The Colorado Rockies finally broke out of their offensive funk against the Milwaukee Brewers in a big way on Wednesday night at Miller Park.
It may have just been one game, but the Colorado Rockies finally seemed to exorcize some of the demons that haunt them in their trips to Milwaukee with an 11-4 outburst that snapped an overall three-game losing skid and a five-game losing streak to the Brewers. And yes, Rockies fans are well aware that that streak extended back to last year’s National League Division Series sweep.
So what’s the secret to success? Well, shockingly, it’s to actually score runs against the Brewers. Colorado pounced on emergency starter Jacob Barnes quickly, with Nolan Arenado hitting a three-run blast to put the Rockies up 3-0 in the first inning.
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Colorado scored runs in four separate innings in Wednesday night’s win. That outburst came after the Rockies scored in just three of 46 innings during their five-game losing streak to Milwaukee.
Score runs, win games. What a concept.
One of those four innings would be the ninth, where Arenado would hit a solo homer, pushing his home run total to eight for the season and showing that, once again, Colorado’s offense gets going when their All-Star third baseman is going strong at the plate.
Want to see what I mean? All eight of Arenado’s home runs this season have come in Colorado’s last 15 games. During that span, Arenado has batted .323 (20-for-62) with 17 runs, five doubles, 19 RBI and a 1.149 OPS. During those 15 games when Arenado has been clicking at the plate, Colorado is 10-5.
For all of the frustration there has been with the Brewers, especially in their home ballpark, Arenado continues to hit the ball well in Wisconsin. Arenado now has seven home runs at Miller Park, where he is a career .381 (24-for-63) hitter with 16 runs, 17 RBI and a 1.260 OPS in 16 games. Maybe it’s only a house of horrors to some on the Rockies roster.
When Arenado signed his huge contract during spring training and cemented his future with the Rockies, it was a sign of just how much the 28-year-old also meant to the present of the team. Nights like Wednesday (and stretches like this) are proof of that.