May 30, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Ben Paulsen (10) and third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) congratulate each other after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Colorado Rockies won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Game notes from the Colorado Rockies’ Saturday afternoon game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park.
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The Colorado Rockies have now won back-to-back road series! After earning a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, the club has now taken the first two in Philly and has won four of the five games thus far on their road trip, with one more to go on Sunday. A successful road trip, for sure.
Go read our recap if you haven’t already, and in the meantime, let’s jump into some Rockies game notes from Saturday:
- How about that Nolan Arenado? He hit his 11th home run today, but again, it was on the road! He has but two Coors Field home runs this year. Not sure what to make of that…
- For the first time in his career, Eddie Butler has lasted six or more innings in back-to-to-back starts.
- Rafael Ynoa is now 6-for-17 as a pinch hitter, with 3 RBI, and 4-for-6 as a right-handed pinch hitter, proving his versatility off the bench for the Rockies and manager Walt Weiss.
- Prospect watch! Rockies prospect Kyle Freeland – who was drafted in the first round last season – is still in extended spring training thanks to a dead arm and some shoulder issues. None of it sounds too serious, but, come on, shoulders are pretty damn serious any way you slice it.
- An interesting note on Chad Bettis‘ amazing start last night: his was the second longest no-hitter in Rockies history behind Ubaldo Jimenez’s full no-hit bid in Atlanta a few years ago.
One note that’s more an opinion than a tidbit: Walt Weiss removing Eddie Butler after six innings when he was cruising on a low pitch count and the Rockies were building a lead.
I know a lot of you might have hated the move, considering Rockies pitchers hadn’t been going very deep in games until this last week, but to be honest, I thought it was fine.
Yes, Ynoa, who pinch-hit for Butler, made Weiss look good anyways by driving in a run with a single, but even if he hadn’t, the right move there was to go for offense and try to build a lead, as opposed to letting Butler keep going in a tight game. Clearly, Weiss has confidence in Scott Oberg, who threw the seventh, and while I’m still not totally sold on Oberg, he did get the job done Saturday afternoon.
Besides, with Rockies’ starters going so deep into games the past week, the bullpen was ready, rested, and probably raring to go. Decent move all the way around, and it worked out for the Rockies.
See everybody Sunday afternoon for the Phillies’ finale!