Rockies Vs. Phillies: Colorado Wins Final Game Of Series

The Colorado Rockies pulled out a win in the series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Final Score: Colorado Avoids Sweep, Defeats Philadelphia 4-1

The Colorado Rockies avoided being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies as they won the third game of the series by a score of 4-1. The Rockies offense got on the board late when the scored a pair of runs in the seventh, and then two more in the ninth. All four of the Rockies runs came off of two-run home runs, the first was by third baseman Chris Nelson and the second was hit by catcher Wilin Rosario.

The pitching for the Rockies kept them in this game as they held the Phillies to only one run. Jeff Francis started the game for the Rockies and pitched six strong innings by allowing only six hits and striking out three, and the one run he did give up was a solo shot by Jimmy Rollins in the first inning.

The rest of the Rockies staff pitched scoreless baseball over the final three innings with Josh Roenicke getting his second win of the season, and Rafael Betancourt earning his 11th save by pitching a perfect ninth inning.

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2012 MLB Trade Rumors: Rafael Betancourt, Matt Belisle Unlikely To Be Moved

According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, the Colorado Rockies are not likely to trade Rafael Betancourt or Matt Belisle this season.

Related: Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Return Isn't Expected Until August

Betancourt has a 3.28 ERA and 10 saves in 24-2/3 innings pitched this season. He's struck out 24 and walked seven. Belisle has a 2.19 ERA in 32 innings.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Lineups: Dexter Fowler Returns

The Colorado Rockies wrap up a three-game series in Philadelphia on Thursday night hoping to avoid their fifth loss in a row. Dexter Fowler is back in the leadoff spot for Colorado, and the full lineups for both teams are listed below.

Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46 ERA) will be on the mound for Colorado against Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80) of the Phillies.

Related: Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Return Isn't Expected Until August

Philadelphia:

1. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
2. Juan Pierre (LF)
3. Hunter Pence (RF)
4. Carlos Ruiz (C)
5. Shane Victorino (CF)
6. Placido Polanco (3B)
7. John Mayberry (1B)
8. Michael Martinez (2B)
9. Vance Worley (SP)

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Colorado Rockies Shortstop Has Successful Groin Surgery

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair an irritated nerve in his left going. The operation removed scar tissue that was bothering the Rockies' star. The timetable for Tulowitzki's return is 6-8 weeks.

Related: Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Return Isn't Expected Until August

The 27-year old shortstop was hitting .287/.360/.846 at the time of the injury with eight homers and 27 RBI. The Rockies have struggled immensely without their two-time All-Star in the lineup, as the team has now lost 12 of their last 13 games. Tulo hasn't played since a May 30 contest vs. the Houston Astros.

Veteran Marco Scutaro has replaced Tulowitzki as Colorado's everyday shorstop. The 36-year old Scutaro is hitting .273 with four homers and 18 RBI this season.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Preview: Colorado Tries To Avoid Sweep With Jeff Francis On The Mound

The Colorado Rockies are losers of four straight and 12 of their last 13 games. On Thursday, they'll try to avoid the sweep at Citizens Bank Park when Jeff Francis takes the bump against the Philadelphia Phillies' 24-year old right-hander Vance Worley. The Rockies enter at 25-42, fourth in the N.L. West. The Phillies are in last in the five-team N.L. East at 33-37.

Francis is making his third start in his return to the Rockies. The 31-year old allowed eight runs in 3.1 innings in his first start against the Angels, and four runs over 5.1 innings in his second start vs. the Tigers.

Worley is 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He allowed only one run over seven innings in his last start vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, but still earned the loss.

Game time/date: 5:05 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 21

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV/Radio: ROOT/850KOA

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Final Score: Colorado Loses On Error In 9th Inning

The Colorado Rockies lost their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday night when the Philadelphia Phillies scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 7-6 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies lost in what could be the most Rockies way possible: on an error. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Marco Scutaro threw high to first baseman Todd Helton. As Helton pulled his foot off the bag, the winning run crossed the plate in the form of Philadelphia right fielder Hunter Pence.

Colorado finished with nine hits and three homers on the night. Catcher Wilin Rosario went deep for the ninth time this season, Michael Cuddyer hit his 11th home run, and Chris Nelson's fourth inning blast was his fourth of the year.

The Rockies took a brief lead in the ninth when pinch hitter Dexter Fowler broke a 5-5 tie by driving in Rosario. It would be short-lived as reliever Rafael Betancourt blew the save and earned the loss in the ninth.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Score Update: Colorado, Philadelphia Tied 4-4 After Three Innings

The Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies are tied 4-4 after three innings of play at Citizen's Bank Park on Wednesday night. The two teams traded leads before a solo homer by Michael Cuddyer in the top of the third inning knotted up the score.

