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October 7, 2009 | by Mike Radano
Who's hot PHILLIES: Ryan Howard. The Phillies first baseman has hit .349 (22-for-63) with seven home runs and 23 RBI over the last 16 games. ROCKIES: Troy Tulowitzki. The 2006 Rookie of the Year hit .350 over the final month of the season with eight home runs and 19 RBI. As expected, he's been a huge part of Colorado's run to a wild-card berth. Who's not PHILLIES: Chase Utley. Much has been made of Utley's .204 average in September but of more concern was his .304 OBP. Even when he struggles at the plate, Utley always has been able to reach base close to, if not over, .400.
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September 2, 2007
Despite their overall offensive prowess, the Phillies have received subpar production from the third-base position this season. Entering Friday, the Phillies had the lowest slugging percentage in the National League for third basemen - .378. The three best slugging percentages at the position belonged to NL East rivals Florida (.572), Atlanta (.529) and the Mets (.529). The Phils entered Friday with just 10 homers from their third basemen. Only Pittsburgh (eight) had fewer. Upgrading the production and power at the position is a must this off-season.
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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 12, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - And people think Phillies fans can be bad. At least they show up. Despite claims that the Arizona Diamondbacks sold out Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last night at Chase Field - they had an announced crowd of 48,142 - empty rows of seats could be found everywhere in the upper deck. But some of the fans who showed up to watch Jeff Francis outpitch Brandon Webb turned nasty in the bottom of the seventh inning of their team's 5-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies after a correctly called interference play helped kill a Diamondbacks rally.
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October 4, 2007 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although he missed the strike zone with his first three pitches yesterday, Jeff Francis was determined to show the Phillies and the sellout crowd that this was not going to be a repeat of his last visit to Citizens Bank Park. Francis came back from being down, 3-0, to strike out Jimmy Rollins and fanned Shane Victorino and Chase Utley as well. Better yet, he got the strikeouts on just nine pitches, infusing Francis and the Colorado Rockies with a massive dose of confidence in the first game of the National League division series.
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September 24, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The San Diego Padres have company in the wild-card race, and it's not just the Phillies anymore. Garrett Atkins hit an inside-the-park home run, Brad Hawpe homered for the second time in three games and Jeff Francis earned his 17th victory for the visiting Colorado Rockies, who defeated the Padres, 7-3, to close to within 1 1/2 games of the wild-card lead. The win capped a three-game sweep for the Rockies, who have won a season-high eighth straight. "Their actions speak louder than anything I can tell you guys," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
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October 7, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Those seeking both similarities and differences in the two teams that will meet in the 2009 National League division series, which begins today at Citizens Bank Park, don't need to look any further than left field. This off-season, for different reasons, the Phillies and Rockies both unloaded longtime, power-hitting leftfielders. But the teams filled the vacancies created by the departures of Pat Burrell and Matt Holliday in very different ways. Ruben Amaro Jr. signed Raul Ibanez to be the Phils' everyday leftfielder.
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October 7, 2009 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sure, Jason Giambi is the most recognizable name - and face - coming off the Colorado bench, but the Rockies had established their bench identity well before the former Yankees/Athletics slugger headed their way just over a month ago. "His presence has helped, but as far as coming in and helping the bench guys, we already had strong bench guys," said Colorado reserve outfielder Ryan Spilborghs. "I think a lot of guys on this team have been doing this bench role for a bit so we have an understanding.
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October 7, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Every time it looked like the Phillies had no chance this season, they lived to fight another day. Their resolve had been their greatest attribute. They had overcome a slow start in April, numerous injuries to several key contributors, and a seven-game deficit with 17 games to play in the National League East. They overcame all that to make the postseason for the first time in 14 years. But they couldn't fight back last night in Game 3 of the National League division series at Coors Field.
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July 5, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
New York is suffering from some Rocky Mountain lows. Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins both drove in a season-high five runs and the Colorado Rockies routed the Mets again last night, this time, 17-7, to become the first team in more than half a century to sweep two New York clubs in the same year. Colorado's three-game sweeps of the Yankees and Mets at Coors Field were oddly sandwiched around a 1-9 trip, the worst three-city swing in franchise history. The last team to sweep series from two New York clubs during the regular season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the Milwaukee Braves, who whitewashed the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants in 1956.
