The Jimmy June Continues as Phils Sack Bucs

The Jimmy June Continues as Phils Sack Bucs

After a horrendous end to the weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays (does that team not sound like a used car salesman since dropping the 'Devil'?), the Phillies got off to a solid start against the Pirates on Monday night. Jimmy Rollins stayed hot and helped lead the Phils' offense in an 8-3 win, leading the game off with a double and hitting a bomb to right for his sixth homer of the month (and seventh since May 29th). Chooch picked up three more "vote for me cotdammit" hits, and Joe Blanton threw seven strong despite again being unable to resist the temptation of the homerun jar. 
The Pirates came to town having won six of their last eight and knocking on first place in the NL Central—not at all familiar territory for the Buccos. But in the first inning, they looked like the same old Pirates, committing three throwing errors as the Phils jumped out to a 4-0 lead. In the seventh, reliever Doug Slaten allowed a single before walking three straight batters. 
With three games remaining in the series, we probably won't see another win be so nicely giftwrapped, but at least we're talking about the Phillies taking the opportunity they were given, rather than blowing it. 
NotesRollins' homer came on a 3-0 green light, and was a big blast, falling just short of the second deck as it hit the Budweiser sign in right. 
Hunter Pence, Polly, and Mike Fontenot each contributed a pair of hits, and five different Phillies were credited with RBI in the win. 
Blanton allowed seven hits and a walk in his seven innings, striking out eight and trimming his season ERA down below 5 again. He probably had to tiptoe past Cliff Lee's locker stall after his third win in as many decisions, giving him seven on the season. 
Jake Diekman and Chad Qualls gave us a rare night off from skewering the bullpen and its creator, each allowing only a single baserunner and nothing to cross the plate. 
Jeff Karstens had an 'ugly' night. Na mean?
The Phils had a pair of errors, but that was only half of the Pirates' total. 
A little more than a month ago, Jimmy's name was dragged through the mud. A hot June later, who knows. Maybe Shane Victorino steps it up next? Please?
Chase Utley appears ready to rejoin the team and play in Wednesday night's game. No idea how effective he'll be, but it certainly can't hurt to start getting guys back. 
They're still a whopping eight games back in the division, but this is a Phillies season where we need to raise a glass to the wins and selling a share of our cellar stock to the Marlins. 
Up NextVance Worley faces veteran lefty Erik Bedard tonight. 

NBA draft prospect Josh Jackson's diversion requires apology, anger classes

NBA draft prospect Josh Jackson's diversion requires apology, anger classes

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Former Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson must attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year as part of a diversion agreement arising from his confrontation with a Jayhawks women's basketball player last year.

Jackson, who is leaving Kansas after one season and is expected to be a top pick in next month's NBA draft, had pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after he argued with McKenzie Calvert on Dec. 9 outside a bar in Lawrence.

Jackson signed the diversion agreement on April 26, according to Douglas County Court records obtained by The Kansas City Star . If he successfully completes the program, the case against him will be dismissed.

He is required to complete the anger management class and community service by Oct. 31 and write the apology letter and obtain a substance abuse evaluation by June 30. If the evaluation doesn't make any treatment recommendations, Jackson must complete alcohol information classes by Oct. 31.

Jackson also signed a "stipulation of facts" that said he followed Calvert out of the bar after she threw a drink at fellow Kansas player Lagerald Vick. He said he yelled at Calvert and called her names before she got into her car and locked the doors.

"I kicked her vehicle, breaking the left rear taillight and denting the driver's door," Jackson said in the document.

A damage estimate of Calvert's car for $2,991 was given to police in December, according to a Douglas County District Court affidavit. The total repair bill was $3,150, which included $1,127 for the driver's door and left tail lamp. Jackson was not charged with felony criminal damage in excess of $1,000 because prosecutors couldn't prove that he caused all the damage to the car "due other unidentifiable individuals damaging the vehicle," according to county District Attorney Charles Branson.

He was ordered to pay $158 in court costs, $150 in a diversion fee and $250 in restitution to Timothy Calvert, McKenzie's father. If Jackson violates his 12-month diversion, he would pay restitution of $3,150 to Calvert.

The 6-foot-8 swingman was the nation's No. 1 recruit when he signed with the Jayhawks out of Prolific Prep Academy in California. He immediately earned a spot in the starting lineup, teaming with national player of the year Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham to form one of the nation's top backcourts.

Jackson was the Big 12 newcomer of the year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and a 13th straight regular-season Big 12 title before a loss to Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He has signed with former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group.

Instant Replay: Rockies 8, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Rockies 8, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

The Colorado Rockies laid the wood to the Phillies again Tuesday night. The Rockies hit three home runs en route to an 8-2 win at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies beat the Phillies, 8-1, on Monday night.

The Phillies have lost four in a row, eight of their last nine and 19 of their last 23 to fall to 15-28.

Two games into this four-game series, the Phillies have been held to just two runs in 13 innings against a pair of rookie Colorado starting pitchers.

Starting pitching report
Zach Eflin had his second straight poor outing. He was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs in six innings. He gave up three home runs.

Eflin has given up 21 hits and 15 runs in his last two starts.

The Rockies got another good start from a rookie. This time it was German Marquez, who held the Phillies to a run over six innings. Rookie Jeff Hoffman held the Phillies to a run over seven innings in the series opener on Monday night.

Bullpen report
Mark Leiter Jr. stopped the bleeding with two scoreless innings.

The Rockies' bullpen has given up just one run in five innings in the series.

At the plate
The Phillies scored their first run on a bases-loaded walk in the third inning. Andrew Knapp homered in the ninth to make it a six-run game.

Rockies leadoff man Charlie Blackmon hit a pair of two-run homers against Eflin. He leads the majors with 62 hits. Blackmon has seven home runs in his last five games at Citizens Bank Park. He hit five in a three-game series last season.

Gerardo Parra also homered for the Rockies, who have the best record in the National League at 30-17.

Transactions
The Phillies placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the 10-day disabled list with a slight hamstring strain. He is expected to return sometime next week. The team opted for an extra bullpen arm and recalled reliever Adam Morgan from Triple A to take Nava's roster spot.

Health check
Howie Kendrick took outdoor batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering an abdominal strain on April 15. He could head out on minor-league rehab later this week and be ready to return sometime next week. Kendrick can play corner infield and corner outfield, so he could take away at-bats from Maikel Franco and Michael Saunders if they don't get going. Both were benched Tuesday night (see story).

Up next
The series continues Wednesday night. Jeremy Hellickson (5-1, 3.44) will pitch against Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-6. 5.09).