Carlos Gonzalez snaps Rockies’ losing streak in the best way

  • Tristan Tippet
Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP

Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP

The Colorado Rockies came into the four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on an 11-game losing streak.

It was an unusual losing streak in that it featured three games that were postponed. It was also a losing streak that saw the Rockies surrender at least eight runs in six of those games.

The Rockies have two starting pitchers (Kyle Kendrick and Jorge De La Rosa) with an ERA over seven and lost their intended closer Adam Ottavino to Tommy John surgery. In 10 games, Ottavino had three saves and an ERA of zero.

Rumors are already swirling that superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki might be interested in a trade. So far Tulowitzki is hitting .289 with two home runs and a .297 on-base percentage. And the night before manager Walt Weiss suffered an appendectomy.

The Dodgers were already 5-0 against the Rockies and throwing Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke over the weekend.

Colorado was already trailing 4-1, which consisted of an RBI-double by former Rockies’ starting pitcher Brett Anderson. The Rockies were in another weather delay. It rained for nearly an hour and a half in the sixth inning.

In the ninth inning, the Rockies were behind 4-2 with two outs and two runners on.

Former two-time All-Star and oft-injured outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was at the plate. Gonzalez has been durable for 30 games but his batting average was below .200. “CarGo” then launched a backup breaking ball into the empty upper deck in right center.

Gonzalez’ three-run bomb pushed his RBI total to a mere nine.

The Rockies won the game 5-4 and snapped their 11-game losing streak, which completely ruined their 11-8 start.

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