There was plenty for the Rockies to celebrate this past weekend. First, after losing 12 consecutive games dating back to last season, the Rockies finally beat the Dodgers – not just once, but twice in their four-game series that brought a total of 189,000 avid fans to Coors Field. Then, to add to the excitement, four Rockies position players were selected to the National League All-Star team. And finally, on Sunday they celebrated Bud Black’s 62nd birthday, toasting the team’s .543 winning percentage (222 – 187) under his management since 2017 – the highest winning percentage for a Rockies manager in franchise history.
In the new two-tiered All-Star selection process, the starter for each position is selected by fan voting. In this new system, the opposing managers no longer choose the reserve players. They are selected by player voting.
Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies gang of All-Stars. He was selected by fan voting as the National League’s starting third baseman. This ties him with Todd Helton and Larry Walker as the only Rockies to make five appearances in the Mid-Summer Classic. Currently he supercharges the Rockies offense with 20 home runs and a batting average of .320 with 65 RBIs and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .965.
Charlie Blackmon is a reserve player selection and will be appearing in his fourth All-Star game. Blackmon has compiled a record setting month in June and is currently tied with Nolan Arenado for the team lead with 20 home runs. His batting average is a red hot .337 with 56 RBI and an OPS of 1.036.
Trevor Story is another reserve player selection. He’s been out of action with an injured thumb but will be ready to make his second All-Star game appearance. He’s batting .294 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI with a .907 OPS.
It will be the first All-Star game appearance for outfielder David Dahl, a solid player preference choice. In this, his first full season of regular starts, he has drawn attention with his defensive play and his consistency and power at the plate. David currently has a .317 batting average with 12 home runs, 51 RBI and an OPS of 914.
The Rockies were also generating some excitement on the field this week as they took two of three games from the Giants at Oracle Park, then returned home to face the Dodgers in a four game weekend series. The first game on Thursday night was a disappointment. They got to the tough-to-hit Dodgers starter Walker Buhler for 7 runs in 5.2 innings, which is the most that Buhler had allowed so far this season. But once again, with the scored tied at 8-8 after eight innings of play, the Dodgers defeated the Rockies for the twelfth straight game when Rockies closer Wade Davis was tagged for 4 runs in the ninth inning in what ended up a 12 – 8 loss.
The Rockies finally turned the tables in Friday night’s rematch, when trailing 5-0, they scored 8 runs in the fifth inning, seven of them against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in what would be his worst outing of the season to date. The Rockies bullpen hung on and the Rockies kept charging to build a 13 – 9 win – their first win over the Dodgers since last September.
The Rockies did it again on Saturday as they scored a season-high 5 runs off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw in his seven innings of work. Jon Gray pitched well for 6.2 innings limiting the Dodgers to 3 runs in what would be a sweet 5-3 Rockies victory.
The Rockies lost the finale of this series 10-5 on Sunday but overall the week went well as they won four of seven games.
This week they’ll play a short two-game series at home with the Houston Astros, then play the final games of the first half of the season in a three-game series with the Diamondbacks at Chase Field
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