Unhappy Homecoming as Phils Hit by Rockies

The Phillies wrapped up their longest road trip of the year Sunday and happily returned home. Unfortunately, the happiness didn't last long as the Colorado Rockies took advantage of Eric Milton's exit from the game to beat the Phillies 4-2 at Citizens Bank Park. For more bad news, the Phillies have lost outfielder Pat Burrell for the rest of the season.

It all looked so easy. Actually, it looked like Placido Polanco's first inning homerun would be all Eric Milton and the Phillies might need to beat Colorado. Then, things changed.

Burrell Lost For Season
The Phillies got bad news on injured left fielder Pat Burrell on Monday. Burrell's wrist injury includes ligament and tendon damage and he will need to undergo season-ending wrist surgery Friday.

Burrell went on the DL last week and had hoped to return by next month at the latest. An exam in Philadelphia revealed that the injury was worse than expected. Doctors gave Burrell the option of having the wrist put in a cast for six weeks and then rehabbing, but that option didn't carry any guarantees that the wrist would heal properly. Instead, Burrell opted for surgery that would correct the injury.

General manager Ed Wade said that he wouldn't rule out making a waiver deal to get outfield help to compensate for Burrell's absence. Lou Collier has started the last two games in left field and Doug Glanville had taken over for Burrell immediately after the injury.
Milton dodged a bullet when a long drive hit by Vinny Castilla landed just in foul territory, preserving the shutout for the time being. Milton came back to get Castilla on a fly ball to right field for the second out in the seventh. Then, Preston Wilson stepped up and took Milton the other way, slamming his fifth homerun of the season into the right field seats to tie the game 1-1. Milton put away Charles Johnson to retire the side with the game tied 1-1.

Seemingly determined not to let Milton get a no-decision, the Phillies rallied to put him back on top in the bottom of the seventh. Lou Collier led off the inning with an infield single and two ground ball outs later was at third base. Jimmy Rollins then singled up the middle and the Phillies were up 2-1.

Todd Jones (8-3), who pitched well in five of the Phillies last six games on the road trip, entered to pitch the eighth and that's when it all fell apart. Rookie Luis Gonzalez led off with his eighth homerun of the season and again, the game was tied. With a runner on first and two outs, Todd Helton was hit by a pitch. Castilla then stepped up and slashed a double that scored two runs and the Phillies trailed for the first time in the game, by a score of 4-2. Jones eventually worked his way out of the inning, but the damage was done. "It's definitely not my dream Philly entrance, because this is a good baseball town. They expect a lot and I expect a lot," said Jones after the game.

Tim Harikkala (5-2) pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief to get the win and Shawn Chacon recorded his 27th save. Rockies' starter Jamey Wright lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

The four game series continues Tuesday night with Vicente Padilla (4-5, 4.07) returning from the DL to make his first start since May 30th. Padilla will be opposed by another pitcher coming off the DL when the Rockies send Joe Kennedy (5-4, 3.95) to the mound.

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