Phillies-Rockies Preview

The Colorado Rockies returned home from a seven-game trip and wasted little time before getting back to their hot hitting in front of their home fans.

After an impressive showing in the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Rockies’ bats will try for an encore performance Saturday night as they seek a third series win in as many tries at Coors Field this season.

Colorado (9-9) scored seven runs in the first two innings of Friday’s 12-1 win over Philadelphia (7-9), and its 18 hits boosted the club’s season average to an MLB-best .296.

Outfielders Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs both went 3 for 5 and Troy Tulowitzki was 3 for 3 with a three-run homer and five RBIs. Blackmon has set the table in the leadoff spot with a .426 average, while Tulowitzki is batting .360 with an OPS of 1.080.

"I hit the ball about as well as I can hit a ball. I felt good," said Tulowitzki, who is batting .500 with three homers and nine RBIs on a six-game hitting streak against the Phillies.

Rockies starter Jordan Lyles now has the luxury of taking the mound fairly confident that run support is coming his way. The Rockies are batting .367 with a .998 OPS and 32 extra-base hits in seven home games and at least eight runs in each of their five wins.

"Their offense is potent," Philadelphia outfielder Marlon Byrd told the team’s official website. "They know how to play here. They love playing here and hitting here. We have to try to back them against the wall early in the game and help our pitching out."

Lyles (2-0, 4.32 ERA) has benefited both at home and away with a 9.18 average of run support. After winning his first two starts, he was stuck with a no-decision in Monday’s 5-4 loss in San Diego. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits in five innings.

In two career starts against Philadelphia, he has a 4.09 ERA and is yet to record a decision.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick could have the tougher task trying to douse Colorado’s bats in search of his first win. He took a no-decision in Sunday’s 4-3 home win over Miami after allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings.

Kendrick (0-1, 3.50 ERA) hasn’t lost in five career starts at Coors Field, but he hasn’t exactly dazzled. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.83 ERA and the Rockies have hit .331 in those games.

If the Philadelphia bats are going to match Colorado’s, they’ll have to substantially pick up their recent production. They managed just two hits in the series opener and have scored two runs in their last three games thanks to a .169 on-base percentage.

On Friday, the top seven spots in the lineup went 0 for 24 as a 10-game road trip got off to a sour start.

"A great road trip is 8-2," Byrd said. "We already have one loss into that so we’ve got to pick it up tomorrow and try to score some runs early."

Rockies pitching, meanwhile, has limited opponents to six earned runs on a .198 average in the last four games.

Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer sat out Friday to rest a sore left hamstring and is considered day-to-day, but a stint on the disabled list isn’t out of the question.

"I’m hoping," manager Walt Weiss told the team’s official website. "You never know with these things but I feel pretty good that he won’t have to go on the DL."