Sunday, July 31
De La Rosa, Rockies win 5th straight, Mets lose 4th in row
NEW YORK (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa earned his 100th career victory and the Colorado Rockies eventually caught up with Bartolo Colon, beating the New York Mets 7-2 on a rainy Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
The Rockies improved to 12-4 since the All-Star break and won despite losing NL home run leader Trevor Story to a jammed left thumb. He seemed to get hurt on a scrambling slide in the fourth, exited early and X-rays on the rookie shortstop were negative.
Colorado retired New York's last 16 batters. Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected in the ninth after umpires overturned their original call and took away a home run from Wilmer Flores, ruling a fan reached over the wall and prevented left fielder David Dahl from making a catch.
Rockies SS Trevor Story jams thumb, exits early vs Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — NL home run leader Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies has jammed his left thumb and exited early against the New York Mets.
X-rays were negative Saturday night.
The rookie shortstop came out in the bottom of the fourth inning after diving for Justin Ruggiano's single in the hole. In the top half of the inning, Story appeared to hurt himself when he scrambled into second base and was tagged out, trying to advance on a bad throw on his RBI single.
Story has hit 27 homers and is batting .272 with 72 RBIs.
UNORTHODOX BRONCOS-KUBIAK OFFENSE
Broncos going against the grain again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl in an unorthodox manner and they're out to defend that title in an unconventional way as well.
In this age of the high-powered passing games, they won it all with a devastating defense. They'll try to do it again with a throwback offense that features an old-fashioned fullback and a QB that shield the ball as well as he slings it.
When Peyton Manning retired, coach Gary Kubiak reinstalled his version of the West Coast offense that blends roll-outs, bootlegs, play-action passes and plenty of handoffs.
General manager John Elway drafted Utah running back Devontae Booker and Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich to help an offense that will be led by Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, who are involved in a rare three-way training camp audition.
The uncertainly can curtail the receivers' rhythm early on, but all this isn't to say that Pro Bowlers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are taking a back seat in 2016.
Kubiak's offense was at its zenith in the late 1990s, when fullback Howard Griffith cleared the way for Terrell Davis to gain 1,750 and 2,008 yards in 1997 to 1998. But both of those seasons also featured a pair of 1,000-yard receivers.
Anderson likes what the fullback brings to the mix, recalling some of the best ground games of his youth, including the dominant Dallas Cowboys run-heavy offenses featuring Emmitt Smith of the 1990s.
Lampard's hat trick leads NYCFC over Rapids 5-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Lampard scored three goals and New York City FC beat 10-man Colorado 5-1 Saturday to end the Rapids' 15-game unbeaten streak.
Lampard opened the scoring in the 28th minute, finishing Diego Martinez's cross and Thomas McNamara's redirecting flick with a close-range, right-footed stab. Lampard made it 4-0 on a right-footed shot in the 81st minute and capped City's scoring with a penalty kick in the 84th — his eighth goal of the season and the first hat trick in NYCFC (10-7-6) history.
The Rapids' Micheal Azira was sent off in the 37th minute with his second yellow card and Shkelzen Gashi scored Colorado's lone goal on a deflected free kick in 92nd minute.
The match was delayed for 40 minutes immediately after Lampard's first goal due to lightning in the area.