After one inning, the Phillies had a 1-0 lead after Juan Pierre scored following an RBI triple, but the Rockies responded in the top of the second inning with three runs to take the lead. After back-to-back singles by Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson put Joe Blanton on shaky ground, Wilin Rosario made him pay with a three-run shot in his first at-bat of the game.

Philadelphia had a three-run homer of its own in the bottom half of the inning, though, putting the Phillies back up after two frames. Rockies starter Alex White has only allowed four hits so far, but four runs have crossed the plate after Michael Martinez's bomb. Cuddyer's homer finally tied the game back up in the third inning, and now we're starting anew with six innings to go.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Return Isn't Expected Until August

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will likely miss around six weeks as he recovers from upcoming groin surgery, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. The team hasn't officially announced a time table yet, but Renck says that conservative estimates don't have the shortstop returning until some time in August.

Tulowitzki is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery Thursday morning in Philadelphia, where the Rockies are playing the Phillies currently. The surgery will remove scar tissue from a nerve in his groin area, which is creating significant pain for the Rockies' star player.

Renck notes that the injury is not a sports hernia, and there's nothing wrong with Tulowitzki's hip labrum. The team believes that it has the issue figured out for the long-term, but they'll surely miss his presence in the upcoming weeks.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Surgery Scheduled For Thursday, No Time Table Set For Return

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been diagnosed with Baseball Pitcher/Hockey Goalie Syndrome and will undergo surgery to repair the injury on Thursday, as the team announced on Wednesday. The Rockies note that a time table won't be set for his return until after the surgery is completed in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers.

Here's a small detail from the team regarding the injury:

This certainly doesn't appear to be a common injury, but it's apparently serious enough that surgery is necessary. With Tulowitzki effectively out indefinitely, the Rockies presumably will continue to trot Marco Scutaro out at shortstop for the near future.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Lineups: Fowler Out, Gonzalez In On Wednesday

Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, as the team announced its starters recently. Gonzalez has missed a few games recently with a strained right knee, but it appears that he'll be out there on Wednesday as the Rockies look to end their major struggles.

Since June 4, the Rockies have won just a single game, a ten-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers on June 15. Otherwise, the Rockies have lost 11 of their past 12 games, plummeting in the standings as their pitching staff has crumbled. They're trying some new (see: unconventional) things over the next few weeks, but it remains to be seen how that'll work out.

Here's the Rockies' lineup:

1. Tyler Colvin (CF)
2. Marco Scutaro (SS)
3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
4. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
5. Todd Helton (1B)
6. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
7. Chris Nelson (2B)
8. Wilin Rosario (C)
9. Alex White (P)

And the Phillies' lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
2. Juan Pierre (LF)
3. Hunter Pence (RF)
4. Carlos Ruiz (C)
5. Shane Victorino (CF)
6. Placido Polanco (3B)
7. John Mayberry Jr. (1B)
8. Michael Martinez (2B)
9. Joe Blanton (P)

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Colorado Sends Alex White To Mound

The Colorado Rockies are in the midst of one of the worst months in franchise history, and still have five games left on their difficult road trip. They face the Philadelphia Phillies for the second game of a two game series

They send right hander Alex White (2-5, 5.56) to the mound in hopes that he can stop the bleeding. White has been the Rockies' most consistent starter this month, but his last outing against the Oakland Athletics was cut short due to a blister issue on his finger. Despite pitching at least six innings in four of the past six games, White will also be limited to just 75 pitches in this start, much like Josh Outman on Tuesday night. White has never faced the Philadelphia Phillies.

His counterpart on the mound will be right handed veteran Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93) who is coming off his best start of the season. Blanton threw a complete game against the Minnesota Twins, allowing only one run and striking out seven batters. Before that, however, Blanton had allowed at least five earned runs in the previous five starts.

Carlos Gonzalez is expected to return to the lineup for Colorado after missing two games with a knee injury, according to the Denver Post.

Game time/date: 7:05 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 20

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV/Radio: ROOT/850KOA

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Rockies Transactions 2012: Colorado Signs P Jason Bergmann

The Colorado Rockies have been searching for pitching depth for most of the season. They've signed and released Jamie Moyer, brought Jeff Francis back to Colorado and, most recently, announced that they would shift to a four-man rotation with a pitch count of 75 for their starters. The team's most recent move came on Wednesday, when they announced the signing of free agent pitcher Jason Bergmann.

