10/12/09 11:30 PM EST
Rockies Short Hops: Game 4
Season ends after Phillies rally in ninth inning
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
The Rockies rallied to take a two-run lead in the eighth, but Huston Street gave up three in the ninth to end Colorado's season.
Troy Tulowitzki not being able to check his swing on Brad Lidge's 2-2 slider in the ninth. After battling back to take a 4-2 lead on Yorvit Torrealba's double in the eighth, then putting runners on first and second with two outs while trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies shortstop couldn't provide the clutch hit Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth delivered in the top half. Tulowitzki made a half-swing, then slowly walked out of the batter's box as Lidge and catcher Carlos Ruiz embraced on the Coors Field mound while the Rockies' thrilling 2009 season went up in smoke.
2-for-12 -- That's how the Rockies fared with runners in scoring position, and it could have been worse had it not been for Jason Giambi's game-tying RBI single and Torrealba's double in the eighth. The Rockies didn't get much off Phillies starter Cliff Lee, but the few chances they had were mostly spoiled. One golden opportunity came early, when Colorado's first two batters reached to start the bottom of the first, but no run came across. Game balls
After an 0-for-4, three-strikeout game on Sunday, Torrealba came back with one of two multi-hit games for the Rockies on Monday. His last hit was the biggest, though it wasn't quite enough.
Jimenez did everything he could to deliver a victory for the Rockies, giving up just two runs on a couple of home runs in seven innings. The 25-year-old right-hander got into his share of trouble, but was able to work out of it, and he ended up throwing 126 pitches -- 75 for strikes -- while giving up six hits, two walks and striking out seven.
Giambi was brought to Colorado to be a dangerous pinch-hitter in clutch situations, and he certainly came through in the eighth inning, when he muscled a first-pitch fastball from Ryan Madson to left field for a two-out single that scored Dexter Fowler and tied the game. It was his first hit in three pinch-hit attempts this postseason.
Sense of October
Jim Tracy's trips out of the dugout to discuss a couple of issues on the basepaths. The umpires admittedly missed a key call on Chase Utley's ninth-inning dribbler in Game 3 on Sunday, and the Rockies manager got his money's worth early on in Game 4. He came out to dispute Ryan Howard reaching on a fielder's choice in the first inning, Fowler's forceout at second base in the bottom half and Shane Victorino being called safe at third base after a single by Utley in the third.
4 AB, 0 H, 0 RBI, 1 SO, 4 LOB
Comment: Barmes continued to struggle and finished the series 0-for-14.
2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BS, 1 L
Comment: Street looked sharp when he struck out Greg Dobbs swinging to start the ninth, but it all went downhill from there.
"We knocked on it. We stuck our head in there. But the idea of being able to get all the way through it and play that last game of the year and win, you have to keep pounding on that door." -- Tracy
The Rockies' loss to the Phillies in Game 4 at Coors Field ended their season and advanced the reigning World Series champion Phillies to the NL Championship Series -- where Philadelphia will face the Dodgers beginning Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Colorado finished the regular season 92-70 to claim the NL Wild Card spot and reach the postseason for the second time in three years, but it fell two wins shy of the NLCS.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.