Things Clicking For Rockies (Game 14)

So what’s going on with these Rockies — the NL West leading Rockies.

Yes, the season is only two weeks old. The Rockies have played only 14 games. There are still 148 regular season games to play.

The Rockies, though, are sitting atop the NL West.

They are 5-2 on the road, and that included winning a four-game series in San Francisco (3-1) for the first time in the Rockies 25 years existence.

And Sunday’s game underscored just how well things are going for the Rockies.

Rookie Antonio Senzatela, given a 3-0 lead before he took the mound in the bottom of the first, gave the lead back, the Giants scoring three times in the bottom of the first.

That’s all he gave the Giants, though. He finished up working seven innings, allowed seven hits and not walking a batter. Beginning with Nick Hundley’s sacrifice fly in the first that tied the game at 3-3, Senzatela retired 11 in a row en route to a strong seven-inning effort.

GREG HOLLAND is definitely the Bullpen King. He’s now 7-for-7 in save situations, allowing two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings. With 12 games remaining in the month js tied with Jose Jimenez (2002) for fourth on the club chart for saves in April behind Houston Street (10 in 2011), LaTroy Hawkins (9 in 2014), and Rafael Betancourt (8 in 2013).

MLB’s all-time leader for saves in April is Kazuhiro Sasaki, who had 13 for Seattle in 2001.

MARK REYNOLDS, filling in for injured Ian Desmond at first base, and Gerardo Parra, playing in place of injured David Dahl in left field, have provided a major boost.

Parra, who missed the weekend in San Francisco to be with his wife for birth of the couple’s daughter, leads the team with a .343 average, and is fourth in RBI with six.

Reynolds is third on the team with a .327 average, six points behind No. 2 Nolan Arenado, leads the team with 11 RBI and his tied with Arenado for the team lead with four home runs.

TREVOR STORY, meanwhile, is finding the second time around to be a challenge. He struck out three times on Sunday, giving him 20 for the season, tied with Evan Longoria for the third most in the big leagues. Byron Buxton of the Twins leads the majors with 23, and Jonathan Villar, who has 21.

CHARLIE BLACKMON led off Sunday’s game with a home run to center field at AT&T Park, the 23 lead home run of his career. Not only is that the franchise record, but No. 2 on the list if Eric Young with eight. Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler are next with six apiece.

 

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