Bergmann had been pitching in 2012 with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. He last appeared in the majors in 2010 with the Nationals, but he only threw 2.1 innings. In 2009 he appeared in 56 games in relief for Washington, and in 2008 he went 2-11 with a 5.09 ERA in 22 starts for the Nats. His career ERA is 5.04.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Final Score: Rockies Lose Third Straight, Fall 7-2 To Philadelphia

Cole Hamels improved to 10-2 on the season as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The loss is the third in a row for Colorado and drops the team's overall record to 25-41. The Phillies improve to 32-37 with the win.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead before Philadelphia had a turn to bat when Tyler Colvin singled to right to score Eric Young Jr. The Phillies would start scoring in the third, and never looked back.

An RBI double by Placido Polanco plated Jimmy Rollins to tie the game. The Phillies surged ahead for good on a homer by John Mayberry Jr. in the fourth. Philadelphia broke the game open for good in the seventh, a frame highlighted by Carlos Ruiz's ninth homer of the year.

Hamels would allow only six hits and two earned runs while striking out seven through eight innings to secure the win.

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Jeremy Guthrie Demoted To Bullpen; Rockies Will Use 4-Man Rotation

On Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies decided to move struggling RHP Jeremy Guthrie from the rotation to the bullpen. The Rockies will move forward with a four-man rotation and starters will be on a 75-pitch limit.

Related: Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Lingering Injury Stumping Doctors, Still No Timetable For Return

As a starter, Guthrie was 3-6 with a 7.02 ERA in 59.0 innings. The Rockies have been shopping him to other teams in recent days, and it's unclear exactly how much this is going to change the team's ability to shop him around. Bullpen arms, obviously, have slightly less tradability than starters.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies: Carlos Gonzalez Not Starting, But Could Pinch Hit

The Colorado Rockies offense in game one of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies doesn't look particularly biting just by the line up alone. Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, the two bona fide stars on the team, are missing due to injury.

Fortunately, according to a tweet by Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies might get at least one shot to see one of their stars on Tuesday night for a spell, as Cargo might be able to pinch hit:

Gonzalez has been listed as 'day to day' with his injury, so he probably won't be doing any fielding for a bit. As Ringosbly also says in the tweet, Troy Tulowitzki will not be playing and is still seeking more tests to determine what is wrong with the latest, lingering injury that he suffered.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Lingering Injury Stumping Doctors, Still No Timetable For Return

Troy Tulowitzki's injury issues this season have been awful for the Colorado Rockies, and his most recent one has started to fall squarely into the category of 'just strange'. While coming off an injury in a rehab stint at AAA Colorado Springs, Tulo hurt himself while running the bases and was immediately pulled.

Two MRIs later, the Denver Post reports that doctors can't seem to figure out the exact cause of his injury:

"We're not sure what's wrong," he said.

Tulowitzki flew here Monday to consult with Dr. Bill Meyers to determine whether he suffered a sports hernia. "Sports hernia" is the common name for athletic pubalgia, which is a tear of muscles in the lower abdomen.

If it is a sports hernia, surgery will most likely be required on the star Shortstop.

Not only is the lingering, mystery injury hurting the Rockies -- they clearly have been missing his offense and especially his defense in the past few, error filled series -- but also his chances at being named an All Star again. He lost his slim lead in the NL Shortstop voting earlier on Tuesday, likely because he just hasn't been able to play. Until they know exactly what's wrong and how to stop it, we won't know when to expect Troy to return to the Rockies.

For more on Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Rockies, head over to Purple Row. More on the world of baseball can be found at Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Lineups: Philadelphia Avoids Lefties Against Josh Outman

On Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m. MT, the Colorado Rockies open a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels will start for the Phillies, while the Rockies turn to lefty Josh Outman. Lefties have struggled against Outman this year, posting a paltry .241/.290/.483 triple-slash batting line -- in contrast to the .343/.425/.514 line from righties -- so it's not surprising to see that Philadelphia set up a lineup without any position players that exclusively bat left-handed. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Michael Martinez are switch-hitters, while pitcher Cole Hamels is the only true lefty in the lineup.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams (via Baseball Press):

DEN vs. PHI (6/19)Team Lineups
1. Eric Young (S) CF 1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
2. Marco Scutaro (R) SS 2. Placido Polanco (R) 3B
3. Tyler Colvin (L) LF 3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF 4. Carlos Ruiz (R) C
5. Todd Helton (L) 1B 5. Shane Victorino (S) CF
6. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B 6. Ty Wigginton (R) 1B
7. Chris Nelson (R) 2B 7. John Mayberry (R) LF
8. Wilin Rosario (R) C 8. Michael Martinez (S) 2B
9. Josh Outman (L) P 9. Cole Hamels (L) P

Game time/date: 6:40 p.m. MT, Monday, June 19

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV/Radio: ROOT/850KOA

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Rockies Vs. Phillies: Colorado Out To Subdue Cole Hamels

The Colorado Rockies will start a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

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