The refrain "Rockies blow out the Rangers" is starting to sound like a broken record, but it's the sweetest sounding damaged LP I've ever heard. This time the nine run onslaught barely featured Troy Tulowitzki, who was "only" 1 for 4 with a run and RBI. Instead it featured base hits up and down the lineup, as the Rangers bled out from a thousand paper cuts.
Nolan Arenado came up in the first inning with Tulo on third and Cargo on second and promptly lined a double down the left field line, extending his hitting streak to 27 games, tying Michael Cuddyer for the longest in club history. Getting that out of the way early was nice; the Rockies could then settle down and focus on laying an unholy smackdown on Colby Lewis.
Lewis went only 3.2 innings, surrendering 12 hits and seven runs. That's a crummy night, any way you slice it. There are almost too many offensive contributors to note; let's just list them out. Men with three hits: Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu (with a big time opposite field triple). Men with two hits: Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs. Everyone else had one hit.
Oh yeah, and we aren't in Coors Field anymore. Did anyone get the memo?
Cargo blasted a home run through a stiff breeze in the fourth, to cap off a five run inning. He's getting hot again.
This marked the sixth straight series win for the Rockies. They moved into a tie for first place in the NL West as the Giants fell to the Pirates earlier today. They have won 15 of their last 21. They own the best run differential in baseball.
Jorge De La Rosa turned in another solid effort, working six innings and allowing only two runs, both off a huge Adrian Beltre home run. He struck out four while walking three (all in the sixth inning; it was looking pretty hairy at that point, but he induced a grounder to third [a good place to hit a grounder] ending the threat). It was a workmanlike outing, and that's all the club needed.
Drew Stubbs is really heating up. He got the start in center field, and scalded two more hits. After a lousy start to the season, Stubbs's line is up to .323/.370/.492.
This Rockies team is looking more and more legit with every passing day.
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