Another day, another road loss for the less than intrepid Colorado Rockies. Today the Rockies dropped another their second in a row against the St. Louis Cardinals and their former teammate Nolan Arenado with a 9-8 loss. They fall to a ghastly 2-13 on the road and have lost yet another road series.
A challenge for Chi Chi
The Cardinals were not kind to starting pitcher Chi Chi González today. He lasted just four innings while getting hammered for seven earned runs on eight hits, including a towering home run to slugger Paul Goldschmidt. This is his second straight outing where he couldn’t make it through five innings. Chi Chi likely doesn’t have long for the roster, with the returns of Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela on the horizon.
Chuck Entertainment Nazty
Charlie Blackmon seems to finally be busting loose after a rough start to his 2021 campaign. He’s now on a four game hitting streak dating to May 4th, where he has gone 7-for-16 with seven RBIs and a home run. He’s struck out just once during that stretch, and just three times so far in the month of May. This afternoon he hit 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
1-run game! 2-out, 2-run single from Charlie Blackmon pic.twitter.com/n0nDnNzjUg— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) May 8, 2021
Drop a Dom on ‘em
Dom Nuñez is having an interesting season so far. Average isn’t pretty. His swing isn’t pretty. The frequent strikeouts aren’t pretty either. What is pretty is that he seems to always get loud when it counts. Dom has a staggering 18 RBIs so far this season despite slashing just .203/.276/.522 and striking out a whopping 30 times, the second most on the team. Despite going just 1-for-5 this afternoon, he smashed a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to bring the Rockies roaring back into the ballgame.
Bases loaded— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 8, 2021
Bases Not Loaded pic.twitter.com/kYeP5KoWBK
Something to not be crabby about.
Raimel “El Cangrejo” Tapia is having himself a season so far as the Rockies’ leadoff hitter. He has an eight game hitting streak going, is slashing .316/.362/.444 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, and he’s only struck out 14 times on the season so far. That’s less than Charlie Blackmon. This afternoon he added another few points on his batting average in his personal quest for the NL Batting Crown, going 2-for-4 with an RBi and a walk. He’s playing really entertaining baseball in a season where Rockies fans desperately need it.
Coming up next
The Rockies will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Germán Márquez will take the mound for the Rockies, looking to right the ship after two very difficult and frustrating starts. He will face off against Cardinals elder statesman Adam Wainwright. First pitch is at 12:15 MDT.