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Rockies crush Phils

Bullpen melts down after injury to Kendrick

No one in the Phillies' clubhouse is going to say they're cooked. No one is going to say they simply don't have the pitching.

But they're not trying to fool themselves, either.

"There's no sense in me sugarcoating it," Charlie Manuel said after last night's 12-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. "It's kind of a 'show me' time. It's kind of like, 'Let's go. If we have it, let's see it.' That's kind of how I look at it. We've got 17 games left. That's what it's come down to. It's no time to talk. Let's do it."

They did not do it last night. The lopsided loss featured a Phillies triple play and an injury to starter Kyle Kendrick.

The Phillies left the ballpark three games behind the San Diego Padres, tied with the Rockies in the National League wild-card race. The Padres have 18 games to play.

If the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night and then finish the season 9-9, the Phillies would have to go 12-5 (.706) the rest of the way just to tie them. If the Padres lost to the Dodgers last night, then finished 9-9, the Phillies would have to play 11-6 (.647) to tie them.

"There's still a shot," catcher Chris Coste said. "No one is running away with it just yet. We're in a tough spot, but there's a chance. If there's a chance, we're going to do our best to try to win tomorrow."

The Phillies have lost seven of their last 11 and 13 of their last 24. Last night went from bad to super bad (not to be confused with the comedy Superbad).

Garrett Atkins smoked a line drive off Kendrick's right knee to lead off the fourth inning. The ball hit Kendrick so hard that it popped straight in the air, almost allowing third baseman Greg Dobbs to make a diving catch near the mound.

Kendrick stumbled off the mound and collapsed to the turf. He tried to get back up but collapsed again.

Kendrick has a bruised knee, the Phillies said. X-rays came back negative and the team listed him as day-to-day.

"It really depends how I feel tomorrow," said Kendrick, asked if he thinks he can make his next start. "I'm optimistic about it. Hopefully."

The Phillies have had 13 pitchers make starts this season: Jamie Moyer (29), Adam Eaton (27), Cole Hamels (25), Kendrick (17), Jon Lieber (12), Freddy Garcia (11), J.D. Durbin (9), Kyle Lohse (8), Brett Myers (3), Fabio Castro (1), John Ennis (1), Zack Segovia (1) and J.A. Happ (1).

They lost Garcia for the season June 8 with right shoulder problems. They lost Lieber for the season June 20, when he ruptured a tendon in his right foot.

Hamels (strained elbow) has not pitched since Aug. 16, although he could return to the rotation Tuesday in St. Louis. Since Hamels has been out, Kendrick has been the team's unofficial ace. In his 17 starts, he is 8-4 with a 4.02 ERA.

If he misses even one start, it would be a blow.

The Phillies trailed by 3-0 when Kendrick left. They trailed by 9-0 when the fourth inning ended.

Not that the offense helped. The Rockies started righthander Denny Bautista, who was 2-1 with a 19.06 ERA in seven relief appearances. Opponents had hit .500 against him. He loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but the Phillies did not score. Lefthander Mark Redman, who was 0-4 with an 11.86 ERA, took over in the third. He allowed two hits in five shutout innings, striking out four.

All of those things overshadowed the triple play the Phillies turned in the first inning. The Rockies had runners on first and second when Matt Holliday hit a line drive to Greg Dobbs, who caught the ball and threw to second baseman Chase Utley for the first and second outs. Utley then tagged Troy Tulowitzki on his way to second for the third out. It was their second triple play this season.

It didn't matter.

How many more of the Phillies' 17 remaining games will?

Three Quick Outs

The Phillies turned a triple play in the first inning against Colorado last night.

The Rockies had runners on first and second when Matt Holliday hit a line drive to third baseman Greg Dobbs for the first out. Dobbs threw to second baseman Chase Utley to double up Cory Sullivan. Utley then ran to tag Troy Tulowitzki, who was running to second from first base, for the third out.

It was the 30th triple play in Phillies history and the second by the team this season. They turned one April 21 in Cincinnati (Abraham Nuñez to Utley to Wes Helms).

- Todd Zolecki
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