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Odubel Herrera bunt helps Phillies snap losing streak; Phillies most likely say goodbye to Vince Velasquez
LATE SATURDAY: PHILLIES 6, ROCKIES 1

Odubel Herrera bunt helps Phillies snap losing streak; Phillies most likely say goodbye to Vince Velasquez

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PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies needed something unexpected to go right Saturday night.

How about a bunt that leaves the bat with a 36.4 mph exit velocity and turns into a two-run double?

Odubel Herrera and the Phillies were the beneficiaries of that scenario in the fourth inning. The quirky play propelled Philadelphia to a much-needed 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies before 23,232 fans at Citizens Bank Park.

“I don’t think anybody expected it,” Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler said, “except for Odubel.”

The victory ended Philadelphia’s four-game losing streak. Wheeler struck out eight, including the 1,000th of his career, and allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings to earn his 13th win of the season.

The Phillies (72-70) continue to linger in the National League East race. They will began Sunday 4.5 games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves.

Saturday’s game came after Girardi expressed frustration with the way the Phillies were playing after Friday night’s 11-2 loss to Colorado.

Philadelphia needed a mood changer, and Herrera’s bunt did exactly that.

He stepped to the plate in the fourth inning with the bases loaded, two outs and Philadelphia up 1-0. The Rockies were shifted toward the right side of the infield. Third baseman Ryan McMahon was at shortstop.

“I was ready to hit,” Herrera said. “I saw the third baseman at shortstop, and said, ‘This is a good time to bunt’ because he was so far away.”

The left-handed Herrera bunted the first pitch he saw. The ball rolled down the third-base line, past McMahon and into shallow left field. Two runs scored, and Herrera ended up at second base.

“It’s not something you draw up,” Girardi said. “He saw it. He took advantage, and it added up to two runs. Little things add up to big things in this game.”

Phillies 6, Rockies 1

Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Blackmon rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .269

Rodgers 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .277

Story ss 4 1 1 1 0 2 .249

Cron 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .274

McMahon 3b 3 0 2 0 1 0 .259

Daza cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .286

Hilliard lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .193

Tapia lf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .275

Kinley p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

Fernández p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

c-Welker ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200

Nuñez c 3 0 0 0 1 2 .184

Freeland p 2 0 1 0 0 1 .179

a-Ruiz ph-lf 1 0 0 0 1 0 .231

Totals 32 1 7 1 3 9

Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Vierling 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .345

b-Miller ph-1b 1 1 1 1 1 0 .231

Segura 2b 5 2 2 1 0 0 .297

Harper rf 3 2 1 1 1 0 .307

McCutchen lf 3 1 2 0 1 1 .222

Neris p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Bradley p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Realmuto c 3 0 0 0 1 2 .257

Gregorius ss 3 0 1 1 1 0 .221

Torreyes 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .245

Herrera cf 4 0 2 2 0 0 .261

Wheeler p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .161

Alvarado p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

Moniak lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100

Totals 33 6 9 6 5 6

Colorado 000 001 000 — 1 7 0

Philadelphia 000 310 20x — 6 9 2

a-walked for Freeland in the 7th. b-homered for Vierling in the 7th. c-grounded out for Fernández in the 9th.

E — Gregorius (16), Wheeler (2). LOB — Colorado 8, Philadelphia 8. 2B — McMahon 2 (27), Herrera (21), McCutchen (18). HR — Story (21), off Wheeler; Segura (12), off Freeland; Miller (18), off Kinley; Harper (31), off Kinley. RBIs — Story (68), Gregorius (44), Herrera 2 (46), Segura (50), Miller (44), Harper (71). SB — Herrera (6).

DP — Philadelphia 3 (Wheeler, Segura, Vierling; Segura, Gregorius, Segura; Torreyes, Segura, Miller).

Colorado IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Freeland, L, 5-8 6 5 4 4 4 3 4.76

Kinley 1 2 2 2 0 2 5.04

Fernández 1 2 0 0 1 1 14.73

Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Wheeler, W, 13-9 62/3 4 1 1 2 8 2.86

Alvarado, H, 14 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 3.80

Neris 1 2 0 0 0 1 3.21

Bradley 1 1 0 0 1 0 3.74

Inherited runners-scored — Alvarado 3-0. IBB — off Freeland (Realmuto). HBP — Wheeler (Hilliard). WP — Wheeler.

T — 3:17. Att. — 23,232.

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MMcGarry@PressofAC.com

Twitter @ACPressMcGarry

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