Phillies Continue To Roll; Split Series with Rockies

The Philadelphia Phillies were welcomed to the Rocky Mountains as they took on the Colorado Rockies.  While the series was split, the Phillies bats continued to show promise over the last four games.

The struggling Adam Morgan (1-7; 6.65 ERA) was the starter for the first game of the four-game series on Thursday night.  Morgan battled over his five innings pitched, giving up six earned runs.  With the Phillies already down 6-2, the Rockies put up a five spot in the seventh inning.  All five runs are credited to Phillies reliever, Edubray Ramos (0-0; 7.71 ERA).  Lost in the blowout was Ryan Howard hitting his 12th home run of the season.  It was his 369th career home run and now 78th place on the all-time list tied with Todd Helton and Ralph Kiner.  The Phillies would fall to Colorado, 11-2.

Vince Velasquez (8-2; 3.32 ERA) took the mound Friday night in Colorado against Jake McGee (0-3; 5.47 ERA).  The Rockies struck first due to an RBI in the third inning from Carlos Gonzalez and an RBI in the fifth inning from Trevor Story.  The Phillies bats came alive in the seventh inning as they put up a four spot.  Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single, but the damage came from Tommy Joseph and his pinch-hit three-run home run.  This was the first pinch-hit home run in his career and the first for Philadelphia all season. With the Phillies up 4-2, Story chipped away at the Philadelphia’s lead with another RBI.  The Phillies were able to tack on one more run in the top of the ninth inning when Nick Hundley had a throwing error, scoring Freddy Galvis.  The Phillies went on to win 5-3.

The Rockies were out for revenge on Saturday.  Jerad Eickfoff (6-10; 3.80 ERA) earned the start for Philadelphia.  Eickhoff cruised through his first four innings.  Philadelphia was up 2-0 in the fifth inning when Eickhoff gave up a two-run home run to Colorado’s starting pitcher, Tyler Anderson (1-3; 3.03 ERA).  Eickhoff never fully recovered as the Rockies went on to score six more runs in the sixth inning, all of which were credited to the Phillies starter. Carlos Ruiz tried to chip away at the Rockies lead with an RBI in the eighth inning, but the Phillies would fall short, losing to Colorado, 8-3.

With the series on the line, the Phillies sent out Zach Eflin (2-2; 4.08 ERA) to hopefully split the series.  Eflin was strong as he pitched six innings of two-run baseball.  The Phillies went to bat for their starter and had 13 hits, plating 10 runs.  The offense was driven by two powerful home runs.  Cameron Rupp hit a monster two-run home run that went 465 feet.  The blast was the highlight of Rupp’s 4-4 day; his first four hit game of his career.  Not to be outdone, Maikel Franco went yard with a three-run home run that surpassed Rupp’s dinger by going 471 feet.  Those two home runs are two of the 11 farthest home runs hit this season in MLB.  The Phillies won the game, and tied the series, 10-3.

The Phillies have a few days off as the All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday in San Diego.  The Phils return to play on Friday as they return to Citizens Bank Park to take on the New York Mets.

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