Live Game Chat: Rockies at Phillies

Live Game Chat: Rockies at Phillies

We'll likely be in and out here with spotty coverage cause we'd like to watch the game you know.

1st - Cole comes out gunning to shut down the Rockies in the first.  Cole gets the crowd into it early.

Jeff Francis made Jimmy, Shane and Chase look rather silly swinging at some nasty curves.  I don't like this Francis guy.

These announcers suck.  I never thought the day would come when I'd wish Wheels were calling a game.

2nd - Damn.  The ageless Todd Helton leads off the second with a bomb to dead center that took a nasty bounce off the wall for a three bagger.

Ugh.  Rockies take the early lead and Cole looks human.  This isn't how it was supposed to go, Cole.

Cole gets back on track with a nice K on a high fastball but then follows that up with a base on balls.  Cole certainly doesn't look nearly as dominant as his performance last week.

Shit.  Yorvy Torby gets a single and drives in another.  Phils down 2-0 real fast.  Settle down.  It's early.

After Francis got down a nice bunt for the second out, Cole walks Kaz to load the bases.  Meeting on the mound.  Somebody needs to calm this guy down.  Get out of this one and let him settle in.

Walks in a run.  3-0 Rockies.  The euphoria of the last four days is slowly turning back into that Philly pessimism we all know too well.  I guess it could have been a lot worst.  Time for the bats to go to work.

Anyone else hate that commercial where Tony Gwyn gets told he's going to the HOF?  Big shocker there.

Hey our man David Aldridge does baseball?  Where's Barkley?!  I think I'd boo Sir Charles right now.

Ryan Howard comes up to start the inning and sits right back down with his 3,000 K of the season.

Hey! Aaron Rowand didn't strike out!

The Bat does what he does and gets the Phillies their first base runner of the day.  Patience is a virture.  Keeps telling myself, "it's only the second inning."

3rd Inning.  Hopefully Cole can settle in a bit here. Three quick outs and that's the kind of inning we need.  Now let's get a hit!

Carlos Ruiz leads off the inning with a K.  Awesome.  Maybe Cole can get a friggin hit here.

AND HE DOES!  King Cole comes through with a single.

DAMNIT.  Jimmy grounds into an inning ending double play.  Not much going the Phils way thus far.

4th Inning.  I just got a text message with the F word in it about 8 times.  Fickle Philly fans.  Must have faith.

The announcers keep talking about Cole's pitch count.  He's up to almost 80 in the middle of the 4th.  He has settled in though.  Two quick outs, the second on a quick liner right back to Cole.  And another 1, 2, 3 inning for Hamels.

They just showed a nice aerial view of the stadium and I ask you all, why do I not have tickets?

Jeez.  Shane hits a bullet right to Atkins.  Why can't they find a gap?  Chase is good at that, right?

Ryan Howard strikes out, of course.  End of 4, still without a hit from somebody who is paid to hit baseballs.

5th Inning.  Ruiz!  Carlos pulls in a foul ball that it didn't look like he had a chance at.  Glad to see that elbow is alright.  Two more quick outs topped of by a sick play by Wes Helms at third.  Cole can do this for four more innings, right?

COME ON BATS.

Aaron Rowand answers the call!  That baby's outta here!  3-1 ballgame.  As I said in my preview, I had a feeling Rowand would be a catalyst for this team in the post season.

BACK TO BACK HOME RUNS!  WOooo!!! Ahhhhhh... nice nice nice.  Pat Burrell goes yard by the skin of his teeth.  3-2 Rockies.

Time for the faithful at CBP to get rowdy, give this team some energy.

Wes Helms hit one rather hard that for a moment looked great but was actually right at a Rockie.  That would have caused pandemonium.  Hamels pops a bunt to Atkins.  Garbage.

Ruiz gets a single and the Phils are starting to get to Francis.  That's four hard hit balls in a row.

The speedster Carlos Ruiz steals second!?!  And on a full count, Jimmy walks to put two on for Shane.  Shane can't capitalize but the Phils showed some life.  The meat of the order will lead off the 6th for the Phils.

