Game Recap: Phillies 12, Rockies 11

September 2, 2010 | 9:06 pm | 40  

Key to the Game
In a must-win game, the Colorado Rockies were in position to do just that. Up 6-2 on the wild-card-leading Philadelphia Phillies at one point, the Rockies squelched a sixth-inning rally with a double-play grounder from Jimmy Rollins. The Rockies led 6-3 going to the bottom of the sixth, but within an inning, the game had completely changed.

The Rockies loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with a bloop single from Chris Nelson and bunt singles from Eric Young Jr. and Dexter Fowler. The Rockies had a perfect opportunity to put the game out of reach with the heart of their lineup due up. But Carlos Gonzalez struck out, Troy Tulowitzki drove in a single run with an infield single that should have been an inning-ending double play, Todd Helton struck out and Melvin Mora flied out to deep left. The only ball hit hard in the inning has Mora’s flyout, and the Rockies, who had more hits — 20 — and runs — 10 — in this one game back home than they did in the entire three-game series in San Francisco, managed just a single run out of their best opportunity in the game.

After adding just one run, the Rockies watched the Phillies rally in the top of the seventh inning for nine runs of relievers Joe Beimel, Manny Delcmaren and Matt Reynolds, who combined to give up nine hits, including a two-run home run to Ryan Howard and a grand slam to Chase Utley.

The Rockies managed to close to within 12-10 with a three-run seventh, but left the bases loaded again in the eighth and left two on in the ninth after pulling to within a run.

Other Highlights
– Despite two strikeouts in key spots, Carlos Gonzalez was 3-for-5 to raise his NL-leading batting average to .332, hit his 31st home run and drove in his 93rd run.
– Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin lasted just 5 1/3 innings, but pitched well enough to win. Chacin, who allowed five hits, two walks and struck out three, left the game in the sixth inning with runners at first and third and one out. Three of the runs he allowed were unearned and he was in line for his eighth win before the bullpen, which allowed one of his runs to scored as well as nine of their own, let the Phillies tie it up and take the lead in the seventh.
– Dexter Fowler was 3-for-6 with a solo home run and a two-run single in the seventh inning that brought the Rockies back to within 12-10. He also scored the Rockies’ 11th run after reaching on an error.
Chris Iannetta hit his first home run since July 18, a three-run shot in the second inning that put the Rockies up 3-0.


  • Brian H | September 2, 2010 | 9:08 pm

    Delcarmen looked horrible. Oh my.

  • Swede | September 2, 2010 | 9:09 pm

    Heart breaker. Season breaker.

    Has anyone ever told EY that a walk is as good as a hit with the bases loaded? Didn’t think so.

  • RockiesFan4life | September 2, 2010 | 9:11 pm

    well, fun season to watch. Played a few significant games in September. Unfortunately i’m afraid injuries and inconsistancy will cost us a chance at the post season. It will be fun watching the kids play over the next month. Most fans would love if their team was in contention until football season. I hope we can reload, figure out our lineup for next year, and make a run at the NL west title next year.

  • Doctor_Christopher | September 2, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    Lets start off with the positive. Nice to see the team not give up when they could have.

    Tonight officially crushed my spirit. I will keep watching, keep enjoying the games but…its over. We all know it now. This team should have won everygame this week, we all know that. Even the 5-2 game Tuesday. I continue to believe that on pure talent this is the best team in the NL West, and potentially in the NL, but they do not know how to win, to close the deal, and I am officially in mourning for the 2010 season.

    Its been a fun season, but this game so encapsulated the whole season that I will have to purge it from my memory to feel better about things. Now, lets see if CarGo can go out and win a NL batting championship and lets see if we can add to the Padres misery. I think taht is the saddest thing about this week. If they just win, win games they could have and should have, they would be knocking on the door of 1st place. Instead, its a three game losing streak and a bunch of very saddened fans.

    Okay, thanks for letting me vent and mourn. See everyone tommorow night.

