The Colorado Rockies have cinched a play-off berth for the second year in a row-a first for the franchise.
It was all razzle-dazzle tonight at Coors Field, the electricity of what may be in the air. A full house packed the stadium to take in the exciting play of the Blake Street Bombers taking it to post-season and officially declaring “Rocktober” with tonight’s victory over the Washington Nationals.
The final score of 5-2 makes it seem as if it were a closer game. Kyle Freeland made the start for the Rox tonight pitching a solid six innings. Although 11 hits were given up, only two runs scored and tonight that was enough. Harrison Musgrave and Scott Oberg split the seventh inning and Adam Ottavino struck out one in the eight. Wade Davis closed out the game and the final inning with two strikeouts of his own. Another solid performance from the pitching staff.
The Rockies scored five from eight hits but when there are four home runs in the game, it helps. Charlie Blackmon kicked off the homer spree in the third and Ian Desmond and Chris Iannetta had back-to-back home runs in the fifth. David Dahl hit his home run in the sixth making this his fifth straight game hitting a home run, Nolan Arenado has the club record with six straight.
Now that the Rockies have clenched the post-season berth, they have a new first for the club as this will be the first time they have played in the post-season two-years consecutively.
Now the focus will be to continue winning and take the NL West. This would be a first for the franchise as well. The Rockies have been on fire and it’s the exact perfect moment. This is a team that has a real shot at post-season success and like the sign a fan held at the game said, “pennant or bust” and I agree.