There was no hiding from the embarrassment and disappointment of the last road trip. The white board just inside the clubhouse door made that impossible. "Team meeting: 3 p.m. Everybody." Rockies manager Walt Weiss gathered his players and while not revealing his message to reporters it was clear he reminded the team of the importance of competing and leaving it on the field the next six weeks. The Rockies have done their best since the all-star break to sabotage their promising first half. Friday night before a rowdy announced crowd of 37344 the Rockies showed pride and awakened an offense that has spent the better part of the past six weeks in hibernation cruising to a 10-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field. "I don't think it had anything to do with me. They went out there and competed. I am proud of them" Weiss said of his players after the game. "They've been kicked around the last 10 days." The lineup's outburst was startling on multiple levels. The Rockies had scored only 10 runs in their last six games part of a trip that could not have gone worse if Clark Griswold was flying the team charter. They scored 10 in the first three innings Friday. Every Rockies starter had a hit at that point save for pitcher Jorge De La Rosa who even lined out to left field. It was the first time the Rockies reached double figures in runs since June 15. These kind of games are sprinkled throughout a home season at Coors Field but it was not anticipated against Friday's opponent. Weiss took a bit of risk calling a team meeting with Francisco Liriano waiting. He muzzled the Rockies last weekend in Pittsburgh allowing just two hits in seven innings leaving him off to the best 16-game start by a Pirates pitcher since Dock Ellis in 1971.
Rockies rout Pirates to kick off homestand as offense reawakens
Denver Post | Aug 10