Friday Recap: Pinch Them, It's True, Rockies End Dodgers Domination
Well, the streak is finally over, thankfully for the Rockies and their fans. The Rockies ended a 12-game losing streak to the Dodgers with a 13-9 victory at Coors Field on Friday night. The streak was the second longest in Rockies history to the 16-game streak back in the beginning when the Rockies lost the first 16 games they played against the Braves in 1993-94.
The Rockies have scored and allowed at least eight runs in each of their last five home games, the longest such streak since 1894 when the Boston Beaneaters and Chicago Colts both had six-game home streaks of eight or more runs allowed and scored.
And there have been at least 20 runs combined scored in the last five games at Coors Field, the longerst such streak since the Cleveland Spiders had 11 consecutive home games of 20 or more runs in July 1894, accoridng to the Elias News Bureau.
At the Plate
Charlie Blackmon was 3-for-4, his MLB record sixth consecutive home game of three or more hits. He has reached base in all 28 Rockies home games. And then there was Nolan Arenado, whose season-high four hits including his 20th home run. He had three extra-base hits, his 13th career game with three extra-base hits.
On the Mound
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed a personal record-tying seven earned runs. It, however, only tied for second most runs he allowed in a game. Ryu, whose ERA remained 1.83 despite the struggle against the Rockies, gave up 10 runs in four innings of a start at Coors Field on May 11, 2017, but five of the runs were unearned, and he allowed two unearned runs among the eight runs the Giants scored against him on April 4, 2014 at Dodger Stadium.
Pat Valaika turned things around in a hurry. First, he unloaded a pinch-hit home run in the fifth inning, ending his 0-for-30 streak, second longest in franchise history to the 33 hitless at-bats for Desi Relaford in 2005. Then, in the same inning, he added a single. Valaika now has five pinch-hit home runs in his career. It was Valaika's fifth pinch-hit home run in his career, the other four coming in 2017, when he came up one pinch-hit shy of the club record for a season that Mark Sweeney set in 2004.