July 15, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz (13) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIREi

Rockies Vs. Phillies: Colorado Drops Series To Philadelphia With 5-1 Loss On Sunday

The Colorado Rockies have dropped two of three game to the Philadelphia Phillies to start the second half of the season.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Drops Rubber Game, 5-1

The Colorado Rockies are now on a two-game losing streak following Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. After starting off the second half of the season with a solid victory against Cliff Lee on Friday night, the Rockies have stumbled over the last couple of days.

The Phillies took a 5-0 lead at the end of the fifth inning. Carlos Ruiz singled in a run during the top of the first inning while Placido Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Then in the fifth inning, Drew Pomeranz ran into his biggest trouble when he allowed a three-run home run to Hunter Pence. That was all of that for Pomeranz, leaving after five innings, allowing five runs and striking out five. He is now 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA.

The Rockies got one run on an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07 ERA) went eight innings and gave up six hits while striking out seven.

The Rockies (34-54, 19-27 home) welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to Coors Field on Monday.

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Score Update: Phillies Leading The Rockies 2-0 In The 5th

The Colorado Rockies are looking to take the series on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies. To the Rockies dismay, things aren't going according to plan thus far.

Through four innings, Colorado's offense is being shut down by All-Star Cole Hamels, trailing Philadelphia 2-0.

The Phillies got the scoring going right off the bat in the top of the first with a Carlos Ruiz RBI single, plating Shane Victorino. In the fourth inning, Placido Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ruiz to give the Phils a two-run advantage.

Colorado does have three hits thus far, with two of them coming from Dexter Fowler, both singles. The center fielder continues to look great this season, currently hitting .303. The other hit was courtesy of Tyler Colvin.

Drew Pomeranz has pitched adequately, striking out five while walking a pair and surrendering four hits. With a little luck, perhaps he can be taken off the losing hook by his teammates.

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Marco Scutaro Trade Rumors: Scout Shows Up At Coors Field

With the 2012 MLB Season not playing out the way Rockies fans had hoped for and the trading deadline just over two weeks away, it might be time to look toward the future.

One veteran who would be attractive to contending clubs is Colorado Rockies infielder Marco Scutaro, who can play multiple positions. Sctuaro is already drawing some active interest from one team, according to ROOT Sports.

The Detroit Tigers are that team, looking for a potential bat to add. Detroit has the power in the middle of the order with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, but could use some table-setters.

Scutaro is having another productive campaign as a 36-year-old. He's batting .275 with four home runs and 24 RBI, proving once more to be a valuable asset.

It's doubtful the Rockies could get a top prospect for Scutaro, but should be able to add a mid-level player or two in the minor leagues.

The trading deadline is July 31.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies: Lineups For Sunday's Game

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies will play the rubber game Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

The lineups look very different for both teams for the final contest of the series. For the Phillies, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will both be sitting this one out. For Colorado, the top of the order is consistent but the rest is somewhat shuffled with Chris Nelson and Ramon Hernandez getting starts.

Without further adieu, the lineups via the Phillies and Rockies twitter feeds:

Philadelphia Phillies:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Shane Victorino, CF

3. Hunter Pence, RF

4. Carlos Ruiz, C

5. Ty Wigginton, 1B

6. Placido Polanco, 3B

7. John Mayberry, LF

8. Mike Fontenot, 2B

9. Cole Hamels, P

Colorado Rockies:

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, 2B

3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF

4. Ramon Hernandez, C

5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B

6. Tyler Colvin, RF

7. Chris Nelson, 3B

8. Josh Rutledge, SS

9. Drew Pomeranz, P

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MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox May Have Interest In Rafael Betancourt

It's unclear at the moment how aggressive the Colorado Rockies plan to be in unloading players come this season's trade deadline, but the team does have some pieces that could be attractive to contenders in both leagues. One of those is closer Rafael Betancourt, who has 15 saves so far this season and has struck out 35 batters in 31.2 innings.

One team that may have interest in the Colorado closer are the Boston Red Sox, who, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, are eyeing Betancourt. As Cafardo points out, the Rockies likely won't be able to get a huge return for the 37-year-old closer, but effective relievers are always in high demand come the trade deadline, and the Rockies could conceivably pick up a decent piece if they decide to move Betancourt.

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Todd Helton Injury Update: Helton's Hip Feeling Better After Shot

It's been a disappointing 2012 season for Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who in the first half posted a battling line of .235/.332/.398, three numbers that are far, far below his career averages in each category. One of the reasons he's been struggling has been pain in his right hip, which has affected his high leg kick, and by proxy his swing overall.

But Helton told reporters on Friday night that his hip is feeling better after a cortisone shot on Friday, and that he would play if he could. That, though, isn't slated to happen until at least July 25, when Helton is eligible to come off of the disabled list. The other issue for Helton is that he may find himself squeezed out of the lineup, as Tyler Colvin's strong season has given manager Jim Tracy strong incentive to give Michael Cuddyer time at first base.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Colorado Still Has Chance For Series Victory

The Colorado Rockies conclude their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon with a chance to take this series, two games to one. However, the Rockies will need to accomplish that with Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.20 ERA) opposing them on the mound.

Hamels threw eight inning of two-run ball against the Rockies on June 19 when the teams played in Philadelphia. He's thrown seven innings in each of his three starts since then, but he allowed three runs and four runs over his last two starts, respectively.

Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 3.06 ERA) is coming off the best start of his young career. On July 6, Pomeranz threw 6.1 shutout innings and allowed just one hit in a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. He struck out six. In his other July start on the first of the month, Pomeranz allowed one unearned run in six innings, though he took the loss in the 2-0 decision.

Game time/date: 1:10 p.m. MT, Sunday, July 15, 2012

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

Broadcast Info: 850 KOA/ROOT Sports

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Phillies Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Comeback Falls Short, Philadelphia Wins 8-5

The Colorado Rockies (34-53) staged a pair of comeback bids against the Philadelphia Phillies (38-51), but ultimately could not match the Phillies, losing 8-5 on Saturday.

SP Jeremy Guthrie (L, 3-9) pitched the first 4 and 2/3 innings, but allowed 4 ER on 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 7 hits and 1 home run. The primary damage came in the first inning when 2B Chase Utley singled home CF Shane Victorino, and then C Carlos Ruiz launched a three-run homer to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.

CF Dexter Fowler (2 for 5), 2B Marco Scutaro (2 for 5 with a double) and C Wilin Rosario (2 for 4 with a home run) helped key the Rockies offense, but despite their 2-run rally in the 3rd inning and 3-run rally in the 8th inning, they could not overcome SP Vance Worley (W, 5-5 -- also 2 for 3 with a double batting).


Final - 7.14.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia Phillies 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 13 1
Colorado Rockies 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 9 1
WP: Vance Worley (5 - 5)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (19)
LP: Jeremy Guthrie (3 - 9)

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Rockies Vs. Phillies: Lineups For Saturday's Game

The Colorado Rockies had a terrible first half, but they will have a chance to go for their third straight win on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeremy Guthrie will be on the hill, and here's who will be behind him in the field:

Ramon Hernandez will take a seat after returning from the disabled list on Friday night.

Meanwhile, the Phillies will go with:

First pitch for Saturday's game is at 6:10 MT, not the originally schedule 2:10.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Colorado Out To Continue Strong 2nd Half Start

The Colorado Rockies kicked off the second half of the season with a solid 6-2 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies, receiving a strong pitching performance from rookie Christian Friedrich and a great major league debut by Josh Rutledge at the plate (2-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB).

Rutledge will likely get another start when the Rockies take on Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54 ERA) on Saturday evening. Worley pitched against the Rockies when the team was in Philadelphia in June, picking up the loss in a 4-1 decision. But he allowed just two runs in seven innings. In his last start before the All-Star Break, Worley allowed three runs in six innings while walking four and striking out five.

The Rockies continue with Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05 ERA) back in the rotation. In his two starts back there, Guthrie has allowed just two runs in six innings each time. Will he be able to lower his ERA to below 6.00 after this outing?

Game time/date: 6:10 p.m. MT, Saturday, July 14, 2012

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

Broadcast Info: 850 KOA/MLB.tv (out-of-market only)

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Rockies Vs. Phillies Final Score: Rockies 6, Phiilies 2

The Colorado Rockies took care of business against the struggling Philadelphia Phillies, winning 6-2 on Friday night at Coors Field.

Colorado was able to get the victory behind a strong outing from Christian Friedrich. The youngster threw six innings only allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven.

However, the big story was the debut of Josh Rutledge. The Alabama native wasted no time getting acclimated to the major league scene, going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a walk. The 23-year-old batted eighth in the lineup and was a key contributor, getting the scoring going in the second inning with an RBI double.

Carlos Gonzalez also had a nice night, collecting three hits and scoring a run.

Philadelphia saw a solid performance by Cliff Lee become wasted, after he battled through six innings giving up three runs, with only two of them being earned.

The Rockies will try to keep the momentum going on Saturday when they face Vance Worley in the middle game of this series.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Josh Rutledge Makes Debut As Todd Helton Goes On DL

The Colorado Rockies will indeed have a brand new body in the lineup on Friday night when the team starts the second half of the season. Shortstop Josh Rutledge is in the lineup at shortstop and batting eighth in his major league debut (full lineup).

A series of moves were made before the game:

Now is as good of a time as any for Rutledge to make his debut, especially with the trade deadline coming up. If Rutledge can play decently, the team is likely to move Marco Scutaro and then shift the youngster over to second base when Troy Tulowitzki comes back from his disabled list stint.

As for Chatwood, Troy Renck reports that the pitcher might be headed to Double-A Tulsa so he can pitch in a rotation.

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Rockies Roster 2012: Prospect Josh Rutledge May Get Call Friday

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies may be poised to call up one of their top prospects on Friday. Renck reports that INF Josh Rutledge was a healthy scratch from Friday's Double-A game, suggesting the Rockies may want him for Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rutledge is sporting an impressive .306/.338/.508 slash with 13 homers and 14 steals with the Rockies' Double-A affiliate. In March, prospect analyst Marc Hulet ranked Rutledge as the team's No. 11 prospect, saying the 23-year-old infielder could ultimately land at second base as he is not an above average defender.

The Rockies currently have INF Marco Scutaro and UTIL Jonathan Herrera manning the shortstop position as All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki recovers on the DL.

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Rockies Vs. Phillies: Colorado Starts Second Half Looking For Improvement

The Colorado Rockies begin the second half of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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