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The Rockies finished off the second game of a two game set on Wednesday afternoon with a solid team performance all around. A 6-3 win was a game where both the offense and pitching performed well in a game that shows the Rockies might mean business going down the stretch.
On June 15th, the Rockies are 8-2 in the last ten games and are only 3 games back of the wild card. With four straight wins as well, the Rockies have started to streak upwards after what was a tougher stretch towards the end of May. The starters are, for the most part, pitching well and deep into games. The offense is doing their thing as well and giving the pitchers the support they need.
While the Rockies were not expected to compete this year and many people had them pegged as a 95+ loss team, they are looking much more serious than anyone would have expected. The young pitchers they have are over performing expectations and surprises like Mark Reynolds and Trevor Story round out an already terrific offense. Some underperformance from the catchers and left fielder Gerrardo Parra are reason to be concerned at times, but with the rest of the offense going as well as they are, the Rockies can afford to have some less than productive spots in the lineup.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Rockies got a start from Chad Bettis that kept him in the rotation for at least another start. Going six solid innings, Bettis allowed three runs (two earned) and allowed the Rockies bullpen to do their thing. The bullpen entering in the seventh inning, went three perfect innings to finish the game off. Miguel Castro, Boone Logan, and Jason Motte combined for the seventh and eighth innings and struck out two without allowing any baserunners. Carlos Estevez then came on for the ninth and earned himself a quick and easy save with three ground balls.
The Rockies offense also did their job in this game with Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu driving in five of the six runs. A third inning single from Arenado gave the Rockies the lead, but the Yankees came back in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The fifth inning had the Rockies retaliating for four runs, two of them coming from a two-run home run for Nolan Arenado. Every position player for the Rockies also had a hit except Tony Wolters for a total of 13 hits on the day.
The Rockies have another off day on Thursday before heading off to Miami for a set with the Marlins. Jon Gray will take the series opener and hopefully keep the Rockies winning streak going.