For the seventh time this season the Colorado Rockies have completed a sweep and for the second time this season it’s against the San Diego Padres. It was a back and forth affair that saw a combined nine runs in the first four innings but no matter what the Padres did, the Rockies always seemed to have a firm response.
They finished with eleven hits, four of them for extra bases and a productive 3-for-5 with RISP. Four different players recorded multi-hit games including Garrett Hampson who went 3-for-4.
The win improves the Rockies to 55-66 overall and 41-21 at home. If you’re really curious, the Rockies are also 11 games out of the wild card spot.
There was a lot of offense in this one so let’s recap.
Cron stays scorching
C.J. Cron might be the hottest hitter in baseball. The first baseman took home NL Player of the Week honors not long ago and he continues to make an impact in every game. Today was no different as he finished 2-for-4 and drove in three of the team’s seven runs. Cron is now hitting .377 in the month of August with seven home runs and 24 RBI’s. Each of those three RBI’s could not have come at a better time. The first two saved a first inning that earlier saw the Padres defense take away a run. With two outs Cron hit a two run double that scored the game’s first runs.
C.J. Cron's 17th double of the season scores Charlie Blackmon & Trevor Story pic.twitter.com/SS4WhENOBQ— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) August 18, 2021
The other RBI was due to a fortunate misplay from center fielder Trent Grisham who may not have read the ball well off the bat. Grisham’s mistake adds to Cron’s unbelievable hot streak. When you’re hot, you’re hot!
Wil Myers continues to haunt the Rockies
Something about facing the Rockies, really gets certain players in the league to play ten times better than they normally do. San Diego’s Wil Myers might be the best example of this. Coming into today’s game, Myers had 24 home runs against the Rockies, the most against any team. Today, he added not one but two more home runs. The first was a two run home run that helped the Padres claw back into the game after being down 3-0 early. The second one tied the game at four runs a piece in the fourth inning.
Wil MyleHighers strikes again pic.twitter.com/rWzuOv7Mky— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 18, 2021
Dom bombs and Story time
By the middle innings, both teams took turns exchanging blows. The Rockies would find a way to regain the lead, then the Padres would climb back into it and tie the game. In the fourth and fifth inning though, the Rockies made some key plays that turned out to be the difference. Dom Nuñez hit his eighth home run of the season to give the Rockies the lead once again in the fourth. Nuñez now has three home runs in his last eight games.
DOM NUÑEZ— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) August 18, 2021
425 ft, 101.4 mph, 34° pic.twitter.com/wIFSB72nfv
Then in the next inning, Trevor Story would launch a two run home run to left field with one of his best bat flips of the season. The home run was Trevor Story’s 150th career home run. He became just the tenth all-time Rockies player to reach that milestone.
First, an off day tomorrow. Then, the Rockies will host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field for the final time this season on Friday. The three game weekend series kicks off at 7:40 PM MDT with Austin Gomber (9-7, 4.09 ERA) set to return from the paternity list.