In game two of the series, Rhys Hoskins delivered two home runs and Aaron Nola kept the Rockies bats quiet enough to help the Phillies secure a 7-5 victory.
Rough third inning for Senzatela
On a 1-1 count in the top of the third, Antonio Senzatela threw a pitch to Rhys Hoskins that was inside the strike zone that is sponsored by a particular car brand that is popular among Coloradans. Home plate umpire CB Bucknor called the pitch a ball, leaving Senzatela visibly frustrated and he might have lost some of his concentration. What should have been a 1-2 count turned into a 2-1 count, then a 3-1 count, then a two-run home run to dead center field. A walk to Bryce Harper was then followed by a couple of sharp hits and when the dust settled on the inning, the Phillies had scored four runs.
After tonight's game: Home plate umpire CB Bucknor and #Rockies Antonio Senzatela will duel at 50 paces. Their seconds have been summoned.— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) April 25, 2021
RyMac Jack highlights big bottom of the fifth
Ryan McMahon hit an absolute rocket of a home run in the fifth inning, turning on a fastball with a 109.5 MPH exit velocity to tie the game at four. McMahon was looking for something to drive against Aaron Nola, just missing on a home run hack on an inside fastball on the first pitch of the at-bat before driving his changeup into the seats on the second pitch. McMahon is now tied for the National League lead with seven home runs and continues to stay hot at the dish.
Ryan's swing is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/ge1LH3uF4n— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 25, 2021
Standing on third to watch the home run, after the first double of his career, was Alan Trejo. Trejo pinch hit for Senzatela after Elías Díaz singled with one out in the inning and came through with a double to the left center gap, setting up the three-run inning for the Rockies.
Rhys Hoskins punishes Rockies pitching
Rhys Hoskins had a strong night at the yard, hitting two home runs and driving in five to lead the Phillies to victory. In the sixth inning, Hoskins came up after two outstanding plays by Elías Díaz both cut down Phillies baserunners at third base, resulting in two out and two on for the Phillies first baseman. Jhoulys Chacín was unable to work out of the jam, surrendering Hoskins’ second homer of the night, giving the Phillies a 7-4 lead and ultimately exiting after 2⁄3 of an inning pitched and three runs allowed in relief of the starter Senzatela.
The Rockies will look to win the rubber match on Sunday afternoon as Jon Gray takes the mound for the Rockies against Chase Anderson and the Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 MDT at Coors Field. Jon Gray has looked as good as he has at any point in his career so far in this young season and will set out to continue his dominance at home.