  • Cameo | September 2, 2010 | 9:22 pm

    This to me just enhances my opinion on the movement of the pitches at home vs road. 12-11 game. Wow. It was entertaining to watch for sure and I’m also happy that the Rox chipped away after getting behind and almost came back. But that is this team. They have a no quit attitude at home and look like they never care on the road. How can we keep explaining the home/road splits? It’s the movement. Yes the OF is huge and a lot of ground to cover, but the pitches are flatter in Denver. The Rox rake at home. Then score 5 runs in 3 games on the road. It’s more than the Rox approach. Stone cold Lock.

    The funniest thing about tonight’s broadcast is Drew Goodmans take on Cargo right after he hit the homer. He said “oh and you all might think he is doing this all at home, but he is hitting .275 on the road.” That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Like .275 is that good.

  • Miketober | September 2, 2010 | 9:23 pm

    Personally I am okay with tonight’s game. Sure that 7th inning was a real gut shot and further buries the Rockies, but they showed more fight tonight than a month of away games. That’s really all I want as a fan at this point. They are not going to win every game, and there are always going to be slugfests. But those rallies in the 7th, 8th, and 9th were fun to watch, even though the Rox fell short. It’s a thousand times better to lose a game like this than a game like the 2-1 finale in SF Wednesday.

  • Pancho | September 2, 2010 | 9:24 pm

    Harold Reynolds said it on MLB … why is a position player (Rogers)being sent in to pinch-run? It’s September. The bench should be full.
    A pinch-runner should have been sent in for Tulo.

  • RocketMan | September 2, 2010 | 9:26 pm

    What a pathetic collapse by the bullpen. Beyween fatigue (Belisle and Beimel) and now inexperience (Reynolds) this group is now a crapshoot. Just when you think this team is in a good place they find a new way to lose, usually in a thoroughly embarrassing way. Once again nobody comes through with the bases loaded, THREE separate times. Once they blew the chance in the sixth to blow it open I could sense they were destined to lose. For all his heroics Cargo once again fans when he just needs to single. EYjr in the eighth, well I’m just not going to say anything. Barmey in the ninth against the slider, no contest. The team is weak in so many ways, and it seems like there is somebody different is called on each night who doesn’t come through, unlike ’07 and ’09 when different guys did come through.

  • Agbayani | September 2, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    You know what? The playoff run never really got started this year, but I’m not so bothered.

    Why not? 2007 was truly magical. We didn’t expect it, and when we got it we savored every victory, every moment, knowing that something magical was happening.

    2009 brought real promise. The idea that this club really had a chance of not just making the playoffs, but of going far in the playoffs. So when the end came against Philly it kind of hurt.

    2010? The expectations were high, so even a 10-game winning streak now wouldn’t seem magical. It would just feel like getting back to where we should have been all along. But even more so, I have no reason to believe that this club could do anything in the playoffs. Even if we squeeked in as a wild card, we’d head off on the road to score 2 runs in 2 games or something like that. This club just doesn’t have enough to compete.

    And as one Red Sox blogger said: The Rockies lose Manny Corpas, but pick up Manny Corpse. Just awful. I changed my mind on that deal. Delcarmen seems to have nothing. I’m thinking of the guy I saw in 07, not the guy the Red Sox saw in 2010. There were a bunch of better stopgap relievers available for nothing having been waived by their clubs, so why give up a decent, albeit limited, prospect like Balcom-Miller for this?

  • ProgMatinee | September 2, 2010 | 9:33 pm

    what an embarrassment. this was the first game i left early in years. left after howard hit the home run. if its not the offense stinking it up its the bullpen. whats amazing is that we are even this far above .500 the way nothing has seemed to really click together. we had a chance to win at the end and that was nice, but giving up 9 runs in 1 inning is shockingly bad.

