10/03/07 7:40 PM ET
Phillies Short Hops: Game 1
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Boasting the National League's most prolific scoring offense, the Phillies were held in check in the series opener on Wednesday afternoon. Frozen moment
Jimmy Rollins had a web-gem moment to get the Phillies out of the eighth inning. The dazzling defensive shortstop made a sprawling, backhanded grab on Garrett Atkins' grounder in the hole. Rollins sprang to his feet, and his strong throw just beat Atkins to first. Big number
2 -- For the first time in Phillies postseason history, they connected on back-to-back home runs. In the fifth inning, Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell accomplished the feat. Game balls
Three game balls. Hamels had a rough second inning, but the ace regrouped and kept his team in the game, exiting after striking out seven batters in 6 2/3 innings.
Four game balls -- for touching four bases. Rockies starter Jeff Francis was tossing a one-hitter and holding a three-run lead until Rowand opened the fifth inning with a home run to get his club some momentum.
Two game balls. Given the start at third base, Helms made a diving snare on Matt Holliday's chopper earmarked for left field. Getting up quickly, Helms threw Holliday out to secure a five-pitch fifth inning for Hamels. The play was especially big, considering the Phillies opened their half of the fifth with the homers by Rowand and Burrell.
Sense of October
Towels waving and fans on their feet cheering, the Phillies threatened in the eighth inning after pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi drew a leadoff walk off Rockies lefty Brian Fuentes. Philadelphia, however, was unable to close its two-run deficit with the stakes picking up.
3 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB
Comment: Building on the momentum of Rowand's homer to open the fifth inning, Burrell followed with his first shot of the postseason. The drive to left cut the Rockies' lead to 3-2.
6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 Ks
Comment: After a 40-pitch second inning in which he surrendered three runs, Hamels retired 13 straight batters before walking Ryan Spilborghs to open the seventh inning.
"I don't know why anybody is panicking. I'm not panicking right now." -- Ryan Howard
Phillies rookie right-hander Kyle Kendrick, 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA in the regular season, gets the starting nod against the Rockies in Game 2 on Thursday.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.