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Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 42,354
Rockies look to bounce back vs. Phillies ace Nola
Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies
- The Rockies have a .217 team batting average on the road, fourth lowest in MLB -- but they are tied for third in the majors with 47 doubles on the road. Since 2016, Colorado has hit .289 at Citizens Bank Park, averaging 5.30 runs per game, but the team's record is only 4-6.
- Entering their series at Coors Field which began on April 18, Philadelphia had an 11-6 record. The Phils dropped three of four in the series, beginning a stretch in which the team is 13-13. The Phillies were outscored 22-6 in dropping the last three games of their just-completed home series versus Milwaukee.
- Charlie Blackmon is a career .342 hitter against the Phillies and has multiple hits in 13 of his last 24 games versus Philadelphia. He went 10-for-18 with a pair of home runs -- one of them a 12th-inning game-winner -- in the teams' April series at Coors Field.
- Rhys Hoskins has a .386 average with nine home runs, 29 RBI and a 1.324 OPS in Phillies victories in 2019. In the team's defeats, Hoskins is hitting .141 with two homers, seven RBI and a .515 OPS. Hoskins is a career .310 hitter against the Rockies but has only one RBI in his last seven games against them.
- Jon Gray has been hit hard in consecutive road starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 10.1 innings at Atlanta and Milwaukee. For the season, Gray has a higher ERA on the road (4.40) than at home (4.00). Likewise for his career: 4.63 on the road, 4.60 at home.
- Cole Irvin will make his second career start on Friday; it will be just the fifth game since 2017 in whichthe Phillies start a left-handed pitcher (Ranger Suarez made three starts in 2018). In his major league debut on Sunday at Kansas City, Irvin allowed one earned run in seven innings to earn a win.
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Brendan Rodgers went 0-for-4 in his major league debut Friday night in Philadelphia.
Getting his first big-league hit doesn't figure to get any easier on Saturday.
The Colorado Rockies threw their top prospect immediately into action on Friday, starting him at second base and batting him seventh shortly after he arrived following his promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Rodgers nearly had a dream-come-true first at-bat, but his chopper that appeared headed for right field was cut off by Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who pivoted and threw to the plate in an effort to nail Raimel Tapia trying to score.
The speedy Tapia was called safe, a ruling that survived a replay challenge, giving Rodgers an RBI in his first at-bat, even though he was denied his first hit.
The No. 3 overall pick of the 2015 draft went on to fly out, pop out and strike out in his final three plate appearances, the latter coming as the last batter in a 5-4 loss.
On Saturday, he'll go up against Phillies ace Aaron Nola (3-0, 4.86 ERA).
Before Rodgers' debut, Rockies manager Bud Black explained why he was wasting no time getting his 22-year-old on the field.
"He played well (in the minors) and did a lot of the things that we talked about at the end of spring training," Black told reporters. "So I feel he's in a good spot to help us win."
If Rodgers learned anything in his first day in the bigs, it's that major league fans can be fickle.
Phillies fans booed their star, Bryce Harper, after he struck out in each of his first two at-bats in the game.
Harper responded with a two-run double that plated what turned out to be the winning run as the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak in the series opener.
The high-profile free agent acquisition was back hitting third in the order after going 1-for-4 out of the No. 2 spot on Thursday in Philadelphia's 11-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler admitted he hadn't liked the look of three straight right-handed hitters behind Harper when he was moved up to second.
"I know Harper's comfortable (hitting third), and I know Segura is comfortable in the two spot," Kapler explained to the media before Friday's game. "So it felt like it was the right strategy."
In Nola, Rodgers will see a young right-hander who seems to have found his stride after four consecutive poor outings last month.
Nola has rebounded to allow a total of just six runs in his last four starts over a span of 21 1/3 innings.
The former first-round draft pick has faced the Rockies three times in his career, going 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA.
Meanwhile, Harper and his mates will take their cracks at Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 5.35 ERA). The right-hander saved his best pitching for the road this season, where he is 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA.
The 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with the Phillies three times in his career, twice as a starter, recording an 0-1 record and a 4.97 ERA.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 18, 2019