Passed ball, wild pitch cost Rockies against Phillies
Colorado Rockies starterwas edged by his Philadelphia Phillies counterpart, Cole Hamels, in a 2-1 pitchers duel to start a two-game series.
Hamels allowed five hits and walked one in eight innings. The Rockies earned their one run against him in the seventh inning with doubles fromand . De La Rosa also allowed just five hits and hit a batter in eight innings. But the two runs he allowed — only one earned — were aided by plays behind the plate.
In the fifth inning, Raul Ibanez singled and Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch with one out. A passed ball allowed both runners to move up a base. Wilson Valdez then singled sharply to left, but rather than a play at the plate or Ibanez potentially having to hold at third, he was able to jog home with the game’s first run with the Hamels on deck. It was‘s first passed ball of the season.
In the eighth inning, Valdez led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. A wild pitch from De La Rosa let Valdez move up to third and he then scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Rockies missed a chance to get even in the ninth after a pinch-hit double byto start the inning against Phillies closer Ryan Madson.With nobody out and the heart of the order up, Gonzalez and struck out, and, after a walk to Helton, pinch-hitter did as well.