In the third, CBlackmon hit a ball about as hard as is humanly possible that careened off the facade of the second deck in right field.
Jon Gray‘s night was made miserable by the combination of Cesar Hernandez and Ryan Howard. Hernandez saw 35 pitches in the game, doing severe damage to Gray’s pitch count which just happened to be elevated for the turning point in the game.
It was the second straight tough outing for Gray who looked like he was going to salvage a solid night, settling down after giving up three early runs until Howard took him deep with one out in the fifth.
Just a batter earlier, Gray had gotten Maikel Franco to hit a grounder to second that looked like it would be an inning-ending double play. But the Rockies were shifted up the middle, adding to the difficulty on the play DJ LeMahieu had to makes. The Rockies second baseman short-armed the toss to Daniel Descalso covering the bad and the runner was ruled safe after a long and largely inconclusive replay delay.
This series of unfortunate events meant the bases were loaded just before Howard hit his no-doubt shot. And a tie game became a route in a matter of a few minutes and a few inches.
The Phillies got an insurance run off of Matt Carasiti (though, it was unearned) in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-3.
Blackmon went yard for the second time in the game, for the first time to the opposite field, and for the 17th time on the season to pull the Rockies to within four.
Carasiti gave up another run in the seventh but also worked out of a bases-loaded jam without any further damage. He allowed two runs, just the one earned, on four hits and is likely relieved to have the first one out of the way.
Howard and the Phillies tacked on another run in the eighth due to some sloppy defense including the third error in the game from shortstop Cristhian Adames. Shortly after the miscue, Howard knocked in his fifth run of the game with a hard single through the shift.
Blackmon’s third jack of the game came in the top of the ninth. His 18th of the year and third absolute cannon off his bat of the game.
Over his last seven games, Blackmon is hitting .575 (19-for-33), with two doubles and six home runs and 12 RBI.
DJ LeMahieu followed him up with a home run of his own. It was LeMahiue’s eighth home run, extending his own personal record. That made it 10-6 and that is where the game would end. The Rockies were sloppy throughout, never really looked in this one and frankly did not deserve to win.
In addition to this being a tough loss, David Dahl also failed to get a hit for the first time in his career, ending up tied with Chuck Anelo at 17 for the MLB record for consecutive games with a hit to begin a career.
Game 2 against the Phillies takes place tomorrow evening at 5:05 MST. Tyler Anderson takes on Jerad Eikoff.