The Rockies beat the Yankees 8-4 on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to end their 6-game losing streak. That means the Rockies leave the Bronx having won one out of three games against one of the best teams in baseball.
We’ll take it.
Offense from the stars
We’ve been talking a lot about the pitching struggles since the Rockies began their tailspin, but since June 30, the day the 2-13 stretch began before Sunday’s win, the offense had been just as bad. Only Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, and Daniel Murphy hit above league average in that span of time. Nolan Arenado hit .226/.281/.377, David Dahl hit .200/.259/.360, and worst of all, Charlie Blackmon hit .196/.250/.286 in those 15 games.
On Sunday, the Rockies got critical contributions from Arenado, Dahl, Story, and Blackmon. They drove in 7 of the Rockies’ runs (the 8th was the result of a passed ball). Blackmon hit a home run and two doubles in his 4-for-5 day, Story and Arenado added doubles, and Dahl had two hits.
If the Rockies are going to turn things around, they need to do so right now, and they need to do so with the help of their offensive stars.
German Márquez rebounds
After making the worst start of his career on Monday, Márquez pitched a gem against a really good Yankees’ offense. Márquez gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings pitched. He struck out five and walked two. While he gave up two home runs, they were cheapies.
Again, this was just what the Rockies needed.
The Rockies begin a four game series against the Washington Nationals Monday night. Peter Lamber is set to start for the Rockies, though the Nationals’ start is listed as TBD. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 Coors time.