The Phillies Win in a Throwback

The Phillies Win in a Throwback

Cole Hamels was a throwback to May, the last time he picked up a win, or held a team to fewer than four runs in an outing. John Mayberry was a throwback to the second half of last year, slamming his fourth dinger over the last five games. Jimmy Rollins was a throwback to... well he was just a throwback, period.

J-Roll reached base on all four plate appearances, scored three runs, and made several sound plays at shortstop in leading the Phils to a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Hamels surrendered a quick run in the first, but save for a slight hiccup in the sixth, he otherwise quieted Colorado bats. It was Cole's 10th win of the season, and a performance the Phillies had to be relieved to see. Between injuries, bad luck, and flat out disappointment, their rotation has been front in center in the mess that is this season for the past month or so.

Meanwhile, Mayberry was 2-for-4, and is teasing another hot streak -- he's 8 for his last 19 (.421), with four runs and 10 RBI. Rollins was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Carlos Ruiz also brought the thunder with a 2-for-4 night, knocking in two of his three RBI on a line drive that left the yard like a bolt of lightning. Chooch raised his season average to .358.

To be fair, the Rockies might not win another game all year. They've dropped to 25-41 for the season, and as we mentioned in Inside the Standings, their pitching staff owns the worst ERA in baseball. Plus, what we learned on Tuesday night is they just began experimenting with a screwy four-man rotation, where the starter is relieved after 75 pitches or so no matter what. Honestly, I haven't figured out what this attempts to remedy, because it's not like that bullpen has been much better.

But I digress. This is an awful club in town, with their best hitter out of the lineup no less. Nothing to get too excited about here.

Yet the turnaround has to start somewhere, if it's to happen at all, and kicking off a 12-game homestand with a win feels as good a place as any. Even some of us looking at the glass half empty are waiting for the Phillies to pull the rip-cord and take off, because it's sort of what we've come to expect in recent years.

Still, for being a "bad" team right now, the Fightins don't seem to have too much trouble beating up on other inferior squads, raising their record to 15-7 against sub-.500 teams in 2012.

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Ronald Darby gets cheers from fellow DBs in 1st practice since injury

Ronald Darby gets cheers from fellow DBs in 1st practice since injury

There was a little more buzz around the Eagles' defensive backs at practice on Thursday. 

All eyes were on No. 41. 

For the first time since he left the season opener in Washington following a gruesome right ankle dislocation, cornerback Ronald Darby practiced on Thursday. He was limited and it seems rather unlikely he'll be able to play on Monday night, but it was still a boost for his teammates to see him back out on the field. 

"We were all just joking and letting him know the spotlight was on him," safety Rodney McLeod said. 

Doug Pederson said the "stars have to align" for Darby to play on Monday night against Washington (see story). So it seems unlikely. Still, it was a good sign to get him back to practice.

Darby was with the team from the start of Thursday's practice and went through the entire warmup and stretching period. He wore high black socks and didn't appear to have any sort of brace on his injured right ankle. 

When the Eagles broke into the individual portion of practice, Darby went through all of the backpedal drills; he was the last to go through each. 

So how did he look? 

"He looked good," corner Jalen Mills said. "The guy had some clean breaks. We did a couple deep-ball drills, you know, he jumped up and high-pointed the ball. A lot of DBs, we got excited when we saw him, cheering him on. He looked good."

Mills was maybe a little overly excited about how good Darby looked on Thursday. It was, after all, just his first day back. 

Defensive back Jaylen Watkins said Darby looked "better" but acknowledged it's "going to take time." Watkins pointed out Darby's recovery is largely about being able to trust his ankle and getting back into a groove. 

"He didn't do much but I think this is his first time being back with us in that capacity," safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "I think he looked decent. I don't really know what to compare it to. Hopefully he feels good. I'm just concerned with him not having any kind of setbacks. I think he looked fine." 

What all of his defensive back teammates agreed on was that it was pretty crazy to see Darby practicing just seven weeks after he was carted off the field in Washington. At the time of the gruesome injury, it looked to be pretty obvious that Darby's season was over. 

When the play happened, Mills was on the other side of the field so he didn't see how bad the injury looked until after the game. He credited the training staff and Darby's dedication for getting him back on the field so soon. 

"In that moment, what you feel, for him to even be back out there at all, to have a possibility to get him back, is great," Jenkins said. "Because I think at first glance, everybody probably thought he was done for the season. Obviously, whenever he is 100 percent, he's going to instantly make our defense better."