Phillies Have Brooms At The Ready Vs. Rockies

By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies will look to complete a three-game sweep of a woeful Colorado Rockies team tonight down at Citizens Bank Park.

After winning the opener in this series behind left-hander Cole Hamels, the Phillies used some late-inning dramatics to capture last night’s game, 7-6.  Phillies won by scoring twice in the 9th inning off Colorado reliever Rafael Betancourt.

On the hill for the Phillies this evening will be right-hander Vance Worley.  He is 3-3 this season with a 2.80 ERA.  In three starts since coming off the disabled list, earlier this month, Worley is 0-1 with a 2.12 ERA.   He has made only one career appearance against the Rockies, pitching a single inning of scoreless relief against them in 2010 – striking out two.

Colorado will turn to left-hander Jeff Francis, who will be making his third start of the season.  In his first two, the veteran has gone 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA.  He started the season with the Reds’ AAA team in Louisville before asking for, and being granted, his release and signing with the Rockies.  This is his second go-around with Colorado.  He was their 1st round pick back in 2002 and he spent seven seasons with the Rockies.  In five career starts against the Phillies, Francis is 1-1 with a 6.84 ERA.

The Phillies are 33-37 on the season, still in last in National League East, 8 games behind first-place Washington.  Colorado is 25-42 – good for fourth in the NL West.  They are 16 games behind first-place Los Angeles.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Martin Frank, who is covering the Phillies for the Delaware News Journal, about the match-up and the Phils play as of late.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattleonkyw.

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