It would seem that the Colorado Rockies love themselves a little snow storm. After Tuesday’s game was canceled due to weather, many fans thought Wednesday’s game would encounter the same fate.
Instead, a balmy 39 degrees was the perfect scene for baseball and the Rockies closed out their slate against the San Francisco Giants with a 12-11 win.
Ahead are takeaways from the club’s win.
Nolan loves hitting in the snow
The early lead taken by the Rockies offense was key to pulling out the win.
Their production was led by none other than the Twitter Hitter of the day, Nolan Arenado. In the bottom of the first, after a double by Story, Nolan nailed a sinker on a 2-2 count and took it deep for his 10th home run of the season.
Arenado almost got his 11th home run in the second inning, but a review determined the ball swung just foul. Arenado didn’t stop there as he continued his offensive domination with a double in the fourth inning, a single in the fifth.
His latest game marks the sixth time in the last seven games that he’s accrued multiple hits.
Arenado began the season with a slow start, not hitting his first home run until April 14th in San Francisco. Despite that start, he’s now amongst the National League home run leaders. In less than a month’s time, Arenado has 10, tying four other players in the NL for seventh place.
Rockies ensure taco time lives on
Trevor Story ignited the offensive machine after a slump over the last few series. In his struggles, Story went 0-for-5 on Monday, 3-for-12 in the club’s last series against Arizona and 6-for-29 on their last road trip.
Story broke the freeze on Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with his final hit leading to the game-clinching run in the eighth.
A quick double in the first got the ball rolling for the shortstop. In the second, Charlie Blackmon led off with a single, followed by an Arenado walk and subsequent Mark Reynolds double to put the Rockies’ run total at five.
Other contributors in the day’s offensive onslaught included Ramiel Tapia who went 2-for-5 with a double, as well as Chris Iannetta with a double of his own. In all, the club went 14-for-37 at the plate in the outburst. The club also walked nine times to 11 punchouts.
The Rockies are now first in the NL in runs and runs per game. They are second in hits and batting average, third in home runs.
On a cold day, the pitching stays cold
The Rockies struggles on the mound persisted through the day’s slick weather as they’ve now gone 12 straight games without a quality start.
Looking to rebound, Kyle Freeland once again struggled, leaving his win total at one in his last six starts. After he allowed eight runs on nine hits and a career-high three home runs in his last start, a bounce-back effort was due.
The first two innings were typical. After a pair of clean frames, the walks began to come. Freeland allowed a pair of runs in the third frame, followed by three in the fourth, falling prey to multiple errors in the field from his outfield.
Brian Shaw replaced Freeland in the sixth as the veteran also struggled with command, walking both Tyler Beede and Steven Duggar. A Tyler Austin home run tied the game at eight, his second long ball of the game.
As a whole, five Rockies’ pitchers combined to allow nine hits, nine earned runs and seven walks.
Without pitching, the club is likely to continue their inconsistent ways in the win column.
Errors are never good
For the Rockies, the error trend in the outfield once again continued.
In center field, Ian Desmond ran a strange route that led to an error on a pop fly by Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning, leading to an additional run in the frame. To make matters worse, a fielding error by Raimel Tapia allowed Duggar to reach first later in the frame, allowing another subsequent unearned run to come in.
The move of Blackmon to right field was done to help the club’s fielding, an adjustment that has yet to provide significant changes.