Charlie Blackmon goes on the 10-day DL, while Arenado, Parra and Marquez each get six-game suspensions. Without three of Colorado’s top threats, the quality Nationals pitching staff keeps the Rockies pent-up in all but one of the four games, scoring 26 runs in the process.
A limping Rockies team heads to Pittsburgh and drops two of three, finally putting a complete game together once the suspended Rockies return. They head home 2-5 on the road trip and panic sets in among Rockies fans everywhere.
Blackmon returns to the everyday rotation for the Rockies while Arenado, Parra and Marquez each get three games to be served later due to the appeals process. The offensive momentum created after the brawl Sunday turns into a hot lineup that overpowers even the Nats’ vaunted hitters, and the Rockies take three of four in Washington.
They head to Pittsburgh and by then the Pirates have returned to Earth after a hot start, resulting in a Rockies sweep behind dominant pitching. The Rockies return home with a 12-8 record, six games ahead of the Dodgers.
P.S. Events like the brawl on Sunday, while regrettable, can do a lot to bring a clubhouse together. I think it could turn out more important than we realize at this point. Go Rockies!