Absolutely nothing has come easy for the Colorado Rockies in 2013. Therefore, as a two run game wound down to its final out and San Diego Padres Mark Kotsay stepped to the plate to face Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt with two Padres runners aboard, it was difficult not to envision the cataclysmic series of events that would ensue.
With the crack of the bat after a 2-1 pitch, I would be lying if I claimed to have done anything but close my eyes and mouth the word, “crap.” Of course, that is a word far more suitable for print, but not the exact word used. I found myself positive that the hit would either tie the game or jettison Petco Park defeating the Rockies.
Things had gone so well up t0 this juncture in the night. The Rockies offense struck quick and often, Tyler Chatwood was his usual dominating self and the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their game, meaning a Rockies win would gain back one game lost this weekend.
Maybe the best of the Monday night positives were rehab starts from Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Dex would finish the night 0-for-3 with a walk while Tulo had one hit in two at bats with a run. Most importantly, of course, the rehab assignment signals Dex and Tulo’s names on the “Big Club” lineup cards sooner than later.
But the positive events of the night would ride on the line drive shot off the end of Kotsay’s bat. The Rockies needed a break and they were in serious need of momentum, but since breaks were not commonplace for the Rockies in 2013, I just assumed things would end badly.
So you can now only imagine the facial expression changes when that ball I was positive seconds before would clear the left field wall of Petco, instead finding its way to the mitt of Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson.
Sure, it’s only one game and the deficit in the NL West remains daunting. But it was a positive, a break and game that went the Rockies’ way. It’s certainly something to build on as the Rockies prepare themselves for the second half of the season.