    season is over, but yes i’ll still watch because i have no life. lol

  • Rod | September 2, 2010 | 9:41 pm

    Wow. What a game. I really hate to say this, but I love watching the Philadelphia Phillies play baseball. Not only do they take great at bats with a lethal lineup, but they make the little plays. They always seem to be positioned well defensively. They are a heady team. On Gonzalez’s single in the 9th, Jimmy Rollins was in perfect position to cut the throw from right field, preventing the possibility of Gonzalez (the tying run) getting into scoring position on a throwing error. The Phillies make the opposition earn every out, every base, every run. The Rockies, to their credit, almost did it, but this game I think probably shows why the Rockies haven’t been able to get over the hump with Philly since 07.
    So many things happened in this game that there will probably be some long posts. I’ll try to keep it short. I love the way Charlie Manuel and Tom Runnells managed this game. For those of you that have been calling for Barmes to be retained as a SU player, I think tonight he provided evidence that he can do it, the 9th inning strikeout vs. Lidge notwithstanding. When he was hitting 8th, he knew that he was going to get pitches to hit ahead of the pitcher, and was therefore eager to swing early in the count. This contributed to his reputation as a player who rarely walks. The walk he took in the 8th inning to permit Spilborghs to come to the plate and get a base hit was an excellent at bat.
    I wasn’t there tonight, but I could tell watching on tv that it was a playoff-like atmosphere. Kudos to Rockies fans for showing up to a make-up game in the middle of the week and giving this game the pennant race attention it deserved. It’s too bad the Rockies lost. The game seemed to turn, in my mind, when Chacin plunked Joe Blanton on a two-strike count with a breaking ball. Blanton ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly, and with a good throw to the plate he would have been out. Unfortunately, the Rockies decided to release Brad Hawpe and play Seth Smith in right field. Even though this wasn’t as devastating as the Utley grand slam, it elevated Jhoulys’s pitch count and forced Tracy’s hand to remove Chacin while pitching well, as the Rockies still enjoyed a sizeable lead. The Werth at-bat against Delcarmen, when he ended up hitting a homerun, was downright beautiful. You could tell he was locked in right away and he delivered.
    Carlos Gonzalez extended his extra-base hit streak to 10 games. The last extra-base hit streak this long, which tied the NL record, was 14 games, accomplished by Chipper Jones in 2006. During the streak, Chipper hit 8 doubles, 1 triple, and 7 homeruns, including an 8th inning, 2-out, pinch-hit, 3-run homerun (his only plate appearance of the game) against Baltimore to extend the streak to 7. Melvin Mora hit a 2-run homerun for Baltimore earlier in that game.

  • Rocky | September 2, 2010 | 9:46 pm

    Barmes the bullfighter, love that “OLE!” swing in the 9th to strikeout on the slider in the dirt. Stylish Barmey, stylish! Gee, seems like I’ve seen him do that before. Kinda feels like that Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day”.

    I came so close to going to the game tonight, so glad now that I didn’t. I find it hard to stomach filly fans when we win, can’t imagine how obnoxious they are when “they” win.

    btw… I was wondering the same thing as Pancho. With the callups, why was the bench so empty. Also was wondering that with the away game tomorrow nite, why was Cook in the house??? You’d think he would already be in San Diego.

  • ProgMatinee | September 2, 2010 | 9:54 pm

    the rox burned through a lot of players near the end. not sure what they could have done different with the roster currently what it is. did we have room for more callups?

    before being so sickened with the 7th inning, i was laughing about how after Tracy was tossed 2 things immediately happened that never would have under Tracy. 1)Chris Nelson actually got into the game and 2)We bunted…twice! BTW, EY still doesn’t know how to bunt a ball on the ground.

  • Rod | September 2, 2010 | 9:58 pm

    @ Rocky – the only right handed hitter in major league baseball that might be able to hit Lidge’s slider when he’s on is Vladimir Guerrerro. Definitely unfair to criticize Barmes for that AB.

  • Bill | September 2, 2010 | 10:04 pm

    Well that Delcarmen trade certainly worked well. Frankly I’m not sure why some Rockies fans above are satisfied with the game and the season. Tonight was one of the worst played games of the year. Errors, passed balls, wild pitches, Seth Smith looking at his naval instead of throwing the ball. And that’s not even counting all the runners left on base.

    When Barmes pinch hit he was patient enough to walk. I was amazed. But in the 9th he reverted to form swinging wildly at pitches out of the zone.

    I too am wondering the same thing as Pancho and Rocky. Why didn’t the Rockies call up more players. They can have a 40 man roster this time of the year. Are they really that concerned about how Colorado Springs or Tulsa finish? Dan O’Dowd should explain. And they waived Flores a few weeks ago so they could bring Morales up but of course they can’t pitch him in a close game cause he can’t throw a strike.

