By Sam Bush
It’s only the 13th game of this Phillies season, and they are all of 5-8.
In normal times, this is way too early to wonder about Joe Girardi’s job security as Phils manager.
But these are not normal times.
Owner John Middleton greenlit the Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos acquisitions, luxury tax be damned,
And so far, those guys haven’t paid off, though they are starting to.
So, Girardi probably had a more peaceful flight home from Colorado yesterday.
Until, that is, he turns on his radio and listens to the fan anger.
Johan Camargo had four hits, including a three-run home run in a five-run seventh inning, and the Phillies beat the Rockies 9-6 to stop a three-game losing streak.
Schwarber added a rare homer into the right field third deck at Coors Field, and Castellanos and Alec Bohm also went deep. The Phillies finished a 2-5 trip with their second win in nine games.
The switch-hitting Camargo, starting at shortstop for the injured Didi Gregorius, had three singles before his shot to left against lefty Lucas Gilbreath.
Camargo is 6 for 8 since Gregorius exited Tuesday’s game with a bruised left hand and may be forcing Girardi to play him more.
“I know he is. He’s playing great. I love it,” Girardi said. “Make it hard.”
Camargo’s first home run of the season came after Gilbreath forced in the tiebreaking run when he hit Schwarber with a pitch with the bases loaded.
“I’m there to get Schwarber out and I lost control of that one pitch,” said Gilbreath, who was making his season debut after being on the COVID-19 list. “Things kind of spiraled from there. I dropped the ball. It kicked our offense out of the game.”
Jhoulys Chacin (2-1) allowed a walk and two singles before Gilbreath replaced him.
Ryan McMahon doubled twice and drove in three for the Rockies, who couldn’t complete the three-game sweep.
Schwarber crushed Germán Márquez’s 0-2 slider 468 feet to right in the sixth for his fourth homer to tie it at 4, the third-longest home run of Schwarber’s big league career.
“Everybody was going nuts in the dugout,” Phillies starter Zach Eflin said.
Added Camargo: “Oh my God. Is this the Home Run Derby or what?”
Márquez finished the sixth and allowed four runs and eight hits.
Castellanos hit his third homer to lead off the fourth as the Phillies closed to 2-1. Three batters later, Bohm hit his first, a two-run shot to right-center.
The Rockies jumped on Eflin with three hits in the first, including McMahon’s two-out double to right. They retook the lead with a two-run fifth capped by C.J. Cron’s two-out single. Cron’s double in the seventh gave him 16 RBI.
Eflin allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand (1-0) got the final out of the sixth and Corey Knebel pitched a perfect ninth his second save as the Phillies avoided falling five games b