Tuesday 4x4: Look Who Went Deep 1-2-3
The Rockies homered three times in a game for the seventh time this season, sixth on the road, in Monday's 6-4 victory at San Diego. It's not just that they hit home runs, however. It is who hit the three home runs.
--Daniel Castro led off the fifth inning with a home run -- the third of his big-league career in which he has appeared in 88 games and is hitting a composite .211. He spent periods of 2015 and 2016 with Atlanta, and the entire 2017 season with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate at Albuquerque. Monday was his eighth game with the Rockies since being called up.
--Noel Cuevas, 26, a year older than Castro, hit the first home run of his big-league career to tie the game 3-3 later in the fifth inning. Cuevas is hitting .308 and has 12 hits but that was his first extra-base hit and first home run. And a fan threw the ball back on the field so he has the souvenir and didn't even have to barter for it.
--Gerardo Parra hit the game-deciding thee-run home run in the sixth, his second of the season and the first one since March 30 in Arizona, the second game of the season.
Rockies Take Power Show on The Road
|5/2/2018||at ChC||Arenado (2), Story, Iannetta|
|5/1/2018||at ChC||Arenado, Blackmon, Dahl|
|3/30/2018||at Ari||Desmond, Parra, Blackmon|
|4/2/2018||at SD||Desmond, Blackmon, LeMahieu|
|4/9/2018||SD||Desmond, Iannetta, Gonzalez|
|4/15/2018||at Was||Desmond, LeMahieu, Blackmon|
|5/14/2018||at SD||Castro, Cuevas, Parra|
But why should it be a surprise that the Rockies are flexing their muscles on the road? One of the most surprising developments so far this year is that the Rockies have the second best road winning percentage in the NL. The Rockies have had a winning record on the road only twice in their previous 25 years of play, and both times they finished a game over .500 at 41-40.
Rockies Road Is Smooth Sailing
|New York Mets||12||8||0.6||4||0.248|
|St. Louis Cardinals||10||9||0.526||3.77||0.253|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||8||11||0.421||4.16||0.246|
|San Francisco Giants||10||14||0.417||4.34||0.243|
|San Diego Padres||6||9||0.4||4.07||0.233|
Adam Ottavino continues to prove he is back. He struck out the three batters he faced in the eighth inning Monday, earning his 10th hold of the season. That gives him 381 strikeouts in his Rockies career, second most for a reliever in Rockies history. He moved one ahead of Curtis Leskanic. Brian Fuentes is the leader at 470.
Ottavino also has allowed a .235 batting average, eighth lowest for a Rockies reliever. Tommy Kahnle (.222) is the all-time leader. And Ottavino, with a 3.48 ERA, is one of only 14 relievers in Rockies history who worked at least 100 innings and has an ERA below 4.00.
Ottavino: A Striking Impression With Rockies
|Brian Fuentes||470||Tommy Kahnle||0.22||Taylor Buchholz||2.56|
|Adam Ottavino||381||Brian Fuentes||0.223||Chris Rusin||2.87|
|Curtis Leskanic||380||Bruce Ruffin||0.227||Josh Roenicke||3.33|
|Steve Reed||352||Rafael Betancourt||0.227||Brian Fuentes||3.38|
|Matt Belisle||344||Taylor Buchholz||0.228||Bruce Ruffin||3.4|
|Rafael Betancourt||315||Chris Rusin||0.23||LaTroy Hawkins||3.41|
|Rex Brothers||278||Huston Street||0.232||Rex Brothers||3.42|
|Bruce Ruffin||273||Adam Ottavino||0.235||Adam Ottavino||3.48|
|Darren Holmes||267||Justin Speier||0.236||Huston Street||3.5|
|Manuel Corpas||236||Gabe White||0.237||Rafael Betancourt||3.53|
|Jerry Dipoto||201||Boone Logan||0.241||Steve Reed||3.63|
|Rex Brothers||0.243||Matt Belisle||3.89|
|Edgmer Escalona||0.249||Matt Reynolds||3.93|
The Padres made franchise history on Monday night with a starting outfield of three Dominicans -- Franchy Cordero, Manuel Margot and Franmil Reyes. It's the first time a Padres team had an outfield of all Dominicans.
The first team to do that was the Giants on Sept. 10, 1963 when the they not only started three Dominicans but became the first team in history to start an outfield of three brothers when the Alous -- Felipe, Matty and Jesus drew the starting assignment.
The Rockies currently have six Latin players and a Latin coach, Tony Diaz, on their active roster.
Rockies With a Latin Flavor
|Nolan Arenado||3B||Cuban/Puerto Rican parents|
|Gerardo Parra||OF||Venezuelan native|
|Carlos Gonzalez||OF||Venezuelan native|
|Noel Cuevas||Of||Puerto Rican native|
|Daniel Castro||INF||Mexican native|
|German Marquez||RHP||Venezuelan native|
|Tony Diaz||Coach||Dominican native|