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April 30, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Matt Beech is ready for the Phillies, but they're not ready for him. Make no mistake. The Phils love what the 25-year-old lefthander has done in his last three triple-A starts: 3-0 record, 30 strikeouts in 24 innings. But if Beech were to come up now, he'd have to make his season debut in Coors Field, baseball's version of Cape Canaveral. A high-ranking Phillies official said the club would prefer to avoid that scenario. So Beech, who struck out 13 in a complete-game win over the hard-hitting Columbus Clippers on Monday night, will make at least one more start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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September 19, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
The Houston Astros ended one of baseball's record runs. For more than 4 years, a Rockies' run - at least one - was a sure thing at Coors Field. Not anymore. Wade Miller and the visiting Astros handed Colorado its first shutout at home since 1999, increasing their NL Central lead yesterday with a 6-0 victory. The Rockies had scored in 361 consecutive home games since San Diego's Andy Ashby pitched a six-hitter on July 4, 1999. The previous record was 258 games by the Boston Braves from 1892 to 1896.
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July 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - A trip to Coors Field proved once again to be a welcome visit for Ryan Howard. The Phillies first baseman homered in second inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. It was his 10th homer in 34 games at the hitter-friendly ballpark. Howard's homer rate at Coors - one per every 3.4 games - is his fourth-highest rate in active ballparks in which he has played at least 30 games. The homer, which tied the score at 1, was the 369th of Howard's career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton for 78th on baseball's all-time list.
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May 10, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roy Halladay is going to do something Tuesday that he's never done before. For the first time in his illustrious career, the Phillies' ace will pitch in the town where he was born when he goes against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver. Other than requiring some extra tickets for family and friends, Halladay, who will turn 33 on Friday, said the start in Denver will not be a big deal for a couple of reasons. "I've been gone so long that now it's a normal road trip, which is good - less distractions," Halladay said.
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May 8, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are easier places to make your first major-league start, that's for sure. But righthander Joel Bennett sounds as if he's ready for the launching pad known as Coors Field. "It seems like everyone is making a big deal out of pitching here," said Bennett, who will start for the Phillies against the Colorado Rockies and lefty Brian Bohanon this afternoon. "But I'm not going to change anything. I've got to do my job and prevent them from doing theirs. " The light air in mile-high Denver allows fly balls to travel farther than usual.
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August 29, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia sports fans are turning their attention to the boys of fall, and that's more than understandable given the way the boys of summer played yesterday. The reeling Phillies were swept in a day-night doubleheader by the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Losers of 13 of their last 19 games, the Phils blew an early lead and a late lead as they fell in the first game, 11-6. The Rockies won the nightcap, 4-0, as Brian Bohanon tossed a complete-game four-hitter to trump Phillies righthander Joe Grahe, who pitched seven innings and allowed three runs in his first big-league start in four years.
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June 14, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's supposed to be easy here, in the ballpark that gravity forgot. The scoreboard is supposed to flicker and blink like the counter on a pinball machine. Routine pop-ups are supposed to turn on the afterburners and take off for the bleachers. Line drives - like the one John Vander Wal hit off Curt Schilling in the first inning - trail sparks on their way to the upper deck. "This is probably the best-hitting ballpark in baseball," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said. "You'd like to come in, swing the bats, and get everybody into the action.
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August 29, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
On an electrifying night, Andres Galarraga provided the biggest spark. Galarraga launched the longest home run in Coors Field history before its largest crowd ever last night, leading the Colorado Rockies over the visiting Seattle Mariners, 9-5. The crowd of 50,269, including complimentary tickets, was the biggest in the ballpark's three seasons, eclipsing the 50,247 fans who saw Los Angeles on July 14. In the much-anticipated showdown...
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May 11, 2010 | by David Murphy
8:40 tonight, Coors Field, Denver. TV: Channel 17. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish.   Tonight's pitchers   Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.45) vs. Rockies RHP Aaron Cook (1-3, 6.03)   Three matchups to watch   Roy Halladay vs. Coors Field: The veteran righthander grew up in suburban Denver but never has pitched in his hometown. He gets the chance tonight while looking for his seventh win of the young season. Halladay vs. Jason Giambi: Giambi has had good career success against his frequent AL East nemesis.
