Phillies hope to regain momentum
Colorado needs one win to advance to Championship Series
DENVER -- The Philadelphia Phillies needed a rally of historic proportions to reach the playoffs.They'll need another one to stay there. The Colorado Rockies, with two impressive victories at Citizens Bank Park, can close out their best-of-five National League Division Series with a win in Game 3 Saturday night at Coors Field. The Phillies are attempting to become only the second team to lose the first two games at home in a best-of-five Division Series and come back to win. Twenty-one previous times when a team lost the first two at home, only the 2001 Yankees came back to win the series. "Sometimes your best comes when you have nothing to lose," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said before Friday's workout at Coors Field. "You have nothing to be afraid of; there's only two options. If you lose, you go home; if you win, you play another day. There are 25 guys in this clubhouse who believe we've got a chance to rewrite everybody's script." The Phillies, however, have been up against it before. They trailed the New York Mets by seven games with 17 to play before going on a 13-4 run to win the National League East by one game. "You know, we've done it before," Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick said. "We have one more game. We've just got to take it game by game, start on Saturday and get a win and move on from there." The Phillies have trailed in all but two innings of the series. They have been outscored 14-7 and outhit by 54 points, and the team ERA for the series (7.00) is twice that of Colorado's (3.50). They will send veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer to the mound against Colorado's hard-throwing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. "We don't want to be a team that just made the playoffs and fell short of going any farther," Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino said. "Nothing's changed, we still have to do the same things we need to do to win. We've got to go out and play our game and try to climb that ladder." The Rockies dominated the Phillies in the first two games and now will host Philadelphia in a park where the Rockies were 51-31 during the regular season and had a .298 team batting average. "Philadelphia has an excellent team," Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday said. "This game is funny and things have a way of not working out like you think they are going to. We definitely still have our work cut out for us." The Rockies have won 16 of their last 17 games. "This streak, I've never been involved in anything like this in my life athletically," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've been on a nice roll. As I've said earlier in the day, it's been challenging because we didn't start well, we were nine games under .500 midway. We were able to put our foot down and establish some momentum.
"Big sweep of the Yankees and we lose eight in a row, so we're tough to figure out. But there's never been any doubt within the clubhouse walls about what these guys wanted to get done. They have been able to obviously string a number of good games together."With one more win, the Rockies will advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.