Colorado Rockies Week 24 Review: September 14-20

After 16 innings, are they happy they won, or just happy that the game is over? Photo Credit: Harry How - Getty Images North America
After 16 innings, are they happy they won, or just happy that the game is over?
Photo Credit: Harry How – Getty Images North America

Week 24 is in the books and there’s not a whole lot left to say about this season. There are now just 13 games to play before the Colorado Rockies’ fifth consecutive losing season is officially in the books. After that, it should be a very interesting offseason for the club that could, and probably should, include multiple trades and a manager search. Before that, let’s take a look at a few of the notable things from this week.

The biggest thing from this week was the Rockies’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning). The game went to 16 innings and lasted 5 hours and 23 minutes before the Rockies finally took home a 5-4 win thanks to Nolan Arenado’s 39th home run of the season. That 5 hour and 23 minute game time made it the fourth longest game the Rockies have ever played. Aside from that, rookie catcher Tom Murphy hit the first home run of his Major League career and the Rockies won their 63rd game of the season, assuring that they will avoid the first 100-loss season in team history. Here’s what happened the rest of the week.

Record this week: 3-3
Season record: 63-86 (5th in NL West, 22 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, September 14 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (4)
W – Kershaw (14-7)            L – Gray (0-1)           S – Hatcher (3)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, RBI
Christian Friedrich – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, K
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 4, 2B

Tuesday, September 15 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Los Angeles Dodgers (4)
W – Hale (4-5)         L – Latos (4-10)       S – Germen (1)                     F/16
HR: Arenado (39)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 7, HR, RBI
Brooks Brown – 2 IP, H, 0 R, K
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 7, RBI

Wednesday, September 16 – Colorado Rockies (0) at Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
W – Wood (11-10)    L – De La Rosa (9-7)           S – Jansen (32)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Kyle Parker – 1 for 3
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4

Outside of the 16 inning marathon on Tuesday, there were a few more interesting things from Monday and Wednesday’s games. On Monday, Jon Gray had another encouraging start against one of the toughest offenses in the National League. Jorge De La Rosa had another great outing on Wednesday as well as he tossed a complete game but was the tough luck loser thanks to Alex Wood’s eight shutout innings. After dropping two of the three in the series, the Rockies headed home to begin their last home stand of the season.

Thursday, September 17 – Day off

Friday, September 18 – San Diego Padres (4) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Bettis (8-5)       L – Kennedy (8-15)             S – Axford (24)
Players of the game:
Dustin Garneau – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI
Justin Morneau – 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 4, RBI

Saturday, September 19 – San Diego Padres (2) at Colorado Rockies (10)
W – Bergman (3-0)             L – Erlin (0-1)
HR: Murphy (1)
Players of the game:
Tom Murphy – 3 for 5, HR, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, BB, 2 RBI

Sunday, September 20 – San Diego Padres (10) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Shields (13-6)   L – Kendrick (6-13)
HR: Blackmon (16)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 2, 2 RBI
Dustin Garneau – 1 for 3, BB

In the first three games of a 10-game home stand, the Rockies did a solid job in taking two of three from the San Diego Padres. Rookie catchers Murphy and Dustin Garneau each had solid offensive games as they get acclimated to the big leagues and Arenado had two multi-hit games as well.  On Friday, Chad Bettis won his eighth game of the season and kept his hopes for a 10-win season alive while Justin Morneau continued his strong comeback with a double and a triple.

Now it’s time to check out the top individual performances of the week with the player, pitcher, and longest home run of the week. Also remember that you can find a running tally of all three on the right-hand side of your screen (the bottom of the screen if you’re visiting the mobile site).

Rockies player of the week: Charlie Blackmon – 24 PA, .318/.375/.500, 2B, HR, 124 wRC+

In another week with no obvious player of the week, Blackmon narrowly beat out Arenado to take home player of the week for the second time this season. He was solid offensively as he rose his wRC+ on the season to 102 and played strong defense as well. Watch him make a great catch against the Dodgers on Tuesday:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Nolan Arenado – 434 feet

Not only was this the longest home run of the week, it was the most significant. Arenado’s 39th homer of the season put the Rockies ahead 5-4 in the 16th inning, a score that would eventually be the final. Watch his blast here:

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jorge De La Rosa – 1 start, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K, 2.25 ERA

After yet another stellar outing, De La Rosa takes home pitcher of the week for the fifth time this season, the most of any pitcher or position player on the club. This start lowered his season ERA to 4.17, an ERA- of 90, as he continues to be the Rockies’ best and most consistent pitcher. Watch the highlights from his start:

That’s a wrap on week 24. Only two weeks to go! Stay tuned for a look ahead to week 25 and be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

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