10/07/07 4:02 AM ET
Phillies' playoff run ends at Coors
After Victorino ties it in seventh, Rockies lock up NLDS late
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
The ending aside, the Phillies lost the series by not hitting. A vaunted offense that led the NL with 892 runs scored and logged the second-highest batting average managed three hits off Ubaldo Jimenez and three relievers, wasting a brilliant effort from veteran starter Jamie Moyer. The Phillies ended up hitting just .172 (16-for-93) in the series.Colorado scored first when Kazuo Matsui tripled past Pat Burrell, who appeared to take an indirect route. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba raced around from first with the game's first run. The evening started ominously, when a temperature drop turned a 73-degree announced game time temperature into a swirling Rocky Mountain wind. An inning later, a computer malfunction sent the game into a 14-minute delay when the stadium lights went dark. Philadelphia tied the game in the seventh when Victorino drove an 0-2 pitch over the right-field fence, giving the Phillies life. Fittingly, he grounded out to second for the final out, then had to take the long walk to the dugout while the Rockies celebrated. The Phillies had a similar celebration at Citizens Bank Park six days earlier.
|"It's a bitter taste, but we know what we're capable of. I think this will make us hungrier."|
|-- Greg Dobbs|
"It was frustrating seeing the gloves fly in front of me on the way back [to the dugout]," Victorino said. "But let them celebrate and enjoy what they did. They came a long way, just like we did. We rode the wave and ran into a hot team. We're frustrated to have come up short. It leaves us that much hungrier for next year. We got a taste now."Though the taste of being swept is bitter, at some point, the Phillies will realize that winning a division title and playing in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years has its benefits. After two years of almost getting there, this team finally made it. They got swept, but learned a lesson. "The experience didn't turn out the way we wanted," Ryan Howard said. "But you get in and get your feet wet. Now, we know what it feels like. We'll go into next year and want to go further. [What we accomplished] hasn't sunk in yet. There will be a point in the offseason where I'll think about what happened this year and be proud of this team, because we went through a lot." It just doesn't feel very good now. "I don't know when it will," Greg Dobbs said. "It's a bitter taste, but we know what we're capable of. I think this will make us hungrier."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.