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Being swept in a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies was not how the Phillies wanted to kick off their current homestand. The series kicked off on Friday with 4-1 loss and Phillies ace Cole Hamels was on the mound. Hamels pitched another strong outing, giving his club eight inning pitched while only allowing two runs. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, Rockies starter Chad Bettis was dominant. He matched Hamels’ eight innings pitched, but he did not give up a run. Luis Garcia came in for relief of Hamels, allowing another two runs. The Phillies lone run came in the 9th inning off of John Axford.
Saturday’s matchup saw Aaron Harang start for the Phillies against Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler. The Phillies started off the offense in the first inning when Ryan Howard doubled in Chase Utley. The Rockies quickly came back with two solo home runs off of Harang in the second inning. Both offenses were quiet until the seventh inning Garcia came in for relief of Harang and immediately gave up two more runs. Cesar Hernandez came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning with a solo home run, but it was too little too late. The Phillies fell to the Rockies, 5-2.
The sweep was finalized Sunday as the Phillies lost 4-1. Rockies third baseman, Nolan Arenado, started things off quickly as he hit a two-run home run off of Phillies started Jerome Williams in the first inning. The Phillies came back quickly with an RBI from Cameron Rupp in the second inning. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles was taken out of the game after 1.1 innings pitched due to injury. The Rockies bullpen did not miss a beat and did not allow a run for the remainder of the game.
The Phillies have an off day tomorrow, but continue the homestand on Tuesday with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch Tuesday is at 7:05 PM.