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The Colorado Rockies committed five errors on Sunday evening in a 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rockies took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning thanks to a Ramon Hernandez single and a Chris Nelson three-run home run, before mistakes cost Colorado dearly in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
A fielding error by Nelson and a missed pickoff attempt by Jonathan Herrera gave the Phillies new life in the fifth inning, with Ryan Howard smashing a two-run single the next play. After a Ty Wiggington home run in the sixth, a fielding error in the outfield set up run-scoring singles by Carlos Ruiz and Nate Schierholtz, giving the Phillies a commanding 7-4 lead.
Nelson and Herrera had two errors each while Jordan Pacheco was credited with one of his own.
Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz lasted just four innings, allowing four runs (one earned) and striking out three on 77 pitches. The Phillies and Rockies would combine to use 10 relief pitchers in the game, with Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd lasting just four innings as well.
John Mayberry Jr. hit the game-winning single to elevate the Philadelphia Phillies over the Colorado Rockies, 3-2. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon notched his fifth win of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Rockies pitcher Matt Belisle dropped to 3-6 after loading the bases in the ninth before allowing Mayberry's single.
The initial reaction to Mayberry's hit was confusion after Carlos Gonzalez appeared to have made the diving catch. Gonzalez was unable to hang onto the ball during contact with the ground and the umpire ruled it a hit.
Tyler Cloyd will try to give the Phillies their second win of the day in the nightcap of Sunday's double-header, which was scheduled due to rain that postponed Saturday's game. He will face Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
"Each game I've gotten better," Tulowitzki said, "I want to get through each day. When I am ready, I will know it."
In his most recent start, Tulo went 0-4 for Double-A Tulsa on Saturday.
Although Rockies manager Jim Tracy wants Tulowitzki back in the lineup, he is cautious to make sure the shortstop is healthy enough.
"We would like to see him play this year, but that's just my wishes. He has to be cleared from a health standpoint," Tracy said.
Tulowitzki will have to return this week as his 20-day rehab assignment ends midweek. Though he will rejoin the team, he does not have to be activated.
The Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies will play a day-night doubleheader Sunday, following Saturday's rain-out. It will be Colorado's first doubleheader since May 28, when the team took two games from the Houston Astros.
In this afternoon's game, Colorado's Tyler Chatwood will face Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Chatwood has made 14 appearances and seven starts for the big league club, and is 4-4 on the season with a 5.53 ERA. He struggled in his last outing, lasting just three innings against Atlanta. Despite Philadelphia's struggles, Hamels is having arguably the best season of his six-year major league career, going 14-6 with a 3.04 ERA in 26 starts. In his last start against the Rockies, Hamels went 8 innings and conceded just one run on July 15.
The evening game features two promising young starters. Colorado turns to lefty Drew Pomeranz, who is 1-8 on the season with a 4.93 ERA. Pomeranz threw three scoreless innings in his last start, scattering five hits and working out of trouble. Philadelphia will hand the ball to Tyler Cloyd. The young right-hander is making just his third major league start, but gave up just four earned runs in 13 innings in his first two appearances.
The day's two games are scheduled for 11:05 a.m. and 4:35 MT. Television coverage is available on Root Sports. Radio coverage will be from KOA 850.
Inclement weather on the East Coast has forced the Colorado Rockies Saturday game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park to be postponed. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader.
That's 11:05 a.m. MT and 4:35 p.m. MT for those back in Colorado.
The Colorado Rockies entered Friday's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies without allowing a single earned run over 32 straight innings. Starter Jeff Francis pitched 5.2 shutout innings to extend that streak to a franchise best 38 straight innings without allowing an earned run, but the bullpen allowed the Phillies back into the game, eventually falling in walk-off fashion, 3-2, and wasting Francis' excellent start.
Tyler Chatwood (404,5.53) gets the chance to start a new streak for Colorado, as he takes the mound for the first time in his career versus Philadelphia. Chatwood has been mixing excellent start with disastrous ones over the past month, with his previous outing in Atlanta ranking among his worst. Pitching just three innings, Chatwood walked five batters in that span, yet allowing only three hits.
His counterpart for Philadelphia is Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04), one of the premier left-handed pitchers in the majors. Hamels has been dominant against Colorado for his career, and 2012 is no exception. In two starts against the Rockies this season, Hamels has pitched through the eighth inning in both of them, allowing a total of just three earned runs and striking out 14 Rockies hitters.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m, MT. The game will be available on ROOT and 850 KOA.
Colorado Rockies reliever William Harris gave up the game-winning run, as he allowed Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nate Schierholtz to hit an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a 3-2 win. The Rockies started out by scoring two runs in the first inning, but that is all they could muster.
The Rockies would hold the Phillies scoreless until the seventh inning, and that is when Colorado reliever Carlos Torres gave up two runs to allow the Phillies to tie the game on a two-run RBI double by pinch hitter Laynce Nix.
With the game tied at two runs apiece, the Rockies only managed one baserunner over the final two innings and never had a good opportunity to break the tie.
The one positive thing for the Rockies was how starting pitcher Jeff Francis pitched. He lasted 5.2 innings, gave up no runs and struck out seven batters.
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The Colorado Rockies will face off against the Philadelphia Phillies in a three game series starting Friday.