The Colorado Rockies showed off their league leading offense Tuesday night at Coors Field as they shook off the effects of a clubhouse virus and racked up 21 hits in a 12-1 shellacking of the Texas Rangers. With two players on the 15-day disabled list with high fevers and headaches, the Rockies had more than enough firepower to wrap up their current home stand with a record of 5-1.
After Adrian Beltre got the scoring started with his first home run of the season for the Rangers in the top of the first, Charlie Blackmon quickly tied the score when he led off the bottom of the inning with his seventh home run. Later in the inning Nolan Arenado, who extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a double in the seventh, hit a sacrifice fly to score Troy Tulowitzki. Those two runs were the only ones the Rockies would need.
The final eight innings were simply an exhibition of the Colorado bats, which lead the league in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Individually, Tulowitzki did nothing to hurt his league-leading batting average, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. His batting average now is .421 on the year. Carlos Gonzalez continued his emergence from an his early-season slump. He had a perfect night, going 5 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Drew Stubbs, who started in center field, had three hits in five at-bats and also had a double and an RBI.
The Rockies have been playing for the past four days with a bit of a handicap. A virus has been going through the organization, with catcher Wilin Rosario and infielder Josh Rutledge both on the 15-day DL because of flu-like symptoms. Rutledge was the first to come down with the sickness, and was taken out of action last Friday. Rosario was put on the DL on Sunday. Some of the other Rockies players have also experienced some symptoms, but none serious enough to be taken out of the lineup—for now.
Manager Walt Weiss is taking steps to stop the spread of the disease, reminding everyone in the dugout to wash their hands thoroughly. He says that high-fiving after the team’s big hits could spread the virus, and the Rockies have been producing a lot of big hits lately.
With all the hitting the Rockies did on Tuesday night, it was easy to overlook the pitching, but they got a good performance on the mound from Juan Nicasio, who went five innings, giving up one run on just two hits. He did have a few control problems, giving up five walks, but he improved his record to 4-1 and his ERA is now 3.89.
The Rockies have shaken off their virus problems during the home stand, but now must go on the road for two games against the Rangers. Those will be the first two of a seven-game road trip which will also include stops in Cincinnati and Kansas City.
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Colorado Rockies