DENVER -- Fielding the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Rockies in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on a short hop.
In < 25 words ...
Resilient all season, battling back an MLB-most 48 times, the Phillies were unable to pull out another comeback victory at Coors Field.
Pat Burrell, with the score knotted at 1 in the eighth, stood at home plate watching his long, towering drive drift about 10 feet foul of being the go-ahead home run. Trying to use some body English to get the ball to slice into fair territory, Burrell twisted before realizing he had simply delivered a very long foul off reliever Brian Fuentes.
The National League's highest-scoring team was limited to just eight runs over the three games.
Coveting the spotlight and the responsibility of trying to prolong the season, the 44-year-old befuddled the Rockies with an 82-mph fastball, a tantalizing changeup and an effective slider.
Brought life back to the team with his game-tying home run off Ubaldo Jimenez with one out in the seventh inning. Until that point, Jimenez hadn't allowed a hit since Ryan Howard's two-out, first-inning single.
On a night when baserunners were scarce, the gritty catcher walked in the fifth inning, snapping a string of 11 straight retired Phillies. He added a single in the seventh inning, following Victorino's home run.
Sense of October
Reliever Tom Gordon, after intentionally walking Kazuo Matsui with two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game, struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the threat.
Lines of the Game
4 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Victorino's home run in the seventh tied it at 1, and it was his team's lone run.
6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks
Lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, Moyer did his job before that by limiting the Rockies to one run on five hits. The left-hander threw 88 pitches and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning.
"They've won 17 out of 18, and they're doing everything right -- not just one guy. [Jeff] Baker came off the bench tonight and he came up with the big hit. He was sitting the whole series, and he comes up with one at-bat, and that's the game-winning hit. That's what happens when everything is going your way." -- Jimmy Rollins
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.