The Colorado Rockies are THE hottest team in baseball…this week…since Monday….
But what a fun week it has been! And wouldn’t ya know it, EYj was again in the thick of the win as only he could be.
But more on that in a minute.
The lineup looked a little different today than it has, with Cuddyer at first and EYj in center instead of right field, where he’s been the rest of the week. Johnny Herrera also took to the field in place of Josh Rutledge, who hasn’t started in three of the last four with a sore left quad, and Herrera committed hist first error of the season for his efforts.
The game looked like it would hinge on wild pitches and a bad call, with the first run of the Rockies coming from a wild pitch and missed call on LeMahieu. The Marlins answered the wild pitch in the top of the fourth by taking advantage of an Alex White wild pitch to score their own, running the score to 2-1 in favor of the fish.
The score would hold until the sixth, which included a crushing blow of a home run from
Mike Giancarlo Stanton, which was matched and raised by a two run shot from Cuddyer, playing in his first game back from the DL. Cuddyer finished 1-4 with 2 RBI’s and 3 strikeouts.
Up until the road trip that started in LA last week, any game the Rockies were ahead on the scoreboard, the knowledgeable fan would just wait for the tides to turn, losing at any point was just expected and comebacks rarely seen. Such has been the luck of the draw. What changed was the fact that the team just started winning, and winning by playing hard and getting breaks, finally, go their way. As bad as losing is to the psyche, winning breeds winning and the spark in the whole mess this past week has been none other than EYj.
EYj had a part in the walk-off yesterday, scoring the winning run on a Tyler Colvin double. Today he helped put the game out of reach in the seventh when he laid down the perfect squeeze bunt to score Josh Rutledge from third, the final run of the game which was an insurance run thanks to Rutledge’s triple that scored LeMahieu.
Rutledge was really the hero of the game with his go ahead pinch hit RBI that was a very nice piece of hitting. He looked to be over-matched, not having played much this week, missing and then fouling off the first two pitches, both sliders. But he adjusted like a pro and knocked the ball just over Stanton’s head for the triple, breaking the 3-3 tie and coming in to make it 5-3 thanks to EYj.