John Leyba, The Denver Post
It may have only been two games, but the Rockies won both and earned a quick sweep of the Indians. This win was much like Tuesday’s as the Rockies won with both offense and pitching. This time it was Kyle Freeland on the hill and Nolan Arenado fueling the offense. The Rockies eventually won by a score of 8-1 taking some momentum to Chicago to face the Cubs.
The scoring started in the third, an inning in which Trevor Bauer walked three batters. Nolan Arenado drove in the big hit with a two run double to right-center field, one of three hits on the afternoon for Nolan.
Trevor Bauer was not good on Wednesday, walking five batters and allowing five hits and four runs over only 3.1 innings. He exited with only one out in the fourth, allowing two runs on two singles, a walk, and a double by Blackmon that drove in both runs.
Kyle Freeland gave Colorado another quality start by another rookie pitcher. Freeland struck out five and induced nine ground ball outs over his 6.1 innings. The only run Freeland allowed came on a harmless solo shot, but it also lead to his exit, which came after the home run and a single.
The Rockies scored four more in the game, all coming in the final three innings. Arenado would drive another run in with a triple in the seventh, the Rockies would score two in the seventh on a wild pitch and ground out, and Ian Desmond singled in the last run of the game in the eighth.
It was another great game by Colorado and it put them 15 games above .500 for the first time since 2010. There is no doubt that this team is strong and that they will compete for the rest of the year, but the big question will be if they can win the division. It seems very possible, but the Rockies will need to stay hot as the Dodgers are not fully healthy and are still at the top. This holds true for Colorado too, but many view the Dodgers as the better team, so the Rockies would love to prove everyone wrong.