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Colorado Rockies fall to Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 amid questionable managing and bad errors

Some of the decisions made in this one were...let's go with interesting. They were interesting.

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The Colorado Rockies took a disappointing loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, dropping the second of a four-game series by a final of 5-3. Early on, things looked great. Starting pitcher Jon Gray was on his A game and the offense got out to an early lead before questionable managing and poor relief pitching and defense caused things to go the other way.

In the third inning, after Gray and Charlie Blackmon started things off with back-to-back singles, DJ LeMahieu—who entered the night with a .399 on-base percentage and an overall batting line 23 percent better than league average—was inexplicably asked to bunt. Gray was thrown out and briefly had an injury scare after stepping awkwardly on third base. Luckily, Gray was okay and later in the inning Carlos Gonzalez laced a double to right field to score Blackmon and put the Rockies on top, 1-0.

Two innings later, the Rockies tacked on another run after Gonzalez reached on an infield single with two outs and came around to score on Trevor Story’s RBI double. At that point, everything was coming up Milhouse for the Rockies. They led 2-0 and had their young ace on the hill with what appeared to be his best stuff.

After that, the seventh inning happened. Phillies’ catcher Cameron Rupp led off with a four-pitch walk, which is not great. However, Gray then struck out Ryan Howard with a 97 mph fastball before allowing a broken bat bloop single off the bat of Freddy Galvis on another 97 mph fastball. Working on a shutout at just 94 pitches while still showing arguably his best stuff and command of the season, manager Walt Weiss decided that was the time to remove him from the game in favor of Jake McGee. At the time of the move, these were my thoughts:

Upon entering the game, McGee immediately allowed a single to Cesar Hernandez before Tommy Joseph hit the Phillies’ longest home run of the season. In the blink of an eye, the Rockies trailed, 4-2. Gray’s final line was 6⅓ IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K and quite frankly was not indicative of how well he pitched.

As they’ve been known to do this season, however, the Rockies continued to battle. In the bottom of the seventh inning, LeMahieu worked a walk before coming around to score on back-to-back singles from Gonzalez and Story to shave a run off the deficit and get it back to 4-3. Unfortunately, that was all they were able to muster.

In the ninth, the Phillies tacked on a run that was technically earned, but scored thanks to a throwing error by catcher Nick Hundley to increase their lead to 5-3. The Rockies never seriously threatened in their half of the ninth against Phillies' closer Jeanmar Gomez.

The loss dropped the Rockies to 39-47 on the year while the Phillies improved to 41-47. Game three of the series takes place tomorrow night at 6:40 pm mountain time. Tyler Anderson will pitch for the Rockies against Jerad Eickhoff of the Phillies.