Colorado borrowed the West Coast teams’ formula for winning games tonight. Jordan Lyles took a shutout into the eighth inning before handing the ball to Boone Logan when Cody Asche had a lead off single. In came Boone Logan who had to make a four out hold (Logan himself had an error on the throw to first base on swinging bunt). LaTroy Hawkins picked up his fifth save with a quick work of the Phillies on just seven pitches. Lyles improved to 3-0 which is 30% of the team’s wins. Lyles is a great surprise story as he was ticketed for Colorado Springs at the end of spring training, but never got there with Tyler Chatwood’s injury.
The Rockies scored their first run in the third inning on a hustle by NoDo on the hit and run single by DJ LeMahieu. He was originally called out at the plate but the review overturned the play because Carlos Ruiz was blocking the plate long before the ball arrived. The game was decided in the fourth inning. Phillies had the bases loaded with only one out on two singles and a walk. Jim Wright came out to tell Lyles that he was doing fine and that a lot of outs were on ground balls. Boom, double play inning over and the momentum shifted to the Rockies. In the bottom of the same inning, CarGo singled to get things started. Two batters later, Justin Morneau had a towering 2-run shot.
With their third consecutive victory, the got north of .500 for the first time this year. San Diego Padres (beat Giants for 2nd straight time) have helped themselves and the Rockies tighten the NL West race. Rockies (10-9) are still in third place but only 1/2 game back of the Giants They will be coming to Coors Field Monday night for a three game set.