Rockies V. Phillies: Another Example Showing No Lead Is Safe at Coors Field

Branden YobContributor ISeptember 2, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 12: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field as the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate the victory in Game Four of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Coors Field on October 12, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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It started as a normal game being played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Two teams involved in a playoff race were set to battle it out on Thursday Night.

The Phillies began the day with a 1.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants and a 5.5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies.

The game started off with a scoreless first inning and then the Rockies struck with 4 runs in the bottom of the second. Two taters were served up on a plate and the Rockies quickly had a comfortable lead.

Wait did I say comfortable?


The Phillies added 2 runs to make the game 4-2 before CarGo homered and Seth Smith singled in another run. 

6-2 after 5. Okay seems normal. Rockies look like they are in position to take the final game of the series being made up on Thursday and keep the offensive powerhouse they call the Philadelphia Phillies in check.

Well that certainly didn't happen. The Phillies scored another run in the 6th inning, but it was quickly erased when the Rockies loaded the bases on Troy Tulowitzki's RBI single. The Rockies didn't get anything after that even with only one out.


So the game continued on to the 7th inning, and that's when the game got wacky. 

The Phillies offense exploded, scoring 9 runs that included home runs by Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth. Chase Utley hit a high fly ball down the right field line that went over the fence for a grand slam and capped the scoring affair.

Now it looked like the Phillies had control of the game, heading into the bottom of the seventh with a five run lead. 

The never-say-never Rockies came storming right back though, scoring 3 runs and keeping themselves in the game. 

At this point, the game could have gone either way. There was now no possible way to predict who was going to win the game with the way it was going. 

Coors field has proven to be one of the most offensive-friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball and tonight proved it. 

The Rockies had just come back from San Francisco where they scored a total of 5 runs in a three-game series. AT&T Park is a pitchers park and the Rockies offense was quieted.

The Rockies almost ended up making another argument for this article but fell just short, losing the game 12-11 after rallying in the bottom of the 9th inning. 


A week or so ago the Rockies were down 10-1 and came back to win 12-10 at Coors Field. Even earlier this year they were down by 6 runs entering the ninth inning at Coors field against the Cardinals and ended up winning that game. 

The Rockies are 43-21 at home compared to 26-42 on the road. That's a big clue to the way the Rockies season has been going.

When playing at Coors Field, no lead is ever safe. The air is thin and normal fly outs have a chance to get out of the park.

If the Rockies played all 162 games at home, there is a good chance they would set a record for the most wins in a season. But that's not the case and now they find themselves 7 games out of the division behind the struggling Padres and 6.5 out of the Wild Card. The Rockies have a history of finishing seasons red-hot, but they need to start having success on the road to be able to make any sort of postseason run.