Phillies drop 3 of 4 to Rockies as the Hunt for Red October loses steam
The Philadelphia Phillies lost 3-of-4 games to the Colorado Rockies. They are now 4.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East with only 19 games left in the 2021 MLB regular season. Yesterday, a pair of 0-2 count home runs killed the Phillies, as the Rockies took the series finale 5-4. While the Philadelphia Eagles provided a glimmer of hope for sports in the city, the Phillies continue to disappoint and are well on their way to their 10th consecutive season without making the playoffs.
The Phillies have dropped 7-of-10 games since sweeping the Nationals to kick off September. There’s really not much positive things to say about this team outside of the MVP caliber season that Bryce Harper is having and solid pitching performances from both Zack Wheeler and Ranger Suarez.
Aaron Nola was on the mound yesterday and lasted just over five innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs while striking out 10. Garrett Hampson hit a three run home run in the top of the fifth inning with an 0-2 count to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Phillies tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch that scored JT Realmuto, before Garrett freaking Hampson hit a two-run home run in the top of the 7th to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead. The Phillies would get one back which of course, came on a solo shot from Bryce Harper in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it just wasn’t enough.
The Phillies are just one game over .500 with 19 left to play. The divisional race will be a tough climb, especially if they continue to play like they’ve performed over the last week. The Phillies will now face the Cubs and Mets, two beatable teams, and the Braves will have to play the Giants and Padres, before the two teams meet at the end of September. The NL East is still alive but it’s barely breathing.
As for the National League Wild Card, the Phillies are 2.5 games behind the Padres. However, that’s a crowded path to the postseason with the Reds and Cardinals also in contention.
The Phillies will have a much needed day off before opening up a three game series tomorrow night against the Chicago Cubs.
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