October 9, 2009
WILL TERRIBLE Thursday be remembered by Phillies fans as a pitching version of 1977's Black Friday? The question hangs like a cloud of frozen breath in a walk-in freezer after an excruciating, 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. It will be answered this weekend in a Denver ballpark where the fans will turn blue long before those mountains on a chilling Coors can. Between them, starter Cole Hamels and manager Charlie Manuel might have blown up the jury-rigged pitching staff in Game 2 of a National League Division Series that appeared so signed, sealed and all but delivered after Wednesday's sandblasted, 5-1 victory over the resilient Rockies.
October 8, 2009 |
After yesterday's 5-1 opening loss to the Phillies in the National League division series, the Colorado Rockies were making no excuses. The players weren't blaming the 24-m.p.h. wind, or the shadows created by the afternoon start. Actually, they were blaming one person for the loss - Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee, who pitched a complete game six-hitter. "I don't see any team today with what Cliff Lee had, coming out of here with a win today," said Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the ninth inning.
October 7, 2009 |
Many times, a managerial switch is made just to shake things up, to provide a different voice to hear, and turns out to be nothing more than window dressing. In the case of the Colorado Rockies, naming Jim Tracy to replace the fired Clint Hurdle saved the season. Under Tracy, who replaced Hurdle on May 29, the Rockies were 74-42, won the National League's wild-card berth, and begin their division series against the Phillies this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. "We wouldn't be here without him, and he's turned my career around personally - just the opportunities he has given me, and believing and trusting in me," second baseman Clint Barmes said yesterday.
April 22, 2008 |
Chase Utley's bat is one of the hottest in baseball. That shouldn't surprise anybody. "Are you surprised?" said Jayson Werth, who had an inside-the-park homer in last night's 9-5 Phillies victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. "Chase is one of the best players in the game. Period. If he didn't get hurt last year, it would have been interesting on who would have been the MVP. " Utley hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to cut the Rockies lead to 5-4. He has homered in five straight games to tie a franchise record with Bobby Abreu (2005)
June 8, 2006 |
The Colorado Rockies turned the flyout into a weapon. The Rockies tied a major league record with five sacrifice flies in their 16-9 win over visiting Pittsburgh yesterday. "We were talking about it a little bit and we had only 10 going in and we put that play in the offensive handbook today," said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle, who was ejected after a confrontation with home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo, who chest-bumped the manager during the argument. Reliever Ray King also was ejected.
April 29, 2006 |
Albert Pujols' record-tying 13th home run in April did nothing to bolster the spirits of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols hit his 13th home run in the month, but Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman homered in the first inning to help the visiting Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-3, last night. Pujols' drive in the eighth inning came off a 2-0 pitch from Felix Rodriguez and matched the mark shared by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 with Seattle and Luis Gonzalez in 2001 with Arizona.
April 26, 2006 |
The trouble starts the moment the uncertainty creeps in. It happens the split second before he throws a pitch. Doubt. Gavin Floyd (1-2) runs into problems because he said he thinks too much. He doesn't trust his stuff. That lack of conviction continues to cost him and the Phillies. He allowed six hits and seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings during last night's 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies in front of 19,512 fans at Citizens Bank Park. It was the smallest crowd in the ballpark's three-year history.
April 17, 2006 |
This isn't supposed to happen at Coors Field. It's supposed to be a fun house for hitters. It's supposed to be Home Run Derby. "It just goes to show, if you pitch you can pitch anywhere," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after yesterday's 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. "If you've got it, you've got it. If you don't, get it. " Phillies righthander Brett Myers (1-0, 3.06 ERA) impressively threw 7 2/3 shutout innings, setup man Arthur Rhodes pitched out of a tough spot in the eighth, and closer Tom Gordon picked up his fourth save with a perfect ninth.
June 10, 2005 |
Barry Bonds called former White Sox outfielder Ron Kittle "an idiot" for claiming in his book that the Giants slugger once refused to autograph a jersey for Kittle's charity because "I don't sign for white people. " "Who is Kittle? How long did he play? He played in our league?" Bonds told the Associated Press yesterday. "Ha! Do you guys believe that? Do you guys know my life history a little bit? One, you insult my children, who are half-white. I was married to a woman who was white, so let's get real.
April 5, 2005 |
Pedro Martinez blew 'em away. Carlos Beltran knocked 'em in. Everything was going exactly according to plan for the new-look Mets - until Adam Dunn exposed the one area they overlooked. Dunn's second homer of the game, a two-run shot, tied it in the ninth, and Joe Randa followed with a solo shot off Braden Looper that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-6 victory yesterday in front of 42,794, the biggest crowd in Great American Ball Park's history. For the first time in their 129 season openers, the Reds finished one off with a homer.