Mile High Let Down For Phillies

Friday

 Jacob Stallings hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, Ezequiel had a winning single in the 11th for his career-best fourth hit and the Rockies beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Friday night after the first-inning ejection of Phillies star Bryce Harper.

Harper Tossed

Harper called a timeout after taking a borderline 0-1 sinker that appeared to be low and inside but was called a strike by plate umpire Brian Walsh. After the two-time NL MVP struck out on the next pitch, a curveball, Harper dropped his bat and threw his helmet. He said something to Walsh and was tossed in the 21st ejection of Harper’s big-league career.

Colorado stopped the Phillies’ six-game winning streak and ended Philadelphia’s streak of seven consecutive wins in series openers since an April 29 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Phillies, a big league-best 37-15, had won nine of their previous 10 games.

Nick Castellanos and Edmundo Sosa homered in the fifth off Ty Bach, who allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Tovar had an RBI single in the fifth, and Stallings tied the score with his third homer this season, driving a first-pitch sinker from José Alvarado 427 feet to left-center. Alvarado blew a save for the first time in 10 chances this season.

Gregory Soto (0-1) intentionally walked Jordan Beck leading off the 11th to put runners on first and second, then walked Ryan McMahon with one out. Tovar singled sharply into the left. Tovar had his second career walk-off hit.

Tyler Kinley (3-1) struck out two in a perfect 11th as the Rockies played a franchise-record third straight game of at least 11 innings. Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the 10th inning, but Nick Mears froze Kyle Schwarber on a 2-2 curveball and retired J.T. Realmuto on a groundout.

Saturday

Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer in Philadelphia’s six-run ninth inning and the Phillies rallied past the Rockies 8-4 on Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, the Phillies broke through to snap the Rockies’ five-game home winning streak. After Brandon Marsh drew a leadoff walk against Jalen Beeks, Justin Lawrence (1-3) was relieved and was greeted by Edmundo Sosa’s RBI triple. Garrett Stubbs followed with an RBI single to put the Phillies in front 4-3.

9th Inning Magic

After Kody Clemens grounded into a double play, Kyle Schwarber doubled for his third hit of the game and Bryson Stott walked. Harper ejected in the first inning of Friday’s 11-inning loss to the Rockies for arguing a strike call and drove John Curtiss’ pitch over the left field fence for his 13th home run of the season.

Nick Castellanos’ RBI single capped Philadelphia’s outburst. José Ruiz (1-0) got the win, working a scoreless inning in relief. The Rockies got a solid outing from Dakota Hudson, who went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits, and Lawrence lamented he could not close it out for his team.

Charlie Blackmon hit a two-out RBI double in the ninth for the Rockies for the 600th extra-base hit of his career, the second most in Rockies franchise history. Brenton Doyle had a pair of hits and stole a career-high three bases.

Rockies left fielder Jordan Beck left after landing hard on his glove (left) hand while making a diving catch of Castellanos’ sinking liner for the final out in the top of the first inning. After the game, manager Bud Black said Beck had suffered a broken hand. There was no immediate timetable for his return.

The Rockies built a 3-1 lead against Aaron Nola before the Phillies pulled within a run in the top of the fifth on Schwarber’s sacrifice fly, which scored Stubbs after he reached third based on a delayed steal.

Harper singled in the top of the first to drive in Philadelphia’s first run, but Colorado scored single runs in each of the first three innings on Brendan Rodgers’ RBI single, Kris Bryant’s run-scoring groundout, and Hunter Goodman’s fielder’s choice, which brought home Doyle from third after he singled and stole second.

Sunday

 Ryan McMahon hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the first inning, and the Rockies sent Ranger Suárez to his first loss of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.

Colorado, last in the NL West at 18-34, took two of three games and ended a streak of 15 straight winning or tied series for the major league-best Phillies (38-16), Philadelphia’s longest streak since 1983-84.

Suárez (9-1) allowed season-highs of five runs and four walks in six innings while giving up four earned runs and three hits with eight strikeouts. His ERA rose from 1.36 to 1.75. Quantrill (4-3) gave up two runs and three hits in six innings. Tyler Kinley pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season, finishing a five-hitter.

McMahon’s team-leading 10th home run of the season put the Rockies ahead, and Colorado boosted the lead to 5-0 in the second. Hunter Goodman hit an RBI double; Brenden Rodgers hit into a run-scoring force out as third baseman Alec Bohm threw wildly past first for an error in trying for an inning-ending double play as a second run scored.

Suárez retired his final 13 batters. Bohm had an RBI single in the fourth and Johan Rojas hit a run-scoring single in the fifth. J.T. Realmuto singled in the eighth and extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest for a Phillies catcher since Tim McCarver hit 15 straight in 1977.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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