    The inning where EY and Dex bunted was something. Neither was a great bunt but with their speed they can cause problems. Of course tomorrow Tracy is back at the helm so no more bunts.

  • RocketMan | September 2, 2010 | 10:16 pm

    In thinking about how these two teams have performed since we upset them in the ’07 playoffs, the Phillies core group has largely gotten better/continued to perform at a high level and as Rod pointed out always play focused, disciplined baseball. The Rockies’ core group has largely dissipated. Our younger guys from ’07 don’t seem to have gotten better (Ianetta, Stewart, Smith). For all his defensive brilliance and occasional offensive splash, Tulo simply doesn’t perform in the clutch at the plate like Utley, and we don’t have guys like Victorino or Werth who always seem to perform at critical times. The Phillies can do something with the wild card, which I don’t feel would happen with this Rockies team.

  • Marc | September 2, 2010 | 10:23 pm

    Just got back from the game.
    Congratulations to the Phils on the win. Did everything a playoff should do in September to work their way towards the post season.

  • Alex Colfax | September 2, 2010 | 10:29 pm

    Was at the game tonight—very entertaing but ultimately frustrating. Many, many moves to second-guess, like double-switching Mora out of the game when he had three singles and came close to a grand slam on long fly to left-center. I know why Runnells (or Tracy) did it but I don’t like pulling a hot hitter like that.

    Beimel and Delcarmen were awful; Young is simply not an adequate second baseman at present. Chacin was pretty good but cheap hits and defensive miscues forced him to throw too many extra pitches. Tough to get 20 hits and lose, wasting a terrific comeback with 14 LOB.

    As several have noted, the Phils do the little things necessary to win; too often, the Rox don’t.

    And does anyone know why Rockies are waiting for the Sky Sox season to end (on Monday) before calling up a third catcher (Phillips or McKenry) and another outfielder or two (Payton, Miller, Garner)?

  • dave in bayfield | September 2, 2010 | 10:31 pm

    I guess it was Taco Special Night in Philadelphia, too.

    Interesting, entertaining, but frustrating game to watch.

  • Joe P | September 2, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    It aint over till it’s over…… we still have 6 against SD and 3 more with the giants. We can still win the division, especially with SD not playing well and before the Rox came to town, SF was playing terrible. Believe in the M A G I C ! !

  • ProgMatinee | September 2, 2010 | 11:05 pm

    One thing about the Phils is their line up is freaking good. I don’t know if they are good because they do the little things, or do the little things because they are good. You look at their lineup and realize they hold onto their successful players and typically dump the unsuccessful ones. Unlike the Rockies who trade away the top talent, hold onto the flukers.

  • Marc | September 2, 2010 | 11:13 pm

    Agree Prog – I mentioned to my buddy tonight that they are stacked – i.e Victorino in the 7 hole.

    Rough start to Manny’s stay in Colorado – ERA of 108.00 – I think mine is about 109.00

    Season isn’t over but, as mentioned up top, this game represented everything that is “wrong” with this team.

    ps – 20 comments and nobody has commented on Todd on a night when he was absolutley inconsequential with ample opportunities to be a difference maker.

  • Marc | September 3, 2010 | 12:21 am

    Philadelphia’s line-up is good…

    And it should be;

    the starting INF costs (rounded up ) $48.0 million
    the starting OF costs (rounded up) $24.7 million

    Ruiz and Schneider make $3 million combined behind the plate…

    Then there is Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt and Lidge…etc…

    Moyer makes $8 million.

  • Anonymous | September 3, 2010 | 3:50 am

    Aw those darn pre-season expectations, if the number on the calendar was 2006 instead of 2010, we would all be rejoying in how great it was that the Rockies were actually playing meaningful baseball in September.

    If you discount the magic of the 2007 and 2009 seasons, real September baseball in Denver has not happened that frequently in the entire Rockies history. The important but still painful lesson is that it really is tough to win in baseball without money, but when it does happen it can be teally very special to watch.

    Oh I almost forgot that I found Doctor Christopher’s purple glasses smashed in a gutter outside Coors Field – Joe P (above) you probably still need these so I’ll send you some virtual super glue.

