Phillies Sweep Rockies; Six Games Out Of NL Wild Card

Well, it’s a long shot but here we are in August six games out of the second NL Wild Card position!  This is in large part due to the dominant three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park this weekend.  Could we have some scoreboard watching in our future?

Friday night was a wild affair as the bats were alive for both clubs.  Jake Thompson (1-1; 8.68 ERA) took the mound looking for his first Major League win against the Rockies Jon Gray (6-8; 4.55 ERA).  Both teams exchanged runs back and fourth over the first four frames.  Going into the fifth inning, the Phillies were up 3-2.  Nolan Arenado tied the game with a sacrifice fly.  In the Phillies bottom of the frame, Phils fans saw vintage Ryan Howard hit a monster grand slam off of Gray giving Philadelphia a 7-3 lead.  This was Howard’s 14th grand slam of his career and is now the active grand slam leader into the majors since Alex Rodriguez (15) played his last game that same night.  Howard is hitting .304 with seven home runs and five doubles since June 23rd.  Even though that would be all the offense Philadelphia would need the rest of the evening, they scored three more runs.  The Phils went on to win 10-6, giving Thompson his first career win.

The Phils looked to Jerad Eickhoff (8-12; 3.82 ERA) to continue the winning streak.  Philadelphia busted out of the gate thanks to Maikel Franco‘s three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.  Freddy Galvis tacked on another run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.  Eickhoff would struggle in the sixth inning as he gave up three runs to the Rockies.  That would be all the runs they would muster against Philadelphia.  The Phillies won 6-3, despite being out-singled, out-doubled, out-tripled, and out-homered.  The Phils were 0-202 in games since 1900 when that occurred, until Saturday night.

With the sweep in sight, the Phillies called up Adam Morgan (1-7; 6.62 ERA) from the minors for the start.  Morgan would exit the game in the fourth inning with an elbow contusion.  Just like every game this series, the Phils took the early lead against the Rockies.  Similar to Friday night, the Phillies were up 3-2 going into the fifth inning.  The Rockies tied it with a Charlie Blackmon solo home run.  While there was not a Grand Slam in the frame, Philadelphia would put up a three spot with an RBI from Galvis, Jimmy Paredes, and Cesar Hernandez.  While the Rockies would put up a fight in the top of the ninth inning against Jeanmar Gomez (31 Saves, 2.82 ERA) by scoring two runs, the Phillies would sweep Colorado by winning 6-5.

The Phillies welcome into town the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for a three-game series.  More importantly, this will be the first time Chase Utley plays in Citizens Bank Park since he was traded last August.  First pitch on Tuesday is at 7:05pm.


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