DENVER (AP) — Before Friday night's game, the Philadelphia Phillies decided that starter Jonathan Pettibone would be sent back to Triple-A to make room in the rotation for Cole Hamels.
Pettibone was hoping to leave on a good note. Instead, he lasted four innings and the Phillies were pounded 12-1 by the Colorado Rockies. Pettibone gave up nine hits and a career-high eight runs, including a three-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki, who went 3-for-3 with a double and five RBIs, all with two out, and a crucial walk.
"You want to leave your last impression so that they knew who they want to call back up when something is needed," Pettibone said. "Frustrating, but kind of got to go down and get after it and get better."
Pettibone (0-1) has made 20 career starts. He's 5-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 18 starts away from Coors Field and 0-2 with an 18.00 ERA in two starts there.
Before Pettibone took the mound, the Phillies decided to option him to Lehigh Valley and recall reliever Shawn Camp, who will be here Saturday.
"We set a tough tone for ourselves and got behind the eight ball really," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Pitched behind in the count and they were on fastballs in fastball counts. They didn't miss any."
Tyler Chatwood (1-0) held the Phillies hitless for 4 2-3 innings and limited them to two singles — their only two hits — and one unearned run in seven innings.
Drew Stubbs and Charlie Blackmon added three hits apiece, and the 1-2 hitters in the Rockies' batting order combined to score five of Colorado's runs. The 18 hits represented a season high for the Rockies and their run total matched a season
Pettibone was in trouble from the outset, giving up four runs in a 36-pitch first inning. Blackmon and Stubbs each singled on ground balls to start the inning. Gonzalez was robbed when second baseman Chase Utley leaped high in the air to catch his sharply hit line drive, but Tulowitzki worked a walk to load the bases after a 14-pitch at-bat that included 10 foul balls, eight with the count full.
"I kind of threw everything I could at that point," Pettibone said. "At the same time, I didn't want to give in. That was a big situation. First and second, one out, so I didn't want to, for one, walk him or two, give him something to drive. I just kept battling and battling. Tip my hat to him. He's a heck of a hitter. He did his job today."
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