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.