6th Inning.

Cole starts off the top of the sixth by wiffing Helton.  After striking out Atkins but not getting the call, the second out comes on a pop up to Rowand.  What kind of name is Hawpe?  Strike that guy out.  And Cole does!  7th for Cole to end the inning.

Utley hasn't had a hit yet today.  He's due.  UGH.  Utley hasn't looked good against Francis today at all.  3rd K of the day for our man.

Ohhhhhhhh.  Man, this ump is calling them tight today.  After it looked like he should have been struck out, Howard pops out to right.  Utley and Howard haven't done jack.

Rowand pops out to left to end the inning.  I need a beer.

7th Inning.  Cole starts it off allowing a base on balls to the CF whose name I don't feel like trying to type.  Cole's up to 110 pitches.  Not much left in that arm today.

Cole gets Yorvy to pop out.  Francis comes up to attempt a bunt and successfully gets it down to move the runner over.  Now why couldn't Cole do that?

And Hamels leaves the game to a nice ovation.  Hat tip to Cole.  That second inning was unfortunate, but he looked great otherwise.  On comes Flash.

Flash gets the job done!  You can ask for your peanuts and Cracker Jacks while only being down one run thanks to Gordon.  Enter crunch time.

Burrell leads off the bottom of the 7th, Francis is still out there.  Scratch that.  In comes LaTroy Hawkins... wasn't he the guy in Chicago that one those games for the Phillies when he was a Cub about 3 summers ago?  Google says, Yep, it was him!  Oh, and I Love Latroy!

Damn it, Hawkins is efficient and gets Burrell on one pitch.  Dobbs to PH for Helms.

Programming note: Gamecast is faster than MLB Radio that is faster than SOPcast.

Dobbs fouls off five pitches before taking ball four.  Great at bat by Mr. Dobbs.  Now they're taking him out to pinch run Bourne.  Not sure how I feel about that.

Ugh.  Shit.  Damn.  Not good.  Carlos grounds into a double play.  See, now did you really need Bourne to pinch run there?  Make me manager!

8th Inning. Gordon is back out there.  They brought in Abe to play third.  After Helms was lifted for Dobbs who was lifted just because.  Striiiiiiiiike three.  Gordon gets a K to start the 8th.

Sigh.  Matt Holliday goes yard.  That's the Flash we know!  Rockies lead 4-2.

Fact: J.C. Romero is our favorite Phillies reliever.

One out.  Apparently you can get MLB playoff text alerts?  I bet A.J. Feeley gets those.

SICK PLAY BY JIMMY ROLLINS.  SICK.  Diving to his right on the fringe of the outfield grass, gets up, and gets the runner on a bang bang play to end the inning.

Prediction: Tadahito will lead off with a single and Jimmy or Chase will go yard to tie the game up.

Brian Fuentes starts off the 8th by giving Iguchi a base on balls.  That's not what you want to do if you're a Rockies pitcher.

Jimmy pops up after what was looking like a nice at bat in which he had the count in his favor.  Doh.  I jinxed him.  Blame me.  It's all my fault.

Shane grounds into a dou... nope.  Shane is fast enough to prevent a double play but grounds out to short.

Down goes Utley looking.  I'm starting to feel this one fading.  Hmm... this is not good.

9th Inning.  This live blogging thing starts to suck when your team is looking like they're going to lose.  Myers comes out looking pretty sharp though.  Myers throws to straight Ks but then gives up an infield single to Yorvy.

Phew.  After letting two runners on, Myers gets the curve working to K Matsui to end the 9th.

It's in the hands of Howard, Rowand, and Burrell.

K, ground out, fly out.

The called third strike on Howard looked like a horrible call.  Boo to that ump.

There's your game one people.  That wasn't very fun.  Rockies 4 Phillies 2

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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Increased enjoyment of playing at root of Nelson Agholor's turnaround season

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Increased enjoyment of playing at root of Nelson Agholor's turnaround season

Don't talk to Nelson Agholor about his stats. Don't even try.

