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Game Wrap #128: Phillies 4, Rockies 3

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Rockies lose on a walk off single after the Phillies get two doubles to tie it in the ninth, all three hits came against Rafael Betancourt, who recently returned from the DL.

Hunter Martin

The Rockies were up 3-2 going into the ninth inning and I had high hopes that I would get to write a winning game wrap for a road game tonight.  I should have known that there was too much going against them.  They were facing a left handed starter, they scored less than four runs, they were on the road, and the let the other team score first.  In those four items they are a respective 17-29, 9-51, 23-42, 1-31; put all of those together and there is almost no chance (6.13e-4 is what my calculator says).

Yet, there they were, after an encouraging start by Juan Nicasio, with a chance to win the game.  After giving up a solo home run in the first, Juan pitched well until the fifth inning.  He loaded the bases with none out but only gave up  one run by getting MIchael Young to hit into a double play and then Chase Utley hitting a pop up to third to end the threat.

This second run allowed tied the game, as the Rockies had taken the lead on a Wilin Rosario opposite field home run to start off the second and a Dexter Fowler RBI single later in the inning.  The Rockies then took the lead in the eighth when Nolan 'Clutch' Arenado hit an RBI single with two outs.  The Rockies had chances to add more runs in both the second and the eighth but both times runners were thrown out trying to advance (Pacheco at home in the second and Cuddyer at third in the eighth).  Not sure if the team is pressing on the road or if this is a sign of continued bad base running but giving up outs is tough for a team that has struggled scoring runs.

Colorado can earn a series split tomorrow when Chad Bettis faces off against Kyle Kendrick before the team heads to Miami.  At lest Kyle is a right hander, so maybe they won't lose a fifth consecutive road series.  Here's the row call and graph (which tells the story of suddend reversal)

Graph:


Source: FanGraphs

Row call:

BrandonHawpe, DomP, ES46NE10, Greg Stanwood, Jordan Freemyer, Junction Rox, Kevin V. Minor, Mr. Rockie, Nephelimdream, Northsider1964, PurpleToPurple, RhodeIslandRoxfan, RockyMountainWay91, Roxman4ever, SDcat09, Sjamb, The Lodo Magic Man, WanderingRoxFan, WhiskeyDrinkingMan, barroz, bix, chickenfoof, evers44, fluffysheap, holly96, idj2, rockiesfan4ever, vtmn_D