The Rockies are hoping the 4-2 home draw will give them a boost as they travel to LA – Greeley Tribune


If not now when?

That was the attitude at the Rockies’ clubhouse on Sunday after CJ Cron hit two three-run homers to lead his team to a 6-5 win over Arizona at Coors Field and win the three-game streak.

The Rockies started the six-game home grandstand by winning two of three games against the Dodgers, who were leaders in the National League West.

“I think we need wins, however we can get them at this point,” Cron said. “It’s a bit late here. Especially in this stadium we have to win games. To take two out of three from the Dodgers and two out of three from these guys was great for us.”

The Rockies and Diamondback are both 35-44 and tied for fourth in the NL West. The Rockies had been all alone in the division basement since May 10th.

On Monday, the Rockies open a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles before heading to Phoenix for a four-game rematch against the Diamondbacks. The numerical half of the season – 81 games – comes Tuesday in LA

Manager Bud Black placed Sunday’s win in a special category.

“That was a big deal,” he said. “I would say there are five to ten games like this where you go to the clubhouse where you fist pump and the boys get pumped. The players know that was good.”

After the 21-34 in May and June, Black thinks the Rockies are in a better place early in July.

“We played this (last week) pretty good, pretty clean baseball,” he said. “Our defense has improved as we discussed and that’s a good thing. And the guys are starting to hit the ball better.”

Colorado, which has played sloppy baseball at times this season, has now gone eight straight games clean — its best streak of the season.

cooled down. In his first start since finishing a full game with three hits last Monday, right-hander Chad Kuhl was hit for five runs over five innings on Sunday. David Peralta’s grand slam in the fifth inning was the big hit.

“That was just a bad slider,” said Kuhl, who is now 5-5 with a 3.83 ERA. “I gave up singles and kept them at bay but unfortunately I gave up a 4 pointer and it kind of ruins the day and the ERA. Luckily our guys fought back and had my back today.”

starting depth. The Rockies acquired Philadelphia right-hander Corey Oswalt for cash on Sunday. Oswalt will report to Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies need backup on standby. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela is on the injured list with a shoulder infection and Triple-A starter Peter Lambert is also on the injured list. Lefty Ryan Rolison, who was set to make his big league debut this season, underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the season.

Oswalt, 28, didn’t play in the majors this year but has been used as both a starter and helper for the Phillies and Giants Triple-A teams. He started this season with the Giants Triple-A affiliate before the Phillies bought his contract. Between the two clubs, Oswalt posted a 6.11 ERA over 35 1/3 innings. The Rockies are hoping the 4-2 home draw will give them a boost as they travel to LA – Greeley Tribune

James Brien

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