Ian Desmond swatted four doubles in seven plate appearances in an extended spring game on Saturday morning, and now, he'll make his long-awaited Rockies debut in the series finale against the D-backs, hitting sixth and playing left field.
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When the Rockies needed to reinstate Ian Desmond from the disabled list on Sunday, they could have sent Pat Valaika back to Triple-A. But he's impressed so much this month, that the team opted to keep him on the roster.
Time is ticking on Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson's search for the consistency he displayed as a rookie last season. Anderson gave up six runs in five innings -- and yielded home runs to the D-backs' Brandon Drury, Jeff Mathis and Jake Lamb on Saturday to bring the total this season to nine in 30 1/3 innings.
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Mark Reynolds had a home run and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to lead a three-run inning as the Rockies topped the D-backs. Jake Lamb hit the longest home run of the season (481 feet) and Brandon Drury and Jeff Mathis also went deep to support Zack Greinke, who struck out nine. Alexi Amarista, Reynolds and Trevor Story all went deep for Colorado.
Jeff Hoffman struggled a bit with control in 2016, walking a career-worst 3.34 batters per nine inings. As a result, Hoffman altered his delivery a bit heading into 2017, hoping to smooth it out a bit and better attack the zone. It's still a work in progress, but when everything is clicking, Hoffman has the ability to dominate.
Gerardo Parra went 0-for-5 Saturday against the D-backs, but his diving catch in left field in the bottom of the ninth inning helped protect a one-run lead, as Colorado edged Arizona, 7-6.
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Reynolds broke bat, but homered anyway
Carlos Estevez pitched the Rockies out of big jam in the eighth inning of their eventual 7-6 victory over the D-backs.
In the battle of the two top teams in the National League West, it was the Rockies who came out on top, as they beat the D-backs, 3-1, on Friday night to leapfrog into first place.
Photo of the day: Coors field was blanketed in snow
After Kyle Freeland threw six one-run innings, Chris Rusin, Adam Ottavino and Greg Holland combined to shut down the D-backs the rest of the way in Friday's 3-1 victory.
Chad Bettis arrived at Chase Field on Friday with his eyes and smile so bright that the chemotherapy-induced hair loss was a secondary appearance trait.
Francisco Mejia has already piled up plenty of hits for Double-A Akron this season, but it wasn't until Friday night that the Indians' No. 2 prospect entered the home run column, connecting on a solo shot in the ninth inning of the RubberDucks' 6-1 win over Bowie.
Ian Desmond was the Rockies' big offseason addition. It's four weeks into the season, and they are still waiting to see him step up to the plate in a regular-season game.
The Rockies signed Ian Desmond for many reasons, one being his versatility, with a history at shortstop and in center field. But Mark Reynolds, who also is versatile, is hitting so well that sitting him would make little sense.
The Nationals came through Denver knowing they wouldn't have Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg to quiet the first-place Rockies, but Gio Gonzalez became the latest to halt the Colorado bats while leading Washington to an unprecedented ninth win to cap a 10-game road trip as the Nats ran away to a 16-5 win Thursday.
Exit velocity, launch angle and other technology-driven tracking measurements were merely in theory when Vinny Castilla was in the Majors. But in conjunction with Weather & Science Day at Coors Field, and through his own sheer curiosity, the Rockies' special front office assistant put his swing to the Statcast™ test.
A young Rockies rotation that has weathered attrition early showed further signs of vulnerability in an 11-4 loss on Wednesday night to the Nationals.
Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper each had huge nights, combining to go 12-for-19 as the Nationals clobbered the Rockies, 11-4, on Wednesday night.
A Rockies bullpen that has shown significant improvement from last season will be without one of its key contributors, as the club placed left-hander Mike Dunn on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with back spasms.
Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez entered Tuesday's 15-12 loss to the Nationals batting just .214 with one home run in 19 games. But on a chilly and wet night at Coors Field, where a number of drives by Rockies hitters ended in a Nationals glove at the warning track, Gonzalez blasted a 436-foot homer in the second inning off Washington starter Joe Ross.
On a damp and frigid Tuesday night at Coors Field, Trea Turner swung the hottest bat, hitting for the cycle and driving in a career-high seven runs in the Nationals' 15-12 victory over the Rockies. Washington has won eight of its last nine games.
Tony Wolters, who made his 11th start in Monday's 8-4 win over the Nationals, elevated his batting average to .351 after going 3-for-4 with his first RBI of 2017, a significant uptick from his .259 clip of a year ago, even with a small sample size thus far.
The anticipation of who would temporarily take Jon Gray's rotation spot ended on Monday, when German Marquez strolled through the clubhouse. Marquez, the Rockies' No. 4 prospect, will start Tuesday's game against the Nats on a 90-pitch threshold, manager Bud Black said.
Charlie Blackmon extended his hit streak to nine games and hit a go-ahead homer to cap a comeback, and the Rockies powered past the Nationals, 8-4, in the opener of a four-game series on Monday at Coors Field featuring the teams with the National League's best records.
Ian Desmond took roughly 25 cuts in his first batting practice since being hit by a 93-mph fastball in a Cactus League game on March 12 and undergoing surgery. He also ran the bases, shagged fly balls in the outfield and fielded grounders at first.
Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.
The Rockies had just put the finishing touches on their first three-game sweep of the Giants at home in 15 years. They had matched the second-best start in franchise history, a 13-6 record that is one win shy of that early-season surge in 1997 and in line with what they did to open the 2011 and '13 campaigns.
The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.
In his fourth start, Rockies rookie Kyle Freeland put up seven goose eggs at Coors Field, shutting out the Giants and securing a series sweep with an 8-0 victory, scattering six hits and just one walk while striking out three. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, nine of them on groundouts.
He hasn't played in a game since a Cactus League appearance nearly six weeks ago, but Ian Desmond continues to make headlines as the Rockies await his debut in purple pinstripes and his first regular-season appearance at first base.
For Rockies rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela, facing the Giants spurs growth. On Saturday night -- for the second time in a week -- Senzatela threw seven stellar innings while shutting down the Giants, this time in a 12-3 victory at Coors Field.
Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon said Giants lefty pitcher Matt Moore "mixes it up pretty well and throws a lot of strikes." To prepare for Saturday's clash with Moore, Blackmon took swings in the batting cage from a lefty who could mix pitches with control. That pitcher is Rockies manager Bud Black.
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The Colorado Rockies packed their offense into Friday night's fourth inning, as Trevor Story's grand slam preceded Charlie Blackmon's two-run, inside-the-park homer in a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
The Colorado Rockies ran the gamut of home runs in Friday night's fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants, as Trevor Story hit a grand slam and Charlie Blackmon hustled out an inside-the-park job to fuel a six-run outburst and put the Rockies ahead, 6-3.