Phillies Hold On For a 7-6 Win in Sweep of Rockies

Up 7-1 after six innings, it looked like the Philadelphia Phillies were going to cruise to a win over the Colorado Rockies and complete a three-game sweep. The Phils had gotten an excellent start from Cristopher Sanchez, a pair of home runs from Kyle Schwarber – including the 250th of his career – and hits from seven of the nine men in their lineup. However, the Rockies put up a five-run eighth inning. The Phillies had to hold on for a 7-6 win at Citizens Bank Park.

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“We had good at-bats,” manager Rob Thomson after his team improved to 11-8 on the season and 5-2 in a 10-game homestand that will conclude with a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox. “Had a few opposite field hits which tells me they’re staying on the baseball. We drove the ball in the gaps and down the lines, it was a good night offensively.”

In the Begining

To start the game, the first two Rockies reached on a hit and an error. Sanchez got out of the jam with only a single run allowed. His teammates quickly erased that deficit. The Phillies put up four runs in the bottom of the first-off Rockies starting pitcher Ryan Feltner. It started with back-to-back home runs by Schwarber and Trea Turner. It was Schwarber’s fourth homer of the season and third to lead off a game in 2024. As a Phillie, he has gone deep 21 times at the start of a game. The Phils are 17-4 in those contests. For Turner, it was his second long ball of the year. J.T Realmuto singled and came around to score on a double by Alec Bohm, who was then knocked in by Brandon Marsh.

“That’s the thing,” said Schwarber, who has 12 multi-home run games as a Phillie, “they start the game off with a run and you’re able to bounce right back. Whenever you can get that momentum back and let Sanchez settle in, it’s big.”

Sanchez Working It Out

Sanchez worked six innings and allowed just five additional baserunners after the first. For the third time in his career, he struck out 10 batters which ties his career high.

“I was attacking early with the sinker,” said Sanchez, who is now 1-2 with a 2.53 ERA, through interpreter Diego D’Aniello. “My slider was good, and my changeup was good as well.”

Meanwhile, the Phils were adding on (and they would need it). Turner doubled to start the fifth, scoring on a groundout by Realmuto. With one in the sixth, Johan Rojas doubled off the wall in center. Then Schwarber greeted Rockies relief pitcher Peter Lambert by stinging his third pitch off an advertising sign attached to the front of the second deck.

Gregory Soto started the eighth on the mound for the Phils, he gave up three-straight hits – two of which didn’t leave the infield. After a sacrifice fly and a pair of free passes – the second of which forced in a run – Soto had turned a low-leverage situation into a high one. Jeff Hoffman was summoned, and all three runners he inherited scored, but he got out of the inning with the lead intact. Jose Alverado pitched the ninth and got the save despite the tying getting to second base with two outs.

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Rob Doesn’t Waiver

Despite the struggles Thomson still has confidence in Soto because of his repertoire.

“It’s hard to believe that people hit him at times because his stuff is just phenomenal,” he said. “You have to trust him because of the stuff.”

Soto, who had given up just one run in five-and-a-third innings this season. He saw his ERA go from 1.69 to 9.53 after being charged with five runs in a third of an inning.

Going in the other direction is Rojas, who was two-for-three with a walk, stolen base, and run scored. He’s 8-for-23 after starting the season 1-for-22.

“I talked to him for a while in the cage today,” said Turner, referring to Rojas, “and we worked on a couple of things. I felt like they showed up immediately. He’s got a lot of talent, and he works hard.”

The Phils have their first off day in two weeks before the White Sox come to town. Then they start a 10-day, 10-game road trip.

Rock Hoffman
Rock Hoffman

Rock Hoffman has been covering sports in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. He’s been the co-host of a radio show – SportsPage – on the Delaware Valley Radio Network (WRDV.org) in the time. He’s reported on games involving all the Philadelphia teams at the profession and collegiate levels. During his career he’s provided coverage for a Super Bowl, an All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games as well NFL, MLB and NHL playoff games. Additionally, he’s the College Football Editor for Football Stories Magazine (FootballStories.com).

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