Game Notes: Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1


May 31, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (9) celebrates with teammates after hitting two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Game notes from Sunday’s affair as the Colorado Rockies went for the sweep at Citizen’s Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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The Colorado Rockies rode Chris Rusin to the victory Sunday afternoon, and successfully completed the sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 4-1 behind two more two-run home runs and good pitching.

Now, here are the game notes for today’s victory, which puts the Rockies at 22-26 after having won eight of their last nine games overall and five of the six games on this road trip:

  • After an off-day Thursday and playing just Friday and Saturday, Troy Tulowitzki was held out of the lineup on Sunday.
  • Nolan Arenado hit another home run in the first inning today. His twelfth overall, and shockingly, his tenth on the road.
  • In the second inning, Phillies’ batter Cody Asche hit a line drive that made Jordan Lyles skip to avoid. Trainers came out to check Lyles, who left the mound with a toe injury that was later confirmed by the team to be an aggravation of his sprained big left toe. This is now the third time in four starts he’s been forced out by injury. LHP Chris Rusin took over for Lyles in the second inning, and pitched masterfully until he was lifted in the seventh.
  • Ben Paulsen was removed from left field in the third inning in favor of Brandon Barnes. It was later reported that Paulsen left the game with a migraine.
  • The Rockies hit eight home runs in this series against the Phillies, which has now pushed them to 54 total – the fourth best number in the National League.
  • The Rockies swept the Phillies for the first time ever in Philadelphia, and for the first time overall since 2002.

The Rockies face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Monday, playing four games in three days in Denver before getting Thursday off ahead of a weekend series with the Miami Marlins.