Returning to Coors Field for a ten-game home stand after winning 2 of 3 games from the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, the Rockies took on the Baltimore Orioles in what turned out to be a three game hit fest. It was the first time back to Coors Field for the Orioles since 2004.
Considering that this series was a matchup between a Rockies team that had drifted 10 games back in the Western Division and the Orioles who have the worst record in baseball, the crowds that turned out to support the Rockies were amazing: 31,000 on Friday night, 47,000 on Saturday night and 41,000 for Sunday’s finale. That’s more than the Orioles probably saw in the stands at their home games during the entire month of May. Credit the Rockies for giving their loyal fans a show.
Trevor Story had a memorable night in Friday’s 8-6 win. He launched the100th home run of his career in the seventh inning that made him the short stop that reached the century mark in the least amount of career games in Major League history. Previously Alex Rodriguez held the record accomplishing it in 470 games. Story did it in 448. Adding even more luster to this special accomplishment, his 101st home run was the walk-off winner with two outs and the game tied at 6-6 in the ninth inning.
The home run king of the weekend however was Nolan Arenado. It just so happens that he blasted two home runs in Friday night’s win. Then in Saturday night’s dismal 14-6 loss he launched the 200th home run of his young career. In Sunday’s come-from-behind 8-7 win he hit his 15th home run of the season. Arenado is on one of his hitting tears. He’s batting .420 for the month of May and has recorded six games in a row with a home run and multi-hits.
Nolan’s final contribution to Sunday’s win wasn’t a home run. It was a single that started a rally in the ninth inning with the Rockies trailing 7-6. Daniel Murphy, Mark Reynolds and Ian Desmond followed with walks pushing Nolan home with the tying run. Hot-hitting catcher Tony Wolters then became the hero of the day smacking a sacrifice fly to left field that scored pinch runner Jeff Hoffman in another walk-off win. What a weekend for the never-say-die Rockies.
So the good news is that the Rockies big hitters are hot with the team averaging almost 7 runs a game in May. The bad news is that Charlie Blackmon, one of their hottest hitters, unable to play during this series, has gone on the Injured List with a calf injury.
This week the Rockies longest home stand of the season includes a four game series with their Division rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, then another interleague weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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