Rockies battle through frigid temperatures to outdo Diamondbacks

May 28, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia (15) slides safely into second base ahead of a tag by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) in the fourth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in cold temperatures Tuesday night at Coors Field, 6-2.

The victory improves the Rockies record to 26-27 this season. Colorado is currently 4-1 on their current season-long 10-game homestand.

Ahead are takeaways from the victory.

Chris Iannetta comes up clutch

Rockies’ catcher Chris Iannetta has a knack for hitting timely home runs.

Iannetta crushed a go-ahead home run versus the Tampa Bay Rays April 3rd and came through with another timely longball in the Rockies victory.

With rain pouring down on Coors Field, Ian Desmond reached base to bring Iannetta to the plate to face both the Dimanobdabcks and mother nature.

Iannetta worked a 1-1 count and then proceed to blast a ball over the fence in left field, establishing a lead that the Rockies would hold for the rest of the ballgame.

Iannetta has reached base in all seven of his starts since returning from injury on May 3rd, hitting four doubles and three home runs in that span.

Speed killsĀ 

Raimel Tapia has served as the Rockies leadoff hitter with Charlie Blackmon currently on the injured list with a right calf strain. Tapia, who drove in the game-winning run on Memorial Day, has continued to thrive with the newfound opportunity.

With the Rockies down 1-0 in the fourth inning, Tapia started the inning by hitting a blooper into right field. Originally it looked like the hit would be a single, but Tapia turned on the jets when rounding first base and dove in head first second for a double.

Tapia’s speed was on display later in the inning when he managed to score by way of a passed ball on a walk issued to Nolan Arenado.

Tapia’s quick instincts and speed ultimately led to the Rockies tying the game in the fourth. His aggression has long been a topic for Manager Bud Black when discussing the difference he makes in the lineup.

Tapia has become a core component of the Rockies outfield since the start of May, starting in 18 of the Rockiesā€™ 23 games played in the month. The 25-year-old speedster is hitting .289 (36-for-124) and has hit safely in 23 of past 26 starts since April 16th.

Murphy finding his strokeĀ 

It appears as if Daniel Murphy is finally starting to settle into a groove at the plate.

Murphy, the Rockies key offseason signing, has struggled to establish consistency at the plate this season in part due to a finger injury he sustained early this season.

With the game tied at a run apiece in the fourth inning, Murphy squared up the first pitch of his at-bat, driving the ball down the line in right field to score Arenado from first base and put the Rockies on top.

The veteran infielder is hitting .370 (10-for-27) with two doubles, one triple and a home run in his last eight games. The recent play is a significant improvement from where he was earlier in the season. Murphy hit a mere .108 over his first 14 games played in May.

Senzatela battles through the storm

Despite the poor pitching conditions, Rockies’ starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela managed to battle through the cold temperatures to hurl six solid innings for Colorado.

Senzatela faced a hefty amount of traffic on the base paths but managed to hold the Diamondbacks to just two runs, finishing with a line of six innings pitched, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out two batters.

The start for the youngster comes after he allowed eight earned runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates in only 3.1 innings last week.

He’s now allowed three-or-fewer earned runs in six of his nine starts after returning from an infected blister in Spring Training.

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