When you score in all but one inning and tally 21 hits, you probably aren’t going to lose the game. In fact, the game probably won’t even be close and that was exactly the case on Wednesday afternoon in the final game of the series. With the offense rolling on all cylinders, the Rockies were able to sweep the Padres with a finale win of 18-4.
Nolan Arenado had what could be the most productive game of his career, swatting three home runs, driving in seven, and going 5-6. With the seven RBIs, Nolan took sole possession of the league RBI lead at 80, six over Nelson Cruz of the Mariners.
Along with Nolan’s big offensive day, quite a few other players went off as well. Trevor Story went 3-4 with a two run homer. Blackmon went 3-3 with a homer and three runs. Parra, who for the first time since coming off the DL failed to record an RBI, went 4-5 with two runs. And Ryan Hanigan had three hits on the day to cap off the productive bottom o the lineup.
Jon Gray had all the run support he could ask for and more and while he was not fantastic, he did get through six innings. Gray struck out seven while allowing four runs, all in his final inning of work, on seven hits and two walks. Gray was wild early, but starter to settle in as the game went on and did keep the bullpen work to a reasonable amount.
With the Rockies offense finally clicking on all cylinders, they may have a chance to streak themselves into the wild card lead, and maybe even a comfortable position. The Dodgers are showing no signs of slowing down so they will have to prep themselves for a one game playoff, but even that would be the best thing they’ve had in eight years.
It is hard to remember with how well the Rockies have played, but they were not supposed to do this well this year. It is also easy to be riding high after a sweep of one of the worst teams in the league, but the Rockies need to remain focused and take it to the Pirates before heading out on the road again.