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With Hoffman making a spot start, he was also campaigning for his stay in the rotation, and he definitely made a case. Over seven terrific innings, Hoffman struck outs seven while allowing only one run. He also did not walk a batter and allowed only three hits. It was easily Hoffman’s best start of his young career and it gave the Rockies an easy victory against the Phillies.
The main story was definitely Hoffman dominating, but the offense cannot be overlooked either, as they scored eight runs on the night behind thirteen hits. The Rockies would score first and it would be a lead they would not give up.
In the third inning, the Rockies got the first two batters to reach with some singles. Hoffman then did his job and advanced the runners with a two strike bunt. Charlie Blackmon, the best hitter on the Rockies, then doubled down the left field line to earn his 34th and 35th RBI on the year. Blackmon would drive another in before the night was over.
The big inning for the Rockies would come in the ninth and it would be capped off by a monster shot from Nolan Arenado. After being fed breaking balls and off-speed stuff all night long, Arenado got a grooved fastball from Luis Garcia that he obliterated to left-center.
Aside from the Arenado homer and the Blackmon RBI, Cargo also earned three hits and shows he may be getting out of his slump. He has been hitting and hitting well, and in his last seven he is hitting .333 with five walks. Cargo has been cold all year and with Parra coming down to earth more recently, the Rockies really need that lefty middle of the order bat. Cargo has always been a staple there and he is looking to do that again in this 2017 season.
The Rockies and Phillies square off for game 2 with another rookie on the mound for Colorado. The rookie pitchers have been the strength of this Rockies team so far, so there is definitely confidence that the Rockies can take this game as well.