In baseball there are flukes, there is occasional luck, and then there is the unexplainable. The Colorado Rockies‘ current success rate in calling up players from Triple-A Colorado Springs qualifies as the unexplainable. Their proverbial Midas touch reared its head once again Saturday, as recent call-up Corey Dickerson took the outfield in his MLB debut.
Taking right field for Colorado, the 2010 draft pick would have an immediate impact at the plate with two doubles in four at bats, a run batted in and run scored against the Washington Nationals. He now joins the ranks of Nolan Arenado, D.J. LeMahieu, Tyler Colvin and Tyler Chatwood as Triple-A call-up successes for the Rockies.
Dickerson wouldn’t be the only hot bat Saturday, as the Rockies equaled in one game the run total of all five games of the recent skid combined. LeMahieu would have three hits, including a long ball, and Arenado chipped in his sixth of the season, the first since his walk-off homer on June 7.
Michael Cuddyer would make history during the Rockies’ hit parade. With his first-inning RBI single, Cuddyer extended his hit streak to a franchise fourth-best 20 games and passed Matt Holiday’s previous record of 38 consecutive games reaching base with his own mark of 39.
Jhoulys Chacin, who struggled after returning from the DL in May, has now thrown back-to-back dominating efforts, holding the Nationals to five hits and no runs in seven innings of work.
With the win, Colorado snapped their five-game losing streak and returned their record to .500.
This was just what the Rockies needed. Sure, the importance of a single game on their current record may be minimal, but the impact on the “mojo” of the Blake and 20th crew had to be colossal.
The rubber match of the three-game series with Washington takes place Sunday. The Rockies will send ace Jorge De La Rosa to the mound. If he delivers an effort equivalent to recent outings, the Rockies will need minimal run support to back him for a victory.
If Colorado can defeat the Nationals on Sunday, that will be two consecutive wins. That, by declaration, is a win streak in baseball. And a win streak may just be the catalyst for the Rockies to turn around their recent hard luck.