Eickhoff roughed up in Phillies’ 8-3 loss to Rockies
DENVER (AP) — Jerad Eickhoff was rolling along until he gave up a home run to the opposing pitcher.
Things went downhill from there for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Colorado pitcher Tyler Anderson crushed a home run off Eickhoff and the Rockies went on to beat the Phillies 8-3 Saturday night.
“In every game here every pitch is critical,” Eickhoff said. “It requires all your ability to pitch here.”
Even against a hitless pitcher.
Anderson (1-3) singled for his first big league hit and homered for his second off Eickhoff (6-10). He was 0 for 10 from the plate coming into the game.
Tony Wolters helped fuel the Rockies from there with his first career triple, driving in three runs in Colorado’s six-run sixth that gave it an 8-2 lead.
Eickhoff allowed eight runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Phillies lost for just the third time in 11 games.
“I wasn’t consistent,” Eickhoff said. “Obviously I paid for it.”
Eickhoff threw an inside slider to Anderson, who hit a two-run shot inside the right foul pole in the fifth to tie the score at 2-2. It was the first home run by a Rockies pitcher since Kyle Kendrick on September 7, 2015, at San Diego.
Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI grounder in the sixth put the Rockies ahead. Mark Reynolds drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, Wolters followed with his three-run triple and Brandon Barnes added an RBI double to give Colorado a six-run lead.
“The whole chain of events was huge tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Tommy Joseph had his first four-hit game for Philadelphia. The 24-year-old first baseman picked up where he left off Friday and drove a 1-2 cutter off Anderson into the left field seats in the second. It was Joseph’s 11th home run of the year and came a night after his pinch-hit, three-run shot fueled a 5-3 win over Colorado.
Joseph followed it up with a double off the right-field wall in the fourth and scored on Carlos Ruiz’s single to make it 2-0. He later scored on Ruiz’s groundout in the eighth.
“It would have been better in a win,” Joseph said.
NOLA THROWS SIMULATED GAME
Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said RHP Aaron Nola looked good while throwing two innings of a simulated game Saturday. The 23-year-old posted a 13.50 ERA in his previous five starts before the Phillies decided to skip his scheduled start Thursday.
Nola is expected to return to the rotation on July 18 against the Marlins.
CARGO TO START ALL-STAR GAME
Gonzalez and Miami’s Marcell Ozuna will replace the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler in the NL starting lineupTuesday.
It will be Gonzalez’s third time starting an All-Star game.
Phillies: OF Odubel Herrera was given the day off after he fouled a pitch off his foot late in Friday’s 5-3 win.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (ankle) will not go on the disabled list after hurting his left ankle running on the bases late Friday. Gray stayed in the game and went 6 1/3 innings, but Weiss thought the ankle did affect his pitcher near the end of his outing. “As far as the ankle I think that is part of the reason you started seeing more effort in the delivery,” Weiss said. ... RHP Christian Bergman (left oblique) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... OF Gerardo Parra (ankle) is running and will start adding baseball activity soon.
Phillies: Zach Eflin (1-2, 4.30 ERA) dazzled in a complete-game effortTuesday against Atlanta, allowing one run on only 92 pitches for his first big league win.
Rockies: Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 3.08 ERA) went five innings and allowed two runs against the Giants on Tuesday in his first start since coming off the disabled list with a strained back.