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Rockies Win Their First Playoff Series Sweep Phillies With 2-1 Win

These were two teams nobody expected to see in the 2007 MLB Post Season, even as late as early September. But the Philadelphia Phillies went on an amazing jag to catch and pass the New York Mets on the last day of the regular season to win the National League East. For the Colorado Rockies, the situation was even more complex ending up tied with the San Diego Padres after the final game for the Wild Card spot. They then had to play a one game elimination game in which they defeated the Padres and went on to face the Phillies. No two teams react the same to a chase down the stretch, and the contrast was clear in the series between the Rockies, and the Phillies. The Rockies seemed to be exhilarated by the race where the Phillies seemed spent and exhausted.

If that was not the determining factor in this series, it at least played a part, as Colorado swept Philadelphia 3-0 in the N.L.D.S. winning their game Saturday 2-1 to win their first Post Season Series in team history. The crafty veteran Jamie Moyer got the start for Philadelphia, and he was the club's final hope. Colorado sent rookie starter Ubaldo Jiminez to the hill a matchup that on paper certainly looked it favored the Phillies. And although Moyer did his usual stellar job on the mound going six frames, giving up just one run on five hits, it was not enough. Jiminez looked like a ten year veteran on the mound going 6 1/3 innings also giving up just one run on only three hits.

Now it was up to the bullpens, and unfortunately for Phillies fans the veteran J.C. Romero allowed three hits and the winning run to send Philadelphia home after a 2-1 loss. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel praised the Rockies saying they were on one of the most amazing streaks he has ever witnessed. Colorado will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the N.L.C.S.

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