Phillies Take Loss, Face History

Colorado's Kaz Matsui clocks go-ahead grand slam, Rockies never look back
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 6:20 PM CDT
Phillies Take Loss, Face History
Colorado Rockies second baseman Kazuo Matsui of Japan, right, is greeted by teammate Troy Tulowitzki after Matsui's grand slam home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning of Game 2 of a National League Division Series playoff baseball game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 in Philadelphia....   (Associated Press)

The rally towels vanished in Philly today as Colorado's Kaz Matsui clocked a grand slam and the Rockies won 10-5, staking a 2-0 series lead. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick gave up 5 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings and left the bases loaded for Matsui's go-ahead dinger. Phillies' leader Jimmy Rollins made up for yesterday, accounting for 4 runs, including the Phils' first ever postseason leadoff homer.

Both bullpens struggled, but Colorado's bats won out: Yorvit Torrealba clocked a 2-RBI double in the 6th, and Matsui knocked in 1 more with a triple. A Ryan Howard solo bomb in the 7th was all the Phils could muster in attempting a comeback. Now the Phillies will face history in Colorado: no team has come back from an 0-2 series deficit in the current NLDS format. (Read more Colorado Rockies stories.)

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