Some news, notes, and quotes jotted down before the Colorado Rockies took on the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park…
CAPTAIN JACK IS COMING BACK
The Pittsburgh Pirates will make a return trip to Coors Field after all. In order to make up for the April 28 game that was cancelled because of poor conditions, the Pirates and Rockies will meet at Coors Field for one game on June 9.
Both teams originally had an off day on June 9, but the Rockies seem to have drawn the better scenario of the two teams. Colorado will finish a six-game swing to San Diego and Los Angeles before coming back to Denver to play the Pirates for one game before starting a three-game series with the Padres. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, will be finishing up a three-game series with the Mets at home on Wednesday night before jetting to Denver for the one game then returning to Pittsburgh for a three-game series against St. Louis starting on Friday night.
The June 9 game in Denver is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. (MT)
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Heading into Tuesday’s game at San Diego, Colorado was hitting .275 overall, including .257 on the road. That’s a stark improvement over last season when the Rockies finished dead last in MLB with a .228 average on the road.
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss attributed the bump in average to a greater confidence at the plate this season.
“We talk about approach regardless of whether we’re at Coors Field or on the road,” Weiss said. “We’ve done that in the past too. Guys are stepping into the box with conviction on what they want to do. We talk a lot about performing for the team and guys are doing that offensively. That’s translated into better offensive performances and better performances on the road.”
LOOKING BACK AT “THE SWEEP”
Despite Monday night’s 2-1 loss in San Diego, Weiss was very happy with the three-game sweep his team pulled off in Arizona to start the road trip. The sweep was even sweeter considering the stretch the Rockies had just endured.
“We needed to turn it around,” Weiss said. “We lost five straight so it was very important that we went in there and won the series. But we did one better and got the sweep, which is outstanding. That says a lot about our club and our ability to turn the page and bounce back from a tough stretch and a couple of really, really tough losses at home. That was a good sign.”