Rock­ies hop­ing bats will heat up

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - MLB PLAYOFFS -

The thin moun­tain air in Den­ver might do won­ders for the slump­ing Colorado Rock­ies.

They’re go­ing home again, down 2-0 in the NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries to the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers. Game 3 in the best-of-five se­ries is Sun­day at Coors Field.

“I don’t have a doubt that we’re go­ing to get things go­ing,” Rock­ies vet­eran out­fielder Car­los Gon­za­lez said.

If not, Gon­za­lez could be gone.

The one-year, $5 mil­lion deal he signed last off­sea­son to re­turn to Colorado ex­pires at the end of the year. Af­ter 11 sea­sons play­ing on Blake Street, the three-time Gold Glove win­ner and 2010 NL bat­ting cham­pion is about as syn­ony­mous with Colorado as dry air and beer.

He’s a life­time .323 hit­ter at Coors Field, 72 points higher than his ca­reer road av­er­age.

Play­ing in front of a friendly crowd might have help the team re­lax af­ter a frus­trat­ing Fri­day night of break­ing bats and slam­ming bat­ting gloves into hel­mets.

The Rock­ies fin­ished among the ma­jor league lead­ers in sev­eral of­fen­sive cat­e­gories this year. But they’ve scored just six runs in four games since slug­ging five homers in a 12-0 vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton on Sun­day that left them tied for the NL West lead af­ter 162 games.

The Rock­ies will send righthander Ger­man Mar­quez (14-11, 3.77 ERA) to the mound in Game 3 against Mil­wau­kee’s Wade Mi­ley (5-2, 2.57).

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