Speed was never a problem for Rockies seamstress Daniel Bard. Not with a fastball that averages 98.1 mph and a slider that cuts across the plate at 87.4.
But the right-hander struggled to find his seats earlier this season, and after a May 2 disaster in Arizona, his ERA had risen to 9:00 a.m. In that game, the Diamondbacks set him on fire for four runs on four hits and a walk in only a third of the inning.
On Sunday, however, he finished Oakland to a two-inning save in Colorado’s 3-1 win at Coors Field. Bard’s ERA has shrunk to 4.09 and he has only one deserved run in his last 15 innings.
“We got him in the middle of the surface and I thought that helped his (pitch) angles,” said manager Bud Black. “We did a few things through study and coaching and input from Daniel to keep this fastball on the plate.”
Bard also made some adjustments to his hand placement on the ball, as well as his release point, to prevent his fastball from running too far away from left-handed thugs.
Lovin ‘LoDo. Third baseman Joshua Fuentes was 3-2 on Sunday, making his 12th multi-hit game of the season and the third on the homestand. He beats .338 (27-for-80) with three home runs, 10 doubles, one triple and 17 RBIs in 23 games since May 12.
However, 10 of his 12 multi-hit games came from Coors. And on the way, Fuentes cuts .155 / .211 / .197 with just one RBI in 26 games.
Injury Updates. Shortstop Trevor Story (Right Elbow Inflammation) traveled to Miami with the team and is expected to be back in the starting XI for Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins. … Right-handed Jordan Sheffield, who was put on Saturday’s 10-day injury list with a shoulder injury, is expected to be out of action for at least two months. For now, however, he has avoided an operation and is being treated.
The Rockies have Monday off
Tendency: Charlie Blackmon went 1 for 4 on Sunday and extended his hitting streak to seven games in the season. One less hit than Hall of Famer Larry Walker for second most hits in franchise history (1,361). Todd Helton (2,519) is the franchise leader.
On the subject: The Rockies begin a six-game road trip in Miami on Tuesday. On the streets this season, the Rockies are .197 / .273 / .289 with just 12 homers in 26 games at an average of 2.4 runs per game.
- Monday: out
- Tuesday: Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-5, 4.47 ERA) at Marlins RHP Elieser Hernandez (6-12, 4.47), 5:10 pm, ATTRM
- Wednesday: Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (4-5, 4.12) in the Marlins RHP Cody Poteet (2-2, 3.75), 5:10 pm, ATTRM
- Thursday: Rockies RHP Chi Chi González (2-3, 4.84) with Marlins LHP Trevor Rogers (6-3, 1.97), 5:10 p.m., ATTRM