Colorado Rockies Rundown: Barnes Rakes, Lyles’ Rehab, Rafael Ynoa

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Jul 30, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder B. Barnes (1) scores a run on a sacrifice fly by shortstop J. Reyes (not pictured) against the St. Louis Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Barnes finds his stroke


Brandon Barnes is beginning to find his stroke again at the plate, after slumping pretty severely in July and early August.

Talking to about his home run off Edwin Jackson and the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, Barnes said:

"“I was just trying to battle. He was making good pitches. I knew that 3-2 count, I had [pinch-hitter] Nolan behind me and they really didn’t want to walk me to get to Nolan. So I was looking for something middle of the plate. I was sitting fastball and he threw a slider, so I was able to get the bat out in front. “It’s good. You want to continue it. The big thing is to feed off of it, and keep going. Feel that positive energy and roll with it. We’ve got to go in there rolling. They need to win to make the postseason and we’re going to try to stop them.”"

That’s a great quote about the upcoming series, and the Colorado Rockies playing the role of spoiler in Pittsburgh.

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Whether that’ll actually happen or not, well… (see above), but at least Barnes has the right attitude — and the mindset that everyone on the roster should have.

Series preview stuff aside, there’s a lot of use of the word “grind” in that piece, but Barnes has pretty cool tattoos, so I’ll allow it… for now.

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