(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies finally secured their first
victory under interim manager Ryan Sandberg. Now they'll try to win
consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break as they begin a
four-game series with the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
The Phillies have gone just 6-22 since the All-Star break and on Friday the
club fired manager Charlie Manuel, replacing him with Sandberg. Things did not
get off to a great start for the new skipper, with Philadelphia getting shut
out by the Los Angeles Dodgers in each of Sandberg's first two games on the
However, the Phils caught a break in the ninth inning of Sunday's finale, with
a pair of errors by Los Angeles' Hanley Ramirez helping Philadelphia secure a
Ramirez first misfired on a Casper Wells grounder with one out in the frame
and Carlos Ruiz followed with his fourth hit of the game. After pinch-hitter
Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked to load the bases, Michael Young, also
pinch-hitting, hit a grounder to short that looked as though it could be an
inning-ending double play.
However, Ramirez bobbled the ball and Wells crossed the plate for the winning
"The guys battled and doing it against the Dodgers, the way they're going
right now and to salvage one win out of this series is big," Sandberg said.
Darin Ruf hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, snapping the Phillies'
scoreless streak at 21 innings.
Philadelphia will now try to string together its first winning streak in a
month. The Phils won their final two games before the All-Star break, then
opened up the second half with a victory over the New York Mets on July 19
before beginning their tailspin.
The Rockies will try to prevent the Phillies from getting a winning run
started, but will have to solve their 2013 road issues. They began a 10-game
swing by dropping two of three in Baltimore and are just 22-40 on the road
Colorado lost its final two meetings with Baltimore, bested 7-2 in Sunday's
rubber match. Jhoulys Chacin took the loss, allowing three runs over 5 1/3
Charlie Blackmon and Yorvit Torrealba each drove in a run for the Rockies, who
have not won a road series since July 8-10 at San Diego.
Torrealba, meanwhile, left the game in the eighth inning after the catcher
took a foul ball off his mask. His status for this game is unknown.
Taking the hill for the Rockies will be Jeff Manship, who makes his third
start with the club.
The right-hander made his Colorado debut on Aug. 8 at the New York Mets and
yielded two runs over five innings in a 2-1 setback. He then faced San Diego
five days later at home and was roughed up in a 7-5 defeat, yielding six runs
on eight hits and two walks over five frames.
"I really wasn't making adjustments either," Manship said. "I was flying open,
which really leads to bad pitches.
The 28-year-old Manship has faced the Phillies twice before in relief,
allowing four runs over 7 1/3 innings.
Ethan Martin counters for Philadelphia with his fourth career start. The
righty has gone 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA over the first three outings.
Martin is coming off a loss at Atlanta on Tuesday, charged with three runs in
five innings of work. The 24-year-old was touched for six runs and walked
twice while striking out six, giving him 16 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings.
Martin will face the Rockies for the first time.
Colorado won two of three over the Phillies at home in mid-June, but lost five
of its six games played in Philadelphia a season ago.
The Sports Network