National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 14th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (37-51) at Colorado Rockies (34-52), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54)
Colorado - Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05)
(Sports Network) - Vance Worley will try to help the Phillies avoid a season-
high tying six-game skid when he takes the mound at Coors Field against the
The five-time defending National League East champions are 15 games out of
first place, have lost 11 of their last 12 games and picked up right where
they left off before the All-Star break...with a loss.
Carlos Gonzalez recorded three hits and Christian Friedrich threw six strong
innings in Colorado's 6-2 victory in the opener of this three-game series
Friedrich (5-6) had suffered a loss in his last five decisions coming into
Friday, but held the Phillies to one run on five hits and a walk in six
innings en route to the win. He also struck out seven.
"Not only did Christian pitch a very good ball game, but I think we also saw a
growth point," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Michael Cuddyer, Jordan Pacheco and Josh Rutledge each stroked a pair of hits
as the Rockies won for the third time in four games. Rutledge was making his
major league debut and also drove in two runs. He was called up from Tulsa.
Cliff Lee (1-6), who won his first game in his last start before the All-Star
break, took the loss after allowing three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits
and a walk in six innings.
"I'm not going to make any excuses," remarked Lee. "I'm just going to go out
there and try to give the team a chance to win every time."
Jimmy Rollins picked up two hits and drove in a run for the Phillies.
Worley, meanwhile, has struggled to a 1-3 mark over his last seven starts. The
right-hander has faced the Rockies twice in his career, going 0-1 with a 2.25
Jeremy Guthrie, who hasn't posted a win since May 31 against Houston, counters
for Colorado. He's thrown six innings in each of his last two starts after
blowing a save opportunity in a June 30 loss to the Padres. The right-hander
has dropped his last five decisions.
Guthrie has faced the Phillies twice in his career, including throwing three
scoreless relief frames on June 20 this year at Philadelphia.
The Rockies placed first baseman Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list
Friday due to right hip inflammation. Colorado also placed catcher Wil Nieves
on the 15-day DL with turf toe in his right foot and activated catcher Ramon
Hernandez from the 15-day DL.
Philadelphia took two of three meetings earlier this season and have won 14 of
the last 18 games between the clubs. The Phillies have not lost a series in
Denver since July 6-8, 2007.
07/14 10:32:50 ET