Phillies crush four home runs, win third straight against the Colorado Rockies 9-3
The Philadelphia Phillies hit a season-high four homes to back Zack Wheeler’s season-high 11 strikeouts to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 in the series finale yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
If you missed the game, that’s because it was streamed exclusively on Peacock, with a rare 12:05PM start time.
Why? I have no idea.
The whole streaming thing, specifically with Peacock makes little-to-no sense in my opinion. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the streaming platform wanted to broadcast a game between the Phillies and Rockies at 12:05PM on a Sunday.
Neither team is lighting up the standings and if they thought that would help get people to sign up for Peacock, I highly doubt that was the case. Most fans probably just skipped watching the game and will catch one of the other 162 games airing over the next seven months, right?
Anyways, after the Phillies got blanked in the series opener to the Rockies 5-0, they managed to rip five straight wins, capitalized yesterday, with a 9-3 win.
Trea Turner struck first, hitting his home run at Citizens Bank Park in a Phillies uniform in the bottom of the first inning to give The Fightins a 1-0 lead.
Trea Turner. Pretty good at baseball.
Kody Clemens followed in the bottom of the third inning with a home run of his own to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Vintage Zack Wheeler
Outside of a rough 4th inning from Zack Wheeler, the Phillies’ ace looked great, throwing six innings while allowing three hits, three earned runs, and three walks while striking out 11.
Wheeler racked up seven strikeouts and kept the Rockies hitless through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth.
All of the sudden, Wheeler found himself in a no-out, bases-loaded jam after surrounding a pair of singles and a walk. He then hit Yonathan Daza to score a run, allowed a sac fly to Harold Castro to score another, followed by a single to Ezequiel Tovar to score the third and final Rockies run on the day.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Realmuto tied the game on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop to score Kyle Schwarber and Alec Bohm gave the Phillies the lead on a grounder to short to score Nick Castellanos.
From there, the Phillies bullpen took over with Gregory Soto pitching a scoreless seventh.
In the bottom half of the inning, Alec Bohm hit a double to deep right center to score Realmuto and Bryson Stott hit a two-run home run to extend the Phillies lead to 6-3.
Bryson Stott 2-Run Home Run
Brandon Marsh, who is absolutely dominating opposing pitchers to start the 2023 season tacked two more on the scoreboard with a massive home run to deep right centerfield.
Brandon Marsh has an MLB best 1.213 OPS
How good is Brandon Marsh playing?
Well, he’s already tied his triple total from last year and he’s batting .364 with an astounding 1.213 OPS to go along with this little tidbit below…
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies are now 7-3 over their last 10 games and sit at 11-12 on the season. They have the day off today before opening up a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park against the Seattle Mariners.
Bailey Falter will get the start tomorrow at 6:40PM against RHP Logan Gilbert (1-1, 3.57 ERA).