Week 15 wasn’t the best week for the Colorado Rockies, nor was it the most exciting. The All-Star break prevented any games from being played before Friday and Sunday’s game was rained out, leaving the club with just two games this week. They lost both. Nevertheless, let’s still take a (somewhat abbreviated) look back at this week.
Record this week: 0-2
Overall record: 39-51 (5th in NL West, 12 ½ GB of LAD)
Monday, July 13 – All-Star break
Tuesday, July 14 – All-Star break
Wednesday, July 15 – All-Star break
Thursday, July 16 – All-Star break
Friday, July 17 – Colorado Rockies (2) at San Diego Padres (4)
W – Shields (8-3) L – De La Rosa (6-4) S – Kimbrel (24)
HR: Blackmon (12)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 5, HR, RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, 2B
Gonzalez Germen – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K
Saturday, July 18 – Colorado Rockies (4) at San Diego Padres (5)
W – Maurer (6-2) L – Friedrich (0-2) S – Kimbrel (25)
HR: Tulowitzki (11)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 3, HR, BB, RBI
Brandon Barnes – 3 for 4, 3B, RBI
Wilin Rosario – 1 for 1, 2B, RBI
Sunday, July 19 – Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (Postponed)
The one and only series of the week for the Rockies did not go well. The first two games of the series were losses marred by bad baserunning and poor hitting with runners in scoring position. In game three of the series, the Rockies were actually leading 1-0 in the fifth inning when the rain came. After waiting a few hours, the game was officially postponed, the first time that’s happened to a game in San Diego since 2006. Now, instead of getting to hang on to that 1-0 lead, they will have to start over at 0-0 on September 10th. There was initially some confusion as to whether the game would be suspended or restarted, but it has now been confirmed that they will be starting the game from scratch. On top of it being bad for the Rockies having their lead wiped away, the rain out was bad for Eddie Butler. After being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make the start today, Butler had tossed four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts. He looked very sharp and it would’ve lowered his season ERA from 4.80 to 4.47, but unfortunately none of it will count. Despite that, it was still an encouraging outing for Butler and hopefully he’ll be able to build on it going forward.
Normally, this is the point where I give out the player and pitcher of the week and show the longest Rockies home run of the week. I really don’t feel like two games is enough to award a player of the week for, so we’ll hold off on that until next week. There were two home runs hit though, so let’s take a look at the longest one!
Longest Rockies home run of the week: Troy Tulowitzki – 380 feet
Tulo’s 11th home run of the season brought the Rockies within a run of the Padres on Saturday night. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t get any closer, but watching him hit home runs is still fun. Take a look at it here.
Awesome Rockies defense this week:
In lieu of the players of the week, let’s just watch two amazing defensive plays from the Rockies. Play number one is a double play started by an amazing reverse jump throw from Tulowitzki, play number two is Nolan Arenado being his normal, incredible self. Enjoy!