On Sunday, the Colorado Rockies wrapped up a stretch of 46 consecutive games played against teams with winning records.
That hasn’t happened since the 1926 Philadelphia Phillies found themselves in the same kind of schedule gauntlet. Understandably, those ’26 Phils only managed a record of 15-32 over that span.
With a gutsy 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, capping off a four-game sweep of the NL East leaders, the Rockies improved their record over this insane stretch to an eye-popping 30-16. That even includes some highly-improbable, late losses in St. Louis and Milwaukee.
This has arguably been the single most impressive collection of games played in the history of the franchise, though I suppose September of 2007 may have something to say about that.
German Marquez was fantastic with only a pair of stumbles in an otherwise remarkably efficient and effective outing.
He pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, but felt in control for almost the entire game, especially in the middle innings when the Atlanta offense simply could not square up the baseball.
The Braves got on the board first, as they have done throughout the series, mounting a rally after Marquez recorded two very quick outs in the top of the first. But after Freddie Freeman barely got a piece of a pitch it looked for a moment he had struck out on, he smashed a double off the wall in center field, nearly going yard.