The Rockies won their season opener on Tuesday in Arizona and then lost four in a row before Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Colorado has been road kill throughout its history, failing to post a winning road record in any of its previous 11 seasons. Last year, the Rockies plummeted to new depths, going a franchise-worst 25-56 away from Coors Field.
At home, the Rockies have been a different ballclub, excelling for the most part. Last year they were 49-32 after going 41-40 the year before.
“We’ve regained homefield dominance,” manager Clint Hurdle said, “and that’s something we need to continue to do.”
A win Monday over the Diamondbacks would be a good start. Behind left-hander Shawn Estes, the Rockies beat Arizona 6-2 in the season opener.
“I’ve got some players who had good games on opening day,” Hurdle said Sunday, “and we’re looking forward to another one.
“Our fans have watched us on TV, they’ve read about us in the paper and now they get to see us in person.”
Arizona may be happy to get out of town after getting swept at home by St. Louis over the weekend.
The Cardinals tattooed the Diamondbacks’ pitching staff for 29 runs and 41 hits. They hit 10 homers and 16 doubles.
“They were red-hot,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “Everybody in their lineup was seeing the ball big, hitting the ball hard—not just getting hits but hitting the ball in the seats. I don’t think I’ve seen a home run display like that in a three-game series in a long time.”
Arizona showed some signs of life, rallying from a 5-1 deficit on Sunday to tie the game in the seventh inning before reliever Matt Mantei gave up the game-winning homer in a 6-5 loss.
“It was basically stupidity on my part,” Mantei said. “I threw a breaking-ball pitch to a breaking-ball hitter, and left it up in the zone.”