Rockies crack back-to-back-to-back HRs
Smith, Gonzalez, Spilborghs go deep in seventh
DENVER -- Before Thursday, the last time Rockies players hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, Carlos Gonzalez, Seth Smith and Ryan Spilborghs were nowhere near the big leagues.
In Thursday's 8-2 win against the D-backs, those three made their own history.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Smith entered the game to pinch-hit after sitting on the bench battling the flu. The outfielder, who led the big leagues in pinch-hitting last season (.472 average), drove a 1-0 offering from D-backs starter Dan Haren into the right-field seats to make it 6-2.
"Hitting, you just save one good swing," Smith said. "It's the running around the outfield, running around the bases when you don't feel as great. I told them I had a swing today and was able to give them a good one. I made it around, thankfully."
That was just the beginning.
Gonzalez followed by hitting Haren's second pitch to the deep right-field seats.
As if that wasn't enough, Spilborghs hit Haren's first pitch over the left-field wall.
"I can't remember the last time I sat in the same uniform and saw back-to-back-to-back home runs," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
It was the seventh time the spectacle occurred in Rockies history and the first time since Jeromy Burnitz, Charles Johnson and Matt Holliday did it April 27, 2004.
"In 2004, I was in Yakima playing for the Diamondbacks in [Class A]," Gonzalez said. "I hurt myself for like two months and didn't even know if I'd be here."
Smith was in college at Ole Miss, and Spilborghs was in Class A the last time three straight Rockies homered.
On top of hitting his third homer of the season, Spilborghs, who started in place of Smith, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs against Haren. His performance Thursday boosted his career batting average to .433 (13-for-30) against the three-time All-Star.
"I've always just kind of seen him well and my approach has just kind of always been the same," Spilborghs said. "It helps when I have guys at second base, then I can really just try and stay inside him."
The Rockies, winners of five straight, have homered in a season-best nine consecutive games.
"It was cool," said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who also homered Thursday. "Those guys took great swings. Hopefully, there's more to come."
Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.