1. The emergence at the plate of Raimel Tapia (Tuesday and Wednesday) and Ryan McMahon (Wednesday).
Tapia entered the Arizona series batting just .125 (2-for-8). After not playing in the series opener on Monday night, Tapia was inserted into the lineup on Tuesday and responded with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. His two-run double was a huge hit in Colorado’s six-run eighth inning that gave the Rockies an 8-2 lead before Arizona rallied in the ninth in an 8-7 setback to the Rox.
Here is some of what manager Bud Black had to say about Tapia’s performance on Tuesday night:
"“It was good to see ‘Tap’ contribute with three hits…” said Black. “I thought he had good at-bats throughout the night. So, good for him. I think we, again, got to get him going (offensively)….It was good to see ‘Tap’ get some hits.”"
Tapia promptly followed up his Game 2 performance with another start on Wednesday, reaching base four times (2 singles, 2 walks) while scoring a run. The two games boosted his batting average to .304.
Meanwhile, McMahon had two hits on Wednesday in the series finale, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning that, at the time, gave Colorado a 4-2 lead. That lead would be short-lived, however, as the Diamondbacks eventually rolled past Colorado 13-7 to capture the series.
McMahon is now hitting .220 on the season.