Colorado Rockies: One Year From Now, Here’s the Story…
Editor’s Note: During tonight’s rain/hail/weather delay at Coors Field, I jumped in the Rox Pile time machine (hey, we spare no expense here) and took a trip into the future of the Colorado Rockies. One year into the future, in fact.
I’m pretty sure Doc Brown would’ve approved as I didn’t ever cross paths with my future self. However, I did take the chance to steal my game story from June 28, 2017, and bring it into the present.
Jeff Hoffman scattered five hits over six innings and struck out six as the Colorado Rockies extended their winning streak to six games with a 6-2 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers before 38,766 at Dodger Stadium.
Six was the lucky number of the night as Hoffman earned his sixth win of the season and continues to show that the 2015 trade for Troy Tulowitzki has paved the way for a bright future in LoDo.
Hoffman and Jon Gray, Colorado’s top two starters when the season began, are proving that the future may indeed be now for the Rockies.
“I liked his stuff out there,” said Colorado manager Walt Weiss. “He had good command and worked out of the jam there in the fifth when he needed to. The kid just keeps showing his composure.”
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That composure shined bright in the fifth, the only inning where the Dodgers threatened against Hoffman. With one out, Corey Seager singled and was moved to second on an attempted hit-and-run. Hoffman’s lone walk of the night put runners at first and second before the right-hander struck out Yasiel Puig on four pitches.
“He made the pitches when he needed to,” said catcher Tony Wolters, who improved his average to .278 with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. “He’s not afraid to come after batters and I’m not afraid to call the pitches to make sure he does.”
Nolan Arenado continued his tear through the 2017 season with a 3-for-4 performance that included a third-inning homer deep into the left-field bleachers. Trevor Story continued his banner sophomore season as well by adding a single and a double off the Bridich Barrier in right-center.
“I’m seeing the ball and making good contact,” Story, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, said. “I haven’t heard that they’re going to take the barriers down any time soon so I guess I’ll just keep hitting doubles.”
After Hoffman exited, Puig would extract his revenge, hitting a seventh-inning two-run homer off Miguel Castro, snapping his streak of 11.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
That, however, would be the end of the offense for Los Angeles as Carlos Estevez struck out the side in the eighth and Adam Ottavino worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save of the season.
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Now sitting just two games behind the Dodgers in the race for the National League West lead, the Rockies have an off day tomorrow before welcoming the Cleveland Indians to Coors Field for a weekend homestand. It will be the first appearance for Jorge De La Rosa at Coors Field since he signed with the Indians in the offseason.