  • Anonymous | September 3, 2010 | 3:57 am

    FYI the Anonymous post above is Rich M – I really don’t know how this computer glitch happens, but it has happened twice now.

  • gary | September 3, 2010 | 4:24 am

    It will be one month tomorrow since I pronounced them done.And I never wished more to be wrong.They really are only a bat,and healthy rotation from being good enough next year.I do wonder given so many criticisms of no RH bat,or middle infield help,that no one posted that Guillen,Posednik,Theriot,Fotenoit,Burell,to name a few,were all added by our competitors while we did nothing!

  • ProgMatinee | September 3, 2010 | 7:18 am

    I thought Helton hit thw ball really well early in the game…

  • ProgMatinee | September 3, 2010 | 7:20 am

    Anyone else notice Tracy R is tweeting more about college football now? His followers are losing interest in this years Rox or is he?

  • Rod | September 3, 2010 | 8:48 am

    Prog – is Wyoming football even considered college football? Go Buffaloes!!!!!

  • FRED | September 3, 2010 | 8:54 am

    I have been saying the past 2 years that EY JR has no baseball instincts, whether offensively or defensively. He swings at more pitches than Vald of the Rangers. He’d probably tell the umpire that the pitch didn’t hit him so he could stay in the box and swing. There is reason why 26 year old pitchers and players are still in the minor leagues, its because they can’t play in the big leagues. A team cannot win games at the major league level with minor league players. And whats with taking Chacin out so early, don’t give me that 100 pitch count reason. And good luck with finding a right handed power bat next year unless this club deals some of their prospects.

  • Rocky | September 3, 2010 | 9:29 am

    Rod, sorry but if you’ve watched any Rockies baseball at all you would know that Barmes is a world class sucker for anything low and outside, i.e. in the dirt. There is not a pitching staff in baseball that doesn’t know that. Fact.

  • Konaman | September 3, 2010 | 10:18 am

    Rocky you forgot to add he never hits it, strike 3!!!

  • Miketober | September 3, 2010 | 10:34 am

    I just watched the Jim Tracy ejection (I missed it last night). The batter swung. Glad to see our manager show a little fire. By the way, that’s only Tracy’s 2nd ejection this season, both times against the Phillies.

  • Mike Raysfan | September 3, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Let’s see, where was I the other day? Did I mention the last time Delcarmen faced the Rays he didn’t get anyone out. Whoops, sorry, I did cover that. I rest my case.

    That was a game they should have never ever ever ever lost. Are you kidding me?

    DP’s,Troy Renck, has pointed out a very sad statistic that just about every national talking head show is now using.

    “The Phillies beat them Thursday while becoming the first team since the Red Sox on Aug. 12, 2008, to win when allowing 20 hits”

    SOURCE: ESPN/reprint DP

    You know the East Coast talking heads will run with this. Some may wonder why do we care? For 2 huge reasons and voting.

    1) Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cy Young

    2) Carlos Gonzalez and the MVP

    You know what is even more disappointing? The apparent attitude of the team leader. Much of the media claims Tulo is that person. Ok, so, I only have the sound bites that 850 KOA used and the print that the DP decided on to go by. I have no idea of the total conversation but Tulo seemed to have an almost C’est la vie approach to where the Rockies are right now. Seriously? Let’s wait and “see where we are in a couple of weeks” THEN maybe we can look back and say this was a must win game???? Are you kidding me??? I couldn’t imagine saying that at any level, even back in high school. Am I taking it too seriously? Maybe.

    Will Ubaldo win 20? Over 60% of the fans think so. I know I have my doubts.

    Will the Rockies win 80 games? I think it is now coming into question.

    I can remember back at the start of the season and ESPN ran a fan poll. 53% of the nation said the Rockies wouldn’t even make it to the post season. I was beside myself and couldn’t understand why they thought that. Guess I was the one that was wrong.

    Maybe for some, how the game was played and the fact they fought back was more encouraging than other games. I can understand that. The problem is and what matters most, the end result, was another loss.

