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October 06, 2007
Philadelphia Phillies
@ Colordao Rockies
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

Colorado leads series: 2-0
Jamie Moyer (0-0) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0)


Starting Lineups/Batting Order

Philadelphia Phillies:

1 - Jimmy Rollins, SS
2 - Chase Utley, 2B
3 - Pat Burrell, LF
4 - Ryan Howard, 1B
5 - Aaron Rowand, CF
6 - Shane Victorino, RF
7 -
Carlos Ruiz, C
8 - Abraham Nunez, 3B
9 - Jamie Moyer, P

Colorado Rockies:

1 - Kazuo Matsui, 2B
2 - Troy Tulowitzki, SS
3 - Matt Holliday, LF
4 - Todd Helton, 1B
5 - Garret Atkins, 3B
6 - Brad Hawpe, RF
7 - Ryan Spilbourghs, CF
8 - Yorvit Torrealba, C
9 - Ubaldo Jimenez, P

Primary stats:

Colorado Rockies: 2  (9 H)
Philadelphia Philles: 1  (3 H)
Colorado wins series 3-0
WP: Brian Fuentes (1-0)
LP: J.C. Romero (0-1)
S: Manny Corpas (3)

Notable Stats:

Kazuo Matsui, COL: 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI
Matt Holliday, COL: 0-4, SO
Yorvit Torrealba, COL: 2-3, BB, R
Brian Fuentes, COL: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV

Jimmy Rollins, PHI: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Ryan Howard, PHI: 1-4, 2 K
Aaron Rowand, PHI: 0-4, 2 K
J.C. Romero, PHI:  0.1 IP, 3 H,  1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K


Pitches: Moyer 88, Gordon 24, Romero 12, Myers 5, Jimenez 95, Herges 9, Fuentes 10, Corpas 11.
Umpires: HP: Chuck Meriwether. 1B: Jeff Kellogg. 2B: Derryl Cousins. 3B: Ed Hickox. LF: Dale Scott. RF: Jim Reynolds.
Att: 50,724


First off, as a side note, I'll have you all know ahead of time that I missed this game due to the fact that Homecoming was Saturday night. It took hours upon hours of deep thought and meditation, but I did in fact decide to go to Homecoming instead of watching Saturday's game. Sorry.

This game was really surprising to me. First, I expected the pitching to be absolutely lousy. Second, I assumed that the Phillies' star hitters, Rollins, Utley and Howard, would go wild at the bat and crush the opposing pitching. Thirdly and finally, I believed that the Rockies would eke out a third win over the Philles in as many games and sweep up the series.

One out of three makes for a good batting average. 

Both starters, Jamie Moyer and Ubaldo Jimenez (just called up from AAA in August), dominated the silent bats of Colorado and Philadelphia. With both getting no decisions on the day, Moyer threw 6 innings of 5 hit, 1 run ball, and Jimenez tossed a similar 6.1 inning, 3 hit, 1 run game. Clearly, the hot bats were shut down in this game (see Rollins, Howard, Rowand, Holliday).

Another thing that impressed me was the Colorado bullpen doing what they do best. After Jimenez was taken out, Matt Herges, Brian Fuentes, and Manny Corpas combined to pitch a perfect 7th, 8th and 9th frames (Fuentes got the W).

After that, there wasn't much to watch. Personally, I'm almost glad I missed the game, because it doesn't sound like it was all too exciting. The bats were dead the entire game, there wasn't much small ball being played other than a couple of attempted steals, and the pitching was far from exciting. The pitchers were great, yes, but neither side was Santana-like. Overall, it sounds like a dreary business for a fan to sit through, especially when your team is about to clinch/be eliminated.

Well, we obviously know the result. Rockies 2, Phillies 1. I can almost hear the throngs of Phillie fans on this site crying from my little midwestern home. As the Phillies go home, disappointed, the red hot Rockies (how many times have you heard that term by now?) move on to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert Thursday. Look for a decent pitchers' duel featuring Arizona ace Brandon Webb and the ace from the other side, Jeff Francis.

Cardsox' conclusion: An overall weak, weak, weak job from the Phillies. They lost Game 1 valiantly to the Rockies, but Games 2 and 3 were unexcusable. The only thing Philadelphia fans have to look forward to now is a 2008 team thirsty for vengeance.

Next Game: Game 1, NLCS - Rockies vs. Diamondbacks
                  Colorado @ Arizona
                  Chase Field
                  Thursday, October 11, 2007
                  7:30 ET    TBS


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