This is the Colorado Rockies Mile High Sports Report for the week of May 1-7.

This Week…

The Rockies went 5-1 and are now 14-21 on the season. They swept the Brewers at Coors field after taking the final game against Arizona in the series prior, giving themselves a 4-game win streak, their longest since September 6-10, 2022.

That was snapped on Friday in New York with a 1-0 loss to the Mets. Antonio Senzatela made his return as part of a series of roster moves that also saw the Rockies claim catcher Austin Wynns out of the Dodgers organizations and designate outfielder Yonathan Daza for assignment. 

Senza pitched well in his first game since tearing his left ACL on August 18 2022, going five innings and giving up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three.

21-year-old rookie Ezequiel Tovar has begun to heat up, taking a 7-game hitting streak into Saturday where it was broken but responding on Sunday with another pair of hits. He is 16-for-47 (.340) with eight extra-base hits through his last 13 games.

Elias Diaz remains the Rockies most consistent (and arguably best all around) hitter. On the season he is slashing .343/.391/.495 for a wRC+ of 127.

Austin Gomber posted his third straight solid outing on Saturday, going 6 IP with two earned runs. He has allowed just three earned runs combined in his last three starts, for an ERA of 1.59.

Randal Grichuk returned to the team and went 2-for-4 in each of his first three games of the season after coming off the IL, which tied him for the longest multi-hit streak of his career. He managed just one hit on Sunday but it was a home run, giving him about as good a start to the season as he, or the Rockies, could have hoped.

History In The Making

When he scored a run last Sunday, Charlie Blackmon broke his tie with Larry Walker for second on the all-time Rockies runs scored list, currently sitting at 894. Todd Helton ranks first with 1401 runs scored.

It was announced this week officially that German Marquez will need Tommy John surgery. He had four strikeouts in his most recent outing against Cleveland leaving him three shy of Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies all-time record of 985.

Tovar is the youngest Rockie to record an on base streak of at least 10 games since Robert Mejia reached in 11-straight from July 22-Aug. 3, 1993.

This Week in Rockies History

May 1-8, 2018: the Rockies went 6-0 behind Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez, Chad Bettis, and Kyle Freeland, part of their second-best season ever. 

May 2nd, 2009: Jason Marquis tossed a complete game in San Francisco, giving up one run on five hits. He ended up as an All-Star that season.

May 3rd, 2000: the Rockies set a franchise record 24 hits, beating the Montreal Expos 16-7 at Coors. Todd Helton had five hits, the only 5-hit game of his career, raising his batting average at that time to a spicy .392.

May 4th, 1996: Andres Galarraga went 3-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBI as the Rockies coast to a 17-5 win over the Florida Marlins … the Rockies scored seven runs in the first inning behind home runs from Eric Young, Ellis Burks and Larry Walker.

May 5th 2018, Chad Bettis tosses seven scoreless innings at Citi Field as the Rockies beat the Mets 2-0 …was the sixth career start of at least seven shutout innings for Bettis and the fifth by a Rockie on the road against the Mets (six total, last: Germán Márquez, 7.0 IP Aug. 28, 2022)

On this date in 2013, the Rockies beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on a Carlos González two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning … Jorge De La Rosa tossed six scoreless innings.

Through May 7th, the 2007 Rockies were 14-18, they went on to win the National League. 

Thank you to the Rockies Communications department for putting together daily notes and information where much of this research comes from. For everything Colorado sports make sure you’re following Mile High Sports and see you next week.