The Colorado Rockies rallied late on Sunday afternoon to take an 8-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a big early May victory in the fact that it prevented a National League West opponent from coming into Denver and posting a sweep.
Trailing 7-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Colorado Rockies scored five runs to take the lead. After Wade Davis nailed down the save, it represented the first come-from-behind win for the Rockies when trailing by four or more in the eighth inning or later since coming from behind to beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 on August 17, 2014, when they trailed 9-5 entering bottom of the ninth.
Highlighting Colorado’s comeback was a three-run triple by Raimel Tapia off Arizona reliever Archie Bradley. Tapia is now 3-for-6 with a double, triple and home run with the bases loaded in his career.
Tapia made the hit into a triple by hustling to third and just beating the throw. After the game, Nolan Arenado was asked about the aggressive swings and baserunning Tapia has shown this season.
"“We want them to be aggressive so they can learn from their aggressive mistakes rather than being tentative,” Arenado said. “That’s what makes Tapia good. He’s an aggressive baseball player. He takes his hacks. Little things like that makes him who he is. We’ve learned to appreciate it.”"
As context, the “them” also includes Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, David Dahl and the other young Rockies players. Now a veteran and one of the leaders of the clubhouse, Arenado knows that the younger Rockies can learn best by pushing the envelope, even if it makes some fans shake their heads at times.
Don’t expect to see the younger Rockies dialed back any time soon … and that’s a good thing for a Colorado offense that often needs a spark to get going.