The Colorado Rockies have been stellar at home during the first month of the 2014 season, and now it seems they are finally getting things together on the road. This past weekend, the Rockies took down the Los Angeles Dodgers by winning two out of three games, capped off by Sunday's convincing 6-1 victory.
Finally stepping up and performing like the Rockies expected from their ace, Jorge De La Rosa delivered seven strong innings against a very potent, expensive Dodgers lineup. Bullpen standout, Adam Ottavino, then entered the game to tally a scoreless eighth inning, with Chris Martin doing the same in the ninth, despite loading the bases.
De La Rosa's final sheet read seven complete innings, allowing only one earned-run on four hits, walking two, striking out three and hitting one. With the victory, his record improved to 2-3 on the season, finally showing signs of improvement after a shaky start to the year.
De La Rosa didn't do it all by himself, as Nolan Arenado was outstanding at third base, making a number of unbelievably difficult plays in key situations, earlier in the game. The Rockies' defense was solid once more, not giving up a single error all-game and have been a force all year, currently sitting at 6th in the MLB in fielding.
Offensively, the Rockies threw up a six-spot on the board, thanks in large part to a three-run home-run by second baseman Josh Rutledge in the top of the sixth. It was his only hit of the game, but he is still batting .318 on the year. Speaking of having a strong start to the year offensively, Charlie Blackmon continued his tear in April going 2-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch. His average currently sits at .402.
It was important the Rockies got support from the bottom of their lineup because Carlos Gonzalez (Cargo) and Troy Tulowitzki (Tulo) went a combined 0-for-9 with three strikeouts and seven runners left on base. Cargo continues to struggle with a current batting average of .234, whereas Tulo is still sitting at a comfortable .342.
This was the third consecutive series win for the Rockies and they will look to continue that tonight when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first of three games in Arizona. Franklin Morales will get the start for the Rockies tonight, as he enters the game with a 3.86 ERA and a 2-1 record.
Earlier in the season, the Rockies took two out of three against the snakes during their first homestand, including an Opening Day victory. The Diamondbacks series will be a three-game set before the Rockies head back home to take on the New York Mets in a four-game series.
The Rockies currently sit one and a half games behind the Giants for the lead in the National League West.