The Philadelphia Phillies were the team to beat in the NL East, but there’s one small problem: The Colorado Rockies were not part of that division. After winning 4-2 the day before, the Rockies showed that they were not out of steam just yet, as they came back out to win Game 2 10-5 to take a 2-0 lead in this Best-of-5 Series.
In a Rookie vs. Rookie battle, both pitchers struggled early. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick gave up back-to-back jacks to Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday in the first inning, and Jimmy Rollins answered right back with a leadoff homerun in the bottom half of the inning. It looked like it was going to be an offensive game, and it was. After catcher Carlos Ruiz and third baseman Wes Helms getting on base, Rollins did it again, this time hitting a two-run triple to deep left-center.
Phillies were on a roll, but after Kendrick getting in trouble in the top of the third, Manuel called the bullpen for help. After getting two outs and the bases loaded, the stage was set for on-call pitcher Kyle Lohse, who was ready to pitch to Kaz Matsui. But after two pitches, the ship, or ball, however, had sailed. Sailed across the field into the stands, that is. Lohse gave up a Grand Slam to Matsui, who was a single away from becoming the first player ever to hit for the cycle in the postseason, and just like that, the Phillies crowd sound switch went from on to off.
The Rockies thought they had it in the bag, later getting four more runs to make it 10-3, but the Phillies still fought, and got a run in the sixth and seventh to make it a four-run game after a home run by Ryan Howard and an RBI by Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies were on the verge of coming back, but after getting the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, Manny Corpas came in and shut down Carlos Ruiz, ending the threat.
The Phillies were still not out, getting two on in the ninth, but once again, Corpas ended the threat, this time striking out Ryan Howard looking. The 45,991 fans at Citizens Bank Park—the largest crowd in the park’s history—just watched on as they saw their team go down two games to none in a five-game series, where only seven teams have come back to win.
This is a situation where most people would be depressed and ready to go home, but not the Phillies.
“Everybody is still positive. It doesn't feel like we're down 0-2 right now. That is what's so good about our attitude and the way we've overcome adversity all year long,” said Phillies right fielder Shane Victorino after the game.
The Phillies are in a tight situation, and need quality starts from both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Lohse this weekend. But for now, Philly fans are living by the great Yogi Berra’s words. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Player of the Game: 2B Kaz Matsui. Hitting the game winning Grand Slam and missing the cycle by only a single makes Matsui a shoo-in for the player of the game.
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