The Colorado Rockies found the American League designated hitter rule to their liking Wednesday night, as they pounded out 16 hits in a 9-2 win over Texas and moved into a virtual tie with the Giants atop the National League West. The Rockies got the opportunity to pull even after San Francisco’s 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh earlier in the day.
This time the Rockies leader was third baseman Nolan Arenado, who extended his hitting streak to 27 games in a big way. The 23-year-old from Newport Beach, CA, went 3 for 5 with three doubles and two RBI. His 27-game streak ties a club record set by Michael Cuddyer last season. Arenado and the team also got help from an unlikely source in second baseman D. J. LeMahieu. Batting in the No. 9 spot in the order, LeMahieu went 3 for 3 with a triple and an RBI. Carlos Gonzalez continued his recent hot streak, going 2 for 5 at the plate, including his seventh home run with two outs in the fourth inning. Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs each had two hits on the night.
Colorado got two runs in the top of the first inning when Arenado doubled home Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez. They then picked up five runs in the fourth inning on four singles, two stolen bases, two sacrifice flies and the Gonzalez solo home run. The Rockies never looked back after that.
Jorge De La Rosa pitched another gem for the Rockies, giving up just two runs on three hits in six strong innings for his fourth win in a row. He walked three and had four strikeouts. De La Rosa has clearly been the ace on the mound for the Rockies in the past month, giving up just seven earned runs in his last 24 innings. After losing his first game at Miami and racking up a 10.38 ERA, he is now at 4.81.
The victory on Wednesday night was their third win in a row and sixth in their last seven contests. With the win over the Rangers, the Rockies have now guaranteed a sixth series win in a row. Their tie with the Giants in the NL West is a virtual tie, as they have played two more game than San Francisco with one more win and one more loss. The Giants remain in first place by percentage points.
In injury news, the Rockies have placed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the 60-day DL with a right elbow strain. Catcher Wilin Rosario and infielder Josh Rutledge are on the 15-day DL because of the mystery virus that made its way through the team during the past week. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer is close to coming back from a hamstring injury. He is expected to start running on May 10 or 11.
The Rockies will play one more game in Texas on Thursday night before heading to Cincinnati for a three-game series with the Reds. After that they will move on to Kansas City for a pair of games against the Royals before heading home on May 16 for a series against the San Diego Padres.
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Colorado Rockies