Colorado Rockies: 3 up, 3 down from road trip through Houston, San Francisco
By Kevin Henry
With Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, the Colorado Rockies officially completed a six-game road trip through Houston and San Francisco with a 1-5 mark in those six games. After scoring just one run in the first three games combined, the Rockies offense did at least show a pulse in the second half of the trip, scoring 10 runs in the final three games.
While the record may not have reflected it, there were still were three Rockies players who put up some decent numbers on the trek away from Denver. On the flip side, there were three who definitely struggled in the two series against a pair of division leaders.
Let’s look at three players who excelled and three who struggled on the Colorado Rockies road trip through Houston and San Francisco.
C.J. Cron — Coming off a National League Player of the Week award, there were plenty looking to see what the Rockies first baseman would do after a monster week at Coors Field.
While Cron didn’t produce the eye-popping numbers he did from the previous week (logging a slash line of .556/.636/1.278 with nine runs, one double, four homers, and 16 RBI in five games), Cron still had three extra-base hits as part of a 6-for-20 road trip.
Kyle Freeland — He only took the mound once during the road trip, but his Saturday night start in San Francisco was much needed by a team that dropped its first four games of the trip.
Freeland scattered five hits over six innings and allowed just one San Francisco run. He also struck out six while walking just two as Colorado recorded the 4-1 win.
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Brendan Rodgers — After being hit in the hand by a pitch on Saturday against the Miami Marlins, Rodgers returned on Friday against the Giants and promptly extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-5 performance. That moved to 16 games with a single on Saturday night, but went no further as Rodgers went 0-for-4 in Sunday’s matinee.
Yonathan Daza — Daza started the road trip 1-for-10 with five strikeouts, then went 1-for-4 in the road finale on Sunday. That’s 2-for-14 for a player who hit just .103 in July and hasn’t yet cracked the .200 line in August.
Sam Hilliard — He had his season-best four-game hitting streak snapped in Houston on Wednesday, part of a 1-for-13 trip where he struck out seven times.
Taylor Motter — Called up from Triple-A Albuquerque for his first MLB action since the 2018 season (and first-ever in a Rockies uniform), Motter went 0-for-9 on the trip before getting a pinch-hit single in his only plate appearance in Sunday’s loss.