After going down 2-0 in the best of 5 series versus the Rockies, the Phillies needed to win this game to take the first step to becoming the eighth team in history to come back from an 0-2 deficit. But while their pitching was stellar, their hitting was just the opposite, their only run coming from a solo homerun off of Shane Victorino. The Rockies went on to win the game 2-1, and sweep the Philadelphia Phillies, abruptly ending the Phillies’ first postseason berth in 14 years.
Jamie Moyer was told to get in the game and do what he did best: pitch. He did just that, and held Colorado to one run in six innings of work. The Phillies downfall came when their best reliever all year, JC Romero, came into the game. With two outs and nobody on, he gave up three straight singles, leading to the winning run by Garrett Atkins after a single by Scott Baker.
While Moyer was amazing, Colorado pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was just a tad better, giving up a run and three hits in 6 1/3. The Colorado bullpen held the lead throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard continued their horrendous performances last night, combining to hit 5 for 23 (.217) in the whole series, with 12 strikeouts.
“The experience didn’t turn out the way we wanted,” Ryan Howard said after the game. “…We’ll go into next year and want to go further.”
When the Phillies got the final out of the game, they watched on as the Colorado Rockies celebrated their first postseason series win in franchise history. They saw a mirror image of themselves just six days earlier, and realized how it felt to be on the other side of that celebration.
“It was frustrating seeing the gloves fly in front of me on the way back [to the dugout],” said Phillies right fielder Shane Victorino after the game. “…We’re frustrated to have come up short. It leaves us that much hungrier for next year.
The Rockies, on the other hand, were far from frustrated, becoming the first team to sweep for their first postseason series win since the 1997 Florida Marlins, who went on to win the World Series that year. They became the first team to score on JC Romero since August 30th. The 14-minute delay due to the power outage at Coors Field didn’t seem to phase Ubaldo Jimenez, who was pitching at the time, one bit.
The road is over for the Philadelphia Phillies, but now the Rockies will travel to Arizona, to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have the season series 10-8, and it will be Jeff Francis taking on Brandon Webb in Game 1. The Rockies have been hot, but the Diamondbacks have also been stellar. One thing’s for sure: Do or die, this Rocktober has been one to remember for Colorado fans.
Player of the Game: SP Ubaldo Jimenez -- 6.1 innings of three hit work and just one mistake by a 23-year old pitcher in a game so pivotal is amazing.
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