After putting up softball-like totals in their last two games, the Philadelphia Phillies hope for another offensive outburst Tuesday when they continue their three-game home set against the Colorado Rockies.
Philadelphia (29-24) won the opener of this series 20-5 on Monday after winning the finale of a four-game set at Houston 15-6 on Sunday. It's the first time the Phillies have scored that many runs in consecutive games since scoring a total of 35 from July 2-3, 1999, in two wins against the Chicago Cubs."When we score runs, I'm definitely happy," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "But we keep things in perspective. When we leave here, we think about the next game."Their outburst Monday saw the Phillies bat around three times and have four players drive in at least four runs.One of them was Chase Utley, who drove in six after he had three RBIs in Sunday's win. The star second baseman is also 7-for-16 with nine RBIs in helping Philadelphia go 3-0 against Colorado (20-31) this year after he went just 2-for-11 last year when the Phillies were swept by the Rockies in a division series.Utley hit a three-run homer in the first inning to tie Houston's Lance Berkman and Florida's Dan Uggla for the major league lead with 16.Philadelphia has scored 37 runs while batting .361 in the three games against Colorado this season, with Pedro Feliz going 7-for-15 with four RBIs.The defending NL champion Rockies have lost six straight on the road and 10 of their last 15 overall.Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.19), though, has had his share of problems against Colorado in his brief career, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three regular-season starts. That includes an outing at Coors Field on April 21 in which he gave up five runs in five innings in a 9-5 victory.Kendrick also lasted only 3 2-3 innings in losing Game 2 of last year's division series, giving up five runs in a 10-5 loss.The 23-year-old right-hander hasn't lost in seven outings since April 16, going 2-0 with a 5.50 ERA. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings and didn't earn a decision in Philadelphia's 7-5 win at Houston on Thursday.Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 4.61), meanwhile, is winless in his last eight starts for Colorado, going 0-3 with a 4.53 ERA. He was outstanding, however, in his last outing Wednesday, pitching seven scoreless innings in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to San Francisco.Still, Jimenez has a 3.16 ERA in four starts in May after posting a 5.90 ERA in six outings in April."He was flat out pitching with real good stuff," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I was asked three weeks ago if we were going to keep him in the rotation or move him to the bullpen. Look how far he's come in four starts."The right-hander pitched well in his lone career outing against the Phillies, yielding two runs over six innings in a 6-5, 10-inning win on Sept. 10. Jimenez also started Game 3 of last year's division series, allowing one run over 6 1-3 innings and not getting the decision in a 2-1 win.