The Rockies headed to Milwaukee, ready for a rematch of last year’s National League Division Series. Their inability to score against the Brewers continued, though, in the 5-1 loss. Kyle Freeland returned from the IL as DJ Johnson got sent back down. He struggled in his return, giving up five runs in his six innings. However, the good news here is that he was able to correct as the game went on, sitting down the last 10 hitters he faced. The offense was missing, with Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and Nolan Arenado went 0-12. Many runners were left on base, and the Rockies are hoping this was just an off day, as their offense had been perking up lately. On the upside for the Rockies in Monday’s game, the defense was on point. Ian Desmond, Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, and Daniel Murphy each had catches that would make any highlight reel. Now they just need to get those bats heated up.
Tony Wolters has long been considered a strong defensive catcher for the Rockies, with his impressive framing ability and smart game calling. He’s even improved at throwing out attempted base stealers. Another huge element of his game that he’s improved this year has been his hitting. He already has about half as many hits one month into the season as he did all of last year. Of late, the Rockies’ catching position has been a question mark, and if Wolters can step up to be the answer, that will greatly help the Rockies in the future.
On the Farm
The Isotopes had a good outing against Sacramento Monday, with shortstop Elliot Soto putting together some good offense. Soto had two hits and one run. Pat Valaika also had a good night, scoring a run and batting in two.