If you only looked at the Colorado Rockies at home, you’d think they were world-beaters. Tonight they walked off the contending Milwaukee Brewers for a 6-5 victory, It was their fifth win in a row (the longest streak in over two years), their seventh consecutive win at home, and they improved their record at Coors Field to an NL-best 25-14. Now they have a chance to swipe a series win from the Brew Crew just days after sweeping the powerhouse Padres.
The ever-solid Senza
Antonio Senzatela took the mound tonight as the Rockies starter, and was solid as always on his home dirt. Senza pitched six complete frames while allowing only three earned runs despite giving up seven hits. He struck out four batters and allowed no walks. Senzatela ran into trouble in his trademark “one bad inning” in the fifth, where he gave up three runs, two earned. He started the inning by giving up back to back singles and a bases-clearing double. An unusual fielding error by Ryan McMahon allowed another run to score on what should have been a routine play.
The bullpen bends but doesn’t break
After Senzatela left the game, three straight pitchers recorded only two outs from the bullpen. Robert Stephenson took over for the seventh inning, and walked two of the three batters he faced. However, a double play between the two helped prevent damage. Lucas GIlbreath finished the inning, but then walked a batter in the eighth and gave way to Carlos Estévez. Estévez finished the inning by inducing a double play. Daniel Bard pitched the fourth time in the last five games, and it showed. He struggled with command and blew the save by giving up back to back doubles. Jhoulys Chacín would be the hero out of the pen for the Rockies, pitching a gorgeous 1-2-3 10th inning with two strikeouts, and was credited with the win.
Double the flavor
The Rockies defense bailed out a pitching staff that allowed 14 baserunners on nine hits, four walks, and a hit batter, by turning four double plays. This comes the just after they turned three the previous night. The Rockies also flashed the leather with some excellent single out catches from the likes of Trevor Story, CJ Cron, and Garrett Hampson. Story’s snag in the 1st to rob Christian Yelich of a base hit was by far the most memorable of many very exciting defensive plays.
Double the fun
The Rockies also loved hitting doubles tonight, with five of their 11 hits being for two bases. Raimel Tapia continues slapping doubles at an insane pace. He has 13 doubles in the month of June while slashing .405/.415/.581 with 11 days left to go. He also extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. Garrett Hampson and Yonathan Daza both had RBI doubles, and Brendan Rodgers hit two doubles including the (then) go-ahead run in the seventh. CJ Cron didn’t have a double, but he did have two base hits including the RBI single that walked the game off for a Rockies victory.
Career-high— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 19, 2021
15-game hit streak
for El Cangrejo!
Coming up next
Tomorrow night will be the third of four against the Brewers, and the Rockies would seal a series win with a victory. The Brewers will be starting the righty Adrian Houser, while the Rockies will be starting the red-hot Austin Gomber. Gombito is coming off an absolutely dominant eight inning shutout outing against the Padres that saw his home ERA lower to an astounding 0.95. First pitch is at 7:10 PM MDT.