“Tulo” put the game out of reach early, with a three-run homerun in the second inning, that gave the Rockies a 7-0 lead. That homerun followed a four-spot from the Rockies in the first inning, which saw a two-run double from Justin Morneau, an RBI groundout from Wilin Rosario, and an RBI single from Nolan Arenado, give the Rockies an early cushion.
Jonathan Pettibone, who got the start for the Phillies tonight, not only struggled with command, but he struggled to put hitters away tonight. The defining moment of the game came early, as a 14 pitch walk to Tulowtizki, allowed the Rockies to keep an already productive first inning going, and tack two more runs on.
Pettibone managed to struggle through four innings, allowing nine hits and eight earned runs. Assuming all goes well between now and next Wednesday, Pettibone will likely be optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley before his next start, as Cole Hamels will rejoin the Phillies rotation.
Update: This happened about a half hour after the game
Following tonight's game, the Phillies optioned RHP Jonathan Pettibone to Lehigh Valley & selected the contract of RHP Shawn Camp from LV.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) April 19, 2014
The lone bright spot (unless you count a Jayson Nix RBI single that meant absolutely nothing) in the game came during the fifth inning, when Mike Adams made his season debut. After a shoulder injury caused a drop in velocity (don’t tell Jonathan Papelbon) for Adams in 2013, and ultimately surgery, Adams pitched an impressive one-two-three fifth inning. He consistently was hitting 87 on some of his breaking pitches, and in a game that was out of reach before he got in, hit 90 on his fastball. I think if you give him a shot in a more adrenaline-filled situation, Adams has the chance to throw 91 or 92 on the gun. Obviously it was only one appearance, but on a night where the Phillies pitching was slaughtered, Adams gave Phillies’ fans something to hang their hats on.
After Adams, the rest of the bullpen continued the disappointing output that they have put out so far. Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship each gave up one run, as they both tossed one inning of relief, and B.J. Rosenberg gave up two runs in 1.1 innings pitched. It is what it is at this point. Out of those three, Hollands is the only one who has looked like he has any business being in a big-league bullpen, and even he needs some seasoning to be consistently effective.
The Phillies also continued their sudden struggles at the plate, as for the third-straight game, they were held to one run or less. It was one thing when Julio Teheran was dealing against them, but to allow Tyler Chatwood to hold you to two hits over seven innings, isn’t something that playoff teams do.
The Phillies will look to rebound tomorrow night at eight, as Kyle Kendrick will get the ball, and probably no run support.