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2. The return of Nolan Arenado at the plate.
After being mired in an 0-for-14 slump in three consecutive contests, Arenado’s batting average for 14 games stood at just .185 (10-for-54) after acton Saturday. He sat out Sunday’s series finale with the Mariners but returned with a vengeance Monday against the D-backs going 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Arizona’s 12-8 victory.
The next night he smashed a two-run homer and scored twice in the Rox lone win of the Arizona series. He completed the series on Wednesday with three hits, including a pair of home runs, and three runs batted in. His 8-for-12 series at the plate shot his batting average up to .273.
As a note, with his two homers Wednesday, Arenado became the fifth player with at least 20 multi-homer games in a Rockies uniform. The others: Todd Helton (28), Vinny Castilla (27), Larry Walker (24), and Carlos Gonzalez (21).
3. Daniel Bard posting his first save of the season on Tuesday night.
The save was not only the righthander’s first of the season but it was his first save since recording one June 5, 2011, against Oakland when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Bard recorded only one out to register the save but it was a big out and was timely. With Colorado clinging to an 8-7 advantage in the ninth—after having led 8-2 after eight innings, Black summoned Bard from the bullpen with two out to face the D-backs’ Stephen Vogt with runners on the corners. Bard got Vogt looking for strike three to give the Rox the win while snapping a two-game losing streak.
Bard has held opponents scoreless in five of eight appearances this season with no walks and 12 strikeouts in nine innings. His ERA is 3.00.
So, Rockies fans, there is good news to bear as the Rockies enjoy an off-day Thursday (their next off day won’t be until September 3) before they continue their homestand against the Texas Rangers on Friday.