Well, it’s official. The Colorado Rockies have started to come back to Earth, for better or worse. Wednesday’s loss at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks marked the first time the Rox have lost a series in 2020.
Back to Earth
Things seemed to be going OK for the Rockies through five, when both teams were tied at five. Antonio Senzatela kept up with Luke Weaver, limiting the Snakes to just two runs through four innings. However, a three-run fifth at the hands of Nick Ahmed, Ketel Marte, and Starling Marte proved to be the end for Senzatela. His final pitching line was 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 4 K. He threw 89 pitches, 62 for strikes.
It was #MustSeeKinley who was the tragic character in Wednesday’s play. Tyler Kinley started the seventh inning and faced five batters, but did not record a single out. Instead, he gave up four hits and a walk before being removed in favor of Yency Almonte. Kinley began the game with a 0.00 ERA and now has a 7.11 ERA. Almonte finished the inning, allowing three more runs but none were earned.
And speaking of back to Earth, Charlie Blackmon’s historic hitting streak came to a close at 15 games. After an 0-for-4 day at the plate, he is now hitting .472/.506/.681 on the season.
RyMac jacks and RyMac hacks
Ryan McMahon finally seemed to bust out of his slump with a 400-foot three-run homer in the fourth to give the Rockies the lead.
He also hit a single in the fifth. However, his other three at-bats ended with strikeouts — two swinging and one looking. McMahon now has 28 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. That’s a 47.5% strikeout rate.
On a positive note, Nolan Arenado has come back with a vengeance yet again after his day off on Sunday. In this three game series, he has gone 8-for-12 with two doubles, three home runs (two on Wednesday alone), seven RBI, one walk, and zero strikeouts! His slash line went from .185/.262/.352 at the end of the game on Saturday to .273/.333/.576 at the end of the game on Wednesday. Also, his RBI double in the eighth inning moved him into fourth place on the Rockies’ all-time RBI list with 746 — passing Vinny Castilla.
The Rockies have an off-day tomorrow before embarking on a 20-game stretch without one. Ryan Castellani will face the Texas Rangers on Friday with first pitch at 6:40 p.m. MT.