If you haven’t heard by now, the Colorado Rockies did something quite remarkable on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Not only did they strike out 24 times, but they found themselves on the winning end of the contest. However, there was something else that might have been just as incredible. I will get to that in a moment.
How the Colorado Rockies won the 11-inning, 5-4 battle, despite setting a couple of dubious records, is almost indescribable. Red Sox starter Chris Sale set a major league record by striking out the most batters (17) through seven innings. After getting pulled, the Boston’s bullpen proceeded to strike out an additional seven more batters over the next four innings for a grand total of 24 Ks, which tied a Rockies’ franchise record done back on April 12 in a 18-inning affair in San Francisco.
Luckily for the Rockies, their usual suspects kept them in the game. A pair of two-run bombs by Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon put the Rockies on the verge of victory before Mark Reynolds capped the night by driving in Trevor Story in the top of the 11th.
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As I was celebrating the win and discussing the dubious record via text message with a group of my friends, my friend Patrick came up with a very interesting debate.
During the game, Nolan Arenado committed two errors, including one in the bottom of the ninth which led to the game tying run. This was the first time since August 14, 2016, that Arenado committed two errors in a single game.
Patrick asked what was more shocking: The Rockies winning despite the strikeouts or Nolan Arenado making two errors in a single game?
It may not sound like much of a debate but here is some context. The seven-time Gold Glover has only committed 82 errors in his career 907 games. Strikeouts have been on the rise in the MLB and the Rockies are fourth in all of baseball this season in that category.
No matter the results, the Rockies should feel lucky that they stole one away on the road from the defending champions with their ace on the mound. These are the types of games that can go a long way in deciding who makes the playoffs.