Coming into this series, the Phillies were 6-23 in weekend games this season, which I'm sure would be the worst in baseball if not for the Rockies, who were 5-23. The two clubs battled to see who deserves the title for the Worst Weekend Baseball Team of All-Time, Ever (TM), and the Rockies prevailed by dropping last night's game as well as today's, this one by the score of 5-1. The Rox are now 5-25 in weekend games (and, in case you were wondering, an even .500 otherwise).
It's a narrative that, by season's end, will get a little old, just like last year's Sunday losing streak. It likely isn't anything more than a really strange coincidence. But, with that said, fans at 20th and Blake have seen more losing on weekends this season than a frat bro sees at a scenester party (or vice-versa) on any given weekend.
For the second straight game, the Rox were unable to recover from an early deficit. This time, the Phillies didn't quite hit on all cylinders right out of the gate, but they did end up putting five runs on the board against Drew Pomeranz, who had been quite successful since returning from the minors earlier in the month. Of course, Pomeranz's outing wasn't quite as bad as the line would suggest, as he commanded his fastball well and was sitting 93 to 95 for the most part. However, he did have trouble with his offspeed pitches at times, particularly with his curveball, and allowed Philly hitters to amass three extra base hits, including a big three-run homer served up to Hunter Pence that gave the Phils a 5-0 lead. Pomeranz would finish with five innings pitched, five runs and five hits allowed, and racked up five strikeouts. He walked two batters.
Offensively, the Rockies looked lost against Cole Hamels, who ended up tossing eight innings of one-run ball. They broke through against him in the sixth inning when Carlos Gonzalez tripled home Marco Scutaro for their only run of the game. It was also Colorado's only extra base hit. Dexter Fowler led the Rockies offense with two hits, which marked the sixth time in his last seven games that he's thrown out multiple hits. His batting average sits at an even .300.
The Rockies' bullpen was able to hold serve for four innings, with Mike Ekstrom making the most solid contribution (one inning, no baserunners, one strikeout). They did their part, but unfortunately Pomeranz and the Rockies offense didn't do theirs. As a result, unless the Dodgers can come back and beat the Padres, the Rox will be in sole possession of the NL West cellar.
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