Rockies at Phillies
Trevor Story has been enjoying a blistering June, which he's highlighted by recording multiple hits in each of his last five contests. Story aims to push his hitting streak to eight games on Thursday afternoon as the Colorado Rockies visit the Philadelphia Phillies for the rubber match of their three-game series.
Story scored twice in Tuesday's 5-4 setback before belting a pair of RBI doubles the following night as Colorado emphatically snapped a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-2 romp. The 25-year-old has gone 18-for-41 in his last 10 contests to raise his batting average from .237 to .270, but he is just 2-for-8 (one homer) lifetime versus Thursday starter Vince Velasquez. While Story has embraced the early portion of June, the Phillies are singing a vastly different tune with losses in eight of 11 contests this month. Jesmuel Valentin has recorded an RBI for Philadelphia in both games of this series, going 4-for-5 with his first career homer, two doubles and a run scored.
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, NBC 10 (Philadelphia)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (4-6, 4.79 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (4-7, 4.95)
Marquez tasted defeat for the first time since May 15 on Friday after surrendering three homers in the third inning and five runs overall in a 9-4 setback against Arizona. The 23-year-old Venezuelan has pitched better on the road, where he owns a 3-2 record and 2.06 ERA in six starts while limiting the opposition to a .202 batting average. Marquez has allowed the current crop of Phillies to go 6-for-14 against him, although he won his lone career start versus Philadelphia on May 23, 2017 after yielding just one run over six innings.
Velasquez posted a 3-2 record and 2.14 ERA during a six-start stretch before surrendering a career-high 10 runs and nine hits - five for extra bases - in Friday's 12-4 shellacking by Milwaukee. The 26-year-old issued two walks in the first inning, setting the table for a three-run homer by Ryan Braun. Carlos Gonzalez has ravaged Velasquez in his career, going 6-for-12 with three extra-base hits (one homer) and five RBIs.
1. Philadelphia SS Scott Kingery followed a career high-tying four-RBI performance in the series opener by striking out in all four of his plate appearances on Wednesday.
2. Colorado LF Gerardo Parra has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
3. Phillies CF Odubel Herrera, who is mired in an 0-for-17 drought, is expected to return to the lineup for the finale after sitting out Wednesday's contest.