Colorado completed the home part of the home-and-home series against the Yankees with a sweep. They rolled to a 6-3 victory over New York a night after receiving a scare from them holding on to win 13-10. For the first time in what seemed like forever, the Rockies dominated at home finishing the home stand at 5-1 with the lone loss coming on a Will Myers three-run game-winning blast on the night Jake McGee was pitching on one knee.
The Rockies scored the all-important run first (their record is quite poor when the other team scores first) in the third when DJLM doubled and came home on NoDo’s single. Chad Bettis failed to get a shutdown inning giving up two runs (one unearned) with two outs when New York took a 2-1 lead.
Colorado used a mixture of small ball and power to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth. Chuck_Nazty led off with a walk and stole second base before DJLM brought him home with a single. One batter later, NoDo swatted a two-run shot for the go-ahead lead at 4-2. They were not done as Tulo2.7 doubled before Mark Reynolds brought him home with a run-scoring single to expand the lead to 5-2. Chettis once again could not come up with a shutdown inning in the top of the sixth. He gave up three singles after two were out to allow the Yankees to creep within 5-3.
In the eighth, the great Aroldis Chapman appeared at Coors. After two outs were recorded, Chuck_Nazty had a single which was followed by DJLM’s triple for an insurance run to make the score 6-3 after eight. Miguel Castro, Boone Logan, and Jason Motte combined (2/3 inning each) for no hits and no walks to keep New York at bay. Newly anointed closer, Carlos Estevez, did not need an insurance run as he had a 1-2-3 inning on 13 pitches to send the Yanks out of town to Minnesota.
Colorado put the brakes on the annual slide into oblivion by going 8-2 over the last ten games to raise their record to 32-33. They go to Miami for a four-game series starting Friday. The Marlins announced that Jose Fernandez will skip his start Friday to limit his innings at 180-ish for this year coming off his own TJ.
In other news, Jose Reyes was DFA’ed which was expected. The Rockies have ten days to trade, release him, or outright him to the minors (that Reyes can refuse due to MLB service time). NoDo now has 20 HRs and 57 RBI on the season with about three weeks to go before the ASB.