After a beatdown Saturday night, the Phillies sent Cole Hamels to the mound on Father’s Day, looking to pick up a series win against the Colorado Rockies. Jhoulys Chacin got the ball for the Rockies, and today he showed just why despite the 4.03 ERA that he has posted so far this season, scouts are still high on him.
Things got off to a rough start for Cole Hamels in the second inning, as he missed on a pitch, and Willin Rosario made him pay for the mistake by depositing the ball in the left field stands. Hamels really left a ball out over the plate on that pitch and payed for it, but for the next four innings Hamels was virtually unhittable. The problem? Jhoulys Chacin.
Not only was Chacin on today, but the Phillies weren’t taking pitches which allowed Chacin to throw numerous innings under ten pitches. With that Chacin was on, and able to pitch deep into the game because of his ridiculously low pitch count.
Hamels was on from after the Rosario homerun until the seventh inning, when a few calls, or lack there of from home-plate umpire Marvin Hudson mixed with some bloop hits, allowed the Rockies to take a 3-0 lead.
The Rockies would add on some key insurance runs on Justin De Fratus in the eighth inning, as Carlos Gonzalez re-took the National League lead in homeruns with his 20th homerun of the season. It was a two run shot that was all the Rockies pitching needed to help secure a series victory.
Chacin went 8.2 innings, before being lifted after allowing RBI singles to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard. Chacin only needed to throw 86 pitches through 8.2, which demonstrates the fact that even though Chcain was throwing a lot of strikes, the Phillies weren’t taking enough pitches or putting the ones that they swung at in play.
And unlike Friday, the Phillies didn’t have enough late magic as Rex Brothers came in and made short work of Dom Brown, striking him out to end the game and clinch the series win for the Rockies.