Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pettibone shelled as Rockies pummel Phillies at Coors

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 19, 1:00 a.m.
@Philabaseball

Jonathan Pettibone will never be a fan of Coors Field.

The Phillies right-hander allowed nine hits, eight runs, two walks and one home run in four innings in a 12-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. For his career, Pettibone has allowed 19 hits, 15 runs (14 earned runs) and three walks and has struck out two in seven innings for an 18.00 ERA.

"I don't know what it is, but this park is tough for me," Pettibone said.

The Phillies optioned him to Triple-A after the game, something the organization said they decided to do prior to Friday's contest. Right-handed reliever Shawn Camp will take his place on the roster.

The loss kicked off a 10-game coastal road trip with stops in Colorado, Los Angeles, and Arizona.

The Phillies collected just two hits on Friday, allowing Tyler Chatwood to coast to an easy victory. He struck out six.

The Rockies jumped on Pettibone early, scoring seven runs over the first two innings highlighted by a three-run home run by Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies shortstop finished the contest 3-for-3 with five RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs each contributed three hits in the winning effort.

Mike Adams made his season debut for the Phillies, tossing a scoreless inning via just seven pitches.

The two clubs resume their three-game series on Saturday night.

"A great road trip is 8-2," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "We already have one loss into that so we've got to pick it up tomorrow and try to score some runs early. Their offense is potent. They know how to play here. They love playing here and hitting here. We have to try to back them against the wall early in the game and help our pitching out."

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