He doesn't want to hear about it.

Here we are in Week 7, and Agholor needs 45 yards Monday night against the Redskins for a career receiving high. For a full season.

His four touchdowns are already more than his combined career total of three from his first two years. His 16.1 yards per catch is 10th-best in the NFL and light years above his career high of 11.0 coming into the season.

Impressed?

“Not really," Agholor said. "I just look at how much fun I’m having and team success, and that’s the best part about this situation.

"If somebody came in and told me all my numbers and statistics, all that type of stuff? The best part of it is we’re winning a lot of football games right now and we’re having a whole lot of fun doing it."

Six games into the season, Agholor has 20 catches for 321 yards.

Compare that with the last seven weeks of last year, when a disappointing career turned into a disaster and he caught just 11 catches for just 108 yards.

Agholor just shrugs.

“That’s a great thing," he said. "I’m having so much more fun this year, so that’s the best part. I’m having more fun than my first two years in the league.

"They go hand in hand. The more fun you have, because winning is fun, making plays is fun, but there’s just a feeling about stepping on the field and enjoying the moment and enjoying the opportunity."

In his first two years, Agholor's best games went for 57, 62 and 64 yards. Already this year, he's had games with 55, 58, 86 and 93 yards.

So in just six weeks, he's produced four of his seven-best games as a pro.

We heard about it all spring, and we heard about it all summer, and Agholor has backed up all the talk about becoming a different guy with production.

He really has become a different guy.

Head coach Doug Pederson noticed it the first day of OTAs.

"Part of my message to him, specifically to Nelson, after the season, was just get away," Pederson said. "Get away, clear your mind, clear everything, and when he came back in the spring for OTAs, he was a changed football player. He was a changed person. His confidence level was higher. 

"I would say it wasn't like through the roof as it is now, but it was beginning to build at that point of the spring, and each day that he got a little more comfortable in his new role of playing in the slot helped that. And I think, too, the addition of Torrey (Smith) and Alshon (Jeffery) on the perimeter also took a little of the pressure off of him and diverted it to all three of them."

The move to the slot gave Agholor ownership of a specific position and created matchup problems for defenses that just don't have the speed to cover Jeffery and Smith outside and Agholor inside.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to just run different routes and give a different look," Agholor said. "I like playing outside, inside, wherever. I just like being a guy that you can get the football to, so I want to know as much as I can in terms of the route tree to help myself be a better football player, and Doug decided this was a great place for me to get those targets, and I’m very appreciative."

This time last year, Wentz wasn't even looking Agholor's way. Now, other than tight end Zach Ertz, he's become his favorite receiver.

"A guy like that, I’m just so happy for him," Carson Wentz said. "He’s one of the hardest-working guys I’ve ever been around. And so to see him kind of take that step? And really the biggest thing I think we’ve all seen is just his confidence is just through the roof, and that’s really been exciting for him, exciting for this team, exciting for this whole city."

One of the biggest differences in Agholor this year is his ability to make plays after the catch.

With his new-found confidence, he actually looks faster. Through six games, Agholor has 143 yards after the catch, or 7.2 yards per reception. He had 113 YACs all last year, just 3.1 yards per catch.

“It’s a want-to thing," he said. "First is securing the catch and then just the want-to after that.

"I’ve just been in position. Been in position to catch the ball and then grass in front of me and making plays. I just hope to be in position or often."

Here we are six games into the season, and Agholor and not Jeffery or Smith leads all Eagles wide receivers in yards so far this year.

And Agholor and Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs are the only NFL receivers with more than one 50-yard touchdown catch. Agholor had a 58-yarder on opening day against the Redskins and a 72-yarder against the Cards.

None of this surprises Agholor.
 
"I expected to keep on trusting the process and keep on getting better each day and then letting opportunity meet preparation," Agholor said. "And for me, I think like I have a lot more to do and I want to keep on getting better as a football player."