Behind a solid (excellent for Coors Field) pitching start from Christian Bergman and a two hit, three RBI performance from Rafael Ynoa, the Colorado Rockies finished off their sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks who are now killing the Rockies in the reverse standings/tanking game.
Ynoa is hitting .409 in 12 games. A small sample size to be sure, but Ynoa and Cristhian Adames provide intriguing option at the utility spot moving forward. This spot will continue to be a vital one to the Rockies as long as Troy Tulowitzki remains iffy to play more than 100 games.
Bergman's final line on the mound was 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 0 BB. He also cruised at a favorable pace both for his defense and for keeping hitters off balance even though he was in the strike zone so often without dominating stuff. If Christian Bergman is going to succeed in this league, and I believe he can, these are the kind of outings he is going to need to be able to produce at a consistent level.
He had thrown only 55 pitches entering the sixth inning and finished with 67, 49 of them for strikes.
The other major offensive contributor on the day was Brandon Barnes who tacked on two hits, and two RBI. Michael Cuddyer hit his 10th home run of the season, giving him six consecutive seasons with a double digit home run total.
Wilin Rosario has been on a nice little streak either as a result of finally being healthy or just because he is streaky and picked the least opportune time to show that he can still hit. Either way, he leaves this game with another two hits, a walk, and three runs scored.
Oh, and Kyle Parker got a pinch hit appearance in this one and stuck out. Quite frankly, I don't care what the results are as long as he is only getting one at-bat at a time. Free Kyle Parker!