Blackmon's nine hits in two days tie Rox record
DENVER -- Proving he's no one-night wonder, Charlie Blackmon was back at it Saturday night, following up his franchise-record-tying six-hit performance from Friday night with a three-hit outing Saturday that etched him another spot in the Rockies' record books.
"Charlie's slumping," manager Walt Weiss joked after Blackmon's productivity was cut in half on Saturday. "He'll come out of it."
Blackmon's nine hits over two consecutive games tied a club record set by Juan Pierre from Sept. 20-21, 2002. The Rockies' opponent for Pierre's feat was also the D-backs, with Curt Schilling and Brian Anderson making the starts for Arizona.
"I can't believe he didn't set a record," Weiss said. "It's an amazing run. I don't know if I've seen a 9-for-10. Charlie's worked real hard. It's good to see the payoff."
Blackmon singled to right to lead off the bottom of the first inning Saturday, then saw his string of consecutive hits end at seven in the third when he grounded out on a tough play to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Blackmon beat out an infield single to short in the fifth inning, then stole second and scored the game's tying run on a single to right off the bat of DJ LeMahieu.
Blackmon's record-tying hit came with one on and nobody out in the seventh. He drove a single into center, contributing to another run-scoring rally before being doubled up on a deep drive by LeMahieu to the center-field wall that scored a run while resulting in an 8-4-3 double play.
The Rockies rallied again in the eighth, putting three doubles and two runs together, but the inning ended with Blackmon in the on-deck circle, denied a final chance to take sole possession of the two-day record.
Pierre needed 11 at-bats to collect his nine hits, driving in three and scoring four times over the two-game span.
Blackmon's 9-for-10 spree included five RBIs, five runs scored, three doubles and a home run.
His seven hits in seven consecutive plate appearances were three shy of the National League record of 10, accomplished four times and most recently by the Braves' Matt Diaz in 2006. The Major League record is 12 hits in 12 consecutive plate appearances by Detroit's Walt Dropo in 1952.