Colorado Rockies: Story’s Four RBI Propel Rox to Win

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The Rockies rode a 4-RBI outing from their All-Star shortstop on the way to a 10-7 victory over the visiting Marlins.

The win improves Colorado’s July record to 8-3 and improved the home record to 21-23.

Righty Jeff Hoffman took the bump for Colorado and true to Rockies form, gave up four hits, two runs and committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Hoffman would last into the fourth where he surrendered another run on a triple by Chris Hermann and an RBI single from pitcher Christian Bergman. An unsteady outing for the recent call-up.

For Seattle, Bergman (a Rockies 2010 draft choice) would fare little better, surrendering six hits, five earned runs and two walks in his 4.1 innings of work.

Colorado got the above mentioned 4-RBI performance from Story who is fifth in the MLB with 67 RBI.  The mark is a National League record for shortstops before the All-Star break.  Story and Ian Desmond both hit their 19th home runs of the season.  Carlos Gonzalez had a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3 with 3 runs and two walks. The aforementioned Desmond added a 2-for-4 performance and has his season average up to .228.  It’s been a long, steady climb from the sub-.150 hole Desmond was in to begin the season. It was an outstanding day at the plate for the Rockies, who managed 14 hits off the Mariners pitching.

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Harrison Musgrave, on in relief for Hoffman got the win for Colorado but struggled a bit, handing out three walks and three runs in his three-innings of work.  Chris Rusin replaced the shaky Musgrave and gave up a three-run triple to Mariners left fielder Denard Span.  Scott Oberg, Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis would close out the day and the Mariners, totalling 5 strikeouts between the three relievers.

The 10-7 final was the Rockies eight win in their last 10 games. It keeps them in the hunt in the ultra-competitive NL West.  Colorado has two more on tap with Seattle before the All-Star break.

For Saturday’s game, Seattle will match Wade LeBlanc with Colorado’s Jon Gray.  Gray, the Rockies presumptive 2018 ace is fresh off a stint at AAA Albuquerque is back.

Bad news that Antonio Senzatela has been moved to the DL with blisters, joining Chad Bettis.