PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 2009— The Colorado Rockies bounced back from a 5-1 loss on Wednesday night, winning
Game Two of their NLDS series. Colorado controlled the game from the start, thanks to pitcher Aaron Cook, who
shut down the potent Phillies lineup in 5 strong innings. The Rox offense roared to life against Cole Hamels, with
the big blow coming on a two-run homer by catcher Yorvit Torrealba, which gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead in the 4th
bailed reliever Jose Contreras out of a sixth-inning jam. In that inning, with the Rockies sporting as 4-0 lead, the
Phillies struck for 3 runs, with Ryan Howard‘s RBI double ending Cook’s day. Following Howard’s two-bagger,
Contreras struck out Jayson Werth, but right fielder Raul Ibañez blooped a two-run single to center to cut
Colorado’s lead to 4-3. But with Carlos Ruiz at the plate, Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes, and Todd Helton turned the
aforementioned double-play, and the Rockies lead was still intact heading into the top of the seventh, where the
Rockies attempted to end the scoring for the day with a Dexter Fowler sacrifice fly.
the Rockies lead back to one run. Luckily for Colorado, Huston Street was able to retire the Phillies in the ninth to
preserve the win.
Manuel (Phillies), both never hesitated to go to their bullpens. Colorado used 6 pitchers, and Philadephia used 8
hurlers, including the two starters who Manuel was considering to start Game 3, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ.
Cook was the winning pitcher for Game Two, Hamels took the loss, and Street recorded the save.
- Rockies fire Clint Hurdle, Jim Tracy new manager
Sometimes firing a manager can spur a team onward, but is it Clint Hurdle’s fault that the Rockies aren’t good? If the Rockies were losing with the Red Sox’s pitching staff, or the Yankees’ offense, then fine; but you can’t blame Hurdle for Colorado’s performance. It’s true that Hurdle’s job was only riding 2007’s Roctember and Rocktober, but this won’t fix the Rockies. Colorado first basemen Todd Helton summed up the situation nicely with this quote, “He didn’t have any bad at-bats, he didn’t throw any bad pitches. He’s the same manager he was two years ago. So, we realize that ultimately we’re the reason he got fired.” Thanks for being honest, Mr. Helton. On a brighter note for the Rockies, Jim Tracy’s a good manager, but no one will be able to turn the Rockies around.