Friday, July 31, 2015

Burrell shines (again), Phils climb from behind (Again)

It’s official.

Burrell shines (again), Phils climb from behind (Again)

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It’s official.

Do not walk a batter – Ryan Howard or otherwise – to get to Pat Burrell.

Not this April, and – if he continues to swing the way he has these first three weeks of the year – not this season.

After the Rockies intentionally walked Howard to load the bases with one out in the ninth, Burrell made them pay, hitting a game-winning three-run double to left center that completed yet another late game rally and pushed the Phillies past .500 for the first time this season.

Through all the injuries, batting slumps and failed quests to poke their heads above .500, the one thing we’ve learned about this year’s Phillies is that they will not go quietly into the night.

And so the events that transpired at Coors Field should not surprise anyone.

After Garrett Atkins hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead, the Phillies battled back to score four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to complete their second straight come-from-behind win over the Rockies.

Greg Dobbs made Charlie Manuel look brilliant in the eighth inning, knocking home Pedro Feliz with a  two-out single in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-5. Dobbs was pinch-hitting for Eric Bruntlett, despite the fact that the Phillies did not have another short stop on their bench. Manuel compensated by moving Pedro Feliz, who had played just 23 games at short in his career, and sticking Dobbs at third.

The move worked. Dobbs helped spark the Phillies’ rally, and Feliz didn’t take any balls at short during his two innings at the position and made a nice tag on an attempted steal by Yorvit Torrealba in the eighth inning.

Daily News Staff Writer
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