June 22, 2012 |
By the time Hunter Pence crushed a fastball to left in the ninth inning Wednesday, much of the smallest announced crowd of the season at Citizens Bank Park - 43,729 - had departed. So there was a noticeable hush as the ball hung in the hazy air. Once it thudded off the green wall, there was a hint of magic again. Then Carlos Ruiz drew an intentional walk, Shane Victorino hustled for an infield single, and Placido Polanco ran so hard after tapping a bouncer that a discombobulated Todd Helton could not step on first base before the 36-year-old Dominican.
June 21, 2012 |
The smallest announced crowd of the season watched baseball Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, and by the time Hunter Pence laced a fastball to left in the ninth inning, many had left. So there was a noticeable hush as the ball hung in the hazy air. Once it thudded off the green wall, there was a little bit of magic again. Finally, the Phillies have a comeback victory. They did it in dramatic fashion, beating the Colorado Rockies, 7-6, while down to their final out in the ninth after Jonathan Papelbon turned a tie game into a sure defeat.
June 20, 2012 |
DENVER - For a person of his stature, first baseman Todd Helton has had what many describe as a borderline Hall of Fame career well under the radar. Not that the 6-foot-2 Helton is the type who seeks publicity, but as he and the Rockies begin a three-game series on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies, his efforts these days are receiving even less attention. Both Helton and the Rockies have been struggling. Colorado is 25-40 and has lost 10 of its last 11. Helton, meanwhile, is batting .242 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs.
May 1, 2012 |
Before last week's NFL draft, the league expanded the offseason roster by 10 to 90 positions. So teams were on the phones immediately after Saturday's seventh round speaking to players who had gone undrafted. Seven Temple Owls signed rookie free-agent contracts on Sunday, bringing the Owls' total NFL signees for 2012 to 10, tying for the largest class in school history. (Ten former Owls also inked NFL deals a year ago) Linebacker Stephen Johnson (Norristown) signed with New Orleans, and receiver Rod Streater (Burlington)
April 13, 2012 |
NO WIN FOR the ages. Or, for that matter, the aged. At 49, Jamie Moyer failed in his second attempt to become the oldest pitcher to win a major league game when Madison Bumgarner took a no-hit bid into the sixth and scattered four hits over 7 1/3 innings in visiting San Francisco's 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Moyer's shot at history was thwarted not only by Bumgarner, another crafty lefthander who in many ways is a younger version of Moyer, but also by teammate Dexter Fowler, whose sixth-inning error on a routine fly ball to center led to two unearned runs.
August 12, 2011 |
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.
August 3, 2011 |
DENVER - True story: Once upon a time, Kyle Kendrick ranked high enough in the Phillies' pitching pecking order that manager Charlie Manuel used him as his second starter in a postseason series. That one and only playoff appearance, against Colorado, did not go well for Kendrick. And it seems like ages ago that the Phillies left this city after being swept by a freakishly hot Rockies team in the 2007 National League division series. These days, Kendrick is the swing man on the best pitching staff in baseball, alternating between the bullpen and rotation depending on the health of the other guys in the rotation.
July 8, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, his fourth of the series, and the Atlanta Braves beat Colorado, 6-3, Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep of the Rockies in 18 years. Jason Heyward also homered for the streaking Braves, who have won nine of 10 and 14 of 17 as they head into a series with the NL East-leading Phillies trailing by just 21/2 games. Freeman, the rookie first baseman, hit four homers and drove in seven runs in the series. His third-inning homer was the highlight of a five-run inning that knocked Juan Nicasio (3-2)
June 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - CC Sabathia tossed eight stingy innings to win for the seventh time in his last eight starts, Alex Rodriguez drove in three runs and the New York Yankees, finally beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-3, on Saturday. A dozen pitchers began the day with nine wins, but Sabathia (10-4) won the race to double digits. The big lefthander allowed one run while striking out nine, improving to 19-7 all-time in interleague play. That win total makes him baseball's active leader. He threw just 103 pitches, but manager Joe Girardi decided against letting him finish the game.
June 25, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Jason Giambi hit a long homer against his former team and Ubaldo Jimenez overcame early wildness to pitch seven impressive innings, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 victory Friday night over New York in a rare trip to the Bronx. Troy Tulowitzki homered again in New York City and Todd Helton hit an RBI single for Colorado. No. 9 batter Chris Iannetta walked three times and scored a run. The Rockies were swept by the Yankees in a three-game series in 2004, their only other trip to the borough.