There were runners all over the bases throughout Saturday night’s game between the Phillies and Rockies at Coors Field, but one team cashed them in more consistently as the Phillies took away an 8-5 win Saturday at Coors Field.
The key moment of the game came in the top of the seventh, trailing 4-3 with two on and two outs, the Rockies elected to let Mike Dunn face Bryce Harper with first base open and on a 1-2 pitch Harper smacked a three-run home run to right, extending the Phillies lead to 7-3.
Things started well for the Rockies as Charlie Blackmon picked up right where he left off, leading off the bottom of the first with a solo home run against Phillies starter Aaron Nola, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Raimel Tapia followed that up with a home run to lead off the second, but his was slightly more dramatic:
Raimel better watch out, he might get a speeding ticket pic.twitter.com/RiJGvdIrXo— C l rad R ckies (@Rockies) April 21, 2019
Tapia’s inside-the-park homer was the 18th in Rockies history and his first home run of any kind this season. It gave the Rockies a quick 2-0 lead against the 3rd place finisher in 2018 NL Cy Young voting. Both Blackmon and Tapia’s homers came on the first pitch of the inning.
The Phillies got a run back against Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela in the third, but the Rockies extended their lead to 3-1 via a Trevor Story RBI s. ingle in the bottom of the inning. However, the third ended up being a missed opportunity for the Rockies as Nola (with some help from home plate umpire Eric Cooper) struck out both Tapia and Garrett Hampson with the bases loaded to end the inning.
That missed opportunity loomed even larger after the top of the fourth because Senzatela coughed up a bases-loaded double to Phil Gosselin, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Senzatela went on to pitch six innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Rockies mounted a rally in the bottom of the eighth as Hampson scored on a sacrifice fly from Ian Desmond and Blackmon’s RBI triple brought home Drew Butera. With two outs, Trevor Story lined a ball to right that had home run distance but was just foul. He lined out to left on the next pitch, ending the inning.
The Phillies added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Andrew McCutchen took Seunghwan Oh deep with a solo home run.
Missed opportunities were the story of the night for the Rockies, as they compiled 14 hits, a walk and a hit batter, but could muster just five runs, leaving 10 on base and going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the game that snapped a five-game winning streak.
The Rockies will look to regain their winning ways tomorrow as Jon Gray takes the mound against Jerad Eickhoff. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.