Before Saturday’s game, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black held a lively court in the dugout. He was asked, “the Rockies had averaged three runs a game at Coors Field. Yesterday, they scored six. That’s encouraging for the offense, right?”
“We like to think that there’s more in there,” Black said. “It all came in one inning, we’d like to spread it out more to put a little more pressure on the opponent, but it was great to string some hits together. We’ve talked a lot about seeing the ball, taking the ball, and swinging at strikes. But guys are anxious, they want to hit, they want to get their average up and contribute. We just need to control the zone.”
That offense came out in force in Sunday’s game, setting a Rockies season high in runs scored, with twelve. Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela, whose previous three starts were games all decided by one run, was staked an early 3-0 lead after the first inning and was able to ride a 6-0 lead for most of the middle of the game game.
Then, the offense got a little quiet. Part of that can be attributed to the effort from San Francisco reliever Chris Stratton, who allowed just one walk and no hits after he replaced starter Matt Moore. By the time Stratton left the game in the eighth inning, the Giants had reduced the lead to 6-3. Then, the Rockies offense found its next gear, putting up six runs of its own in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.
After the game, Charlie Blackmon noted that “We kind of got stale there in the second half of the game, and they scored a couple runs on us, but we did a good job to bounce back and put up a crooked number and hopefully give those guys [in the bullpen] the opportunity to rest.”
During the post-game conference, Black said, “This is what we talked about. We had some triples, we had some homers, we had some timely hitting, good hits, good at bats and we took walks. That’s our platform.”
Though each position player in the lineup reached base in the game, the Rockies runs were still a bit clumped together. There were two innings where the Rockies scored three runs and one inning where they scored six. If you remove those three innings, the Rockies only had two hits and a walk in their five other frames.
Still, a twelve run, fourteen hit and three walk effort is more typical of what the Rockies have produced offensively in the past, especially at Coors Field. It’s nice to see that offense come around at a time that the Rockies pitching has put together some quality efforts. This team could become dangerously good if the offense becomes more consistent and tacks on a run here and there between the big innings.