- Shane Victorino triples on an 0-2 pitch. Smith simply can't make a quality 0-2 pitch.
- Polanco with the sac fly. Hawpe made a great throw from fairly deep right. Good try.
- Another 0-2 basehit, this time by Chase Utley.
- Smith strikes out Howard. He's throwing strikes tonight, no doubt about that. Now he just needs to find more quality strikes.
- And then he walks Werth on four pitches. Maybe I need to shut up.
- Strikes out Ibanez. High pitch count inning but limited the damage.
- Phillies 1, Rockies 0
- Jason Giambi with a laser RBI single to even the score. Much needed hit for team and player.
- Rockies 1, Phillies 1
- Good first inning of baseball.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Could be a rough night defensively with Mora and Giambi on the right side. At least Young isn't in LF again.
- LF Smith
- CF Fowler
- RF Hawpe (fresh off the DL)
- 1B Giambi
- 2B Mora
- 3B Stewart
- C Olivo
- SS Barmes
- P Smith
- CF Victorino
- 3B Polanco
- 2B Utley
- 1B Howard
- RF Werth
- LF Ibanez
- C Ruiz
- SS Valdez
- P Kendrick
I hate being a pessimist, but not as much as I enjoy being a realist.
This series doesn't look good on paper.
It didn't look good on paper on Opening Day. It didn't look good on paper the second it was official Roy Halladay would make a start. It didn't look good on paper when it was official the Rockies would start Greg Smith, Aaron Cook and Jason Hammel. And amazingly, as bad as it looked at all those times, it looks a helluva lot uglier on paper now than it did 24 hours ago.
Thankfully the games aren't played on paper.
The Rockies won't make any excuses. which is good, because the Philadelphia Phillies -- far and away the best team in the National League -- come to town, and they could give crap about the Rockies problems.
Those problems, by the way, go beyond the injuries and absences.