Rockies finish May in style with blowout victory over Blue Jays

May 31, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia (15) celebrates the two run home run of shortstop Trevor Story (27) in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Backed by a massive onslaught of offensive production, the Colorado Rockies crushed the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night at Coors Field, defeating their neighbors to the north by a final score of 13-6.

The victory improved the Rockies record to 7-1 on their current season-long 10-game homestand and overall record to 29-27.

Ahead are takeaways from the victory.

Story writes another chapter

Trevor Story had himself ballgame in the Rockies dismantling of the Blue Jays.

The Silver Slugger Award winner showed off his power by blasting two no-doubt home runs in addition to a double.

It was Trevor Story’s 13th career multi-home run performance and his third this season alone.

Between the home runs and double, Story collected a career-high seven RBIs in the Rockies victory. Story is hitting .452 with 11 RBIs so far on the Rockies’ current homestand.

Storys’ seven RBIs are the most by a Rockies players since Nolan Arenado recorded the same amount on July 19, 2017.

Marquez continues to own the mound and the batter’s box 

German Marquez’ brilliance continued against the Blue Jays as the frontman of the Rockies’ rotation extended his stretch of impressive play.

Toronto tallied two runs in the second inning, but from that point on, Marquez shut the Jays’ offense down in short order.

Marquez was dealing all night and kept Toronto’s hitters off-balance from the jump.

The 24-year-old hurler weaved around the Blue Jays lineup and departed with a line of seven innings pitched, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters.

Marquez is a two-way threat and proved his ability to hit in the batter’s box in the third inning when he roped a single to left field to extend his current hitting streak to five games. Marquez collected his second hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning via a bloop single, this time to right field.

Marquez’ hitting streak is the eighth hitting streak of five or more game in franchise history for a pitcher. The longest hitting streak by a pitcher in club history is owned by Mike Hampton who logged an eight-game spree in 2002.

Tapia continues to thrive as Rockies’ leadoff hitter 

Raimel Tapia has settled into a groove at the plate since taking over as the Rockies leadoff hitter with Charlie Blackmon sidelined with a right calf strain.

The 25-year-old speedster extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the bottom of the second inning of Colorado’s contest versus the Blue Jays on a double down the line in right field.

Tapia has scored 11 runs, hit four doubles and logged three RBIs over the course of the streak.

Tapia is known for his aggressive mindset at the dish and tends to swing early and often during his at-bats. Despite his aggressive nature, Tapia has walked four times during his career-long hitting streak.

Tapia has hit safely in 26 of his past 29 starts since April 16th and is hitting .303 in that span.

Rockies end May in style 

The Rockies ended their first winning month of the season on a positive note. Colorado finished the month with a record of 16-10.

The Rockies offense was lethal in May, scoring 183 runs which led the National League.

The 183 runs the Rockies tallied throughout May are the most in any calendar month by a Rockies’ team since the 2016 club scored 173 in August.

The Rockies finished the month with the highest batting average amongst all major league clubs with a .300 batting average. Additionally, the Rockies ranked within the top-five in slugging percentage and hits, while cranking 42 home runs.

The month of June could likely be a deciding factor in the club’s hopes for another postseason berth. Heading into the stretch riding a wave of momentum won’t hurt.

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