Paredes is the star of the game today, with 3-RBI on the day, a hot one in Philly
It's been a while since the Phillies completed a sweep, with this afternoon's nail biter win on Sunday over the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies caused a scare with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, and managed to claw their way back to 7-6 with Jeanmar Gomez on the mound.
The Rockies made 4 errors in the game, and dropped all three games in Philadelphia. Combined in the three game series, the Rockies committed 7 total errors. Charlie Blackmon apparently loves to play in this park, he had two HR this afternoon, and 3 HR on Friday night in the series. There were some tense moments last night as the Phils pitcher, Luis Garcia, hit Charlie Blackmon, who had smashed 3 HR in the game the previous night and the Rockies pitchers hit Franco and Bourjos, two Rockies players were ejected in that game.
Johnny Paredes had the player of the game honors in the last game of the series, hitting 3-RBI and going 3-4 on the day. Paredes only needed a single to hit for the cycle in the game, but didn't come up with it.
The Phils have Monday off, then they welcome in the LA Dodgers including ex-Phillie, Chase Utley, back to Citizen's Bank Park to face the Phillies. The Phils lost 2 of 3 games to the Dodgers just last week in LA.
This will be Utley's first trip to play against the Phillies since he went to the Dodgers back in August of 2015. He is currently among the best 2nd baseman to ever play the game in the Jaffe WAR Score system, Utley is in the same class as Hall of Famers as you can see on this page on baseball-reference.com. Chase Utley, 37 years old (he'll be 38 in December), has been a player for 14 full seasons, he had a couple of partial seasons when he first came up with the Phillies in 2003. He'll be one of those players that is considered a 'lifetime' player of the Phils when he finally retires, and is among the most popular Phillies players in the last 15 years. He's sure to be included in future 'All Time' Phillies greatest players and a sure thing for the Phillies 'Wall of Fame' honors who this past Friday night, saw Jim Thome being elected to have his plaque on the wall.
The Phils are still looking for the future though despite this sweep, the team is still 56-63 as they try to get back to .500 on the season. They are 14.5 GB off the pace of the Nationals, and 6 GB off the Wild Card pace.
Mike Schmidt, Phillies broadcaster, said he couldn't wait till Spring Training 2017 to see what happens with this team, he was speaking about Jeanmar Gomez and how well he has handled the closing role for the Phillies this year, Gomez earned his 31st save of the year today, despite the Rockies picking up 2 ER off of him to sneak back into the game late in the bottom of the 9th.