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May 15, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies lost their closer just hours before they opened a four-game series last night in a ballpark where it would seem nice to have somebody who can throw a baseball 100 m.p.h. But injuries happen, and the Phillies had to make do. They did in a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Phillies righthander Tim Worrell pitched in place of Billy Wagner, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, and picked up his second save of the season.
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July 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - It was simple to pinpoint the moment on Saturday night when Jerad Eickhoff began to unravel. The Phillies pitcher had cruised through the first four innings and looked to be working on another strong outing before the all-star break. And then Eickhoff faced the opposing pitcher with two outs in the fifth. An easy third out turned into a two-run homer. Eickhoff's night - the worst start of his career - started to spiral out of control, and an 8-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies was sealed.
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July 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - A trip to Coors Field proved once again to be a welcome visit for Ryan Howard. The Phillies first baseman homered in second inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. It was his 10th homer in 34 games at the hitter-friendly ballpark. Howard's homer rate at Coors - one per every 3.4 games - is his fourth-highest rate in active ballparks in which he has played at least 30 games. The homer, which tied the score at 1, was the 369th of Howard's career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton for 78th on baseball's all-time list.
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May 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CODY ASCHE returned to the major leagues yesterday, following a quick, 2 1/2-week tutorial learning leftfield at Triple A Lehigh Valley. "Fifteen games down there feels like two months," Asche said before the game against the Rockies. "You guys might think it was quick, but it sure didn't feel like it to me. " It probably felt as long as being one of the 22,227 paid customers at Citizens Bank Park later that night, waiting for the Phillies' first hit. Chad Bettis, the owner of a 6.29 ERA in 40 big -league games (and only 11 starts)
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May 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Six consecutive balls to begin Justin De Fratus' outing on Monday prompted a visit to the mound by Bob McClure. The Phillies' pitching coach reminded the 27-year-old reliever that he was one pitch away from inducing a ground-ball double play. Three pitches later, De Fratus saw the fastball he aimed "down and away" smacked over Citi Field's left-field fence. Wilmer Flores' three-run home run in the sixth broke open the Memorial Day matinee, a 6-3 win by the New York Mets.
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May 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Ryan Howard dropped his bat and watched for a moment as his eighth home run of the season traveled toward the center-field seats at Coors Field. An estimated 448-foot homer highlighted a big night for the Phillies' 35-year-old first baseman. Three hits in the Phillies' 4-2 win against the Colorado Rockies increased Howard's season batting average to .257. His .507 slugging percentage through the team's first 42 games is 127 points higher than the clip he recorded last season.
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May 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Jimmy Rollins smiled at his former teammate as he stepped into the batter's box and Kyle Kendrick gave him a grin back from the mound last month. The two former, longtime Phillies squared off again Sunday. But the Rockies' Kendrick won't pitch this week with the Phillies at Coors Field for four games and, barring a rainout in the next week, he said his turn in the Colorado rotation won't come up when the teams meet up again at Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series that begins a week from Friday.
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May 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - The ball was in the thin Colorado air only for a few seconds, but it must have felt more like several minutes for Freddy Galvis. The shortstop saw centerfielder Odubel Herrera raise his arms as the fly ball off the bat of Drew Stubbs came his way. But was Herrera signaling he had a beat on it … or that he had no idea where the ball was headed?  Galvis gave chase. Herrera attempted to play catch-up, but he, too, was too late. A ball that Herrera, a converted infielder, should have caught fell onto the Coors Field grass, putting Rockies runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning of a tie game.
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April 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - One of his teammates jabbed at him for his robotic, unemotional answers to the media's questions. Another picked on his sense of fashion. But John Mayberry Jr., who wore an ascot with his suit as he boarded a plane out of Denver bound for Los Angeles, took it in stride. Everyone is allowed to have a little fun at his expense when it comes after a victory, especially a victory that was preceded by two defeats in which the Phillies scored a total of two runs at the hitter's haven that is Coors Field.
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April 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - This winter, the Rockies demolished about 4,000 seats in Coors Field's upper deck. They installed a bar with 52 beer taps and numerous restaurants. Ryne Sandberg noticed it when the Phillies took early batting practice Friday afternoon. Fly balls, he said, did not travel deep to right like they are known to at high altitude. The Phillies manager wondered if that trend would translate into the games. Two days later, he still does not know because the Phillies offense is dead - even at a place where lineups come to feast.
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