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The Rockies came out on Thursday night and made a statement after their less than great road trip. They got both solid starting pitching, good bullpen pitching, and a great offensive performance. Chad Bettis held the Phillies to only two runs while the Rockies routed them for 11. Starting the series off with a big win definitely puts the momentum behind the Rockies and will give them some forward progress for the next three games.
The Rockies started the scoring early and took an early lead for what seems like the first time in a while. DJ LeMahieu continued his excellence at the plate with a single and Nolan Arenado extended his National League RBI lead with a double to drive him in. Nolan finished the night with two hits and 70 total RBIs 0n the season.
Ryan Howard hit a home run in the second inning to tie the game, but the Rockies came right back to retaliate and retake the lead. Mark Reynolds hit a home run that barely got out to right field and put the Rockies up 2-1. From that lead, the Rockies would not look back and only extend their lead.
Trevor Story, a candidate for the final vote, staked his claim as the deserving player. With two on and one out, Story crushed a home run to left field for his 20th of the year. That put the Rockies up 5-1 and although Chad Bettis would allow another run in the fourth, it was not nearly enough for the Phillies to compete.
The Rockies offense continued to score and finished the game with 11 runs. In the fifth inning Trevor Story hit another home run to tie the rookie record for home runs before the All-Star break. Five more runs would cross in the seventh inning with the final run coming from an RBI single off the bat of Brandon Barnes. That hit also gave each of the Rockies starters a hit during the game.
Coming home is always welcome for the Rockies and this game certainly showed that. The best part of this game was not the offense coming back to life, but rather Chad Bettis having a really good outing. Bettis has been in jeopardy of losing his spot, but going 6.2 innings and allowing only two runs in certainly a welcome return to his early season form. The bullpen also held the Phillies to no runs and only 2 hits. They only had to pitch 2.1 innings, but shutting a team down is always good.
The Rockies will hope to string together some wins with another game against the Phillies on Friday night. They will have Jon Gray on the mound and with how he has been pitching, the Rockies have a good chance of winning this game.