Walk-off loss trims Rox's Wild Card lead to 1

September 20, 2017

With the score tied, 3-3, Pablo Sandoval opened the Giants’ ninth with an infield single off reliever Chris Rusin and was replaced by pinch-runner Orlando Calixte. Ryder Jones‘ subsequent sacrifice-bunt attempt eluded third baseman Nolan Arenado before Rusin grabbed the ball but threw wide to first base. Jones was safe and received credit for a single. “I don’t think you intentionally try and squeeze it between the pitcher and the…

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Blackmon first to reach 200 hits this season

September 20, 2017

Before Holliday had 216 hits, Todd Helton had 209 in 2003 and Juan Pierre had 202 in 2001. Helton also tallied 216 hits in 2000, the only Rockies player to reach the 200-hit mark twice. Blackmon’s mark of 14 triples this season is tops among Rockies players who have recorded 200 or more hits. The Colorado outfielder had 187 hits last season. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve isn’t far behind…

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Inbox: Rockies' chief concern vs. D-backs?

September 19, 2017

What is biggest concern for Rox to try and beat Greinke in Arizona in 2 weeks? — Joe Alread (@Palejo) September 17, 2017   Yes, this assumes both the Rockies hold their lead and the D-backs hold on to the top Wild Card and host the Oct. 4 Wild Card Game. And it assumes the D-backs go with Zack Greinke in the winner-take-all contest. • Submit an Inbox question Greinke…

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Behind ace, rest of Rox rotation finding groove

September 18, 2017

“It’s perfect,” Anderson said. “It’s right where we want to be, in a position to fight for something.” Four rookies — right-handers German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman, and lefty Kyle Freeland — have made 90 starts and are a combined 37-27 with a 4.62 ERA. But as the regular-season days dwindle, Marquez, who will start at San Francisco in Tuesday’s opener of a six-game road trip, is the…

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McMahon on list of prospects with soaring stock

September 18, 2017

Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays’ No. 2/MLB No. 27Dante’s son also wasn’t on the preseason Top 100, but he has since hit his way up to No. 27 overall. After a strong summer debut in 2016, Bichette proved he was far from a Gulf Coast League fluke by raking across two levels of A ball as a teenager. The 19-year-old is the first teen to lead the Minors in hitting…

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Rockies feel squeeze in loss to Padres

September 18, 2017

Had Holland completed the tag (he covered home because catcher Jonathan Lucroy was out of position on Hedges’ short bunt) he may have been able to make up for walking Sczcur. Allen Cordoba had singled Sczcur to third. “They gave me a gift, gave me a chance to get out of the inning there,” said Holland, who was charged with an error. “I didn’t do it. But it started with…

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Rain delay dampens Gray's stellar effort

September 17, 2017

By the end, Gray and the Rockies were lamenting a 4-3 loss at Coors Field that robbed them of a chance to sweep the three-game series, and reduced their lead for the second National League Wild Card to 2 1/2 games over the Brewers. “I had no idea; I thought it was going to be a little shower,” Gray said. “I had no idea it would last that long, and…

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