The Colorado Rockies defensive catchers are powering the team with their offense.
I've held the contention for most of the year that the Rockies should make finding a new every day catcher a priority in this off season, but Michael McKenry and Jackson Williams would like to be a part of that conversation, please.
Jackson Williams hit the first home run of his major league career, a three-run shot, in the bottom of the second inning to give the Rockies an early lead. The scoring would end there in the second, though the threat would not.
After walking Franklin Morales and giving up a single to Charlie Blackmon, the Padres decided to pass on Justin Morneau (probably wise) and issues the intentional pass to load the bases for Nolan Arenado. Nado struck the ball hard but Alexi Amarista made a superb play, ranging to his right, making a tough pick, and spinning to get the force at second and end the inning.
That was where the score stayed until Arenado got another chance, this time with just one runner one base, and decided to hit the ball hard again but this time over some fencing that had been set up before the game. Two-run blast, 5-0 Rockies.
Franklin Morales ate his Wheaties this morning, or something, because he was excellent on the mound and even drew a walk. His final line came out to six innings pitched, four singles given up, two walks and six strikeouts for easily one of his best outings of the season. Williams should also get some credit here since his best attributes -- excellent receiving and game calling -- are likely not coincidental to the quality of Morales' start.
Charlie Blackmon recorded his NL leading 67th RBI from the lead-off spot on a triple in the bottom of the eighth for a little insurance and then Christian Friedrich came on in the bottom of the ninth and shut the door to secure the sweep.