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Ryan Howard's "Cycle" Leads Phils Rocky Mountain High Score

Phils fans were able to enjoy their Easter Sunday with a getaway win in Denver as the offense came to life with a double digit effort and held on for a 10-9 victory. The meat of the order definitely woke up on Bunny Day. Hitters 2 thru 5 went 10-18, 2HR, 8RBIs and 7 Runs scored. Certainly the biggest story of the game was the controversial official scoring decision of Ryan Howard's single and error in the 7th inning. This will hopefully be changed to a double and give the veteran the first Phillies cycle since David Bell accomplished the feat back in June of 2004, and just the 4th team cycle in the last 51 years (Gregg Jeffries in 1995 and Johnny Callison in 1963). C’mon scorers, since when is a misplay with no glove on the ball by an outfielder an error? Give the big guy a break will ya? And with those wheels, Howard may never get a triple again. 

Next for the Phightins is a trip to first-place LA. Cole Hamels much needed return to the starting rotation on Wed gives Sandberg his two aces in the same series for the first time this season. Lee goes tonight coming off a hard luck 1-0 loss to Atlanta.  Is anyone concerned that he is still giving up an awful lot of hits (40 hits in 27 innings)? Opponents are hitting .342 against him. He is getting his strikeouts (28 Ks in 27 innings) but needs to get better location on his pitches. Hitters making good contact every game. It will come back to hurt eventually. Baserunners have a tendency to score you know. We are all hoping that Cole Hamels is healthy and can give the team some quality innings. The last 2 seasons the Phils are just 4-10 vs the Dodgers. Let's change that starting today.

The bullpen got alot of work in Colorado during the weekend series by putting in 11 innings, allowing 16 hits and 7 earned runs. Closer Jonathon Papelbon has been money since the 9th inning blowup in Tex early on, and has not been scored upon in his last 6 appearances and going 5 for 5 in save opportunities. All this media trash talk about him losing his "Velo" (velocity) can be put to bed if he continues to shut things down as he is doing now. If you are looking for the arm with the gas, don't look further than Jake Diekman. Although he has been a little shaky in a few outings, he can get the strikeout when it's called for. The lefthander has 18 strikeouts in just 9.2 IP.  Now that's genuine smoke!!! After a great start to the year, B.J Rosenburg has been less than up to the task lately. He is probably on thin ice and in job jeopardy unless he shows us something soon.

I'm leaving you fans with the memories of the 1983, 2008 and 2009 NLCS series, and the familiar chant we heard over and over again....Beat LA!!! Beat LA!!! Beat LA!!!