Sure, they might've been caught. But, realistically, the maximum effort wasn't going to be
Rockies closer Manny Corpas preserved that eighth-inning rally -- one that started with two
outs and none on -- and saved Colorado's 2-1 win over Philadelphia, completing a three-game sweep in the National League Division Series and ending the Phillies' season.
The Rockies will advance to play the Diamondbacks, who swept the Chicago Cubs earlier in the
afternoon. That series begins on Oct. 11.
The Phillies, painfully, will go home without a postseason win after a fierce charge to
capture the NL East.
"It's over," Werth said. "We wanted to win more than anything, and
when you don't, it makes it tough."
Though Werth appeared to have a play on the ball Atkins hit to left, it would have required a risky dive that, if missed, could've resulted in a triple. Instead, he ensured that the Rockies would only have a runner on first base, and forced the Rockies to get an extra hit to win
"Different part of the game or a different situation, maybe [you dive]," Werth said. "If you don't catch it, it's a triple. I looked at the tape and I probably had a chance at it, but a diving
play right there is risky."
"It's crazy, man," added Romero. "I know I executed my pitches, but ... that one out of the
reach of Jayson, and [the hit past] Chase -- I tip my hat. They put enough wood on the [ball]. It's nothing to be
ashamed of. It's unfortunate that we came up short. We showed a lot of character, and now we have to
go home and watch the [Rockies] continue to play."
The ending aside, the Phillies lost the series by not hitting. A vaunted offense that led
the NL with 892 runs scored and logged the second-highest batting average managed three hits off Ubaldo
Jimenez and three relievers, wasting a brilliant effort from veteran starter Jamie Moyer. The Phillies ended up hitting just .172 (16-for-93) in the series.
Colorado scored first when Kazuo Matsui tripled past Pat Burrell, who appeared to take an
indirect route. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba raced around from first with the game's first run.
The evening started ominously, when a temperature drop turned a 73-degree announced game
time temperature into a swirling Rocky Mountain wind. An inning later, a computer malfunction sent
the game into a 14-minute delay when the stadium lights went dark.
Philadelphia tied the game in the seventh when Victorino drove an 0-2 pitch over the right-field fence, giving the Phillies life. Fittingly, he grounded out to second for the final out, then had to take the long walk to the dugout while the Rockies celebrated.
The Phillies had a similar celebration at Citizens Bank Park six days earlier.
"It's a bitter taste, but we know what we're capable of. I think this will make us hungrier."
-- Greg Dobbs
"It was frustrating seeing the gloves fly in front of me on the way back [to the dugout],"
Victorino said. "But let them celebrate and enjoy what they did. They came a long way, just like we
did. We rode the wave and ran into a hot team. We're frustrated to have come up short. It leaves us
that much hungrier for next year. We got a taste now."
Though the taste of being swept is bitter, at some point, the Phillies will realize that
winning a division title and playing in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years has its
benefits. After two years of almost getting there, this team finally made it.
They got swept, but learned a lesson.
"The experience didn't turn out the way we wanted," Ryan Howard said. "But you get in and
get your feet wet. Now, we know what it feels like. We'll go into next year and want to go
further. [What we accomplished] hasn't sunk in yet. There will be a point in the offseason where I'll think about what happened this year and be proud of this team, because we went through a
It just doesn't feel very good now.
"I don't know when it will," Greg Dobbs said. "It's a bitter taste, but we know what we're capable of. I think this will make us hungrier."