Wednesday 4x4: Two for Victory -- a Rare Accomplishment
The Rockies have three wins in which they have scored two or fewer runs in just 19 games this year. Big deal? Real big. The Rockies have more than three wins when they scored two or fewer runs in only seven of their previous 25 seasons of existence.
The Rockies lead the NL with 27 home runs this year, and they have hit 20 of the home runs on the road, which second in the NL to the Cardinals, who have hit 22. The Rockies single-season record for home runs is 91 in 2004.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle got his start managing in the big leagues with the Rockies. Two other former Rockies managers began their big-league managerial careers in Pittsburgh -- Jim Leyland and Jim Tracy. Leyland is the one of the three to fail to get the Rockies to the post-season.
Adam Ottavino has struck out 22 batters in 10 2/3 innings. He has struck out three batters in three appearances, two batters in six, and one batter in one. His 22 strikeouts are tied for second among MLB relievers, three behind Josh Hader of the Brewers. What's more, though, Ottavino has allowed only five base runners and one run.