The Phillies were able to crank out 8 hits against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. They scored 2 runs, the first on a bases loaded walk in the 3rd inning and the second on a solo home run by Andrew Knapp in the 9th inning. Six of the eight starters had at least 1 hit, with Aaron Altherr collecting 2 hits to raise his average to .313 and Odubel Herrera collecting 2 hits, 1 of them being his 11th double of the season.
Defensively the Phillies turned 3 double plays and had no errors. Starting right hander Zach Eflin gave the Phillies 6 innings and in 5 of his last 6 outings he has lasted at least 6 innings. Mark Leiter Jr. pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief and Hector Neris struck out the side in his 1 inning of work.
The Phillies lost the game 8-2… they are now 2 games below .500 at home and have a record 15-28 overall. Eflin gave up 10 hits and 8 earned runs while the Rockies scored 2 runs in the 3rd and 5 runs in the 4th to blow the game wide open. Eflin’s ERA is now at 5.36, 8.22 in the month of May, and he is 0-2 overall on the season. Charlie Blackmon hit 2 home runs, both 2 run homers in those 3rd and 4th innings. Gerardo Parra hit a solo shot off Eflin in the 6th for the Rockies 8th and final run of the game. Offensively Freddy Galvis went 0-5 with a strikeout dropping his average to .241. The Phillies. as a team, left 9 men on base and went 0-7 with runners in scoring position. Rockies starter, German Marquez, got the win going 6 strong innings, giving up only 1 run on 7 hits with 6 strikeouts. Pete is trying to get the offense going by switching the lineup around but in the last 8 games they have only scored more than 3 runs twice and they lost one of those games 8-4.
The Phillies have dropped the first 2 games of this 4 game series but still have a chance to split the series if they can win the final 2 games. With that being a very unlikely scenario, the Phillies will have lost 7 consecutive series. Tonight the Phillies send their Ace, Jeremy Hellickson (5-1), to the mound who will be opposed by Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-6). Chatwood has taken the loss in 4 of his last 5 starts and has an ERA of 5.40 in the month of May. If you have nothing better to do with your time, tickets are on StubHub for as little as $10 at the moment and it is Phillies Cap night for all fans. The cap looks absolutely hideous but hey! It’s a free giveaway to ALL fans, not just 14 and under, and you can watch the Rockies score a lot of runs.