The Colorado Rockies history isn’t long. In their short tenure in Major League Baseball, they’d only registered a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks once.
That total looked to be moving to two through seven innings. After a bullpen implosion, the Rockies climbed back and secured the sweep in the 10th inning, 11-10.
The perfect streak brought the Rockies to third place in the National League West and only a single win away from tying the second-place San Diego Padres.
Over the four games, they scored 26 runs and moved their run differential to +1 in the process.
In the month of May, the club’s record moved to 15-10 with the win. Driving their success has been a bevy of breakout newcomers and Nolan Arenado. In just the latest calendar month, the club’s star has hit .402 and launched nine home runs. His recent seven-game multiple-hit streak also earned him NL Player of the Week.
Ahead are storylines from the Rockies finalization of the series.
Walk-off ways continue for gritty Rockies
In the last week, the Colorado Rockies have scored a game-winning run in the final inning four times. The latest clutch win marked the most in a single homestand in franchise history (4).
After a two-game slump, a red-hot Trevor Story started the threat with a double. The hit was the fourth of the game for the shortstop, tying his single-game career-high.
With a runner in scoring position, the Diamondbacks intentionally walked Arenado, sending Daniel Murphy up to secure the win. He obliged, slapping a single into the outfield to become the fourth Rockies’ hitter in the last week to tally a walk-off hit.
The hit was the fifth game-winning run batted in of Murphy’s career.
Starters have short-lived outings
Between Taylor Clarke and Kyle Freeland, the pair combined to throw only five innings. For the latter, the shortened stint was a continuation of his recent struggles.
Spanning back to April 29th, Freeland has started seven games. In that same stretch, he’s tallied a quality start only once.
Including his latest three-inning start in which he allowed five earned runs, the southpaw has hurled 31.2 innings and allowed 34 earned runs over that same sample. His lofty total includes 13 home runs in only seven starts, bringing his total to 16 on the year. Last season, he allowed only 17 long balls.
Freeland’s final pitch chart spoke volumes in regards to his ability to locate:
The latest start ballooned Freeland’s earned run average to 7.13, nearly triple his 2.85 mark from last season’s breakout.
His counterpart, Clarke, fared even worse.
The Diamondbacks’ rookie came into the game on a roll. In his last start, Clarke limited the San Francisco Giants to three runs in 6.1 innings. The start before that, he went six innings and only allowed a pair.
In only two innings, Clarke allowed the same amount of runs as his last two starts combined thanks to a loss of control. Among two walks and a hit by pitch, the youngster allowed the Rockies to garner four hits and drive his pitch count to 34 in only the first frame.
To his credit, Clarke won the battle between pitchers at the plate:
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 30, 2019
Coors Field has gotten the best of many pitchers since 1995, a trend that continued once again in the series finale.
Future of the franchise players shine brightly
David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Story and Raimel Tapia represent the pre-free agency future of the Colorado Rockies. If the latest Rockies’ win was any indication, the results will be frightful for opposing pitchers.
The quartet combined to hit 11-for-21 in the win, including a pair of home runs. The most electrifying of the hits came courtesy of McMahon’s third-inning no-doubt shot:
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 30, 2019
Tapia’s leadoff double extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games. A portion of the spree has come with the outfielder atop the lineup in place of Charlie Blackmon who’s currently on the 10-day injured list.
Dahl also captured a career-high mark with his four hits in the matchup.
Arenado, who went 1-for-4 to extend his 10-game hitting streak, and German Marquez round out the headliners of a Rockies’ club that features one of the best young cores in the game. The building blocks are already in place if Jeff Bridich and company can merely fill in the gaps.