Colorado Rockies Game Notes: Rox 6, Phils 5

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Jul 22, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis (35) reacts after loading the bases in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Game notes from the Tuesday evening game between the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies, from Coors Field in Denver. 

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The Colorado Rockies entered Tuesday night’s game with the Philadelphia Phillies desperately needing a win, with Chad Bettis on the mound in just his second start all season after being called up from AAA Albuquerque to replace the struggling Tyler Matzek.

The Rockies got that win, thanks to a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning by Nick Hundley, and a pretty good performance by Bettis, and have a chance to at least walk away with a series split Wednesday evening against the Philadelphia Phillies

  • Coming into Tuesday’s game, Rockies starters had a mere 3.50 ERA in their last seven games, showing signs of life after a miserable month of baseball.
  • A plantar fasciitis flare-up has knocked Corey Dickerson onto the 15-day disabled list. He’ll be there for a few weeks while Ben Paulsen plays in his place (at least, for now). Paulsen joined the team in Denver for the series against the Phillies.
  • Ben Paulsen doubled in his first at-bat with the Rockies this year. Welcome back to the big leagues, Ben.
  • Also in that link regarding Dickerson’s disabled list move: (1) Brooks Brown could be activated as soon as Wednesday from the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, (2) LaTroy Hawkins doesn’t yet appear to be close to being activated from the DL, and (3) Jorge De La Rosa should make his start Thursday as scheduled after injuring his groin this weekend.
  • The Rockies are in the middle of a stretch of 17 games in 16 days, thanks to a doubleheader coming up this weekend with the San Francisco Giants in addition to their regular three-game series. The doubleheader makes up a rainout from April, and will hurt the Rockies, who won’t get another off day until May 28 after having their last one May 11th.
  • As we’ve written, Tyler Matzek has been removed from game situations. We’ll see how soon he is deemed ready to return to baseball, as he focuses on fundamentals and pitching mechanics.

After the victory Tuesday night, the Rockies and Phillies are back in action this evening at 6:40 pm in Denver.

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