It was another ugly game for the Colorado Rockies against the Philadelphia Phillies and ultimately a sweep on the road that couldn’t have unfolded in more frustrating fashion for the Rockies had it been scripted as such.
The Colorado Nine started off incredibly sloppy, committing three errors and surrendering two unearned runs in the first three innings. Two of the errors came from the usually sure-handed Nolan Arenado and it certainly didn’t help that the club had Ryan Raburn playing first base for the first time in six years.
Gerardo Parra made a questionable decision to not throw the ball home with the slow-running Cameron Rupp coming in to score in the third and Nick Hundley had a difficult time blocking pitches or framing them in the strike zone, compiling the Rockies defensive woes with a number of plays that really hurt the team even though they weren’t ruled errors.
Still, when it was all over with, the Rockies had committed four errors, narrowly avoiding a few more.
Charlie Blackmon, who has been hotter than hinges of hell this week, sent a ball to nirvana in the fifth. That would be his sixth home run in the last seven days.
Then, once the defense tightened up a little, Tyler Chatwood got a little wild, walking the first batter of the fifth inning and coming unraveled after a series of singles that put the Phillies up 6-3.
Chatwood finished with four innings, six hits, four earned runs, five walks and four strikeouts.
Blackmon continued his amazing stretch in the seventh with yet another home run, his fifth in the three-game series. Over his last eight games, Blackmon is hitting .541/.575/.1.135 with six home runs and 12 RBI which is good for a 335 wRC+. He should be a shoe-in for National League Player of the Week despite his team’s terrible record during that span.
Philadelphia got an insurance run which it would turn out they needed off of Jake McGee in the seventh.
To make things extra-excruciating on their fans, the Rockies rallied in the top of the ninth, scoring a pair of runs on a bloop single from Hundley and getting the tying run to third base in the form of David Dahl.
But Parra hit a broken-bat popup to center field on the very first pitch he saw, and the rally, the game, and the series were over. 7-6, Phillies.
Parra had a terrible game but he was not alone. For this particular series, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu are about the only guys on the roster who can say they did their job.
This was about as bad as this series could have gone. To add injury to insult, it was reported after the game that Chatwood is dealing with some upper-back stiffness.
The Rockies made physical errors, mental errors, base-running errors, and strategic errors and still managed to outhit and outhomer the Phillies in the series … without winning any of the three games. They endured some bad luck and some bad umpiring but ultimately the Rockies beat themselves in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Rockies return home to face one of the best teams and pitchers in baseball tomorrow evening at Coors Field. The Washington Nationals will have Max Scherzer on the mound, Rockies veteran Jorge De La Rosa will try to prove that he is the king of Coos Field, still. First pitch is at 6:40 MST,