August 3, 2011 |
DENVER - Charlie Manuel's offense delivered a well-deserved I.O.U. to Roy Halladay today, pacing the Phillies to an 8-6 victory over Colorado in which their veteran ace allowed his most runs since April 19. Although the Rockies scored five runs in seven innings off of Halladay, they did not exactly crush him. Just two of their eight hits went for extra bases, and they struck out seven times while walking once. Colorado scored two runs in the first inning despite managing one hit: a popped up bunt by Eric Young that fell into the infield for a single.
October 13, 2009 |
DENVER - It all worked out, somehow. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel seemed to make a pretzel out of what could have been a doughnut. Why? Why? Why? Why lefty specialist Scott Eyre to start the ninth with a one-run lead, and not resurrected closer Brad Lidge right away? Lidge had to enter with two outs and two of Eyre's runners on base. Eyre injured his right ankle badly enough to leave Game 3 the night before. He told Manuel he was fit before last night's game, and Eyre certainly looked fit, getting pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr., pitching unearthly hot lefty Carlos Gonzalez (10-for-17)
May 11, 2010 |
DENVER - For all the uncertainties of the Phillies' bullpen, May has been a glimpse into what sort of potential the relief corps offers. Entering Monday's game, the Phillies' bullpen had a 1.47 ERA and allowed two hits in 11 innings. The bullpen blew a lead Monday but kept the Rockies from going ahead. Ultimately, the Phils won, 9-5. In the seventh inning, with Kyle Kendrick gassed after six innings, manager Charlie Manuel turned to J.C. Romero. Manuel had been looking for the right spot to use his lone lefthanded reliever.
April 13, 2009
First Inning Phillies: Jimmy Rollins grounded out to second. Shane Victorino grounded out to pitcher. Chase Utley grounded out to second. Rockies: Dexter Fowler grounded out to second. Ryan Spilborghs singled to shallow left. Brad Hawpe doubled to deep right center, Spilborghs scored. Hawpe to third on passed ball by Chris Coste. Garrett Atkins singled to center, Hawpe scored. Ian Stewart singled to right, Atkins to second. Troy Tulowitzki walked, Atkins to third, Stewart to second.
September 10, 2009 |
Wrigley a Cubs problem? In what must sound like blasphemy to Chicago Cubs fans, Gerry Fraley wrote on Foxsports.com that Wrigley Field had contributed to the club's problems this season. "This is no time for sentiment. Wrigley embodies everything that is wrong with the Cubs," Fraley wrote. "The place is a dump, but for some reason it has been turned into a mecca. . . . There are other drawbacks to Wrigley. The irregular starting times prevent players from getting into a routine.
October 9, 2009 |
Huston Street had some anxious moments, but the Colorado Rockies closer got the job done by pitching a scoreless ninth inning in yesterday's 5-4 win over the Phillies, which evened the National League division series at one game apiece. Game 3 takes place tomorrow at Coors Field. Street needed 23 pitches before getting Shane Victorino to end the game by lining out to second base with runners on first and second. "It's obviously big to be going back to Colorado with this series tied," Street said.
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 10, 2009 |
Like Chad Billingsley of the Los Angeles Dodgers a year ago, Colorado's Rafael Betancourt did not respond to a knock-down pitch from Brett Myers of the Phillies in a postseason game. Unlike the Dodgers, the Rockies were happy that Betancourt did not retaliate. In the eighth inning of Thursday's second game of the National League division series, Myers hit Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki in the right elbow. On the previous pitch, Tulowitzki had what would have been an epic homer hook foul.
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.