DENVER – Yonathan Daza’s confidence shines brighter than her platinum blonde hair.
Daza has been climbing the rankings lately, with his batting average of .326 entering Friday’s game good for fifth place in the National League, and he’s been on a 10-game hitting streak.
On Friday, he won big again for the Rockies.
Daza got out of the cold canoe to pinch the blow. Antonio Senzatela was preparing to strike, but after Dom Nuñez retired, manager Bud Black chose to send Daza to move the runner. That’s exactly what he did, hitting a brace in left field as Raimel Tapia scored.
Daza’s hit restored the momentum in favor of the Rockies and CJ Cron’s single in the bottom of the tenth gave the Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Brewers.
It was their fifth straight win – all at Coors Field – their longest streak since May 25 to June 2, 2019. Inequality continues for the Rockies, as their home record improved to 24- 14.
For Daza, this year it’s all about proving that he can be part of that major league roster in the future. In the past, manager Bud Black has said he saw Daza’s nerves and anxiety. He would control an earl, then things would go wrong.
He came in stronger in spring training this year and secured a spot on the opening day roster. Now, having played 44 games in 2019 and 61 so far this year, Daza has been able to settle down.
After Daza’s brace, Garrett Hampson showed his prowess against left-hander Brent Suter. Hampson hit a brace at the third base foul line, giving Yoanthan Daza enough time to get around the goals to tie the game. Brendan Rodgers, who also showed renewed confidence, struck deep to right field later in the inning to send Ryan McMahon home for the first point.
Antonio Senzatela pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Senzatela has been one of the most consistent aspects of the Rockies’ rotation this season, maintaining a 4.83 ERA.
Daniel Bard, who has a 1.52 ERA since May 2, made things interesting at the top of the ninth. He cleared a run, then walked Jace Petterson to load the bases. Bard came out of the round without giving up another point. Rodgers grabbed the clutch, sending the pitch to Nuñez to score a home runner. Jholuys Chacín was effective in the start of the 10th, winning strikeouts to keep the game alive.