Noel Cuevas earned his spot on an MLB roster through hard work, perseverance, and his ability to hit left-handed pitching. Making his debut just a few short months ago, he has proven to be a valuable piece off the bench and in favorable matchups for the occasional start.
He got the start on Saturday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners, coming into the game with one major league home run and five RBI. But his three-run home run off of one of the best pitchers in the game was the difference in an eventual 5-1 win for his club. It was unquestionably the biggest moment so far in his young career.
The Rockies have now won five in a row and eight of their last nine baseball games.
For the third straight time, Kyle Freeland was matched up against an ace lefty, this time James Paxton, and while the box score will suggest he wasn't quite as good as his last few outings, he battled a very tough lineup in a game where he knew runs would be at a premium, and never lost his focus over his five-inning grind.
It looked like the Rockies missed their best chance in the game in the third, getting a rare bases-loaded, nobody out scenario against Paxton. Pat Valaika started it with a single to right, Gerardo Parra followed with one to left and Cuevas made it three straight when his attempt at a sac bunt ended up being in the perfect spot for a base hit.