Game Two: Rockies at Phillies, 10/4/07

Lineups have been posted:

Colorado
2b Matsui
ss Tulowitzki
lf Holliday
1b Helton
3b Atkins
rf Hawpe
cf Spilborghs
c Torrealba
p Morales

PHILLIES
ss Rollines
2b Utley
lf Burrell
1b Howard
cf Rowand
rf Werth
3b Helms
c Ruiz
p Kendrick

Good news here, as noted, is that Werth is in and Burrell splits the lefties.

A bit about Colorado starter Franklin Morales: the 21 year-old lefty spent most of the season at AA and AAA, pitching well in hitter-friendly leagues; he made his major league debut Aug. 18 with 5 1/3 innings of no-decision ball versus the Dodgers. He went four, five, and three innings in his next three starts before notching his first win against the Phillies on Sept. 11. Morales finished 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 39.1 innings, allowing 34 hits and 14 walks and striking out 26. He surrendered just two homers. In the minors, he was a bit more wild, walking 13 in his 17.1 innings with Colorado Springs, but he's never been prone to the longball: Morales has allowed just 32 home runs in 428 minor-league innings.

Kyle Kendrick last pitched six days ago, against the Braves in a game almost as pressure-packed as this one promises to be: he  went six innings, blanking Atlanta for the first five to earn his 10th victory. Kendrick is the first Phils rookie to win 10 games since Pat Combs in 1990. The team's hopes ride in no small part on his becoming the first Phillies rookie to win in the playoffs since Charles Hudson in 1983.

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