The Colorado Rockies took another big step toward the postseason with a 15-9 decision over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field. The victory gave the Rockies a series win over Miami, a team that swept Colorado in south Florida in August.
With the victory, the Rockies also reduced their magic number for the National League’s second Wild Card spot to three. Later in the evening, that number dropped to two after Cincinnati smoked Milwaukee at Miller Park. The number is even less for the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost to the Chicago Cubs and are now just one game from being eliminated from the postseason.
There were some numbers that stood out from Wednesday’s big win at Coors Field. Let’s take a look …
15 – The number of runs allowed by Miami pitching on Wednesday. That is the most given up by the Marlins since the Boston Red Sox scored 15 against them at Fenway Park on June 20, 2012.
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100 – That’s the number of RBI that Colorado Rockies leadoff man Charlie Blackmon has accumulated so far this season. Of Blackmon’s 100 RBI, 99 of those have come while Blackmon was batting in the leadoff position. Those 99 leadoff RBI deadlocks him with Alfonso Soriano (2002) for the second-most in MLB history. Blackmon is one behind Darin Erstad (2000) for the most-ever single-season RBI from the leadoff position in Major League Baseball history.
66 – Blackmon has multiple hits in 66 of Colorado’s games this season, tying him for the franchise record in multiple-hit games with Dante Bichette (1998). Chuck Nazty went 3-for-6 on Wednesday.
13 – That’s the number of consecutive starts for Colorado hurler Jon Gray where he has allowed three or fewer runs. That is the second-longest streak in franchise history, trailing only the impressive run Ubaldo Jiminez pieced together in 2010. During that stretch that started on July 25, the 25-year-old right-hander has put together a 7-3 mark with a 2.64 ERA.
2 – The number of home runs that Ian Desmond has hit at Coors Field this season after whacking one just over the top of the right field wall in the second inning on Wednesday. While Desmond may not have had the season that was expected when he signed his big contract in the offseason, he is seemingly heating up at the right time for the Rockies. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .324 with two homers and six RBI.