Colorado Rockies morning after: 3 hits, 3 misses from road trip
1. Offense continues to progress
After erupting for season highs in hits (18) and runs (14) in a lopsided win against Arizona on Saturday night, Colorado followed with 12 more hits in the road trip finale Sunday afternoon.
Raimel Tapia continued his recent tear at the plate with three hits on Sunday after getting four hits one night earlier. He is now hitting .320.
But Tapia is certainly not the only Rox player who has been swinging a hot bat lately.
First baseman C.J. Cron, who swatted his fourth homer of the season Tuesday at San Francisco, batted .348 (8-for-23) on the road trip and is now hitting .287 on the season.
Catcher Dom Nunez blasted a grand slam during a seven-run eighth inning in Saturday’s blowout win, his fifth home run of the season. The grand slam was the first for a Rockies catcher on the road in nearly 10 years (last was by Eliezer Alfonzo on July 30, 2011, at San Diego). Of Nunez’s 12 hits this season, nine have gone for extra bases.
The eighth-inning explosion Saturday against the D-backs marked the second time in less than a week that Colorado had turned the trick. The Rox also had a seven-run outburst in the fourth inning April 25 at home against Philadelphia.
2. Never-say-die attitude evident
After starting 2021 with seven straight road losses, the Rockies picked up their initial road win of the year Tuesday at San Francisco, but had to rally to do so.
Trailing 3-2, Colorado tied the score in the sixth inning then went ahead in the ninth, 4-3, on a pinch-hit home run by Garrett Hampson. After the Giants evened the game at 4-4 on a home run in the bottom of the ninth, Colorado responded with back-to-back home runs in the top of the 10th by Ryan McMahon and C.J. Cron in the eventual 7-5 victory.
The team also showed the ability to battle from behind on Sunday, deadlocking the game late after trailing 4-2 after five innings. However, Arizona’s four-spot against Bard led to the 8-4 loss.
3. Pitching debuts for Justin Lawrence and Lucas Gilbreath
The duo made their Major League debuts while on the road.
Lawrence, a right-hander, cracked the Majors with a one-inning stint Thursday against Arizona. He followed with another scoreless inning of relief on Saturday while striking out three.
Gilbreath, a left-hander, appeared for the first time on Saturday night. He permitted a home run on his first Major League pitch but settled down and needed just six pitches to finish his inning of relief.