The Boston Red Sox defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday night at Coors Field to sweep the two-game series.
Ahead are takeaways from the loss.
Red Sox own Lambert
Rockies’ starting pitcher Peter Lambert struggled against the defending World Series champions Wednesday night at 20th and Blake. Lambert has been with the Rockies since the start of June, and is one of the more tenured pitchers within Colorado’s rotation at this point in the season.
Wednesday’s start was Lambert’s 15th of the season and his third against interleague opponents.
The 22-year-old’s struggles versus American League opponents continued versus Boston. Lambert entered the game riding a 14.63 earned run average in two starts versus interleague opponents this season.
Lambert managed to hold steady through the first two innings, but the Red Sox blitzed him in the third. Rafael Devers lined a one-out triple to provide Boston with a prime scoring opportunity. After Xander Bogaerts grounded out, J.D. Davis crushed a two-run home run to left field, establishing a 2-0 lead for the Red Sox.
The fourth inning was solid for Lambert, but the youngster sputtered again in the fifth. Boston collected three consecutive hits off of Lambert in the fifth, including a home run from Bogaerts.
Boston chased Lambert out of the game, ending his day with a line of 4.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs on nine hits while walking five batters.
Wolters, Daza narrow the gap
Colorado entered the bottom of the fifth inning down 5-1; however, instead of rolling over, the Rockies’ offense managed to close the gap to give the team a fighting chance against Boston.
The Rockies started a one-out rally in the frame when Nolan Arenado and Ian Desmond logged back-to-back base hits. Ryan McMahon was unable to generate a clutch hit, putting the inning in the hands of Yonathan Daza.
Daza was patient at the plate, working a full count before hitting an RBI single to left field.
Tony Wolters nearly mimicked Daza in the following at-bat by also working a full count before smacking an RBI single. The only difference is Wolters’ hit was to right field.
Daza and Wolters managed to cut the deficit to 5-3 by the end of the frame.
Longball cripples Rockies
For the second consecutive game, home runs proved to be the difference-maker for Colorado.
Boston slugged their way to a 10-4 victory Tuesday night backed by a trio of home runs. The Red Sox nearly duplicated their output Wednesday at Coors Field, cranking another four home runs en route to a two-game series sweep.
Red Sox’ standout Xander Bogaerts accounted for two of Boston’s four home runs during the game, generating three runs for his club.
Home runs have been problematic all season for the Rockies. Colorado’s pitching staff entered Wednesday’s affair having surrendered the second-most home runs in the National League with 210.
Hampson plays small ball
The Rockies got a bit creative on the diamond against the Red Sox.
Ian Desmond was on third base with youngster Garrett Hampson at the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning. Looking to score Desmond from third, Hampson put down a well-executed bunt down the third baseline.
Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers did his best to mimic Rockies’ All-Star Nolan Arenado at the hot corner, but Hampson’s speed beat his throw to first while scoring Desmond to put the Rockies on the scoreboard.
As Thomas Harding of MLB.com pointed out on Twitter, Colorado has wanted Hampson to utilize the short game in order to maximize his production.
Hampson has struggled in his first big league season that he’s been provided with regular playing time, batting just .208 with 17 RBIs entering Wednesday’s game. That said, the Rockies believe Hampson can improve his output by playing to his strengths, like speed.
Hampson’s sprint speed to first base on his RBI bunt single was 31.1 feet per second. According to Harding, 30 feet per second is considered elite in the game today.
#Rockies' Garrett Hampson cuts the difference to 2-1 with deft squeeze bunt. They want him to use the short game. And Hampson's sprint speed to first base was 31.1 feet per second. 30 feet per second is elite.
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) August 29, 2019
Should Hampson manage to use his speed to his advantage, he might see a boost in production.