The Rockies lost to the Phillies today 7-6, which finalized a sweep and concluded a 1-4 road trip.
The game wasn’t pretty. The Rockies committed four errors, and “can’t assume a double play” was the only thing saving them from a fifth. They also made multiple mistakes on the base paths and in the field. And, while we’re at it, the team as a whole didn’t demonstrate much discipline at the plate. The Rockies appear to have mentally checked out of the 2016 season. The remaining games risk being something worse than frustrating: they risk being boring.
Once again, Tyler Chatwood wasn’t sharp on the mound. He lacked command of his fastball, and he was otherwise hittable. In four innings, Chatwood allowed six runs on six hits while walking five and striking out four. The bullpen—a combination of Jordan Lyles, Jake McGee, Scott Oberg, and Carlos Estevez—only allowed one more run for the remainder of the game. The defeat can’t be laid at their feet.
Charlie Blackmon hit two more home runs and all but assured himself player of the week honors. Blackmon is having a career year. He’s now hitting .324/.388/.538 with 20 home runs. He might be the best centerfielder in the National League this season.
The game never felt close, but the Rockies made a run at tying things up in the ninth inning. The Rockies began the ninth inning down 7-4. Blackmon flied out to start the inning. DJ LeMahieu then walked, and Nolan Arenado followed with a single. Daniel Descalso grounded into a fielder’s choice that was almost a game-ending double play. With two on and two out, David Dahl took a free pass to load the bases.
Nick Hundley drove in two runs with a bloop single to center. This brought the Rockies to within one, with the tying run at third base. But Gerardo Parra swung at the first pitch he saw and lazily flied out to centerfield to end the game.
The Rockies return home to face the Nationals tomorrow. Jorge De La Rosa gets the start.