The Colorado Rockies did something on Friday night that they haven't done since before the All-Star break. Win back-to-back games. And, most surprisingly about the two victories, they've been won with pitching. So the question becomes can the Rockies keep up the pitching and get a winning streak going?
To go on a streak, though, you need to win the next game up. To put it in a way that every coach since the dawn of sport has said, "Take it one game at a time." Next game up for the Rockies is the middle game of the Pittsburgh Pirates series with Tyler Matzek going for the Rox and Jeff Locke going for the Bucs. This is the same pitching matchup as the July 20th game in Pittsburgh, in which both starters went six innings, giving up three runs. Unfortunately for Matzek and the Rockies, the bullpen unsurprisingly faltered, leading to a 5-3 defeat.
The big offensive contributor in that game was Josh Rutledge, and he's been on a bit of a roll since that game. Since that game, Rut is hitting .409 with 6 XBH and 6 RBI. The Rockies now also have a weapon that hadn't yet made his debut a week ago, Ben Paulsen. He's hitting .500 and playing solid D over at first.
If the Rockies do manage to get the win today, going for the sweep won't be all that easy. Franklin Morales will toe the rubber on Sunday, and his struggles on the mound this season have been well documented. The all lefty rotation for the Rockies has been pitching better as of late, but it will still take a lot to get this team on a winning streak of any consequence. Stranger things have happened, though.
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