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September 10, 2007 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
The Phillies have now completed a streak of 13 straight games against National League East teams. On Friday, they go to Shea Stadium to open an important weekend series against the first-place Mets. Under the circumstances, it would be understandable if they overlooked the Rockies, their opponents for the next 4 nights at Citizens Bank Park. It would also be a mistake. If there's one team that holds the key to the postseason, it might just be Colorado. After finishing a weekend series against the Padres yesterday at Coors Field, they have 20 games left, and 17 of them are against teams still in contention for a postseason spot: Phillies (four)
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October 12, 2009 | By Gerry Fraley FOR THE INQUIRER
Colorado manager Jim Tracy took the search for offense against lefthanded pitching to an extreme last night, using catcher Yorvit Torrealba as the No. 5 hitter. It was only the third career start in that spot in the order for Torrealba, a career .255 hitter. The other starts came in July 2003, while he was with San Francisco. Torrealba began play at Coors Field at 1 for 12 lifetime when batting fifth. Tracy based the decision on two factors: Torrealba was 3 for 7 with a homer and two RBIs in the first two games of the National League division series, and the Rockies lack a true No. 5 hitter against lefthanders.
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October 3, 2007 | By PAUL VIGNA
Phillies vs. Rockies (Phils lost series, 4-3) at Colorado (July 7-9) Rockies 7, Phillies 6 WP: Manny Corpas; LP: J.D. Durbin; GWH: Yorvit Torrealba Top hitters: Phillies - Wes Helms (2 hits, 2 RBI), Aaron Rowand (3 hits); Rockies - Brad Hawpe (4 hits), Cory Sullivan (3 hits, 2 RBI). What happened: Phils blew leads of 4-0 and 6-1 when Hawpe hit a two-out, two-strike HR in the ninth off Antonio Alfonseca to tie the game and Torrealba won it with a two-out RBI single in the 11th.
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October 5, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The famed Sports Illustrated jinx did not affect Jimmy Rollins, but it may have struck the Phillies. Rollins, who is on the cover of this week's magazine, was one of the few catalysts yesterday in the Phillies' 10-5 loss to the rampaging Colorado Rockies, who took a vise-grip hold of the National League division series with a second straight win. The diminutive shortstop became the first Phillie in postseason history to hit a leadoff first-inning...
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October 15, 2007 | By STEVE KING, kings@phillynews.com
DENVER - These teams have faced each other 23 times this year, so the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks should know each other like the backs of their hands by now. In a sense they do. But neither team is familiar with the two pitchers who will take the mound tonight at Coors Field. Franklin Morales, the Rockies' 21-year-old rookie lefthander, will face the Diamondbacks for the first time this season. Likewise, the Rockies - who hold commanding a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series - are getting their first look at Diamondbacks righthander Micah Owings.
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October 16, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This Colorado Rockies run has moved from improbable to incredible to just plain ludicrous. They keep winning. And winning. And winning. And now they're headed to the World Series. The Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4, at Coors Field last night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The win completed a sweep in the best-of-seven series, after the Rockies swept the Phillies in the best-of-five division series. The Rockies will play the Cleveland Indians or Boston Red Sox in the World Series beginning Oct. 24. It is Colorado's first World Series appearance.
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October 5, 2007 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Being the competitor who won 10 games during the season, a National League high for a rookie, Kyle Kendrick certainly wanted to remain in what he called "the biggest game of my life" to clean up a fourth-inning, bases-loaded mess. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had other ideas yesterday and lifted the righthander with two outs in the fourth in favor of Kyle Lohse. Kendrick went to the bench and watched the move backfire when Colorado second baseman Kaz Matsui connected off Lohse for a grand slam, giving the Rockies the lead for good in a 10-5 win that put them up by two games to none in the best-of-five National League division series.
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October 13, 2007 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - They smile and chuckle and glow when they affirm the notion that the Rockies and Diamondbacks have a natural rivalry - the non-California teams in the National League West, two of the three most recent expansion clubs. They look like canary-eating cats because the notion implies something more significant: The two teams in the NL Championship Series, thanks to the reality of the economics of employing significant, young players, could be the class of the league for several seasons to come - which was not the case the last time the teams made playoff noise with veteran-laden, cash-hemorrhaging clubs.
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October 5, 2009 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - The season ended. The intrigue begins. Jason Marquis started for the Rockies yesterday at Dodger Stadium. If it was an audition for a spot in the postseason rotation when Colorado plays the Phillies in the National League Division Series, the numbers - eight hits and four runs in four innings - didn't help make the case. The Rockies starting pitching is a bit of a jumble right now, especially since Jorge De La Rosa, the only lefthander, had to leave Saturday night's game with a strained groin.
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June 1, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Maybe it was the carryover effect from a win the previous evening, or maybe it was the optimism that every major-league manager must harbor for his team, but Charlie Manuel had a good feeling about this one. He looked at the bottom of the Boston lineup and saw a pitcher in Franklin Morales who throws a lot of junk, but can struggle with the placement of his breaking pitches and, as a bonus, hadn't been in a game for the Red Sox since Aug. 23....
