PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 09: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies slides into home plate as catcher Wilin Rosario #20 of the Colorado Rockies leaps for the throw at Citizens Bank Park on September 9, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rockies dropped both games of Sunday's doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. John Mayberry delivered a walk-off single in Philly's 3-2 victory in Game 1, while the Rockies' defense laid an egg in Game 2 as the Phillies won the nightcap, 7-4.
Tyler Chatwood started the first game, and somehow lasted five innings despite walking four batters and getting into several deep counts otherwise. He wasn't all that hittable, surrendering two runs on three hits, with Ryan Howard doing most of the damage via a two-run double in the third inning. Offense was at a premium after the early innings, as the Rockies scored both of their runs, as well as had four out of their six total hits, in the second inning. Still, they had a chance to break a 2-2 tie in the ninth as Jason Giambi led off with a walk and Charlie Blackmon, who pinch-ran for Giambi, advanced to second on a sac bunt from Chris Nelson. However, Jordan Pacheco struck out with one out, and DJ LeMahieu ended the inning with a lineout to right field.
The Phillies would give Jonathan Papelbon the win in the bottom of the ninth, as Jimmy Rollins' one out single turned into a run after two passed balls and a bloop single from John Mayberry Jr. that Carlos Gonzalez was unable to secure during a diving attempt.
The Game 2 recap, as well as the usual stuff, can be found after the jump.
Game 2 gave those who are vehemently opposed to Project 5,183 a valid argument, as Drew Pomeranz was pulled after four innings and 77 pitches, despite allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Josh Roenicke came on in relief, and promptly began the process of blowing the three-run lead that the Rockies had built, as he allowed a two-run single to Ryan Howard in the fifth and a solo home run to Ty Wigginton in the sixth. After Roenicke was pulled, Matt Reynolds allowed an infield single to Kevin Frandsen, which plated the go-ahead run for the Phillies. They wouldn't look back from that point, as they added a couple more against Will Harris while the Rockies' offense was stymied for the remainder of the game.
The only argument I have in favor of Project 5,183 -- as far as just this game is concerned -- is that no matter who was on the mound, the result likely would have been the same due to the atrocious defense that the Rockies played in Game 2. Chris Nelson, who hit a three-run homer as part of the Rockies' four-run fourth inning, basically forfeited his contribution by committing two fielding errors. Meanwhile, Jonathan Herrera made two errors of his own, and Jordan Pacheco also added one in for good measure. That's five errors. For a major league team. Ouch.
The Rockies finished their season against the Phillies with a record of 2-7, and completed their seven-game eastern road swing at 1-6.
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Rockies T.B. Of The Day: Dexter Fowler, who had four hits and two walks in two games.
Rockies L.B. Of The Day: A tie between Josh Rutledge (0-for-4, 3 K in Game 1) and DJ LeMahieu (1-for-8 on the day, although BABIP was a factor).
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The Rockies begin a three-game series on Monday at Coors Field against the San Francisco Giants (yippee). Ryan Vogelsong (12-7, 3.29 ERA) will bring his shitty magic to the mound, and will be opposite Alex White (2-8, 5.31), who will surely possess his own brand of shitty voodoo.