The Colorado Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a final score of 10-3 on Tuesday night at Coors Field. It marks their fifth straight win. The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in the meantime, putting the Rockies 0.5 games up in the second Wild Card spot for now.
Bullpen game was a success
The strength of the Rockies all season and in recent weeks has been the starting rotation. This game felt dicey, then, because the team knew they would need to ride their bullpen. Chad Bettis started solid and then got in a bit of trouble. D.J. Johnson entered to limit the damage and start the bullpen train. From there the team used seven relievers, with Scott Oberg and Harrison Musgrave working out of a couple jams to keep the Rockies in control.
When you put up 10 runs there is obviously a lot of good to say, but the early offense in this one came from two-out rallies. David Dahl hit a three-run homer with two outs in the third to put the Rockies on the board, and it snowballed from there with five more runs in the next couple innings.
The Rockies try to keep the winning going on Wednesday with German Marquez on the mound against Nick Pivetta for the Phillies.