If winning series is the key to making it to the post season in baseball, the Colorado Rockies are on the right track. Drew Stubbs made the most of his only at-bat on Tuesday night, hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning as the Rockies continued their hot spell in the desert with a gritty 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory in Arizona assured the Rockies of a fourth straight series win—the last two on the road.
Stubbs’ heroics were not limited to the batter’s box. He also made an all-star catch on a deep fly ball to center field by the Diamondbacks’ Eric Chavez that preserved the win for the Rockies. The drive by Chavez came with two men on for Arizona, and would have won the game for the D-Backs had it dropped.
The ninth-inning homer by Stubbs was certainly not the only offense generated by the Rockies on the night. Troy Tulowitzki has been as hot as his team has been. The Colorado shortstop was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs-scored. In his last nine plate appearances he has reached base eight times, and his batting average now stands at .376. Tulowitzki leads the team in four offensive categories including home runs (7), RBI (22), runs (24) and OPS (1.239). He trails only Charlie Blackmon (.379) in batting average. Three other hitters had two hits for the Rockies Tuesday night; Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado.
The news was not all good for the Colorado Rockies, however. Tyler Chatwood, one of the team’s promising young right-handed pitchers, left the game Tuesday night in the sixth inning with tightness in his elbow. He left the game with the bases loaded and no outs. Reliever Chris Martin was able to come into the game and get out of the jam, getting two ground-outs and one strikeout on just six pitches. The extent of Chatwood’s injury is not known, and he is listed simply as day-to-day. He was out for 28 days last season because of tightness in the same elbow, and underwent surgery for bone spurs in the elbow last fall. Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss said the team would re-evaluate Chatwood on Wednesday, and he does not yet know if an MRI will be required.
In other injury news, catcher Wilin Rosario is still day-to-day with a sore left hand. He was available to pinch-hit if the Rockies would have needed him on Tuesday. Michael Cuddyer could return this weekend from his hamstring injury.
It has been an incredible run for the Rockies since the middle of the month. Before starting their streak of winning four straight series, the team split a series on the road at San Diego. Since April 15, Colorado is 10-4. The Rockies will try to continue the hot spell as they go for their first series-sweep on Wednesday in Arizona. The team will then have a day off on Thursday before beginning a six-game home-stand at Coors Field, with four games against the New York Mets and two against the Texas Rangers in their first inter-league competition of the year.
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Colorado Rockies