At the start of the seventh inning, the Rockies led seven to three, and then this happened:
Placido Polanco doubled to left (Fliner (Fly)).
Chase Utley singled to right (Liner). Placido Polanco scored.
Chase Utley advanced on a wild pitch to 2B.
Ryan Howard homered (Fly). Chase Utley scored.
Manny Delcarmen (Rockies debut):
Jayson Werth homered (Fliner (Fly)).
Raul Ibanez flied out to left (Fly).
Shane Victorino singled to left (Fliner (Liner)).
Brian Schneider singled to right (Grounder). Shane Victorino advanced to 3B.
Ben Francisco singled to right (Fliner (Liner)). Shane Victorino scored. Brian Schneider advanced to 2B.
Jimmy Rollins singled to center (Fliner (Liner)). Brian Schneider advanced to 3B. Ben Francisco advanced to 2B.
Placido Polanco struck out swinging.
Chase Utley homered (Fly). Brian Schneider scored. Ben Francisco scored. Jimmy Rollins scored.
Ryan Howard flied out to center (Fliner (Liner)).
And then a valiant but ultimately short rally later, the game was over.
69 - 64
After losing three in a row, the season now sits in a precarious spot, a very precarious spot, where there is no likelihood of playoffs without a lot of winning, both home and away against good teams and bad. 2010's not completely over, but it's going to take a different team than the one we've seen up to this point to get into the postseason. I'm not convinced the Rockies are capable of remaking themselves in a day.
There's likely to be a lot of blame pointed at Delcarmen tonight, but take a closer look at the work of Joe Beimel and Matt Reynolds that inning and of Matt Belisle the inning before. Delcarmen struggled, but so did everybody else. Let him work with our pitching staff and see if they can fix him before giving him the traditional Western posse and a rope welcome.
One definite plus besides the offense was starter Jhoulys Chacin, who looks more like a playoff worthy starter everyday, he battled through five plus innings despite not having his best stuff and put the Rockies in a position to win.
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