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June 1, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Maybe it was the carryover effect from a win the previous evening, or maybe it was the optimism that every major-league manager must harbor for his team, but Charlie Manuel had a good feeling about this one. He looked at the bottom of the Boston lineup and saw a pitcher in Franklin Morales who throws a lot of junk, but can struggle with the placement of his breaking pitches and, as a bonus, hadn't been in a game for the Red Sox since Aug. 23....
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October 12, 2009 | By Gerry Fraley FOR THE INQUIRER
Colorado manager Jim Tracy took the search for offense against lefthanded pitching to an extreme last night, using catcher Yorvit Torrealba as the No. 5 hitter. It was only the third career start in that spot in the order for Torrealba, a career .255 hitter. The other starts came in July 2003, while he was with San Francisco. Torrealba began play at Coors Field at 1 for 12 lifetime when batting fifth. Tracy based the decision on two factors: Torrealba was 3 for 7 with a homer and two RBIs in the first two games of the National League division series, and the Rockies lack a true No. 5 hitter against lefthanders.
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October 5, 2009 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - The season ended. The intrigue begins. Jason Marquis started for the Rockies yesterday at Dodger Stadium. If it was an audition for a spot in the postseason rotation when Colorado plays the Phillies in the National League Division Series, the numbers - eight hits and four runs in four innings - didn't help make the case. The Rockies starting pitching is a bit of a jumble right now, especially since Jorge De La Rosa, the only lefthander, had to leave Saturday night's game with a strained groin.
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October 16, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This Colorado Rockies run has moved from improbable to incredible to just plain ludicrous. They keep winning. And winning. And winning. And now they're headed to the World Series. The Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4, at Coors Field last night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The win completed a sweep in the best-of-seven series, after the Rockies swept the Phillies in the best-of-five division series. The Rockies will play the Cleveland Indians or Boston Red Sox in the World Series beginning Oct. 24. It is Colorado's first World Series appearance.
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October 15, 2007 | By STEVE KING, kings@phillynews.com
DENVER - These teams have faced each other 23 times this year, so the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks should know each other like the backs of their hands by now. In a sense they do. But neither team is familiar with the two pitchers who will take the mound tonight at Coors Field. Franklin Morales, the Rockies' 21-year-old rookie lefthander, will face the Diamondbacks for the first time this season. Likewise, the Rockies - who hold commanding a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series - are getting their first look at Diamondbacks righthander Micah Owings.
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October 13, 2007 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - They smile and chuckle and glow when they affirm the notion that the Rockies and Diamondbacks have a natural rivalry - the non-California teams in the National League West, two of the three most recent expansion clubs. They look like canary-eating cats because the notion implies something more significant: The two teams in the NL Championship Series, thanks to the reality of the economics of employing significant, young players, could be the class of the league for several seasons to come - which was not the case the last time the teams made playoff noise with veteran-laden, cash-hemorrhaging clubs.
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October 5, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The famed Sports Illustrated jinx did not affect Jimmy Rollins, but it may have struck the Phillies. Rollins, who is on the cover of this week's magazine, was one of the few catalysts yesterday in the Phillies' 10-5 loss to the rampaging Colorado Rockies, who took a vise-grip hold of the National League division series with a second straight win. The diminutive shortstop became the first Phillie in postseason history to hit a leadoff first-inning...
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October 5, 2007 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Being the competitor who won 10 games during the season, a National League high for a rookie, Kyle Kendrick certainly wanted to remain in what he called "the biggest game of my life" to clean up a fourth-inning, bases-loaded mess. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had other ideas yesterday and lifted the righthander with two outs in the fourth in favor of Kyle Lohse. Kendrick went to the bench and watched the move backfire when Colorado second baseman Kaz Matsui connected off Lohse for a grand slam, giving the Rockies the lead for good in a 10-5 win that put them up by two games to none in the best-of-five National League division series.
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October 4, 2007
YOUNG LEFTHANDERS chomping on the bits of their first postseason can lift your team to the clouds or plunge it to the depths. Jeff Francis, 26, the ace of a Rockies team that has won a mind-bending 15 of the last 16 games, was just a little better yesterday than Cole Hamels, 23, his Phillies counterpart. But there is no time in a best-of-five Division Series to shower get-'em-next-time kudos on Hamels, who was superb in 5 2/3 of his 6 2/3 innings. If the Phillies follow yesterday's troubling, 4-2, engine-room malfunction with another low-scoring, rush-hour clunker today, it will probably be, "Thank you for flying Air Gillick; See you in Clearwater.
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October 3, 2007 | By PAUL VIGNA
Phillies vs. Rockies (Phils lost series, 4-3) at Colorado (July 7-9) Rockies 7, Phillies 6 WP: Manny Corpas; LP: J.D. Durbin; GWH: Yorvit Torrealba Top hitters: Phillies - Wes Helms (2 hits, 2 RBI), Aaron Rowand (3 hits); Rockies - Brad Hawpe (4 hits), Cory Sullivan (3 hits, 2 RBI). What happened: Phils blew leads of 4-0 and 6-1 when Hawpe hit a two-out, two-strike HR in the ninth off Antonio Alfonseca to tie the game and Torrealba won it with a two-out RBI single in the 11th.
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