By: Matthew Mack
The Phillies continue their home series with the Colorado Rockies for a four game series. The Phillies have struggled in the early going of this young season.
Game one of the series, Kyle Gibson gave up two home runs early in the game. From there, the Phillies got busy in the third inning. JT Realmuto and Kyle Schwarber both knocked in three runs together to take the lead. Bryce Harper in the fifth hit is third homer of the season to extend the lead. He also tack on another RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Philly didn’t look back as they ran away with the game. After Gibson gave up the two solo bombs in the game, the pitching staff kept the bats of the Rockies silent as the Phils dominated 8-2.
Tuesday night, Philly exploded with seven unanswered runs. Though Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit two bombs in the game, it was not enough to put a dent into the Phils lead. Zach Eflin pitched six strong innings while Didi Gregorius went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Odúbel Herrera homered in the game along with 3 RBIs as the Phillies took care of business 10-3. Four other players knocked in runs in the fray.
Wednesday was a little bit dicey. Herrera started things off with his second home run of the year and a sacrifice fly in his next at bat to manufacture two runs for Philly with a quickness. Rockies tied the game in the third when Conner Joe and Randal Grichuk knocked in a run apiece to tie the game. The Phils responded with taking back the lead they had thanks to Nick Castellanos RBI ground out and Gregorius RBI double in the bottom half of the inning. After Colorado homered in the sixth by CJ Cron, Philadelphia shut it down by three more runs to end the game with the final of 7-3. Harper had a three hit night with a triple.
In the final day of what is going to be a super sports day in Philadelphia, the Phillies played in the matinee while going for the series sweep. They did not disappoint. Zack Wheeler was dealing as he went six innings, one hit, seven strikeouts, four walks, and no runs allowed. Though the hits column was light, the Phillies took advantage with aggressive base running and two out hits to score runs. Phillies take the game and the series sweep 7-1.
The Phillies outscored the Rockies 32-9 in the series. The bullpen was solid throughout and the lineup is starting to click. With the sweep, Philadelphia now sits at .500 (10-10) on the young season. They’ll take their momentum up the New Jersey Turnpike to see their division rival New York Mets. We shall see if the Phils can fair better in Citi Field. Mets have been playing good baseball but it’s the Mets and it’s April.