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With another terrific start from a starting pitcher, the Rockies were primed and ready for a sweep. Unfortunately, the offense fell flat and the Rockies would lose in 11 innings to the Phillies on Tommy Joseph’s walk off single.
Tyler Anderson gave the Rockies 7+ during Thursday’s game and limited the Phillies to only one run on six hits. Anderson walked two and struck out seven, but just didn’t get any run support and took the no decision. It was one of Anderson’s better starts on the year, but he could not take away a win and the Rockies could not complete the sweep.
While the loss is not something you can praise, the road trip is. The Rockies finished 7-3 on the trip which ties a franchise best road trip record. They didn’t face the best teams, but being away from Coors is normally something that kills the Rockies so it is good to see some domination away from 20th and Blake.
Aside from Anderson’s great start, the Rockies have some other positives to take away from the game. Cargo tallied another two hits in the game and finishes the four game set going 10-19 and having his best series of the year. He has fully broken from his slump, and while the power is not exactly there just yet, expect big things from him in this next series.
Trevor Story is also a positive as he shined defensively and drove in the Rockies only run on a solo home run in the fourth. Having Story back and hopefully back to his 2016 form can only benefit the Rockies on both ends and is something that adds to their already potent lineup.
The Rockies get to head home, but not for long as they take on one of their weirder stretches of games on the year. They face St. Louis for three before taking on Seattle for a two at home and two away set with the Mariners. They then go to San Diego before coming home for a two game set with Cleveland, and then heading out again.
This is a set of games that takes on some great teams, St. Louis and Cleveland, and some bottom dwellers in the Padres and Mariners, but it will show the team’s ability to adapt. It will not be easy, even against the worse teams, but it can show exactly how for real the Rockies are this year.