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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-11

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-11
The Rockies have scored 30 runs in four games, no fewer than seven in three of them.

They worked all spring on an all-for-one offensive mindset, one that came into play again in a 10-3 romp over the Phillies when five of the Rockies' first seven runs were scored with two out in the third and fourth innings off Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels.

"The guys have really taken it upon themselves to slow down their at-bats when they get in these situations," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Nobody's in a hurry. Nobody's trying to hit the big home run. They're trying to put the ball in play hard."

The Rockies went 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position in their latest victory and are 13-for-36 in such situations for the season.

A year ago, the ranked 10th on the NL with a .256 average with runners in scoring position, the worst in franchise history.

The Rockies also were eighth in the National League with 747 runs and scored only 411 runs at Coors Field, the lowest figure there in club history.

Early in the offseason, the Rockies traded Matt Holliday, their most prolific hitter and greatest slugging threat, but in the first week of the season, the Rockies have bonded offensively in ways that weren't apparent last year.

"We know we don't have any big boppers in here," third baseman Garrett Atkins said. "We know we have to move the runners over, get the runners in to be successful. That's what we've been able to do.

"Guys have put together good at-bats, hitting line drives, not trying to do too much, hitting the gaps and staying on off-speed pitches. And that's what we need to do to be a good offensive team."

Hurdle said the team is "playing with an edge," something the Rockies started in spring training and sustained in the first week of the season, and "playing to win and not thinking about anything else but just playing to win."

ROCKIES 10, PHILLIES 3: Right-hander Jason Marquis made his Rockies debut and improved to 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA in six games, five starts, at Coors Field by limiting the Phillies to five hits and two runs in seven innings. The Rockies batted around in the third and scored five runs on six hits off Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who was making his first start of the season, and added two more in the fourth while knocking out Hamels.

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Added: April 11, 2009

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