  • roxnsox | September 3, 2010 | 11:40 am

    Once again, well covered, gentlemen and ladies. Agree with Rod that the Phillies are really good, and play really right. Rich M, got a nice chuckle out of the purple glasses anecdote. I’d just like to add that I am pleased we have Jhoulys Chacin in our rotation. That’s about all I can muster right now, I did my venting on the Post last night.

  • Rich M | September 3, 2010 | 11:52 am

    Hey there Mike RaysFan it could be worse – you still have the Rays (they will always be the Devil Rays for me) in the thick of it.

    And BTW would you please see to it that the Rays send us back that Longoria guy for a pretty good AA pitcher that the Rockies have – G Reynolds. Everytime I see Longoria on the MLB TV – the disappointment and anger starts all over again.

    Just so we are clear about this issue, the second overall pick in the MLB draft that also happens to be a college player should never – I’ll it say again – never be a bust!

  • JASPER | September 3, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    Advancing to the postseason was lost to me when Tracy left Ubaldo in a game to lose and then blamed U for not telling him to take him out. That revealed much as to why this team never performed up to its capabilities. Management is important to players whether they realize that or want to admit it or not. Good management is important to any business. Tracy is not only no Bobby Cox at this business, he is a lost cause at leadership.

    Seth Smith has regressed this year to the point that he is plays lost and hits lost. His looks reveal that he is depressed. Good reason to that IMO viewing the way he has been used this year and previous years, but mainly this year. He is not the only young player of ability who has been shortchanged; Iannetta also although less greviously than Smith.

    In my view, EYJ is best suited for trading rather than playing; Barmes has seen his day and should be gone; Iannetta is only good until a better catcher (Rosario? or Pachecho?) comes along. Herrera is a very nice utility player and the Rockies can get by with him at second for awhile if Nelson does not pan out and while they wait on Hector Gomez to appear. At this point, Smith should be traded for his sake and could get a right handed bat for the outfield to complement Spilborghs. DOD must get help for Helton at first.

    Stewart has improved his batting average greatly; may never fulfill his promise but should be retained. Too much hype has revolved around Tulo; he is good, but has not become a super player. Carlos Gonzalez is super; I have looked at him as the closest I have ever seen to Stan Musial – he has a way to go but I would bet that he will get there and I would not be suprised to see him exceed (on the playing field) what Musial accomplished. Off the field? Musial became a revered hero in St. Louis; Cargo may (and probably will) go elsewhere in a few years.

    Keep the pitchers – DLR is the most important to resign; also Hammel. Try and move Cook; keep Francis. Trade pitching prospects for a first base prospect.

    No comments on last night’s game except that it was entertaining – and that is what I hope to get out of this September – nothing more. Too bad for the last timers like Giambi and Mora, feel bad for them.

  • Bill | September 3, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    Have to disagree with Miketober (I believe it was him). Sweeney did not swing at the pitch although at first it looked like it but the slow motion replays clearly show he didn’t swing. Actually, according to the Post, Tracy was arguing at the ball hit the bat. I think he was wrong on that also. Probably all the frustation of the past week coming out.

    After Monday’s game I said perhaps Cargo’s broken bat triple would turn this season around like Heltons walk off homer in 2007. Guess not.

    And Helton gets paid to get hits not to hit the “ball pretty good”. He had a couple of weeks when he hit well but he’s back to what he’s been most of the year. Good field, mediocre hitter.

    Hope I’m wrong but I think I’ll be getting more sleep the rest of the month.

  • Anonymous | September 3, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Remember when everyone on here was advocating to get Barmes in the game more and take over for Ian Stewart at 3rd base when Tulo came back? ….. hahahahaha stupid people

  • Doctor_Christopher | September 3, 2010 | 9:24 pm

    Sitting here Friday night watching the Pads-Rocks game and I have to say I agree with Joe P (by the way, shouldnt you be getting ready for teh season in State Park). The one chance left to this team is to sweep the Pads and have get some helps against the Giants (including tonight via the Dodgers). If they win today adn the Dodgers win they are back to 6.5 and 3.5, not impossible given games remaining. The whole thing can change if…they sweep the Pads. They play well in SD, so lets see it guys.

    My goodness…I really am an optomist.