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With a -7 run differential, the Rockies are currently the only first place team without more runs scored than against. That is largely because they are, for what seems like the first time ever, winning one run games. Last night was no exception as they closed out another victory by a score of 6-5.
Behind one big inning where both Trevor Story (a grand slam) and Charlie Blackmon (two-run inside the parker) homered, the Rockies were able to hang on to a victory, despite some close calls.
Down by three early, the Rockies started to rally against Cueto in the fourth. After a ground out from Arenado, the Rockies loaded the bases with three singles. A struggling Trevor Story came to the plate and launched what would be the first career grand slam Johnny Cueto has ever given up. After another single and a sac bunt, Blackmon came to the plate to try and expand the lead. On a low line drive, Hunter Pence both lost the ball in the lights and slipped in the wet outfield to allow the ball to skid to the wall. Charlie raced around the bases and just barely beat the throw to home for an inside-the-park home run.
While Tyler Chatwood was not stellar like he was his last time out, he did manage six innings while allowing four runs, keeping the Rockies ahead. The bullpen then came on for the final three innings, and while they weren’t shutdown, they did only allow a run to keep the Rockies a run ahead.
Greg Holland then came on in the ninth for his ninth save opportunity and dominated with two strikeouts and a harmless fly out. It puts him a 9-9 on the season and shows just what a dominant closer can do for a team. Holland is a save away from tying the Rockies all time record for saves in April and it is looking very possible that he will beat that.
Obviously the Rockies want to see an offensive outburst where they score ten runs and just blow a team away, but as long as they are winning, a one run win is the same as a ten run win.