Jamie Moyer (4-2, 4.38) and the short-handed Phillies try to leg out a series win against just-activated right-hander Jason Hammel (0-2, 9.16). As of this writing, it's raining at Coors Field and expected to turn to snow.
Rockies 4, Phillies 3 (10): Miguel Olivo's lead-off, walk-off homer in the 10th off Chad Durbin capped Colorado's comeback in a sloppy, frustrating loss by the Phillies that saw their hottest hitter, Carlos Ruiz, leave with a right knee injury, leaving Paul Hoover as the only catcher. Chooch is considered day-to-day, according to reports. Although Durbin took the loss, the game was truly squandered by bad fielding in the 7th, when Ryan Howard's low throw ate up Wilson Valdez covering the bag; Valdez should have still made the play. Then, Jayson Werth misplayed Brad Hawpe's ball off the wall and had trouble retrieving it as two runs crossed home, tying it at 3-3 against Roy Halladay, who struggled by his high standards and was working with runners aboard almost the entire game.
Beerleaguer: Weather conditions must be taken into consideration, but there's really no good reason why Howard shouldn't execute that throw, even if he was off-balance. The Phillies are a solid defensive team overall and obviously better with J-Roll, but Howard and Werth have their moments. Sometimes it seems like Werth is too cool for school out in right and gets caught off guard. The bobbled ball thing happens a lot.
For the Phillies, reality must be setting in that the best days are behind several veterans. Face it: Raul Ibanez (.236) started his descent last July and J.C. Romero will never be the same. He's a mess. Brad Lidge, back home with more elbow problems, is in the same boat.