After Tuesday night’s dramatics, the Rockies took care of business today on a twelve hit performance to defeat the Texas Rangers 6-3. Antonio Senzatela pitched a great game and had some big time late inning help by the back end of the bullpen. The win give the Rockies their third straight victory and improves to the Rockies to 22-34 overall and 18-12 at home. For the Rangers, it’s a frustrating eighth consecutive loss.
When the Rockies are at home, they are an entirely different team than the team that travels. Today was probably the best all-around offensive performance throughout the lineup, of the season. With a grand total of 12 hits, it’s the fifth highest hit total the Rockies have had this season. Six of the nine players in the lineup recorded a hit but everyone (besides Senzatela) reached base. Four of them (Tapia, Daza, Fuentes, Hampson) each had a multi-hit game.
The Rockies are now hitting a .266 BA at home which is fourth highest in the league. This is in direct contrast to the team’s paltry .197 BA on the road.
Joshua Fuentes keeps it rollin’
Since becoming Joshua Fuentes, the 28-year-old has been on fire. He continued that today with his third three hit game in less than a month. Fuentes initially got the Rockies on the board in the fourth when he leadoff the inning with a double. He stayed alert and was able to advance to third on a wild pitch in the dirt. In the next at-bat Dom Nuñez was able to bring him home on a slow RBI groundout.
Fuentes then led off an important sixth inning with a single that forced starter Jordan Lyles out of the game and replaced by the young reliever Demarcus Evans. Evans was a bit wild and eventually Raimel Tapia would come through with a big two RBI double to bring Fuentes in.
Fuentes then tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a beautiful solo home run to center field.
Joshua Luis Fuentes— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 3, 2021
- Colorado Rockies ( ️) Solo pic.twitter.com/5VRqxcLuHT
If we consider the name change official when Fuentes got his haircut on May 12, he has slashed .322/.394/.593 since becoming Joshua Fuentes.
Brock Holt’s big hit
For the most part, Antonio Senzatela was cruising through this Rangers lineup with only four hits given up through his first five innings. Then in the sixth inning, the Texas Rangers were finally able to put some stress on Senzatela. They got some help from Garrett Hampson who committed an error on a routine ground ball that allowed Isaiah Kiner-Falefa to reach first base. As errors seem to always tend to do, it led to a run when veteran Brock Holt hit a clutch double to put his team ahead at the time 3-2.
Tapia’s three hit performance
After a hot start to the year, Raimel Tapia seemed to have hit a slump and had been 3-for his last 31. Today, Tapia regained his form with a 3-for-5 day with three RBI’s that included a big time two out double in the sixth inning that put the Rockies ahead 4-3.
Tap, tap, tap it into center field pic.twitter.com/OkPcLx9crz— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 3, 2021
Tapia also scored a run in the fifth when he leadoff the inning with another double. After a Yonathan Daza sacrifice bunt, Tapia was brought home on a Ryan McMahon sacrifice fly. Raimel Tapia, usually a singles machine, only had four doubles coming into today but “El Cangrejo” was able to hustle out two today.
This is Tapia’s fourth game with three or more hits this season. It brings up his BA to .261 on the year.
Senzatela nearly goes eight, Estévez gets the biggest out of the game
Antonio Senzatela continues to impress at home. The 26-year-old nearly got through eight innings with just one earned run allowed. He ran into trouble in that eighth inning when he gave up a pair of singles, in what was at the time just a one run game.
That’s when Carlos Estévez was called upon from the bullpen to face the slugger Joey Gallo. It what could be considered the biggest moment of the game, Estévez pumped 98 MPH past Gallo for a huge strikeout.
The Rockies will look to sweep the Rangers tomorrow in the final game of this three game interleague series. Mike Foltynewicz (1-5, 4.31 ERA) will start for the Rangers against Austin Gomber (3-5, 4.55 ERA). It’s an afternoon getaway day for the Rangers with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 P.M. MDT.