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September 12 2007

Franklin Morales, the Rockies' 21-year-old-lefty, came in to last night's game with four career starts and a 6.23 ERA.  He left with a 4.84 ERA after holding the Phillies to three hits in five shutout innings.

The Phils lost 8-2, but it wasn't really that close as the Phils scored twice in the bottom of the eighth when trailing by seven runs.  Adam Eaton was hit hard.  The bullpen allowed four runs in four innings.

Matt Holliday smoked two home runs, giving him four this season in 22 at-bats against the Phillies.

The Phillies lost to the Colorado Rockies last night, falling 8-2 to drop to 76-68 on the year.  With 18 games left to play they trail the Mets by six games in the NL East and the Padres by 2 1/2 games for the Wild Card.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs.  He walked two and struck out six.  Eaton has allowed 29 home runs in 149 2/3 innings this season, including six over his last two outings.

Troy Tulowitski homered with one out in the first, putting the Rockies up 1-0.  Todd Helton singled with two outs, but Eaton struck Garrett Atkins out to end the frame.

Brad Hawpe singled to start the second, but was caught stealing as Yorvit Torreabla struck out.  Jamey Carroll flew to left for the third out.

Cory Sullivan walked with one out in third, but Eaton got the next two.

Helton started the fourth with a home run to right that made the score 2-0.  Eaton got the next three.

With one out in the fifth, pitcher Franklin Morales hit a ball back up the middle that bounced once and hit hard off of Eaton's left leg.  Eaton stayed in the game and got Sullivan to hit into a double-play to set the Rockies down.

Tulowitski walked to start the sixth and Holliday followed with a home run to left.  4-0.  That was it for Eaton and Kane Davis entered to pitch to the lefty Helton.  Helton singled and Atkins followed with a single that put men on first and second with nobody out.  Hawpe hit the ball well to center for the first out and Helton went to third.  Torrealba singled to center and Helton scored.  5-0 with men on first and second.  Geary came in to pitch to the righty Carroll and walked him to load the bases.  Lefty Joe Koshansky hit for the pitcher Morales and hit a fly ball to left.  Atkins tagged from third and scored and it was 6-0.  Sullivan grounded to second for the third out.

Davis gets one outs and is charged with two runs, giving up three hits.  His ERA is 7.50.

Geary returned for the seventh and hit Holliday with out out up near the shoulder.  It drew a glare from Holliday, who stole second.  The lefty Helton was walked intentionally before Atkins doubled to right.  Holliday scored to make it 7-0 as Helton went to third.  Geary walked Hawpe intentionally, loading the bases, and got Torrealba to hit into a double-play to end the frame.  They got the double-play, but it's too many intentional walks.  Fabio Castro, the lefty in the Phillies pen they don't use, last pitched on September 3.  The pen is awful and they don't need to be putting more runners on base.

Rosario started the eighth with the Phils down 7-0.  With two outs Sullivan doubled to left.  Lefty Ian Stewart pinch-hit for the pitcher Justin Speier, but Rosario struck him out to set the Rockies down.

Castro did enter the game in the ninth and Holliday, apparently unimpressed with Geary plunking him in the seventh, led off with a long home run to left.  8-0.  Castro walked Atkins with one out but got the next two hitters behind him.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Franklin Morales went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Helms (8) Ruiz.  More Ruiz behind the plate with Coste on the bench.  Werth plays right and Helms third against the lefty.

Burrell walked with two outs in the first, but Howard flew to center to end the inning.

Helms singled with two outs in the second, but Ruiz grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.

Burrell started the fourth with a double.  Howard struck out for the first out and Rowand hit a ground ball to short.  In an unusual base running decision, Burrell tried to go to third and was thrown out easily.  No idea why Burrell would go for third unless he forgot the outs, but it was an awful decision.  Werth followed with a single into center that probably would have scored Burrell with two outs, so the blunder costs the Phillies a run.  Helms struck out to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Burrell walked with one out in the sixth, but Howard struck out and Rowand grounded to third.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the seventh.  Laforest hit for Geary and struck out.

Rollins homered to left to start the eighth.  7-1.  Utley followed with a single before Burrell struck out for the second out.  Howard hit a ground ball to first that moved Rollins to second.  Rowand hit a ground ball to short and Clint Barmes, who came in for Tulowitski, threw the ball over the head of Helton.  Rollins scored from second and it was 7-2 with Rowand on first and two down.  Werth drew a walk, putting men on first and second.  With righty Latroy Hawkins on the mound, Dobbs hit for Helms and hit a ball in the hole between first and second.  Helton made a diving stop and tossed to Hawkins to end the inning.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with his 27th home run.  The Phillies have five players with at least 200 at-bats who are on basing at least .377 and 18 of Rollins' 27 home runs have been solo shots.

Utley was 1-for-4.

Burrell was 1-for-2 with a double and walked twice.

Howard 0-for-4.

Rowand 0-for-4.

Werth was 1-for-3 with a walk. 

Helms 1-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk.

Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 3.78) faces righty Denny Bautista (2-1, 19.06) tonight.  Over his last three starts, Kendrick has allowed five earned runs in 18 innings (2.50 ERA).  In his last ten starts he's walked more than one hitter twice, once walking two and once walking three.  Righties are hitting .219 against him, lefties .330.  Bautista will be making his first start of the season.  He's appeared in seven games in relief for the Rockies this year and been hit hard.  In 5 2/3 innings he's allowed 16 hits and walked just two.  He'll be making his first appearance with the Rockies since May 13.  He pitched very well at Triple-A, throwing to a 2.92 ERA in 64 2/3 innings and pitching to an 0.57 ERA in 15 2/3 August innings.  After pitching in relief all season it would be a big surprise to see him go more than a couple of innings.

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