The Rockies took a quick series win from the Phillies, exactly what they needed, with an 8-5 win on Saturday night. The Rockies scored five runs in the first inning and that gave Jon Gray all the support he would need. With a great performance from Gray, the Rockies were able to hold off the Phillies late rally.
The scoring in the first started because of some free passes from the Phillies starter Nick Pivetta. This was the same thing that gave the Phillies trouble in Friday’s game and the Rockies were able to take advantage immediately. With Blackmon walking and LeMahieu getting hit by a pitch, Nolan was able to single to load the bases. That set up Parra’s big single up the middle to score the Rockies first two runs.
Mark Reynolds then grounded out, but productively, to score another run for Colorado. Cargo then reached on an error to put runners at second and third. Lucroy would then hit a sac fly and Pat Valaika followed that up with a single to cap the Rockies five run inning.
The scoring would end for the Rockies after three runs in the third, but those runs were all they would need anyways. Cargo drove one of the runs in with a sac fly and Valaika hit his tenth homer of the year to score the other two. A spot start for Valaika turned out to be just the right thing, as he lead the offense with his two hits and three RBIs.
Jon Gray was dominant, getting through seven innings while allowing six hits. The key for Jon tonight was not striking batters out, as he is apt to do, but instead inducing weak contact and getting keys outs when the time was needed. The win was great for Jon to get him on track and hopefully heating up as the season comes closer to an end.
Gray’s prowess on the mound saved the Rockies come the late innings where they ran into a little trouble. Rosscup came on with most of the other bullpen arms used from Friday’s game and allowed three runs while recording only one out. Neshek allowed the last run of the game, but it was a run that should have been avoided as Valaika and Parra did not communicate on a popup. Regardless, the Rockies won the game and head into Sunday with a chance to sweep.
Jeff Hoffman takes the mound to face Aaron Nola for what should be a good game. The Rockies carry the momentum from winning the first two, but Nola is a great pitcher and could hold the Rockies down. This will be a good game to watch and should actually be a competitive one, something the Phillies are not in too many of.