In a playoff run, teams should be stacking wins against a lesser opponent, can someone give that messgae to the Philadelphia Phillies who dropped what be the most demoralizing defeat in years, 4-3.
Things Were Going Nice Until..
Continuing to pile up MVP numbers, Bryce Harper started things off with his 30th homer of the season. A shot that, logistics say, would have only cleared the wall of three Major League Parks. Citizens Bank Park just happenes to be one of the three.
Antonio Senzatela (6 innings, 4 hits,2 runs, a walk and 3 strikeouts battled mightily with Harper but, Harper finally prevailed.
Manager Bud Black had this to say about the pitch. “It wasn’t really a bad pitch to Harper…it just shows the talent of Harper to be able to take a pitch down and away from him, corner of the strike zone and hit an opposite field home run.”
Ranger Suarez continues to surprise and impress and went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, a run, a walk while fanning six on his 96 pitches. Jose Alvardo and Hector Neris both went one inning. Things looked great with Brad Miller and Didi Gregorius each plating a run.
And then, Disaster
Ian Kennedy was summoned to close out the 3-1 game. However, as was asked in Ford’s Theater, “But, other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?’ Kennedy, who had been prone to surrendering the long ball, did it again.
Pinch hitter, Ryan McMahon connected for a pinch hit two-run home run his 22nd but, Colorado was not quite finished and the very next batter, Sam Hilliard, followed suit with his 10th.
The other Rockies run was furnished by Colton Welker asn his first Major League hit, and first RBI.
Philadelphia drops to an underwhelming 71-69 while Colorado improves to 64-77,
Kennedy took the loss to go 1-1 on the season while, as a team, Philadelphia has 30 blown saves and its doubtful more hurt than this one.