‘Twas a seesaw affair to start the game and hair-raising ending, but the Phillies gutted this one out.
Quick recap tonight folks. It was a long game.
J.T. Realmuto was your hero. He hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the season this evening, bringing his season OPS+ to a more respectable 88. Considering it was hovering in the sixties about a week ago, that marks a substantial improvement.
Andrew McCutchen got his season going, collecing two hits including his first home run of the year. The team as a whole had seven extra base hits on the evening, pummeling Rockies pitching yet again.
The Phillies’ pitching though was lacking. Jake Arrieta again struggled, getting yanked in the third inning after giving up a grand slam to Charlie Blackmon. It was Blackmon’s 1,127 home run against the Phillies in his career and his 5,410 RBI. However, the bullpen managed to lock things up pretty tightly until the ninth when Hector Neris struggled yet again, having to yield to new acquisition Tony Cingrani to get the save for the team. It’s only two games, but the situation with Neris in the ninth inning is worth watching.
The Phillies go for the sweep tomorrow with Zach Eflin on the bump.