Phillies vs. Rockies – Game Recap – April 24, 2021
DENVER – – Rhys Hoskins scored twice, running in five runs to support seven solid innings from Aaron Nola who sent the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Nola (2-1), who threw a shutout against St. Louis on Sunday, allowed four runs and six hits, but settled down after the fifth. He withdrew his last seven batters, added a single to the plate, and was on the base for both Hoskins homers.
“It’s cool when guys do home runs when I’m on the base. I don’t have to run too hard, ”said Nola. “Rhys came up big.”
Héctor Neris worked for a triple in game nine to score his third save in four chances and secure victory for Nola.
“Anytime you can do seven innings and only give up three or four runs here, that’s not bad,” said Phillies manager Joe Girardi. “It’s a lot different from other places. It was big. “
It was the sixth time in his career that Hoskins had made two home runs in one game, and the first time since September 2, 2019 in Cincinnati.
“I miss a lot less pitches now,” said Hoskins. “There is still a little tidying up and the momentum and the work and the preparation appear in the game. Really happy with the results tonight. “
Hoskins’ first run, a two-run shot in the third, gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. The Phillies pinned two more in the inning on a single by Didi Gregorius and a sacrificial fly.
The Rockies linked it with Ryan McMahon’s homer in two runs in the fifth, but Philadelphia struck again in the sixth. A two-part walk to Andrew McCutchen put the runners in first and second, and Hoskins hit Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) with a shot into right midfield.
“(Chacin) came up with a fastball in first place in front of Hoskins, and then it looked like he found a fastball, it looked like it was down and away, and somehow he threw it up and out of it Park beaten, “said Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Colorado scored a run in eighth but had captured its winning streak in three games.
“I think we play good baseball,” said McMahon. “I know the record doesn’t reflect that, but we played a lot of games. We’re a big punch and a big punch away from many different outcomes. “
Phillies: Girardi said the LHPs threw Matt Moore and José Alvarado alone on the COVID-19 protocol list. They are also scheduled to join the team in St. Louis on Monday. “They threw at nets and the like and tried to keep their arms going,” said Girardi. “We have to decide where we are on Monday, but it is possible that they will be with us again.” … INF Brad Miller was available from the bank the day after walking with a stiff neck.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (strained left shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session. Black said Freeland threw 85% trouble. Black also said INF’s Brendan Rodgers (right achilles tendon) was down on the outfield ahead of the game.
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Rockies catcher Elias Diaz gave the Rockies a defensive boost in the late innings. In the sixth, he jumped on Nolas Bunt and threw Nick Maton into third place, and with McCutchen he had a perfect throw to get Roman Quinn to steal the third.
Diaz made it big again in ninth when he first picked up Hoskins to finish the inning and keep it in a two-run game.
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has a career hit average of 0.302 but only hits 0.153 this season. It’s a steep drop from 2017, the year he won the NL title and set a record for RBI from the starting position at 103.
Black confessed to Blackmon and called his break-in “an aberration,” but added that there was discussion about moving him from the cleanup to the lineup.
“We talked about it as a group, but we’re not ready for that yet,” said Black. “We will see in due course whether this continues.”
Philadelphia RHP Chase Anderson (0-2, 4.15 ERA) will face Colorado RHP Jon Gray (2-1, 2.42) on Sunday to complete the three-game weekend series.