Bounce back game for Rockies salvages series

It has been feast or famine for the Rockies offense recently and the same seems to be going for the pitching. After losing two bad games to the Mets, they came back in the third game to record 18 hits and score 13 runs behind a solid six inning outing from Hoffman.

While the Rockies would certainly like to have some better consistency with scoring five or more runs and holding team to three or less, any blowout win is good for morale and it always seems like it may be a sign of things to come. Whether this was just a fluke game or a sign that the offense is ready to roll will remain to be seen,  but if nothing else, it works as a sign of what the team can do.

Every starter except for Ryan Hanigan tallied at least two hits on the day with the same group all scoring at least one run. Big days were had by many players with Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu leading the charge, both with four hit games. Parra and Arenado had two hits each, driving in three runs apiece while each homering. Charlie Blackmon also had a home run, an inside-the-parker (though it did go out), to cap off the excellent performance by the lineup.

Jeff Hoffman wasn’t his best self, but he was plenty good to earn a win with 13 runs behind him. He did allow two home runs, but he was fairly efficient over his six innings walking only one and striking out three. Hoffman has shown an ability beyond his year to pitch around traffic and not be bothered by home runs, a skill that is immeasurable for a pitcher who has to call home Coors.

There aren’t any real negatives to take away from this game and aside from not winning the series, this has to be called a good way to end the week. Hopefully the team can build on that as they head on home to face the Padres, but you just can’t be sure with the up and down nature of this club recently. There are still likely to be moves made over the coming weeks, but what exactly the Rockies will do will just have to be left up in the air.

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