En route to a 6-2 victory at home over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, the Colorado Rockies received key defensive plays from their two star players.
Carlos Gonzalez‘s great defensive play served notice to the rest of the league: you better get your scouting reports updated with that man playing right field. For however long CarGo plays right for Colorado, whether it is two weeks or two years, opposing teams better think hard about trying to go first to third.
Brian Dozier is a fast player, a guy on track for a 20-20 and possibly a 30-30 season. He probably runs first to third on singles to right field without a second thought. He attempted to do so on Friday night, and frankly I’m still not sure he knows where that baseball came from.
As for Troy Tulowitzi’s big play, it came in a higher leverage moment. With the bases loaded and the bullpen on the verge of blowing a 5-1 lead, Tulo snagged a groundball off the bat of All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki and made the leaping throw to end the inning and keep the Twins from adding any additional runs.
As far as star duos go, these two are unique in that they can both have such a significant impact defensively. Both have gold gloves on their resume, though CarGo has not always looked like himself in 2014. Even still, they served notice on Friday night that they can both lead their teams to victory on offense and defense when given the opportunities.