Colorado (12-8) at Philadelphia (11-9)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Apr 23, 2003
  • TV: CSN
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Jason Jennings was named the National League rookie of the year in 2002. Making only his fifth start of the season, he’s already trying to avoid a sophomore slump.

Coming off one of the poorest outings of his young career, the Colorado Rockies’ 24-year-old right-hander will look for a strong effort in the middle game of a series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium.

In 19 innings this season, Jennings has already allowed 22 runs. Last Thursday, he was particularly dreadful, lasting only 4 1-3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits in an 11-2 loss.

“I just didn’t have real good stuff today, and it was up in the zone,” Jennings said, “and that’s not a real good combination, especially against a veteran lineup like that.”

Jennings will now look to shut down the Phillies, who won Tuesday’s series opener 5-2.

Kevin Millwood allowed one run and three hits in six innings, and Bobby Abreu and Jason Michaels each had two RBIs to lead Philadelphia.

The win was only the second for the Phillies in their last six games, while the Rockies had a three-game winning streak snapped.

“We had our some chances,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We left 11 men on, that didn’t help.”

STANDINGS: Rockies - 2nd place, 3 1/2 GB, NL West. Phillies - 2nd place (tied), 1 GB, NL East.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jennings (1-2, 8.05 ERA). In two career games against the Phillies, Jennings is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA.

PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Brett Myers (0-2, 3.32 ERA). Originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, Myers was pushed back a day so Millwood could work on normal rest. Myers pitched well in his last outing, but still walked away with a loss. In a 3-1 defeat to the Florida Marlins last Wednesday, the 22-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits while striking out four. He has never faced the Rockies.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Preston Wilson, .338 avg. and 3 SBs; Todd Helton, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs and 21 runs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .328 avg.; Ricky Ledee, Jim Thome and Pat Burrell, 2 HRs; Thome, 15 RBIs; David Bell, 16 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 2 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 1-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - Colorado hasn’t won a series in Philadelphia since Aug. 28-30, 2000. The Rockies’ last win in Philadelphia was May 2, 2001, as the Phillies swept the three-game series there last year. … 1B Helton is four hits short of 1,000 for his career. … Colorado’s 12-8 record is the third-best in franchise history through 20 games. Phillies - 3B Bell is batting .231 (3-for-13) in his career against Jennings. … OF Michaels was 0-for-7 this season before going 3-for-4 Tuesday. He started the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle and was also 0-for-14 on a rehabilitation assignment. … The Phillies’ bullpen had its 17-inning scoreless streak snapped when LHP Dan Plesac allowed a run in the eighth on Tuesday.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 4-7 on the road; Phillies - 6-5 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - RHP Scott Elarton (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (oblique), 15-day DL; IF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; IF Juan Uribe (foot), 60-day DL. Phillies - OF Marlon Byrd (knee), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Hector Mercado (hamstring), 15-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Jennings Oak vs. B. Myers Cle
12-13 Record 14-9
5.11 ERA 4.43
119 K 143
88 BB 76
1.65 WHIP 1.46