Rockin’ good times in store for Colorado
On Friday, for the first time since October, I found myself jumping to my feet and applauding my television screen during a Rockies game. Not only applauding, yelling at the top of my lungs and jumping up and down.The Rockies were fun again. They were getting on base, coming up with clutch hits and I was having glimpses of Rocktober in June. It was almost enough to bring tears to my eyes.In Friday’s 6-4 victory over the Brewers, the Rockies were down 4-1 before a 5-run eighth inning saved the day. The Rockies teamed up for a consecutive cycle that ended with a game-winning homer by Brad Hawpe and was preceded by back-to-back singles from Jonathan Herrera and Ryan Spillborghs, a double from Todd Helton and a triple by Garrett Adkins.My neighbors were probably wondering why I was hollering and jumping around, but I didn’t care.Then on Saturday, the Rocks picked right back up where they left off. In the first inning, Hawpe hit a grand slam and while they were still showing replays, Chris Iannetta blasted another homer.
It was amazing. I quickly went online and added Hawpe to my fantasy team. I had him earlier this year, but then had to drop him when he went on the DL. With his miserable numbers, it was a wonder I didn’t lose him sooner.But now that he is back from the DL and his hamstring is all better (he’s 4-9 with six RBIs, two homers and three walks since coming off the DL on Friday), let me assure you he has his starting spot back.The Rockies did lose on Sunday, stopping a four-game winning streak, but I think that we’ll be seeing a change. After a slow start, it seemed like we were back to the Rockies of old. With players flocking to the DL and a 9-18 May to forget, the Rockies seemed to be fading fast. They needed a spark. They needed to rekindle the emotion the team had last year.
On Tuesday, it came. Ever since the dugout-clearing brawl against the Dodgers, the Rockies are back to last year’s form. They have won four of their last five after the rumble, which is much more enjoyable than the eight-game skid before the fight. Sure they are still working on that pitching staff (Jeff Francis needs to significantly shorten his first innings), but it has to start with hitting.Seven of the eight teams the Rockies have left to play in June are playing below .500 ball, and while the Rockies currently share that same trait, I think their record will be close to even by the All-Star Break. If they can do that, they can have a shot in the National League West.Pretty soon Matt Holliday will be back, Troy Tulowitzki’s leg will be healed, and hopefully Clint Barmes can get healthy and play second base. Then things will really start looking like last year.I just never would have guessed a man named Yorvit and his punch to the neck of Matt Kemp would be behind the Rockies’ latest surge.Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124 firstname.lastname@example.org
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