Behind by seven games with 17 to go, the Phillies defied the odds and won their division. Now they are backed to the wall again. Frozen moment
Rallying back in the second inning, Jimmy Rollins laced a two-run triple to left-center, capping a seven-pitch at-bat. At the time, first base was open, and with Chase Utley on deck in a 2-1 game, the Rockies opted to pitch to Rollins.
9 -- The high-powered Phillies offense, coming off totaling just four hits in Game 1, collected nine hits on Thursday, with two being home runs. Game balls
Providing an immediate spark, Rollins blasted Franklin Morales' first pitch of the game, a 92-mph fastball, into the seats in left-center field. It was the first leadoff homer by the Phillies in the postseason. Rollins' two-run triple in the second gave Philadelphia its first lead of the series, 3-2.
In the third inning, the slugger took one on the right hand when he was plunked by a Morales fastball. In the sixth, Howard delivered his first hit of the series, a towering homer.
Ruiz delivered a big double in the second inning, setting up Rollins' two-run triple.
Sense of October
Looking to make a late charge in the eighth inning, the Phillies loaded the bases on a single by Howard and walks to Jayson Werth and pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi. But with two outs and the Phillies trailing by five, closer Manny Corpas retired Ruiz on a ground ball to third.
5 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R
Comment: After going 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1 on Wednesday, Rollins got the offense going with a homer and a two-run triple. The speedster added an RBI groundout.
3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks
Comment: The rookie issued back-to-back homers in the first inning, settled down and got into the fourth inning, before being lifted with the bases loaded and two outs. Kendrick threw 66 pitches, and was tagged for five runs after three of his inherited runners scored on Kazuo Matsui's grand slam.
"We have to move on. We can't dwell on it. If you dwell on it, the next thing you know, you're out of the series." -- Brett Myers
When the series moves to Coors Field in Colorado on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET for Game 3, the Phillies will turn to 44-year-old Jamie Moyer, who was 14-12 with a 5.01 ERA during the season.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.