In the first five series of the season, the Rockies have won four, lost zero, and tied one. This past weekend’s series victory may have been against the Tigers who now have a 6-9 record but I argue that it was the most impressive series win so far even with a series win over the Dodgers on their resume. Let me explain.
The first game of the series was an emotional roller coaster. Starting with the game being postponed on Friday due to rain giving the Rockies their second consecutive day off. Then Miguel Cabrera became the 33rd player in Major League history to amass 3000 hits in the first inning and the celebration after really got the Rockies out of sync.
The Tigers went on to score four runs in the first and never looked back. They defeated the Rockies 13-0, handing them their most lopsided loss of the season.
But the Colorado Rockies came back to win the series against the Detroit Tigers
In the second game, the Colorado Rockies’ offense remained cold and managed to scratch out only three hits. Luckily for them, two of those hits were a leadoff home run by Connor Joe and a two-run blast by Charlie Blackmon.
The three runs were enough to support Austin Gomber who threw six shutout innings and allowed only 4 hits while striking out 8. Alex Colomé came on in the 9th and made things interesting after surrendering two runs and then stranding the tying run at third base to end the game.
Finally, in the rubber match, the Rockies played one of their best all-around games of the early season. Chad Kuhl provided another great start going 6 innings and allowing only 1 earned run.
The Rockies got some timely two-out hits with runners in scoring position as they finished the game 4-for-10 RISP. Charlie Blackmon had himself a day going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored and Randal Grichuk also provided a two-run home run to go along with his 3-for-4 performance.
This was a road series that could have ended in disaster with the Rockies getting swept had they let their emotions get the best of them.
They could have easily let the drubbing in the first game carry over, leading to a blown save Saturday night, and then who knows what Sunday’s outcome would have been. Instead, they are off to Philadelphia riding a two-game win streak and a series victory.