Walks, homers hurt Rox in loss to Phils
Rookie Reynolds issues eight free passes, pair of homers
PHILADELPHIA -- During an incredible stretch last season in which the Rockies won 21 of 22 games on their way to the World Series for the first time in franchise history, it seemed as if everything they did turned out in their favor.
They simply refused to lose.
But the 2007 postseason must seem like eons ago for a struggling club just looking for one victory on a 10-game road trip. This rough road trip got even rougher for Colorado on Wednesday.
This time, they were hurt by walks, errors, baserunning mistakes and the long ball in a 6-1 loss to the Phillies. As a result, the Rockies were swept before a crowd of 39,845 on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
In the three-game series, the Rockies (20-33) were outscored, 33-10. They have lost 13 of their past 15 on the road and fell to 2-14 against last season's National League playoff teams.
"We're not even worried about where we are now," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We need to play better. We need to focus in our own backyard. We've got improvement to be made in every area. Unfortunately, we've earned the position we're in. One thing we've kept very basic around here is we hold ourselves to a high level of accountability and execution.
"When we execute well, we put ourselves in position to win. When we don't execute well, we can't expect not to lose. That's what has happened more often than not."
Rookie right-hander Greg Reynolds never seemed comfortable in his first start in Philadelphia, as he walked eight (one intentionally) and didn't record a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings.
"You can't say it's not to be expected, but it's part of the learning curve here," Hurdle said. "We'll watch tape [Thursday], look at some things and he'll realize he can really learn a lot from this outing."
In the fifth, Reynolds walked Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino before Chase Utley blasted his 17th homer, a towering three-run shot into the second deck in the right-field bleachers.
"The one to Utley was in the middle and up, right into his bat, basically," Reynolds said.
Later in the fifth, Reynolds walked Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins followed with a high-arcing two-run homer to right for a 6-1 Phillies advantage.
Reynolds remains without his first Major League victory, as he surrendered five hits and six earned runs and saw his ERA increase from 4.08 to 5.40.
The eight walks were the most by a Rockies pitcher since Shawn Chacon walked nine at Florida on May 7, 2005.
"My approach didn't change just because of this ballpark or their lineup or anything like that," Reynolds said. "Tonight, something was wrong and I couldn't fix it."
The Rockies scored their lone run with two outs in the third inning. Willy Taveras and Seth Smith singled. Todd Helton then ripped an RBI single to left, scoring Taveras. But Helton got caught between first and second and Smith was thrown out trying to score with the unorthodox scorebook ruling of 7-6-4-3-2.
"My initial thought was that I was going to go when I saw the throw off line," Helton said. "I thought I could make it. With a ball hit off the wall, you think you're going to get a double. It's a small yard and the ball kicked right back to him [Pat Burrell]."
All the bounces and breaks that landed the Rockies' way last season are going the opposite direction this season. But that doesn't mean the team isn't hopeful of another turnaround.
"We show up every day and expect to win," Helton said. "That's still the same. Anytime you lose, you look for excuses. That's human nature. I don't think you'll see anybody in here using them."
Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.