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Rockies 6, Pirates 2: Colorado completes the sweep of Pittsburgh

Garrett Hampson leads the offensive charge with a four hit day

For the fifth time this season, the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep. All of which have come at Coors Field, but deserves to be celebrated nonetheless. It improves the Rockies to 28-16 at home and 34-47 overall. It took a solid outing from Jon Gray, three shutout innings from the bullpen and a spectacular four hit performance from Garrett Hampson to give the Rockies a comfortable four run win.

Gray digs early hole, throws five shutout innings

The Rockies had not given up a run in the first two games of this series and Jon Gray came into today’s game with a 3.25 home ERA. Both encouraging stats for a team trying to complete a three game sweep. However, from the Pirates perspective they were due for some offense and when Jon Gray came out a little flat in the first inning, they took advantage.

Potential All-Star Adam Frazier leadoff the game with a triple off the right center wall and was immediately brought home on a sacrifice fly from Ke’Bryan Hayes. Bryan Reynolds then tacked on another run with a solo shot to center to give the Pirates an early two-run lead. Reynolds extends his own hitting streak to 14 now which includes four long balls. He’s now up to 14 home runs on the year which is just two shy of tying his career high in a season.

Besides that first inning hiccup, Jon Gray was able to keep the Pirates at bay with five shutout innings. He did give up four walks but did not allow a hit after Bryan Reynolds’ solo shot. When you include the bullpen, the Rockies held the Pirates to an 0-for-8 day with RISP.

Come on into the Cronzone!

C.J. Cron continues to light up Coors Field. Cron was slashing .288/.373/.586 with eight of his ten home-runs in Colorado and today he added one more to his line.

In Cron’s last nine home games, he’s hitting .355 with FIVE home runs. C.J. Cron is heating up in the Colorado sun just in time for the trade deadline?

Have a day Garrett Hampson

In almost a response to Mario DeGenz’s Rockpile this morning, Garrett Hampson had one of his best games of the season this afternoon. Hampson went 4-for-5 with a double and a pair of key RBI’s. It’s the second time this season that Hampson has collected four hits, the other came at the beginning of the month against the Rangers. In fact, June has treated Hampson pretty well considering he’s hitting .338 with seven extra base hits this month. He’ll look to carry this momentum into the month of July.

Up next

Beginning tomorrow, the Rockies will host Nolan Arenado and the St. Louis Cardinals for a four game weekend series. A tribute video is expected to be played to mark Arenado’s return to Coors Field. Expect to see a mix of emotions from fans. It’ll be Adam Wainwright (6-5, 3.59 ERA) against Antonio Senzatela (2-7, 4.76 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 P.M. MDT. Should be an interesting one to say the least.