For all of the pull-your-hair-out moments the Rockies had final season, they wouldn’t have skilled Rocktober 2018 with no few momentum-shifting, emotional wins.
Colorado received its first such event of 2019 on Friday evening at Coors Area, when Charlie Blackmon drilled a two-strike, two-out fastball to middle, a two-run homer that gave Colorado an unbelievable 4-Three win over the Philadelphia Phillies in 12 innings.
Blackmon’s residence run prolonged the Rockies’ profitable streak to 5 because the membership rebounds from the worst begin in franchise historical past. And, as Blackmon defined, his first longball of the season may be the springboard Colorado must settle right into a deep groove because the calendar nears Might.
“That’s the hope,” Blackmon mentioned. “That was a extremely massive win for the Rockies when it regarded like we had been going to lose that sport. We received rewarded for combating the entire manner, and I feel that’s going to be one thing we will look again to when issues get robust so we will say, ‘Hey, we will nonetheless win this sport’.”
In the same vein, proper fielder Blackmon recalled Ryan McMahon’s walk-off residence run at Coors Area final August, when McMahon’s three-run shot beat the Dodgers 3-2 and pulled Colorado inside a sport and a half of Los Angeles within the division.
That sport, like Friday’s win in a four-hour, 26-minute marathon, outlined the resilience that enabled Colorado to beat an inconsistent offense and a skinny bullpen for a second straight playoff berth final yr.
“It felt like a extremely massive deal and an enormous momentum shifter for us final yr,” Blackmon mentioned. “Now, guys are beginning to get comfy and settle in (offensively). … The extra we try this, the extra of those moments will come.”
Trevor Story, who received Colorado on the board Friday with a mammoth residence run to the left-field concourse, mentioned he thought in a single day about the way in which these kinds of comeback victories can instantly form the workforce.
“It builds that grit,” Story mentioned. “It’s not one thing that’s tangible, however we will really feel it. And everyone knows actually good groups get these wins. … Like DJ (LeMahieu)’s homer did final yr in San Francisco (in late June), and like we did in that win in Atlanta in August once we scored three within the ninth and went on to win.”
After all, Colorado is aware of it could actually’t get too caught up within the feelings of Friday’s victory in an effort to climb out of its early 8-12 gap.
“We’ll look again at Chuck’s residence run as one thing that’s actually cool,” mentioned Tony Wolters, whose stroll arrange Blackmon’s walk-off. “However as a workforce, we don’t look again. We’re very within the second, pitch by pitch, attempting to win each inning. That’s how we had been final yr.”
Lineup info. Supervisor Bud Black mentioned Nolan Arenado’s absence from the beginning lineup Saturday was as a result of the third baseman has “been enjoying terrible onerous these days” and will use a breather. Ian Desmond additionally wasn’t beginning once more as he continues to handle leg soreness, though Black mentioned each gamers can be accessible off the bench.
Damage updates. Daniel Murphy is headed to hitch Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab project, however there may be nonetheless no particular timetable for his return to the big-league membership. Murphy has been sidelined by a finger fracture since March 30 … Chris Rusin is again with the Rockies and throwing bullpens, and Black mentioned the southpaw reliever is “prepared to accentuate some pitching actions” and that he’s “getting nearer” to a stage the place he might pitch in a simulated sport.
Marquez’s molar. Black mentioned he had no challenge with how German Marquez dealt with telling him about his contaminated molar shortly earlier than the start of Friday’s sport. “We talked earlier than the sport. Like most major-league gamers, there’s an excessive amount of competitiveness the place they assume they will pitch by way of a variety of discomfort or ache,” Black mentioned. “However a variety of occasions, this stuff heighten your focus when you have got somewhat little bit of soreness. … I believed German battled by way of a variety of site visitors and made pitches when he wanted to.”