Nick Castellanos yet again, sparks Phillies rally from third base
The Philadelphia Phillies came back to beat the Colorado Rockies last night to win 4-3.
Aaron Nola was on the bump for the Phillies and immediately ran into some trouble in the top of the first inning. He surrendered back-to-back singles and with two runners on and two outs, let up a three-run home run to Ryan McMahon to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
The first inning was a rough one for Nola, but the Phillies’ ace managed to settle in and battle through seven innings, allowing just four hits and the three earned runs he surrendered in the first, while striking out and walking three.
The Phillies finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning.
With Jake Cave at the plate, Nick Castellanos was on third base and yet again, had the opposing pitcher rattled, with Noah Davis being issued a balk to bring home the Phillies first run of the game.
Nick Castellanos: Mind Games
This wasn’t the first time that Nick Castellanos has sparked a rally while on third base for the Phillies.
Back in early April against the Cincinnati Reds, Castellanos did the exact same thing when putting Reds pitcher Alexis Diaz’s head in a blender.
That led to a Bryson Stott walk-off and the Phillies winning 3-2.
Last night, Castellanos got things moving for the Phillies again, who eventually stormed back to beat the Rockies 4-3.
Castellanos had previously spoke with the media about the new rules for the shift and how there’s an opportunity to take advantage on third base and take a massive lead.
From there, it’s all about getting in the head of the pitcher.
With heavy rain expected later today, the Phillies bumped up the start time of today’s game to 3:05PM. Cristopher Sanchez will get the start for the Phillies, marking his first start of the season. He will face LHP Kyle Freehand (2-1, 3.80).