The Colorado Rockies broke out the brooms in their sweep of the Phillies this afternoon, having split the previous four-game series. Despite the early departures of Jordan Lyles and Ben Paulsen due to an injured foot and a migraine respectively, the Rockies rode the bats of Arenado and LeMahieu to a 4-1 victory behind some solid pitching.
The Rockies got things going early when DJ LeMahieu singled with one out in the top of the first. Nolan Arenado took the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the center-field wall, good for his twelfth home run of the season, to put the Rockies up 2-0 early.
Lyles whiffed two in the bottom of the first, but re-injured his toe while skipping to avoid a Cody Asche liner in the second. Chris Rusin was brought in to replace him, but allowed his inherited runner to score off of a Cameron Rupp double. Rusin escaped the inning without any further damage, giving Lyles a stat line of 1.1 innings pitched on the day with two strike outs and a run allowed.
The Rockies tacked on two more in the fifth to put the team up by three. Charlie Blackmon took first after being hit by a pitch with one out and was plated by a home run from DJ LeMahieu. CarGo doubled with two outs, but Wilin Rosario flew out to center to end the inning.
Rusin ran into some trouble in the bottom of the seventh, walking Maikel Franco and allowing two straight singles to Asche and Herrera to load the bases. Brooks Brown was brought in to replace Rusin, and struck out both Cameron Rupp and Darin Ruff with some nice looking pitches. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brown struck out Ben Revere on three straight. Chris Rusin will probably be buying Brown a beer tonight for that performance, which leaves Rusin with a line of 4.2 innings pitched with no runs allowed, two strikeouts, and a walk.
Christian Friedrich was brought in to replace the fantastic Brooks Brown for the eighth inning and retired the Phillies in order, picking up a K after whiffing Ryan Howard. Scott Oberg was brought in for the save and got both Franco and Ashe to ground out for the first two outs of the ninth. Herrera singled with two outs before Carlos Ruiz flew out on the first pitch he saw to give Oberg his first save of season.
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