Maybe the Rockies should have seen it coming. The Astros didn't just sweep them in a two-game visit to Coors Filed, beating the Rockies 9-8 on Tuesday and 4-2 on Wednesday. They Rockies had gone seven home series without losing a series -- starting with taking two of three from the Padres May 10-12 -- before being swept by the Astros. But they had split their two previous home series to the Padres (2-2) and Dodgers (2-2).
At the Plate
The Rockies lost a game, but right fielder Charlie Blackmond didn't cool off. Announced as the NL Player of the Month for June earlier in the day, Blackmon was 2-for-3 on Wednesday night, and accounted for both Rockies run. He singled to drive in Ryan McMahon in the seventh, and scored himself after a single on Ian Desmond's first-inning single.
But then Blackmon has been hot -- real hot. After struggling to a .219 average without a home in his first 17 games, Blackmon leads all MLB hitters with a .377 aveage since May 17. He is one of five Rockies players who rank in the top 15 in the National League in batting average since that date. Nolan Arenado is third (.337), Ian Desmond seventh (.320), David Dahl (11th) and Trevor Stroy 15th (.303) among qualified NL hitters.
On the Mound
Astros pitcher Wade Miley was on the mound in Coors Field for the first time in nearly five years on Wednesday night, and responded with a six-inning, one-run performance to get the win. Miley has maintained his magic in Denver. Originally a member of the Diamondbacks, he is now 4-1 in six career starts at Coors Field.
The Rockies have bounced back well from a 3-12 start. The Dodgers, however, have been even better in that time period, which has allowed them to show signs of running away with the NL West. The Rockies do have the third-best record in the NL since April 14, even if at 41-30 they have lost 9 1/2 games in the NL West standings to the division-leading Dodgers. The NL East-leading Braves are second to the Dodgers since April 14 at 43-30, a one-game edge on the Rockies.