The Rockies capped their annual weekend celebration honoring the team’s Latin players and loyal fans with a 3-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in which their recently dormant offense caught fire producing 31 runs. Earlier in the week, they held their own against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals winning 2 of 3 games in that series.
In Friday night’s opener with the Padres, Nolan Arenado brought the crowd to its feet in the first inning, launching his 40th home run of the season. He joins Vinny Castilla as the only players in Rockies club history with three 40-home run seasons. Adding more sparkle to the offensive fireworks, Trevor Story deposited two long balls in the seats bringing his season total to 32. That makes him the leading National League shortstop in home runs and hits (163). Leading 7 – 2 going in to the sixth inning, the Rockies reeling relievers surrendered 5 runs leaving the game tied. In the bottom of the sixth inning, it was Story’s second home run that gave the Rockies the edge in what ended up being a 10 – 8 win.
Saturday night’s game with a sell-out crowd of 47,370 in attendance was an offensive dream and a pitching nightmare. The Rockies scored 11 runs. Included in that attack was a wild 6-run third inning that gave them a comfortable 11 – 5 lead. Then in the eighth inning, like a recurring bad dream, the Rockies bullpen imploded allowing 5 runs to score. Manager Bud Black then had to use five relievers trying to get three outs without surrendering the 1-run lead. Ironically it was not a pitcher, but the catcher who got the third out as Tony Wolters gunned down Padres pinch hitter Travis Jankowski attempting to steal second base. In the ninth inning, reliever Jesus Tinoco earned his first big league save by inducing a game ending double play in the 11 – 10 victory.
On Sunday the Rockies completed their sweep in a game that featured another solid 4-inning start by Chi Chi Gonzalez who also picked up 2 RBI with the first hit of his 4-year Major League career. Game-changing fire power came from the previously slumping second baseman Ryan McMahon who was responsible for 4 RBI with home runs in the third and eighth inning. And the hit that finally pushed the Rockies ahead in a tight 4 – 3 ball game was the 3-run homer by September call-up Josh Fuentes. Back in action after a day of rest, relievers Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz blanked the Padres in the final two innings clinching the 10-5 win.
Los Rockies Weekend was a special time of celebration for a team that boasts a large contingent of players with Latin/American heritage from Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela including Yency Almonte, Yonder Alonzo, Nolan Arenado, Jairo Diaz, Carlos Estevez, Josh Fuentes, Rico Garcia, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Dom Nunez, James Pazos, Antonio Senzatela, Raimel Tapia and Jesus Tinoco.
This week the Rockies host the New York Mets for a 3-game series then head to Los Angeles for a weekend series with the Dodgers.
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