For the Colorado Rockies, the next two series on the road in L.A. and Phoenix will determine the course of (if any) the post season. The Rockies hold a slight edge (.5 games) over the L.A. Dodgers and a 4.5 game lead over the Diamondbacks (at the time of this writing).
The Dodgers are coming off of a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals splitting the series two games apiece. The Rockies faced division opponents the San Francisco Giants who shut out the Rockies in games one and two. The Rockies needed a win to hold on to first place in the division on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco which is what they did in their 3-2 win over the Giants.
Colorado continues their road stretch in L.A. this week to take on the Dodgers. The Rockies have 7 wins over L.A. heading into this weeks series but L.A. has the upper hand with 9 wins over the Rockies.
On Friday the Rockies begin a three-game series with the Diamondbacks. Unlike L.A., Arizona is tied with the Rockies for wins against one another at 8 games apiece. With the two teams that are pressing the Rockies for first place, now is the time to for Colorado’s ball club to turn on the afterburners and put some distance between them and the rest of the division.
The Denver Broncos won again this week but not without some concern as the Broncos were outplayed in the first half at home on Sunday. Denver was down 12 – 0 heading into the locker room at halftime with a blocked extra point as their only saving grace, leaving a lot of uneasy fans in the stands alongside a significant showing of Oakland fans.
While it’s common for there to be a large showing of opposing teams fans at the game, the bad blood between Denver and Oakland over the decades makes for some pretty heated exchanges when Oakland comes to Denver. In the third quarter the Broncos scored their first touchdown on a 1-yard run from rookie running back Royce Freeman. Later in the half Broncos kicker Brandon McManus added three more trying to keep pace, with the score 19-10 heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a much longer quarter than usual, with reviews, and injuries, but Denver’s defense did just enough to keep the Raiders from scoring again, and giving quarterback Case Keenum an opportunity to win the game.
Keenum did just that after marching the Broncos 67 yards on 14 plays for a quarterback keeper, and again 62 yards on 10 plays to put Denver within field goal range and Brandon McManus’ kick for the win from 36 yards out.