In a back-and-forth affair at Citizens Bank Park, the Rockies ultimately were not victorious. The game included six home runs: Charlie Blackmon’s 33rd leadoff home run (third of the season), two by Ryan McMahon, and one by Trevor Story (as well as two-run shots by Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto for the Phillies).
What’s bugging Kyle Freeland?
Kyle Freeland only lasted 1 2⁄3 innings today — his shortest non-injury start of his career. Over the course of those 1 2⁄3 innings, he allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. He threw 65 pitches and now owns a 6.02 ERA on the season. After such a dominant performance last season, Kyle has struggled much more than anyone expected this year. I think we expected him to come back down to earth a bit, but not quite as much as he has. Hopefully he can turn it around for his next start, which should come against the Orioles on Friday.
What’s bugging Daniel Murphy?
After spending time on the IL with a finger injury, Daniel Murphy has not looked himself as of late. Today in particular, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He also struck out twice yesterday in three at bats. He has not recorded a hit since May 12th and is 11-for-60 (.183) since coming off the IL on April 24th.
RyMac hits jacks!
Ryan McMahon had an up and down game. In the first inning, he missed out on a force at second and recorded an error when he didn’t catch a double-play throw by Trevor Story. It sure made him look a little lost out there at the keystone. However, McMahon made up for it by hitting two home runs — a solo shot in the fourth to put the Rockies within a run and then another to put the Rockies up 5-3 in the sixth. This was his second multi-homer game, with his other being on April 18th vs. the Phillies.
Coming Up Next
The Rockies have an off day tomorrow before finishing out this road trip in Pittsburgh. German Márquez is expected to get the start against Chris Archer, which could make for a good pitching match up once again.