Nolan Arenado puts up
The offense had a big night from a number of guys, but it seems noteworthy given the buzz around the team’s star this week that he came through. With an early 3-0 lead and a chance to put it out of reach, Arenado did just that with a three-run home run to deep center field.
If they are indeed going to win enough to make Nolan happy, he’ll need to keep coming through. What makes him so great is how often he does just that. Charlie Blackmon will also have a big say in those results, and he put up a three-hit night of his own including a home run in the first inning.
Antonio Senzatela recovers and then cruises
This game almost felt like it could go sideways the other direction in the first inning. Senzatela escaped a jam with two men out and didn’t look back. Stretched out in the minor leagues, he looked like a different guy than the pitcher who struggled in the bullpen in the opening months of 2018. Senzatela needed just 90 pitches to get through seven shutout innings. He struck out four and issued zero walks.
Is this momentum?
That’s four wins out of their last five in key division games for the Rockies. With the trade deadline sneaking up on the league, the Rockies should be feeling the urgency of this month. So far it looks like they are responding well to that pressure.
The Rockies will go for a sweep on Wednesday with Tyler Anderson looking to repeat the results from his outstanding start in Los Angeles this past weekend.