Today’s Matchup – August 4, 2011

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I’m not one for moral victories at all, but I guess “roughing up” Roy Halladay for 5 runs on 8 hits is acceptable. At the beginning of the game, when the Rockies actually led 2-1, a lot of Rockies fans though the team had a shot at beating the Phillies, especially when Ryan Howard attempted a behind-the-back glove flip when he really shouldn’t have attempted a behind-the-back glove flip. It led to two errors in one inning.

Then he came up to the plate later in the game when he really shouldn’t have come up to the plate.

That led to a two-run home run that put the Phillies up for good, sweeping the Rockies, and putting them below .500 at Coors Field.

So, all in all, a really sucky series at home. Hopefully the Rockies can go for broke against the Nationals.

Hey, a sweep would only leave them 5 games south of .500 and put them above average at home. Silver lining? I guess.

Game #112: Ross Detwiler (1-0, 2.35 ERA) vs. Esmil Rogers (4-1, 7.31 ERA)

53-57
Games Back: 18 (NL East),  10 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 51
Streak: Lost 1
Last 10: 4-6
Elimination Number: 35

Washington Nationals
Rick Ankiel, CF
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
Michael Morse, 1B
Jayson Werth, RF
Laynce Nix, LF
Ian Desmond, SS
Wilson Ramos, C
Ross Detwiler, P

51-60
Games Back: 11 (NL West), 12.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 51
Streak: Lost 4
Last 10: 3-7
Elimination Number: 41

Colorado Rockies
Eric Young, Jr., LF
Dexter Fowler, CF
Todd Helton, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Chris Nelson, 2B
Ryan Spilborghs, RF
Chris Iannetta, C
Esmil Rogers, P

First pitch is set for 6:40pm Mountain time from Coors Field in Denver. On TV, ROOT Sports will have the game in the Rocky Mountain region, while MASN 2 will have the game in the Washington area. On the radio, 850 KOA will have the game in the Denver Metro Area while 106.7 The Fan will have the call in the DC and surrounding areas.