Antonio Senzatela was brilliant turning in 5 ⅔ innings of quality pitching and leading the charge as the Rockies notched their first home win in the month of May and broke a 14-game losing streak at Coors. Despite two monster home runs by Bryce Harper, the Rockies were able to hold on and Tyler Kinley closed the door in the ninth to officially end the streak. Clutch hitting and late-inning home runs by Ian Desmond and David Dahl led the way at the plate for the Rockies.
Bases loaded, please
Rockies hitters had multiple opportunities throughout the game to hit with the bases loaded and they didn’t disappoint going 3-for-4 in those situations. In the third inning, a Charlie Blackmon single, followed by a Nolan Arenado single and Daniel Murphy walk, loaded the bases with no outs. Chris Owings and Sam Hilliard delivered back-to-back singles to put the Rockies up 2-0. Tony Wolters then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play allowing Murphy to score. In the sixth, Wolters again had a chance to knock in some runs with the bases loaded and singled driving in Arenado to go up 4-0. These were all the runs the Rockies would get until much needed insurance came by way of back-to-back homers by Desmond and Dahl in the eighth.
Senzatela sizzles on the mound
The simulated season has been a struggle for Senzatela, still searching for his first win albeit in his tenth start. Today, however, Senzatela was sharp, keeping the ball in the strike zone and shutting out the Phillies until he made a mistake to Harper in the sixth. It’s the kind of performance this team needed and hopefully can build on throughout the homestand. His final line on the day was 5 ⅔ IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K.
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Game 2 will feature Aaron Nola for the Phillies and Ryan Castellani for the Rockies.