Singled to death, Rockies win one at a time

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

The Rockies tallied fourteen hits on Saturday, but only one was an extra base hit. Sometimes a single is just what you need and it is just what the Rockies got in the third game of the series. They scored five runs, which would have lost them either of the prior two games, but this one the Giants were held to only one run.

It was a much better pitching performance by both the bullpen and starter and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Kyle Freeland went six innings and only allowed one run, earning the quality start. He did give up eight hits to the Giants while walking two, but he was good with traffic allowing only a fourth inning run off a single.

Freeland helped himself with a pickoff in the first, then got some defense after an error to turn a double play in the second. Plays like those are why he was able to keep the Giants off the board and largely why he was able to get deep into the game.

For the third straight game, Colorado tallied at least fourteen hits, which obviously helped get some offense on the board. Contrary from the typical Colorado approach however, the Rockies were not hitting the long ball or extra base hits. Singles can be just as helpful at the right time, and that is what happened on Saturday. The Rockies were 6-12 with RISP, a really good number.

The scoring for Colorado came pretty sporadically, but all that matters is that they scored. In the second inning, Colorado got three straight two-out singles to put one on the board. In the fifth, they got a two out rally again with a single, walk, and single to score another run.

The two out RBI was just Colorado’s MO on the day as they got yet another two-out RBI single in the sixth. This time it was Arenado driving a ball up the middle to score a run. And once again, in the seventh, the Rockies got two more two-out RBI. One came from Tony Wolters, his second RBI single of the game, and the other came from Pat Valaika who had perhaps one of the softest hit balls of the game, but it turned into the only extra base hit of the game and score the Rockies fifth and final run of the game.

The Rockies will go for the sweep on Sunday, but it will take some trend breaking by Tyler Chatwood to pitch a good game at home. All of the wins have been important so far, especially because both the Dodgers and DBacks are pacing the Rockies, keeping up with seemingly every win they get.

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