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Small victories, large defeats.



Updated: 2017-05-23T22:40:53-04:00

 



Let’s use this time more productively: Rockies 8, Phillies 2

2017-05-23T22:40:53-04:00

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The Phillies lost by a bunch of runs tonight. Let’s use this time we usually spend recapping to bolster out intelligence.

The present is but a blink of existence, buried almost instantaneously by the endless pouring of events simultaneous and subsequent. No one will recall tonight’s unwatchable 8-2 Phillies loss to the Rockies in even a week, so instead of re-living only the events of this evening, let’s take this opportunity to educate ourselves with the history that has already occurred on this date so that tonight is not yet another waste of that unrenewable resource we call “time.”

  • DID YOU KNOW THAT On this day in 1934, outlaws Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down in a hail of bullets by police on a country road in Louisiana? The Rockies scored their first two runs in the third on a Charlie Blackmon home run.
  • HOW ABOUT THAT? Interesting stuff, right? And try this one on for size: On May 23, 1701, Captain William Kidd was hanged for the crimes of piracy and murder. The Phillies tried to “hang” onto this game by scoring in the bottom of the third when Rockies starter German Marquez walked in a run. That’s right, on a night when the opposing pitcher was walking in runs, the Phillies “choked” repeatedly at the plate and couldn’t only score twice! And that same pitcher struck them out six times! But if you’ve been watching this team lately, that won’t be “noose” to you!
  • AND GET THIS, GANG: The largest marble structure in the world was dedicated on May 23, 1911. You may be familiar with it: It’s a little building called the New York Public Library! The Rockies certainly didn’t stay quiet in the fourth inning when Zach Eflin surrendered the bulk of his eight earned runs on the evening. They were circling the bases on a pair of RBI singles, a fielder’s choice, and a second Charlie Blackmon dinger!



At least it’s over: Rockies 8, Phillies 1

2017-05-22T22:35:40-04:00

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Another one for the history books.

Me, four hours ago: “I’ve never heard of Jeff Hoffman.”

Jeff Hoffman: “Oh really now.”

Jeff Hoffman and the Rockies shut down the Phillies tonight, making me feel like an idiot. The Phils lost 8-1, and this is going to be a short one because there just isn’t much to say.

Jerad Eickhoff had a thoroughly mediocre start, but he lasted six innings, which is not a bad thing. He gave up four runs, which is sadly going to be insurmountable with this offense. So the game was essentially over in the sixth inning. But Eickhoff didn’t walk anybody, which is also a good thing. So... there’s that.

There was virtually no offense tonight. The Phillies had no answer for anything the Rockies pitchers had to offer. They had just three hits, and two of them belonged to Aaron Altherr. They somehow scored a run, which came from the non-Altherr hit of the night: a single from Tommy Joseph. Everyone else? Nada.

Things got ugly late when in the top of the ninth, a crew chief review overturned a close play at first, and then Joely Rodriguez nearly hit Tony Wolters in the throat. Cesar Hernandez barely caught a sharp grounder to first, and then the wheels fell off the wagon. Tommy Joseph missed a ball at first and two runs scored. Things got worse when Luis Garcia came in and promptly gave up a monster blast to Nolan Arenado.

It wasn’t pretty, but at least it’s over. I could say more, but how much do you really want to read about this game?




Game Thread 5/22: Rockies at Phillies

2017-05-22T18:30:02-04:00

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It’s a new week! Try to get excited!

If this was a year ago, I’d say something like “Thank goodness the Rockies are coming to town, they suck so maybe the Phillies can catch a break.” Liz From A Year Ago clearly doesn’t know what’s happening now, which is the Rockies sitting atop the NL West with the second-best record in baseball. So the “catch a break” train has probably sailed. Or left the station. You know what I mean.

It’s not a secret that the Phillies need to catch a break. They need a win on the back of good hitting and competent pitching. A complete win where nothing was a mistake or an accident. These guys need confidence. And even though the Rockies are a tougher draw than they once were, maybe they can find it tonight.

Today's Lineups

COLORADO ROCKIES PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Charlie Blackmon - CF Cesar Hernandez - 2B
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Freddy Galvis - SS
Nolan Arenado - 3B Aaron Altherr - LF
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Tommy Joseph - 1B
Mark Reynolds - 1B Maikel Franco - 3B
Gerardo Parra - LF Odubel Herrera - CF
Alexi Amarista - SS Cameron Rupp - C
Tony Wolters - C Michael Saunders - RF
Jeff Hoffman - RHP Jerad Eickhoff - RHP

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a Jeff Hoffman. He sounds like your elderly neighbor’s insurance agent.

Hopefully Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies find what they’re looking for against the Rockies and the insurance agent who leads them on the mound tonight.

Discuss the game in the comments below.