Despite some controversy involving their owner and a frustrated fan base, the Colorado Rockies are riding a modest wave of success.
They'll try for a fourth consecutive victory Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.From June 16-July 7, Colorado (40-53) lost 18 of 21 games and was held to two or fewer runs in 10 of those contests. In a series of responses to unhappy fans, owner Don Monfort suggested they not come out to Coors Field if they are mad and that Denver might not even deserve a team.Hours before Friday's 6-2 win over Minnesota (42-50), Monfort said he has no intention of moving the team and formally apologized for some pointed email replies to fans.The Rockies, meanwhile, have won three in a row and scored six runs in the last two."We can be a really good team, no doubt about that," said outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who went 1 for 4 after missing 35 games with a finger injury.Though Colorado has batted .189 while scoring 15 runs during a six-game interleague road skid, it's hit .418 while totaling 36 during a four-game home winning streak against the AL this season.Hitting a major league-leading .349, Troy Tulowitzki homered for the third time in two games. He's 10 for 17 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in five interleague home contests this season.Tulowitzki, however, is 3 for his last 15 against Minnesota's Kevin Correia (4-11, 4.79 ERA).The right-hander has dropped three straight starts but posted a 3.79 ERA during that stretch and allowed two runs in each of the last two. His teammates have not scored with him on the mound in any of those three outings.Correia gave up two solo homers and three other hits in seven innings of a 2-0 loss at Seattle on Monday."I still want to win some games here, but when we scored some runs early in the season I wasn't able to take advantage of it, and now I'm pitching well and we're not scoring as often," said Correia, who is 2-4 with a 2.43 ERA during a six-start stretch in which the Twins have scored eight runs with him on the hill."Hopefully two and two will come together and I'll be able to turn it around."The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA in five starts at Coors Field, but last pitched there in 2011 with Pittsburgh.Despite 11 hits Friday, the Twins went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position as their three-game winning streak came to an end.Minnesota's Brian Dozier is 10 for 19 in his last five interleague games.Justin Morneau, who played in Minnesota for 11 years, went hitless in four at-bats in his first game against his former team.Gonzalez is 6 for 17 (.353) with three homers versus Correia.Tyler Matzek (1-3, 4.79) allowed two runs in seven innings to win his major league debut June 11, but is 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA in five starts since. He allowed five runs, eight hits and walked four in six innings of a 6-1 loss to San Diego on Monday.
Troy Tulowitzki is slugging .554 in at-bats to end on a pitch on the outer third of the plate or away, second best among qualifiers. Kevin Correia has thrown the second-highest percentage of pitches in that zone this season among qualifiers (58.8 percent).