The Rockies were not supposed to score more than one or two runs against Tyson Ross (13-13, 2.66) and Franklin “Kerosene” Morales (6-7, 5.21) was not supposed to give up 3 or less runs in six innings. Colorado pasted rockymountainhigh’s comment (“Throw away game today with Sunday lineup”) to their lockers before the game. The fired up Rockies turned in a 6-0 shutout of the San Diego Padres to complete a sweep. They ended the home stand with a 5-1 record and they need only four more victories to avoid a 100 loss season. They embark on a six game road trip to New York (Mets) and St. Louis. Don’t forget to pack plenty of bats and check them into baggage. The offense on the road has been beyond horrible.
Corey Dickerson led off the second inning with a single up the middle. After Ben Paulsen grounded into a force out, “Zero Improvement” D.J. LeMahieu singled ahead of Jackson Williams’ first career home run. That gave the Rockies an early 3-0 lead. Kerosene beat the long odds throwing up zeroes on the scoreboard through six innings. He gave up only four hits and two walks while inducing one double play grounder. Williams was credited with his play-calling for today’s team shutout. Brooks Brown, “Zero” Adam Ottavino, and Christian Friedrich completed the shutout. Nolan Arenado crushed a two-run homer in the seventh inning after Rafael Ynoa’s single off Robbie Erlin to increase the Rockies’ lead to 5-0. “Baby Bull” Wilin Rosario, fresh off the DL, hit a double and was driven home by “Chuck Nazty” Charlie Blackmon to complete the scoring.