The resurgent Rockies won five of six games last week with a combination of superb pitching and timely hitting. Here’s how they swept the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. In Monday night’s opener, starter Kyle Freeland faced off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner for the second time in two weeks. Once again Freeland picked up the victory allowing only two runs on three hits in seven innings of work. In a 5-2 win.
In Tuesday night’s game, 23-year old starter Antonio Senzatela, filling in for the injured Chad Bettis, shut out the Giants for seven innings while the Rockies surging lineup banged out 12 hits in an 8-1 win.
Wednesday afternoon’s final game of the series turned out to be a classic pitching duel matching the Rockies super young starter Tyler Anderson versus the Giants tough left hander Andrew Suarez. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning the score was 0-0 when Chris Ianetta fired a Fourth of July rocket out to the left field concourse for a solo homerun. Anderson shut the Giants down for eight innings and Wade Davis closed an outstanding 1-0 victory.
Then the Rockies headed to Seattle for a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Mariners, sporting an impressive 56-32 record, were projected to be a big challenge for the Rockies who came out firing winning Friday night’s opener 7-1. This important win was anchored by six innings of one-run ball from starter German Marquez and a hitting show that featured a two triple, three RBI night for catcher Tony Wolters. By the way that was the first time in the 25-year history of the franchise that a Rockies catcher hit two triples in the same game.
In Saturday’s game starter Kyle Freeland gave up only one run in five innings leaving the game with the scored tied 1-1. The big hit for the Rockies came in the seventh inning when outfielder Noel Cuevas, after fouling off a safety squeeze bunt attempt, shocked the Mariners with a three-run homer. The Rockies picked up this series winner 5-1.
After all this excitement, Sunday’s game was a bit of a downer as the Rockies dropped this one 6-4 with a not so sharp Antonio Senzatela allowing six runs on five hits in six innings.
This week the Rockies return home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks, then end the first half of the season with a home series against the Mariners.
Then it’s off to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. for the annual MLB All-Star Game which this year will feature three Rockies. At the top of the list is amazing third baseman Nolan Arenado who will be making his fourth All-Star Game appearance. He’ll be joined by two of his teammates who were selected as reserves by the players and managers, outfielder Charlie Blackmon and shortstop Trevor Story.
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