Colorado Rockies: Four Key Players from Sunday’s Win
By Kevin Henry
The Colorado Rockies rediscovered their power stroke on Sunday afternoon, just in time to squash any hopes the New York Mets had of avoiding a three-game sweep at Coors Field.
Carlos Gonzalez snapped out of a slump with a sixth-inning solo blast and Ryan Raburn handed the Rockies the lead for good with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh as Colorado won its fourth straight game with a 4-3 decision over the Mets in front of 36,901 fans at 20th and Blake.
Those were two of the four stars of the game for the Rockies. Let’s take a look at four players who made a big difference for Colorado on Sunday afternoon and helped the Rockies move to 19-18 on the season.
Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and RBI, snapping an 0-for-13 slump at the plate. The homer also ended a 24-game homerless streak for the Colorado Rockies outfielder, who had last homered on April 15 at the Chicago Cubs. It was his longest streak without a home run since 2012 and also scissored a career-high 17-game streak without an RBI.
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With CarGo’s blast pulling the Rockies within 3-2, Raburn handed the hosts the lead by whopping a 2-0 pitch 410 feet over the right-center wall. It was his second pinch-hit homer of the season (he also did it April 10 against the San Diego Padres) and was the sixth of his career.
Raburn is now hitting .353 on the season. Not a bad offseason pickup for the Rockies, huh?
3. Tyler Chatwood
Chatwood pieced together a strong outing, earning his first win of the season at Coors Field. Dominant on the road, Chatwood had struggled at home until Sunday, when he threw seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits. It was the third time this season he had thrown seven innings or more, but the first at Coors Field.
Chatwood also wasn’t bad at the plate, recording a fifth-inning single. It marked the third straight game where Chatwood has had a hit.
The win improved Chatwood to 5-3 on the season with a 3.20 ERA.
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4. Jake McGee
McGee recorded his fifth consecutive save by pitching a one-hit ninth, needing just eight pitches to close the door on the visitors. It was his 12th save of the season and third straight game where he finished the contest against the Mets. He became the seventh Colorado pitcher in franchise history to record a save in all three games of a three-game series. He hasn’t blown a save since May 7 in San Francisco. Since that time, he’s pitched five scoreless innings with three hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.