle of May. Werth failed to deliver but it didn't matter as Jimmy Rollins made a heads up play to score on a ball that got away from catcher Miguel Olivo putting the Phillies up 4-3.

Jimmy's RBI single in the seventh, steal of third, and subsequent go-ahead score on a ball that got away is the kind of aggressive play that this team was missing during its extended funk over the past few weeks. J-Roll was certainly making things happen on Sunday. It's no surprise the game ended in a Phillies victory.

The Phillies have that never-out-of-a-game attitude, a swagger even, and Jimmy Rollins presence is a huge part it.

Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero teamed up for a clean 1-2-3 top of the eighth and Brad Lidge pitched like Brad Lidge. Strikout, walk, strikeout, single, and a walk to load the bases. As L.A. said on the radio broadcast, it doesn't matter how you get to it, as long as you get the third out in a scoreless ninth.

We guess, but it'd be nice if Lidge didn't make us sweat so damn much. It's hot enough out here.

Phillies beat the Rockies by a final of 4-3 and will look to make it a cool four game sweep tomorrow afternoon in a Business Persons Special.

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and the Minnesota Twins roared back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 Monday night.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Baltimore bullpen.

A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins knot the score in the fifth, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21).

Adam Jones hit a three-run drive in the second inning off Kyle Gibson (1-4) for Baltimore (see full recap).

Peacock, Astros 1-hit Tigers
HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock and three relievers combined for a one-hitter and Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double to lead the Houston Astros to 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins with one out in the fifth inning.

Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win before Will Harris pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save to allow the Astros to bounce back after being swept by the Indians over the weekend.

Detroit's only hit was a single by Mikie Mahtook with one out in the third on a night the Tigers tied a season high by striking out 14 times. The team's only baserunner after Collins was Victor Martinez, who was plunked with one out in the seventh. But Houston still faced the minimum in that inning when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end the seventh.

The Astros struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk before scoring on the double by Altuve to make it 1-0 with one out in the first (see full recap).

Homers help Yankees top Royals
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and the New York Yankees once again downed Jason Vargas by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Monday night.

A reversed umpire's call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup (see full recap).

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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