Rockies’ Yonathan Daza makes most of his chance to impress – The Denver Post

It hasn’t been a great road trip for Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza. But then, that can be said for most of the Rockies.

Still, Daza hit 2-for-4 with a double Saturday in Colorado’s 10-3 loss to break out of his mild slump. He’s now hitting .318, ranking him seventh in the National League. In what’s been a difficult season for the Rockies, Daza is making the most of his opportunity.

“He’s doing everything he can to make his mark, to prove that he’s a major league player,” manager Bud Black said. “We’ll figure out, as time goes, what type of role that he fits in for the long term.

“But, for right now, he’ll get some at-bats because he’s one of our more productive offensive players, as far as batting average. … He’s proving that he can hit major league pitching.”

Story stalls. Even though he’s now off the injured list (sore right elbow), all-star shortstop Trevor Story remains in a slump. He went 0-for-3 with a walk Saturday and his average fell to .247. Over his last 16 games played, he’s gone 12-for-61 (.197) with one home run, two doubles and just three RBIs.

Road woes. Much has been made of the Rockies’ inability to score runs on the road. While that’s a big reason for their 5-26 record away from Coors Field, their pitching has been poor as well.

After No. 1 starter German Marquez got shelled for nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in just five innings in Saturday’s loss, Colorado starters have a 6.38 ERA on the road. Over the last three games — a loss at Miami, two losses at Cincinnati — starters Chi Chi Gonzalez, Kyle Freeland and Marquez combined for a 15.43 ERA.

Derby Day? Infielder Ryan McMahon, who ranks tied for seventh in the National League with 14 home runs, said Saturday that he would be thrilled if he gets selected for the All-Star Game on July 13 at Coors Field.

Asked if he wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, McMahon said yes. Kind of, sort of.

“It would be an honor to be asked,” he said. “I’d like to do it … but I haven’t thought it through yet.”

On Deck
Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-6, 4.62 ERA) at Reds RHP Tony Santillan (MLB debut)
11:10 a.m. Sunday, Great American Ball Park
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM

The last time Senzatela faced the Reds, he allowed just one run across seven innings during a May 16 start at Coors Field. He allowed four hits, gave up one walk and struck out three. In three career starts vs. the Reds, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. Eight of the 13 earned runs he’s given up to the Reds came in a July 14, 2019, game at Coors when the Reds hit him hard over 5 1/3 innings. Santillan will be promoted from Triple-A Louisville to make his major league debut. In six starts for the Bats, he was 1-3 with a 2.51 ERA, 45 strikeouts, 12 walks and a 1.08 WHIP. He began the season ranked by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the Reds’ organization.

Trending: With their 10-3 win Saturday, the Reds evened their record to 31-31, reaching .500 for the first time since they were 19-19 on May 16. They have not been above .500 since they were 9-8 on April 21.

At issue: C.J. Cron went 1-for-4 with a strikeout Saturday and is hitting 12-for-63 (.190) with no home runs in 21 games since being reinstated from the 10-day injured list May 18. He’s 6-for-48 (.125) over his last 17 games.

Pitching Probables
Monday: Padres RHP Ryan Weathers (3-2, 2.44) at Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (5-5, 3.95), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM
Tuesday: Padres RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-1, 3.52) at Rockies TBD, 6:40 p.m., ATTRM
Wednesday: Padres RHP Yu Darvish (6-2, 2.28) at Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 9.00), 1:10 p.m., ATTRM

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