Colorado Rockies Win Courtesy of Nolan Arenado Walk-off Single, Michael Cuddyer's Streak Hits 26

By Jim Heath
Michael Cuddyer and Noaln Arenado
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The Colorado Rockies are continuing to stay the course. It’s not pretty, it’s not dominating but it has to be considered legitimate simply because they won’t go away.

On Saturday, the Rockies scored one run in the first inning versus the San Francisco Giants courtesy of an RBI single that extended Michael Cuddyer’s hitting streak to 26. The Rockies scored a second run in the bottom of the ninth courtesy of a Nolan Arenado line drive single to center field – and it was enough for the win.

It’s not always traditional, it’s never easy and sometimes it’s down right ugly, but they continue to do what they need to do to stay in this thing.

One weekend, the Rocky Mountain states are on a mile high when the Rockies pull within a game or tie a division leader. Other times, they brace for the flood quite positive that the Rockies have opened the gates and the proverbial wheels will fall completely off.

Let me rephrase that, they brace for the wheels to “finally” fall off, because that is more accurate, right? Fans, prognosticators and baseball experts have to be thinking – when do the Rockies finally slip and fall for good?

But they don’t, they haven’t and it is my contention they won’t.

And so it goes, the twisted road of ups and downs that make up of the Rockies 2013 season. And it must be said that simply being in the division race and finding themselves within striking distance is pretty awesome. Rewind to opening day, ask most Rockies fans what would characterize the season at the All-Star break, and most fans would say “Blue Light Special.”

As in, the store is open, the sale is on and the trade deadline will be met with a mass exodus of current Rockies in exchange for future Rockies.

But here we are, mere days from the break, and an “Open” sign on the Rockies clubhouse is the last thing you will see. If anything, it has to be quite the opposite. Boasting three of the most dominating pitchers in all of baseball and a mere two games back of NL West division leaders Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rockies have to be considering the possibility of buying instead of selling.

Think about it: the Rockies remain competitive within the division, and are doing so during a tough stretch of injury, hard luck, countless roster moves and early struggles by the starting rotation. Imagine a healthy roster, a continuation of the current domination of the Rockies’ big three starters, and maybe throw in one more solid starter prior to the trade deadline and the sky is the limit.

The Rockies are playing in their 20th season as an MLB franchise. In 20 years, they have yet to win the NL West Division – wouldn’t the 20th anniversary seem the ideal time to make history? In all honesty, the timing is impeccable, the resiliency through season long hardships make it poetic and the their gritty ability to continually stay the course almost makes it seem like destiny.

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