Colorado Rockies: Quick takeaways from the sweep of the Giants
Coors Field put on quite the show on Wednesday night. Chris Iannetta‘s towering home run, just clearing the foul pole in left, was all the fireworks the Colorado Rockies needed to back Tyler Anderson‘s eight superb shutout innings of work. Then came the post-game fireworks that may have been to celebrate Independence Day … but for the Rockies it was a celebration of a whole lot more.
Here are a few things the Rockies have to celebrate:
With the 1-0 win over division foe San Francisco, the Rockies are over .500 for the first time since June 8. They now have won five of their last six games and, more importantly, inched closer in the playoff race. Entering Thursday, they are now four games back of division leader Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West and 4.5 games back of the last spot in the Wild Card.
The 1-0 win is only the seventh time in franchise history that Rockies have a won a game at Coors Field by that score. The shutout also continues a string of solid pitching performances over the past week. In the last six games, the Rockies have given up only 11 total runs … and six of those runs were given up in Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers in which starter Chad Bettis exited the game after the third inning.
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The best thing about the sweep of the Giants is that the Rockies finally took advantage of playing a home. The sweep is the Rockies’ first since July 17-19 of last season, when they took three in a row from the San Diego Padres. The sweep also runs their home record to 18-22.
It will be interesting to see how the Rockies move forward with their current four-man rotation. With two off days before the All-Star break, the Rockies may not need a spot start until the last series before the break. They also could opt to go with the four-man rotation until after the break considering how well the staff has pitched as of late.
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It sure does feel good to finally get some Coors Field home cooking. Hopefully the Rockies can carry the momentum into their last three series before the All-Star break.