Phillies Vs. Rockies: Colorado Stumbles Once Again, Philly Sweeps On Wednesday Afternoon

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Philadelphia Sweeps Colorado, But Roy Halladay Looks Human

The Colorado Rockies were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon in an 8-6 loss, but they fought Roy Halladay all game long. But first, Jason Hammel's (6-11, 4.88 ERA) first-inning adventure had to be endured. He began the game by walking Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley. Luckily, he got Ryan Howard to strike out for the first out of the game. Hunter Pence hit a sacrifice fly before Raul Ibanez struck out to end the inning.

The Rockies came back and took the lead in the bottom of the inning on two errors committed by Ryan Howard on one play and a Troy Tulowitzki sacrifice fly. Hammel though gave it all back and more in the second inning on a couple of singles by Rollins and Utley and a two-run double by Howard.

Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55 ERA) wasn't his normal good self as he did allow five runs in seven innings. Eliezer Alfonzo and Todd Helton were responsible for the three additional runs the Rockies scored in the second, third and fifth innings.

In the fourth inning, Hammel threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Roy Halladay attempted to score from third on it and was called safe by home plate Jerry Meals. Replay showed that Halladay was likely out, but it wasn't as a bad as the 19th inning call he missed last week. That was the sixth and final run Hammel allowed.

Rex Brothers allowed a two-run home run to Ryan Howard in the sixth inning. Todd Helton brought the Rockies a little closer with a solo home run (12), but that was the end of the offense. Brad Lidge picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 inning.

The Rockies (51-60, 26-29 home) host the Washington Nationals for a four-game set that begins on Thursday.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Colorado Has Tall Task Ahead With Roy Halladay Pitching For Philly

The Colorado Rockies enter Wednesday's game hoping to avoid a sweep to the Philadelphia Phillies. A 5-0 shutout to Kyle Kendrick on Tuesday evening may appear to be rock bottom for this series, but on Wednesday the Rockies will face the superhuman Roy Halladay.

Halladay (13-4, 2.44 ERA) has thrown six complete games this season and has 152 strikeouts in 162-1/3 innings this season. His 5.6 fWAR is nearly one whole point better than the nearest competition (Cole Hamels, Clayton Kershaw at 4.7). After a string of starts in July which he allowed two or three runs each time, Halladay is coming off seven shutout innings of one-hit ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He missed the Rockies when they were in Philadelphia in May, but he does have one career start in Coors Field. In 2010, Halladay took a no-decision and allowed three runs on 10 hits in 6-1/3 innings.

Jason Hammel will do his best to stop the Phillies. He just picked up a win against the San Diego Padres in his last start after allowing two runs in 6-1/3 innings. It was a recovery from his previous two starts, which saw him allow 14 runs in 10-2/3 innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MT.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Philadelphia Shuts Out Colorado, 5-0

From start to finish the Philadelphia Phillies dominated the Colorado Rockies in a 5-0 victory on Tuesday night. The Rockies are in danger of falling 10-games under .500, but eight games under at the moment.

Kyle Kendrick (6-5, 3.19 ERA) was brilliant against the Rockies, pitching eight shutout innings. He kept the Rockies to four hits and struck out seven batters. David Herndon shut the Rockies down in the bottom of the ninth. The Rockies were 0-for-5 when they did have a runner in scoring position.

Aaron Cook (2-6, 5.34 ERA) allowed four runs, a couple driven in during the first by Chase Utley and Hunter Pence. Ryan Howard followed with a home run in the fourth, and Brian Schneider added one on a sac fly. But then he left before the start of the fifth inning, developing muscle spasms in his neck.

Edgmer Escalona pitched three strong innings of relief, holding the Phillies to two hits. Matt Lindstrom allowed Ryan Howard's a second home run when he pitched the eighth inning.

The Rockies (51-59, 26-28 home) finish this series on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel goes up against Roy Halladay.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Aaron Cook Looks For Better Things Against Philadelphia

The Colorado Rockies will look to pick themselves up after two straight late-game losses. After Sunday's eighth-inning loss to the Padres, the Rockies returned home and faced the Philadelphia Phillies. All looked well until Huston Street allowed a two-run homer to John Mayberry to tie the game. Shane Victorino nailed it shut with a homer in the top of the 10th inning.

Jhoulys Chacin's sterling effort was wasted, and on Tuesday the Rockies will look to Aaron Cook for a strong start. Those have been few and far between for Cook, who is 2-5 with a 5.05 ERA. However, Cook is coming off his best start of the season, having thrown seven shutout innings against the Dodgers on the road. He picked up his second straight win and his second of the season. He is 1-6 with a 6.05 ERA in 11 career appearances (10 starts) against the Phillies.

Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52 ERA) was hit hard by the Rockies in a May start at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies touched him up for five runs in three innings, eventually winning 7-1. In his last two starts, Kendrick has allowed seven runs over 12 combined innings. He has three career starts in Coors Field, but a 6.35 ERA and no win-loss record.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: John Mayberry, Shane Victorino Deliver Late Victory For Philadelphia

The Colorado Rockies were just a pitch away from picking up a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, but Huston Street hanged a pitch and saw John Mayberry Jr. hit a game-tying two run home run in the top of the ninth. It didn't get any better in the top of the 10th, as Shane Victorino homered to left field for the 4-3 lead. The Rockies went down easily in the bottom of the inning for the loss.

Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, who usually doesn't play against left-handers, put the team up. 2-0, when he sent a Cole Hamels pitch over the center field wall for his ninth home run of the season. The Phillies countered in the seventh inning with a Raul Ibanez double to drive in Hunter Pence, but Chris Iannetta came right back with his 11th home run of the season to start the bottom of the seventh.

Both Hamels (12-6, 2.62 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.38 ERA) gave outstanding efforts. Those runs were the only blemishes on their lines. Chacin, though he struck out just two, more than made up for it with ground balls. He left in the eighth inning with two outs to go. Matt Reynolds allowed a Chase Utley single and got Ryan Howard on a grounder to second, but runners were on second and third. Rafael Betancourt came in and struck out Pence to end the threat.

The Rockies (51-58, 26-27 home) will turn to Aaron Cook on Tuesday to find better results against the Phillies, who start Kyle Kendrick. The scheduled start time is 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Jhoulys Chacin Makes Start As Anchor Of Colorado's Rotation

The Colorado Rockies return to Coors Field after their weekend series with the San Diego Padres and the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez. With the MLB Trade Deadline come and gone, the Rockies begin August looking to just gain some semblance of a team that could win.

The Phillies put Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.61 ERA) on the mound. Hamels is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Giants, but he struck out six in 7-2/3 innings. In his May start in Philadelphia against the Rockies, Hamels pitched a solid eight innings of one-run ball and picked up eight strikeouts. This will e just Hamels' second career start in Coors Field. He was lit up for seven runs in 3-2/3 innings in a 2009 start.

Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50 ERA) will face a Phillies team that swept the Pirates in a three-game series over the weekend. Chacin dominated the Phillies in May while at Citizens Bank Park. He held the Phillies to one run over seven innings while striking out nine batters. Chacin picked up the win in that game, but on Monday night he will look for his first victory since the middle of June. In his last start, he allowed three runs, but just one was earned as a result of a Ty Wigginton error in left field.

The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.

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