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Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Rockies 2

Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Rockies 2

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DENVER — Staring at another loss, their most heartbreaking yet on their current road trip, the Phillies rallied in the ninth Sunday afternoon off Rockies closer Greg Holland and won, 3-2, on Cameron Rupp’s two-run double.
 
The hit gave Rupp a measure of revenge since he was thrown out at the plate in the eighth and helped the Phillies break a five-game losing streak, all losses coming on this trip. The Phillies also had a runner thrown out at home in the ninth.

The Rockies went ahead 2-1 on a two-out double in the seventh by Charlie Blackmon, his third double of the game. The hit off Aaron Nola scored pinch hitter Raimel Tapia, who walked and stole second.

Odubel Herrera hustled a single into a double to open the ninth against Holland and moved to third on Maikel Franco’s single. Hyun Soo Kim hit a grounder to Story, who threw out Herrera at the plate, but Rupp followed with his two-run double to the gap in left-center, tagging Holland with just his second blown save in 36 chances.

Starting pitching report
Nola made his Coors Field debut and his first start against the Rockies. He gave the Phillies another outstanding outing, working seven innings. It was a welcome change for the Phillies in the wake of the problems starters Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez encountered in the first two games of this series.

But Rockies rookie starter Jeff Hoffman, who limited the Phillies to one run and three hits in seven innings May 22 at Citizens Bank Park, went toe-to-toe with Nola for seven innings. Hoffman allowed a second-inning homer to Maikel Franco, his 17th of the year. 

Nola gave up six hits and two runs in seven innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. In his past nine starts, Nola has a 1.76 ERA (12 earned runs, 61 1/3 innings) with 17 walks and 70 strikeouts.

Hoffman gave up four hits and one run in seven innings with one walk and eight strikeouts, one shy of his career-high. He had nine strikeouts June 4 at San Diego. The seven innings matched Hoffman’s season-high, but it was the first time in five starts he went that far.

Bullpen report
Hector Neris allowed a leadoff bunt single before picking up his 11th save.

At the plate
Hernandez has reached base safely at least twice in each of his past nine games. The last Phillies player to do that was Blanco from Aug. 16-26, 2015.

Franco hit his 17th home run.

In the field
Gonzalez took a broken-bat hit away from Nava to end the third with a lunging catch of his sinking liner.

Williams opened the fourth with a grounder that shortstop Story went far to his left to grab and then got Williams by making a 360-degree turn to get off a throw from well to the right of second base.

Galvis made a diving back-handed stop on the outfield grass of Arenado’s grounder. Arenado doesn’t run well, but he beat Galvis’ long throw.

Shortstop Story made a backhanded grab of Kim's grounder and with a long jump throw just got him at first.

After Blackmon put the Rockies ahead in the eighth, first baseman Nava made a diving stop of Parra's hard grounder and flipped to Nola at first to end the inning.

Lights out
Mark Leiter Jr. struck out nine batters without issuing a walk Saturday in 4⅓ innings of relief of starter Nick Pivetta. Leiter is the fourth pitcher over the past 40 years to strike out nine or more batters without issuing a walk in a relief appearance.

The others were Tom Gordon for the 1989 Kansas City Royals (10 strikeouts), Bruce Ruffin (9) for the 1993 Rockies and Mark Guthrie (12) for the 1995 Minnesota Twins. 

Much improved
Andrew Knapp caught a bullpen session, an indication his bruised right hand is improved and he’s nearing a return. Knapp was hit on the hand with a foul tip Thursday and didn’t play in the Rockies series. The Phillies recalled catcher Jorge Alfaro on Friday from Triple A Lehigh Valley when Knapp was unavailable.

Up next
The Phillies are off Monday and will conclude their eight-game road trip with a two-game series at Atlanta that begins Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. Julio Teheran (7-9, 5.10) will start for the Braves. The Phillies have not named their starter to take the turn of Jake Thompson, who was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after his last start Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Kyle. Freakin'. Schwarber.

Rhys Hoskins put on a show in the Home Run Derby Monday night in Washington, D.C., but he, unfortunately, faced off against Schwarber in the second round and Schwarber went off.

Hoskins hit 20 in the semifinal round, which to that point was the most all night. Schwarber started rather slowly, but began cranking jack after jack and hit his 21st just as the four-minute clock expired.

It was a dramatic walk-off from Schwarber, but he actually had 30 more seconds to play with because he hit two homers farther than 440 feet and was awarded some extra time.

In the other semifinal, Bryce Harper beat Max Muncy 13-12. Smh. Harper went on to knock off Schwarber in the final round to claim the Home Run Derby title.

In all, Hoskins hit 37 homers in two rounds, with the deepest two going 466 and 463 feet. He homered on nearly half of his swings.

An extremely impressive first showing in the derby for Hoskins, who may want to return because of the unfinished business.

First round

Leading off the derby, Hoskins cranked 17 jacks to upset 1-seed Jesus Aguilar, who hit 11.

With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent.

Hoskins just had a much quicker pace than Aguilar, who took his time between swings, as did his pitcher.

Entering the night, Hoskins was 11/2 to win the derby, per Bovada. Aguilar had the second-shortest odds at 7/2, behind only Harper.

A cool moment occurred midway through the first round when Hoskins called his one permitted timeout and fist bumped with Harper, who was expressing awe at the ease of Hoskins' homers.


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Phillies 1st-rounder Adam Haseley honored after dynamic opening week at AA

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Phillies 1st-rounder Adam Haseley honored after dynamic opening week at AA

Adam Haseley had one heck of a first week in Double A.

The Phillies' first-round pick in 2017 (eighth overall) was promoted to Double A Reading on July 11 and responded by going 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, two homers and two walks in his first four games.

As a result, Haseley was named Eastern League Player of the Week in his very first try.

Haseley has already been promoted four times over the last calendar year. Last summer, he began in the Gulf Coast League, was promoted to Low A Williamsport after three games, then made it to Class A Lakewood by season's end. 

He began this season at High A Clearwater and earned the promotion to Reading after hitting .300 in 354 plate appearances.

All told, Haseley has hit .296/.352/.423 with 27 doubles, seven triples and 10 homers in 616 plate appearances in the minors. 

The 22-year-old University of Virginia product was a more polished prospect than the previous year's No. 1 pick, Mickey Moniak

Moniak, who turned 20 on May 13, has hit .242 with a meager .268 OBP in 75 games at Clearwater this season. The power has been slow to come around, and Moniak has slashed just .247/.290/.350 in 999 plate appearances the last three seasons.

There's still plenty of time for Moniak, but he can't be satisfied with how he's hit to this point, nor can an organization that used the first overall pick in the draft on him. Some baseball people have questioned whether Moniak will grow strong enough to consistently drive the baseball as the quality of pitching he faces increases. 

Rounding out the first-round pick updates, Cornelius Randolph has struggled even more than Moniak. Randolph, drafted 10th overall in 2015, has hit .215 with one home run in 80 games at Double A this season. 

Randolph was drafted for his offense specifically but things haven't clicked yet. He's hit .252/.346/.362 with 17 homers in 1,328 plate appearances since being drafted.

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