BLACKMON NOW HAS LONGEST HR
Charlie Blackmon witnessed a dominating pitching performance, one that forced him to make only one catch in center field, but his takeaway was more prideful.
“I’m just glad Jon Gray’s isn’t our longest-standing home run this year,” Blackmon said. He was joking.
Blackmon had plenty to say about Kyle Freeland’s 8L shutout innings Sunday on just one hit allowed.
The Rockies’ leadoff hitter quickly left for Miami and Monday’s Home Run Derby, a preamble to the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Blackmon is one of four Rockies all-stars, joining third baseman Nolan Arenado, second baseman DJ LeMahieu and closer Greg Holland.
Blackmon’s 477-foot shot over the visiting team’s bullpen in the sixth inning Sunday at Coors Field gave him a team-high 20 home runs. His homer Sunday was the Rockies’ longest shot of the year, flying farther than Gray’s 467-foot, center-field blast last week.
Blackmon became just the second player to hit at least 20 home runs and 10 triples before the all-star break. Jim Rice did it twice for the Boston Red Sox during the 1970s, according to ESPN.
Finally, a series win.
The 10-0 blowout of the White Sox on Sunday produced a series victory for the Rockies (52-39) for the first time in three weeks.
“To put it all together for this game today is something we can look for more of in the second half,” Blackmon said.