The Colorado Rockies have peered over the cliff and taken a giant step back with three consecutive wins on their West Coast trip.
The Colorado Rockies won their final game with the San Francisco Giants 4-0. German Marquez was a Kevin Pillar HBP and an Evan Longoria single from a perfect game. Marquez registered nine strikeouts in the complete-game shutout. Nolan Arenado drove in three with a home-run in the fifth giving Marquez more than enough offense for the win.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the underperforming Rockies and served to show signs of life from a sputtering offense.
On Monday, Antonio Senzatela spread six hits and just one earned run over his 6-2/3 innings, Ian Desmond notably drove in two runs and was 2-for-4 on the day. The beleaguered Rox centerfielder has his average up to .164. That mark is dismal but a vast improvement from where Desmond has been. Colorado 5, San Diego 2. Back-to-back wins have the Rockies breathing a little easier.
There’s something in one of the baseball movies about three wins being a streak. The Rockies waylaid the Padres 8-2 on Tuesday riding Birthday boy Nolan Arenado‘s (his 28th) RBI streak to an easy win. More importantly, Jon Gray went seven innings and gave up just three hits and one run. The Rockies saw multi-hit games from Garrett Hampson, Arenado, Trevor Story, Raimel Tapia and catcher Tony Wolters. Tapia had one of the more interesting lines, driving in three but stranding four.
The three-game streak is a glimpse of what we all thought the Colorado Rockies were capable of in the 2019 season and has staved off talk of disaster. For now.
There’s a weekend series at-hand with the NL East-leading Philadelphia Philles, the team that “won” the bidding war for Bryce Harper, who is hitting .262 and has an astounding 23 strikeouts in the early going. The Phillies are another team that was tabbed a contender in the preseason and they have had a much smoother go than have the Rockies. It will be a nice measuring stick for the resurgent Rockies and a good challenge for the starting pitching.
Following the set with the Phillies, the Rockies welcome the struggling Washington Nationals. Colorado should move the needle closer to the .500 mark if they continue the play that’s got them on this streak.
They have to start somewhere.