DENVER - Huston Street learned again last night that the playoffs are a whole different animal from the regular season.
Street, Colorado's closer, gave away a two-run lead in the ninth inning as the Phillies rallied for a 5-4 victory at Coors Field to close out the National League division series. Street lost each of the final two games.
"It's a group of good players," Street said of the Phillies. "That group battles you. They have my respect. I wish we could have played them one more."
Street allowed four runs in 22/3 innings during this series, pushing his career playoff ERA to 9.00. He has a three-game losing streak in the post-season dating back to his time with Oakland.
"The playoffs are about executing," he said. "It doesn't matter what you do in the regular season. I didn't execute."
Street regretted two pitches.
With two outs, Street went to a full count on Chase Utley. Street decided to try the element of surprise and throw a change-up, his third-best pitch. It missed, and Utley reached base on a walk.
"I thought a change of pace was in order," Street said. "I'd been in control of my changeup so well that I really felt like it was a good pitch to go with.
"That's a pitch I'd like to have back. You're always just one pitch away. That was what I kept thinking. 'Just make one more good pitch.' It didn't happen."
The walk to Utley put two runners on base for Ryan Howard. Throwing all fastballs, Street fell behind in the count at 2-1. That forced him to come in with another fastball in the same zone as the other three. Howard was waiting for it, and lined it off the right-field wall for a game-tying two-run double. On Sunday, Howard drove in the game-winning run against Street with a sacrifice fly.
"He's a good hitter," Street said. "We did what we felt we needed to do to get him out. Did I make the best pitch I could have? No."
Jayson Werth completed Street's troubles by singling to drive in the winning run.