Phillies vs. Rockies: Odubel Herrera, Zach Eflin lead Phils to win

This was what you would call a complete victory.

The Phillies pitched well Tuesday night.

They play well.

And yes, they played well.

The result was a 10-3 win over the sloppy Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

Are the slow-starting Phillies starting to heat up?

You be the judge.

They have beaten the Rockies two nights in a row, hitting 20 and scoring 18 runs.

Seven of the Phillies’ hits these past two nights have been for extra-base hits. Maybe manager Joe Girardi was right when he predicted after Monday night’s game: “I think a lot of these guys are really going to start heating up. I really believe that in my heart and for sure we’ll see some bigger results from the offense.”

Odubel Herrera hit two of the Phillies’ extra-base hits Tuesday night, an RBI double and a two-run homer.

“When your nine-hole hitter is hitting doubles in the gap and home runs, it’s a good night,” said Bryce Harper, who had a single and a double. “I thought we looked really good all the time.”

There was more than offense in this Phillies win. Zach Eflin pitched two-hit ball over six innings, allowing only a second-inning single and a sixth-inning solo homer to Charlie Blackmon, who had two of them on the night, the 13th and 14th of his career against the Phillies. .

Eflin struck out three and walked one. He has made 28 consecutive starts, dating to August 2020, without walking more than two batters.

Eflin recorded his 500th career strikeout in the second inning, but was unaware of the milestone. In fact, he didn’t want to throw the ball to the bench and only did so when receiver JT Realmuto insisted.

“I was angry,” Eflin said with a laugh afterwards. “They told me to throw the ball, but I had no idea. I didn’t want to throw it away because I really liked that ball.”

Eflin didn’t know he had hit 500K until he appeared on the post-match radio show.

“It’s very good,” he said.

Eflin was more excited about making his fourth start of the new season before the end of April than he was about the souvenir ball in his locker. He underwent right knee surgery in September and early estimates had him out until May.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t rewarding,” he said. “I put in a lot of work in the offseason.”

Defense, hardly the Phillies’ strength, also played a big part in the win. Nick Castellanos, starting right field in place of Harper, who is still unable to play defense due to a strained elbow, made an excellent wall-jumping catch to take extra bases from Dom Nunez in the third inning, and the resurgent Alec Bohm continued. his impressive rebound from a three-error game on April 11 with a strong play at third base.

“He’s playing with confidence,” Girardi said of Bohm. “It has been outstanding. I’m proud of how he’s handled it. He could have gone in a lot of different directions after that day, but he’s gone in the right direction and it’s really important for his career and for us.”

The defense that helped the Phillies the most was the poor quality of gloves given up by the Rockies for the second night in a row.

One night after making three errors, the Rockies made two more. Seven of the Phillies’ runs so far in this series have been unearned.

The Phillies benefited from two errors by Colorado and a wild pitch by Germán Márquez to score three times in the second inning. The Phils actually drove in two runs on the wild pitch.

“Mistakes, wild pitches and head-to-head base runs,” Girardi said. “We took advantage of it and got the advantage, then we added (races), which is important.

The Phils scored four more times in the fourth on hits by Bohm, Herrera, Jean Segura and Rhys Hoskins, and three more times in the sixth, two on Herrera’s home run.

The win left the Phillies 8-10 heading into Game 3 of the four-game series on Wednesday night. Outfielder Suarez will get the ball for the Phillies and will look to continue an excellent streak of starting pitching by the club. Over the past three nights, Aaron Nola, Kyle Gibson and Eflin have combined to allow just three runs in 18 2/3 innings.

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