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3. More consistent performances from the Rox bullpen.
While Colorado hasn’t worked out all the woes with its bullpen, the relief corps did post some solid outings with the Phillies when it was needed in order to get the series win.
Ben Bowden, Carlos Estevez and Mychal Givens shut down Philadelphia in the final innings Friday night as Colorado rallied in the series opener to win on Raimel Tapia’s walk-off ninth-inning homer.
Then, on Sunday afternoon, Estevez, Robert Stephenson, and Jordan Sheffield combined to blank the Phillies over the final three innings to close out the game following Jon Gray’s solid six innings on the mound.
Sheffield has now not been scored on in his first six MLB career appearances, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
The Rox bullpen did give up five runs in the series on the strength of two Philadelphia swings of the bat—a two-run homer surrendered by Yency Almonte on Friday and a three-run home run given up by Jhoulys Chacin in the Rox loss on Saturday night.
So, there certainly is room for improvement for Rockies relievers but some of them have taken a step in the right direction.
After the successful homestand, Colorado embarks on its second road trip of the season — a seven-game journey to San Francisco (three games) and Arizona (four games).
The road trip begins at 7:45 p.m. (Mountain time) Monday against the Giants. Austin Gomber (1-2) is slated to start for the Rockies.
After the 0-6 mark on the team’s initial road journey this season, Colorado stands as the only team in the Majors without a win away from home.