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August 12, 2011 | By Paul Hagen, hagenp@phillynews.com
Taken simply for what it was, a 9-1 road trip is impressive enough. Account for the fact that it was a journey through the lefthanded time zones and it takes on added luster. Factor in that it was 10 uninterrupted days of hotel-and-suitcase living that followed 10 straight days at home without a break in between and the accomplishment moves to an even higher level. And that might not even be the most winsome part of the Phillies' triumphant junket through Colorado, San Francisco and Los Angeles that ended Wednesday.
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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 8, 2009 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The game hadn't ended yet, not officially, but the Rockies were getting blown out of Citizens Bank Park like just another wayward hot dog wrapper when Cliff Lee finally allowed himself to look around. There were two outs in the ninth, he had gotten two quick strikes on Troy Tulowitzki, and the sellout crowd rose in a loud, towel-waving frenzy. Lee, who has waited through 10 professional seasons for just such a moment, recognized it when it arrived. "I took a little second to look around and soak it all in," Lee said, laughing as he added, "but then I threw three straight balls and one down the middle that went in the gap. So, whatever.
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October 7, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Those seeking both similarities and differences in the two teams that will meet in the 2009 National League division series, which begins today at Citizens Bank Park, don't need to look any further than left field. This off-season, for different reasons, the Phillies and Rockies both unloaded longtime, power-hitting leftfielders. But the teams filled the vacancies created by the departures of Pat Burrell and Matt Holliday in very different ways. Ruben Amaro Jr. signed Raul Ibanez to be the Phils' everyday leftfielder.
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October 7, 2009 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sure, Jason Giambi is the most recognizable name - and face - coming off the Colorado bench, but the Rockies had established their bench identity well before the former Yankees/Athletics slugger headed their way just over a month ago. "His presence has helped, but as far as coming in and helping the bench guys, we already had strong bench guys," said Colorado reserve outfielder Ryan Spilborghs. "I think a lot of guys on this team have been doing this bench role for a bit so we have an understanding.
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October 7, 2009 | by Mike Radano
Who's hot PHILLIES: Ryan Howard. The Phillies first baseman has hit .349 (22-for-63) with seven home runs and 23 RBI over the last 16 games. ROCKIES: Troy Tulowitzki. The 2006 Rookie of the Year hit .350 over the final month of the season with eight home runs and 19 RBI. As expected, he's been a huge part of Colorado's run to a wild-card berth. Who's not PHILLIES: Chase Utley. Much has been made of Utley's .204 average in September but of more concern was his .304 OBP. Even when he struggles at the plate, Utley always has been able to reach base close to, if not over, .400.
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October 7, 2009
THE PHILLIES' performance in the 2007 playoffs was beyond pitiful - especially in light of how the regular season ended. They won the National League East on the final day, a stirring victory over the Nationals punctuated by Brett Myers throwing his glove high in the air just after the Marlins had finished off throttling the Mets. The celebration of the Phillies' first postseason in 14 years hardly got started before it was over. The Rockies won the first two NL Division Series games here and put the Phillies out of their misery by completing the sweep late on a Saturday night.
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October 6, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sure, the Phillies and Colorado Rockies are about to meet tomorrow in a National League division series for the second time in three years, but the connections between the two teams run deeper than that. Among those whose baseball paths have crossed are Phils manager Charlie Manuel and Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd; Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley and Colorado third baseman Garrett Atkins; and Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth and Rockies manager Jim Tracy. And in Game 1, the Rockies' starter at Citizens Bank Park, Ubaldo Jimenez, will be facing the team of countryman Pedro Martinez, who was the 25-year-old Colorado pitcher's idol when growing up. "Still is," Jimenez said, wearing a proud smile as he stood in front of his locker at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
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May 27, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Where was this in October? You remember October, right? The Phillies roared into the playoffs like a lion and exited like a lamb. They lost three straight ball games to the Colorado Rockies and hit just .172 in the process. Last night, with the stakes admittedly much lower, the Phillies exorcised a few demons against the Rockies in a blitzkrieg, 20-5 holiday victory at Citizens Bank Park. That's right, 20-5. It was the most runs scored in one game by a big-league team this season, and the most scored by a Phils club since July 3, 1999, in a 21-8 win over the Chicago Cubs.
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October 29, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - There was no 86-year wait this time, no talk of curses and what might have been if only this guy hadn't held the ball or that guy had fielded it cleanly. This time, the wait was only three years, barely long enough for the taste of champagne to fade from their lips. The Boston Red Sox sipped bubbly again last night as they completed an impressive four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies to win the 103d World Series. The Red Sox finished off their second title in four seasons - they swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series - with a 4-3 win at Coors Field.
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