Offenses come alive in the scorching heat
As the temperature heats up so does the offense at Coors Field. When you combine those factors with the fact that two struggling left handers were taking the mound, the explosive results should not have come as a surprise. This game saw a total of 15 runs scored on 24 total hits including the final one… A CHARLIE BLACKMON WALK-OFF to complete the sweep. It was a long hot game but it ended beautifully. Let’s break down what went down.
Rockies quickly put up three on Snell
The Rockies wasted no time in getting to a struggling Blake Snell. Raimel Tapia leadoff the first inning with his 15th double and was pushed to third by a Yonathan Daza sacrifice bunt. Trevor Story then took advantage of the opportunity and hit his own double to record his 400th career RBI. Story becomes the 13th player in Rockies history to reach the milestone. He’s now just 63 RBI’s behind Brad Hawpe for 12th place on the franchise leaderboard.
Immediately after Story’s milestone, C.J. Cron smacked one to left center field for his seventh home run of the season to give the Rockies a nice 3-0 lead after the first inning.
Snell ya later, ball pic.twitter.com/00enMtK1TL
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 16, 2021
Fuentes looking a lot like #28
Joshua Fuentes has quietly become the Rockies best defensive infielder. He’s regularly made plays that look a lot like Nolan Arenado. In the second inning of today’s game he made another one. Take a look at the similarities.
— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) June 16, 2021
Nothing surprises us with Nolan. pic.twitter.com/gPvlT0WawT
— MLB (@MLB) June 7, 2018
Tatis Jr. nearly hits one to Boulder
Fernando Tatis Jr. is taking over the MLB this season. He’s doing it by becoming must see TV every single night with all his grand slams, celebrations and stolen bases. Today he decided to hit his MLB leading 21st home run of the season. This one went 477 feet, the farthest home run of Tatis Jr.’s career. Undoubtedly the result of Coors Field and the intense heat but impressive nonetheless.
TATIS JUST HIT HOMERUN NUMBER 21 AND IT WENT 477 FEET HOLY COW pic.twitter.com/SBn8Q6CRhM
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) June 16, 2021
Freeland’s struggles continue
Kyle Freeland was coming off of one of the worst starts of his career last week when he gave up five home runs to the Reds, today those struggles continued. Freeland dealt with traffic each inning and was ultimately unable to get out of the fourth as he only went 3 ⅔ innings and gave up five runs.
Freeland had a lot of trouble with his command and saw a series of pitches on the fringes of the strike zone called against him. This added to his frustration as he continued to leave too many pitches hanging down the middle of the zone for Padres hitters to take advantage of. Freeland’s ERA is now up to 9.58 and his WHIP is at 2.27. He’s given up nine home runs in his last three starts and opponents are hitting .400 off of him. He’ll try to turn things around in his next start in Seattle next week.
Rockies and Padres go back and forth, trade leads
The Rockies and Padres had some fun in the sun by swapping leads and trading blows all game long in the afternoon heat. There were a total of five lead changes and four ties, most of which came in the middle innings. Trent Grisham’s two-run home in the third created the first tie. Savvy base running from Trevor Story allowed Brendan Rodgers to bring him in and give the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The following half inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. came back with a RBI double to tie the game once again at four runs a piece before Manny Machado hit his own RBI double to give the Padres the lead. A great throw from Yonathan Daza to throw out Machado at home kept the Padres from extending that lead.
What a throw from Yonathan Daza! Manny Machado out at the plate! pic.twitter.com/NLw6fFsFQL
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Elias Díaz then tied the game with his second home run on the year in the bottom of the fourth. That got the ball rolling for Raimel Tapia who kept making things happen with another double. He’d be brought home by Yonathan Daza’s single to retake the lead 6-5. Trevor Story recorded RBI number 401 when he doubled to bring Daza home and give the Rockies some cushion at 7-5. That cushion proved to be insufficient as Jake Cronenworth hit a solo home-run in the sixth and the Padres took advantage of an inaccurate Carlos Estévez to tie the game in the ninth. This would set up a…
Chuck Nazty walk off!
After earning a walk, Trevor Story would swipe second base with no outs and Charlie Blackmon at the plate. Padres manager Jayce Tingler made the gutsy decision not to intentionally walk Blackmon and it turned out to be a mistake. It’s the fifth career walk-off for Charlie Blackmon and the second one this season.
— MLB (@MLB) June 16, 2021
After sweeping the Padres, the Rockies will welcome the Milwaukee Brewers into Denver for a four game series beginning tomorrow. Germán Márquez (4-6, 4.60 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against Brandon Woodruff (5-2, 1.52 ERA). First pitch is slated for 6:40 P.M. MDT.