Phils Lose to a Walk-off HR
On Friday, the Phillies lost again versus the Colorado Rockies in extra innings. This time, it was from a walk-off homer.
Another loss in Denver marks a five-game winning streak for the Rockies, who had excellent performances, especially from starting pitcher German Marquez. A disappointing show by the Philadelphia bullpen in the late innings allowed Colorado to get the win. Maybe it’s something about Coors Field, but we haven’t been able to win a few games there, let alone a full series, in a long time.
There are some good takeaways from the game, however. Starting pitcher Vince Velasquez had pitched very well for five innings until giving up a long 456-foot home run in the sixth to Trevor Story. Harper recorded his first ever five-hit game, with two doubles, and broke his record from 2017 for most hits in a game. J.T. Realmuto continued his nice hitting by driving in a run via a sac fly. Maikel Franco and Rhys Hoskins both had three hits each.
From the start of the game, the Phils stranded runner after runner on base. They had taken the lead in the top of the 12th inning from an RBI double by Bryce Harper. But, in classic Philadelphia fashion, a blown save in the form of a walk-off homer gave the Rockies the win for the second straight time. Juan Nicasio threw a fastball down the middle with two strikes, and Blackmon drove it deep to center field. The next game is today at 8:10 pm, with ace Aaron Nola on the mound. He has a 7.45 ERA so far this season in four starts. The Mets are now tied with us for the first spot in the stacked NL East division.
It won’t be easy to stay on top, though. The last week has been plagued by injuries, with Scott Kingery and Andrew McCutchen both having to leave the game early. McCutchen left after hurting himself during a swing, and Kingery injured his hamstring while running out a ground ball. He joins Odubel Herrera and Jean Segura, who also have hurt a hamstring. Hopefully, Kingery can return soon, since he’s been hitting really well the last few games.
This video, from mlb.com, shows Blackmon’s walk-off.