It wasn’t always pretty especially down the stretch, but a win is a win – and right now the Colorado Rockies need wins. The Rockies would plate seven runs between the second and fourth innings against the Washington Nationals. With Jorge De La Rosa on the mound, a win seemed inevitable.
As it should, De La Rosa is one of three dependably-solid pitchers along with Tyler Chatwood and Jhoulys Chacin that have made their mark on Colorado’s season. It would come to pass, in the seventh inning De La Rosa would vacate the mound leaving the Rockies in good shape with a five-run lead.
Then came the eighth inning and the game would get sporty. After the fourth Nationals runner crossed the plate, the previously mentioned probable win would no longer seem as probable. The usually reliable Matt Belisle has struggled as of late and Sunday would only add to those struggles.
Belisle would surrender two runs and was responsible for two runners that would eventually score against Rex Brothers.
The wheels seemed to be falling off, the sizeable lead had been dwindled to one and the hard luck specters of recent struggles seemed to again be knocking on the Rockies’ back door. There could not have been a worst-case scenario.
Ian Desmond, the hero from game one of the current series would step to the plate with a runner in scoring position. And that is where the drama would end. Brothers would get Desmond to fan, and the Rockies would extend their winning streak to … well, just two.
Probably doesn’t seem like much, but it’s something. After this road trip from hades, the Rockies needed “something” to build on.
Desmond would not be the hero Sunday; instead, it would be Colorado’s own “Mr. Hustle” Michael Cuddyer.
Nationals’ pitcher Ross Detwiler would be generous Sunday and Cuddyer would take advantage of the generosity. In the second inning, Cuddyer would hit his 11th home run of the season extending his hit streak to a MLB leading 21 games.
Cuddyer wasn’t finished there; he would drive in three more runs on two singles giving the Rockies offense the spark it would need in the victory. And, the timing of the offensive spark was impeccable. In the first five games of the dismal road trip, the Rockies scored a mere seven runs. On Saturday and Sunday, the Rockies would plate as many each day.
The Rockies get a much-needed day off Monday before traveling to face the Boston Red Sox for a two-game series. It will be the final two games of the current 10-game three-city road trip.