Noel Cuevas earned his spot on an MLB roster through hard work, perseverance, and his ability to hit left-handed pitching. Making his debut just a few short months ago, he has proven to be a valuable piece off the bench and in favorable matchups for the occasional start.

He got the start on Saturday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners, coming into the game with one major league home run and five RBI. But his three-run home run off of one of the best pitchers in the game was the difference in an eventual 5-1 win for his club. It was unquestionably the biggest moment so far in his young career.

The Rockies have now won five in a row and eight of their last nine baseball games.

For the third straight time, Kyle Freeland was matched up against an ace lefty, this time James Paxton, and while the box score will suggest he wasn’t quite as good as his last few outings, he battled a very tough lineup in a game where he knew runs would be at a premium, and never lost his focus over his five-inning grind.

It looked like the Rockies missed their best chance in the game in the third, getting a rare bases-loaded, nobody out scenario against Paxton. Pat Valaika started it with a single to right, Gerardo Parra followed with one to left and Cuevas made it three straight when his attempt at a sac bunt ended up being in the perfect spot for a base hit.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.