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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Looking to snap the Colorado Rockies' (7-12) four-game winning streak, the Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) and RHP Vince Velasquez will oppose four-year veteran RHP German Marquez in the second of a four-game series Friday evening at Coors Field.

In Thursday's 6-2 opener loss, Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon launched a pair of home runs, totaling five RBI. McMahon had just been activated from the 10-day injured list (sprained left elbow) prior to the game. The Phillies were outhit 11-5, with one of them being J.T. Realmuto's two-run home run to bring the club within just one run in the seventh. The Phillies went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left six on base. Right-hander Zach Eflin suffered the loss, albeit allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits, three walks and two strikeouts spanning six innings and 92 pitches (55 strikes). Phillies southpaw reliever Jose Alvarez allowed one run, while right-hander Victor Arano allowed two runs — all in the seventh inning.

The Phillies have lost seven of their last eight games — and five straight — at Coors Field since August 4, 2017, outscored 59-20 and outhit 88-62.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) Colorado Rockies (7-12)
RHP Vince Velasquez RHP German Marquez
(0-0, 2.25 ERA) (2-1, 2.00 ERA)

RHP Vince Velasquez, Age: 26

  • Career vs. COL: 2-1, 5.23 ERA, 6 G, 6 GS, 31 IP, 35 H, 18 R, 18 ER, 3 HR, 15 BB, 31 SO, 1.613 WHIP
  • Career at Coors Field: 1-1, 6.14 ERA, 3 G, 3 GS, 14 2/3 IP, 19 H, 10 R, 10 ER, HR, 10 BB, 11 SO, 1.977 WHIP

Velasquez yielded six runs on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts in his most recent appearance against the Rockies, a losing decision, also away on Sept. 25 of last season. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings and struck out only two of his 21 batters faced.


RHP German Marquez, Age: 24

  • Career vs. PHI: 2-1, 3.32 ERA, 3 G, 3 GS, 19 IP, 17 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 25 SO, 1.211 WHIP
  • Career at Coors Field: 13-10, 4.63 ERA, 33 G, 32 GS, 186 2/3 IP, 200 H, 98 R, 96 ER, 30 HR, 53 BB, 198 SO, 1.355 WHIP

Marquez will make his 70th career start; he threw a complete game shutout in his most recent start, Sunday away against the San Francisco Giants. In his most recent start against the Phillies, home on Sept. 26, 2018, Marquez tossed even shutout innings, allowing just three singles and one walk while punching out 11 batters.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman, opponents facing Marquez since August are just 6-for-100 against his curveball, and 19-for-115 against the slider — a combined .116 batting average.

Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) Colorado Rockies (7-12)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 LF Andrew McCutchen R 1 RF Charlie Blackmon L
2 SS Scott Kingery R 2 LF David Dahl L
3 RF Bryce Harper L 3 3B Nolan Arenado R
4 1B Rhys Hoskins R 4 SS Trevor Story R
5 C J.T. Realmuto R 5 1B Ryan McMahon L
6 2B Cesar Hernandez S 6 CF Ian Desmond R
7 CF Roman Quinn S 7 2B Garrett Hampson R
8 3B Maikel Franco R 8 C Tony Wolters L
9 P Vince Velasquez R 9 P German Marquez R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 8:40 p.m.
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

  • Realmuto has three home runs this season, and two in his last three games. Overall, he is slashing .277/.342/.462 with 15 RBI and 13 runs scored.
  • Shortstop Jean Segura (hamstring) remains out of the Phillies' lineup.
  • Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins has just one career hit against Marquez in six at-bats — a solo home run.


What's Next:

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019: vs. Colorado Rockies, 8:10 p.m.
    • Coors Field, Denver, Co.
    • RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 7.45 ERA) vs. RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 1.35 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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