Since Josh Fuentes got his good-luck haircut, heeded manager Bud Black’s advice and started having some fun playing the game, the Rockies’ infielder has been unstoppable.
Despite the Rockies’ gut-punch, 7-6 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, Fuentes hit 3-for-4 and drove in two runs with a double in the fourth inning. Over his past five games, he’s hit 11-for-22, with two home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs.
With his two RBIs on Sunday, Fuentes has driven in multiple runs in five consecutive games, tying him with Charlie Blackmon (April 21-25, 2017) and Dante Bichette (July 23-28, 1995) for the longest such streak in franchise history.
By the way, all 23 of Fuentes’ RBIs this season have come at Coors Field.
“He’s an emotional player,” Black said. “He cares a lot. I talked to him the other day about not beating himself up over the recent at-bats or the last couple of weeks. He tries so hard to get hits, and sometimes that works against you.
“He loves to play. He has a great passion to play. We talked about getting back to enjoying the game and don’t have it correlate with how many hits you get.”
Freeland’s rehab. Left-hander Kyle Freeland, coming back from a strained shoulder suffered in spring training, made his first rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque Saturday night at El Paso. He allowed one run on two hits with one walk over four innings. He threw 66 pitches.
“He came out of it fine,” Black said. “His stuff was Kyle-like. The fastball was in the low 90s, he used all four pitches, felt fine, and felt good today. He will pitch again on Thursday.”
Black said the Rockies will increase the pitch count and if all goes well Thursday, there’s a chance Freeland could join the Rockies’ rotation next week.
Footnotes. Infielder Brendan Rodgers went 1-for-3 Saturday night in his second rehab start with the Isotopes and went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter on Sunday. … First baseman Connor Joe keeps cruising. He hit 3-for-5 with one RBI Sunday for the first three-hit game of his career. He’s slashing .345/.500/.448 in his first 10 games with Colorado.
Rockies RHP Jon Gray (4-3, 2.93 ERA) at Padres RHP Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.08)
8:10 p.m. Monday, Petco Park
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM
Gray usually pitches very well against the Padres, but he was only so-so when he faced them last Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader. The Rockies lost, 5-3, with Gray allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits, with three walks and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Three of the runs were scored after Gray left the game and Victor Caratini hit a grand slam off reliever Robert Stephenson. Gray is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in two road games this season. Against San Diego, Gray is 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA in nine career starts, but he gave up seven runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings during a 9-3 Rockies’ loss at Petco Park on Aug. 8, 2019. Darvish started opposite Gray in last Wednesday’s doubleheader, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts across four innings. Darvish did not factor in the decision. Darvish, the runner-up for last year’s National League Cy Young Award, is 0-3 with a 6.59 ERA in six starts vs. Colorado.
Trending: Outfielder Yonathan Daza extended his career-high hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-4 performance on Sunday, boosting his average to .347.
At issue: The Rockies keep losing close games. Their 7-6 loss to the Reds on Sunday dropped their record to 5-16 in games decided by two runs or less.
- Tuesday: Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (2-4, 5.49) at Padres LHP Blake Snell (1-0, 4.19), 8:10 p.m., ATTRM
- Wednesday: Rockies RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 4.79) at Padres RHP Joe Musgrave (3-4, 2.86), 2:10 p.m.
- Thursday: Off
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