Regional Sports News
PHOENIX — The statistics and historical perspective nicely sum up the hot streak Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is riding. But Nolan Arenado’s words do a better job.
“It’s unbelievable, man,” the all-star third baseman said after Colorado’s 8-1 victory over the Diamondbacks Tuesday night. “I mean, he’s probably physically worn down from running the bases and getting too many hits. It’s that crazy.”
Blackmon banged out three hits at Chase Field, becoming the first player in franchise history to record five consecutive three-hit games, and the first since the Astros’ Jose Altuve did it from July 4-9, 2017.
The MLB record for consecutive three-hit games is six, set by the Royals Hall of Famer George Brett (May 8-13, 1976) and the Brooklyn Robins’ Jimmy Johnston (June 25-30, 1923). Blackmon is only the 12th player to bang out three hits in five straight games since 1901, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“There are times when I just watch and admire,” manager Bud Black said. “I can’t help but repeat this: It’s because of hard work and preparation and talent. This is not happening by a fluke.”
Blackmon, the 2017 National League batting champion, is batting .341. He figured a stint on the injured list for a strained right calf beginning in late May would set him back.
It has not. Since coming off the IL on June 8, he’s hitting .510 (25-for-49) with six homers, 16 RBIs over 10 games.
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