The Colorado Rockies usually don’t play well on the road, but they’re hoping to reverse that trend this season.
The Rockies look to build on an impressive record away from home when they continue a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
Colorado beat Philadelphia 7-6 on Tuesday for its sixth win in eight road games this season. The Rockies (11-9) won just 27 road games last season and went 395-628 away from home in their first 13 seasons, never finishing any of them with an above-.500 road record.
“It’s really nice for our team to get another road win, especially after a tough one-run loss,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s another step in the right direction for us, no doubt.”
“We put runs up early and the relievers did a good job,” Hawpe said.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, fell to 4-9 at home and snapped a two-game home winning streak—the team’s first back-to-back wins at Citizens Bank Park this season. Sal Fasano drove in two runs for the Phillies, whose bullpen has allowed one earned run in its last 15 innings.
Ryan Madson (1-1, 8.36 ERA) will look to help the Phillies bounce back. The right-hander is coming off a disastrous outing in which he gave up nine runs and seven hits while recording just three outs in a 10-4 loss to Washington on Thursday.
“I embarrassed myself and the guys out there with me,” he said. “It’s not a good feeling. The only thing I can do is learn from it and not get embarrassed again.”
Madson is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in six appearances against the Rockies. He won his first career start against them on April 14, allowing four runs and 11 hits in seven innings of a 10-8 win at Coors Field.
Colorado will counter with Jason Jennings (1-0, 5.40), who is also coming off a rough outing. Jennings allowed seven runs and eight hits—including a pair of homers to Pedro Feliz—in six innings, but escaped without a decision in the Rockies’ 9-8 win over San Francisco on Friday.
Jennings is 1-2 with a 7.09 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies. He gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings but did not receive a decision in the Rockies’ 10-6 win over Philadelphia on April 15.