Phillies-Rockies game notes: Kendrick vs. Cook

Phillies-Rockies game notes: Kendrick vs. Cook
August 2, 2011, 2:13 pm
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Phillies (69-39) vs. Rockies (51-58), 8:40 on CSN

Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52) last faced the Rockies on May 19, allowing five runs over three innings in a 7-1 defeat. He has a 6.35 ERA in three career starts at Coors Field. Kendrick gave up four runs in 6 13 innings in Thursday's defeat against San Francisco.

Rockies: Aaron Cook goes for Colorado, hoping to improve on his career numbers against the Phillies (1-6 with a 6.19 ERA in 10 starts). He is 0-3 with a 4.09 ERA at Coors Field this season.

Previous games
The Phillies took Monday's series opener in impressive fashion for their fourth straight win. John Mayberry Jr. tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth, and Shane Victorino won it in the 10th with a solo shot.

Head-to-head
The Phillies have won seven of their last eight games against the Rockies, including two of three this season.

Whos hot?
Chase Utley has hit in five straight games, while Victorino is 8-for-21 over his last five contests. Carlos Ruiz has four hits, including three doubles, in his last two games.

For Colorado, rookie infielder Chris Nelson is 6-for-13 over his last three games.

Storylines
Several Phillies have terrific career numbers against Cook. Among them are Utley (10-for-24), Ryan Howard (9-for-23), Jimmy Rollins (12-for-32) and Ross Gload (7-for-9). ... On the other hand, Colorado's Seth Smith is 8-for-11 with four extra-base hits lifetime against Kendrick. ... The Rockies are trying to avoid their seventh loss in 10 games. ... The Phillies are eying their sixth straight road series victory.

Sound off
What element on Monday's win were you most impressed by?

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