1995 Colorado Rockies season

The 1995 season was the third in the history of the Colorado Rockies, a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise located in Denver, Colorado. It was also their third season in the National League, and first at Coors Field. The team competed in the National League West, finishing with a record of 77−67, second in the division. The Rockies simultaneously won the first-ever National League wild card berth in the first season of the revised postseason format and first postseason appearance in franchise history. They faced the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series (NLDS), who won this first round series in four games, with the Rockies taking game three.

1995 Colorado Rockies
NL Wild Card Team
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record77–67 (.535)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Jerry McMorris
General manager(s)Bob Gebhard
Manager(s)Don Baylor
Local televisionKWGN-TV
(Dave Campbell, Charlie Jones)
Local radioKOA (AM)
(Wayne Hagin, Jeff Kingery)
KCUV
(Francisco Gamez, Carlos Bido)
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Offseason

Regular season

The start to the 1995 MLB regular season was delayed over three weeks by the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike that ended on April 2. As a result, the season only lasted 144 games (instead of the typical 162 game season) and "official" opening day for Coors Field was changed to April 26. The Colorado Rockies played two exhibition games on April 2 and 3 against the New York Yankees as the first baseball to be played at Coors Field.

In his Rockies debut and inaugural game of Coors Field on April 26 versus the New York Mets, Larry Walker doubled three times, including one that tied the score with two outs in the ninth inning.[8] Dante Bichette hit a walk-off home run in the fourteenth inning for an 11−9 win. On May 7, 1995, Walker hit his 100th career home run versus Hideo Nomo of Los Angeles.[8]

The Rockies led the NL in hits (1,406), runs scored (785), triples (43, also the most in the majors), home runs (200), runs batted in (749), batting average (.282) and slugging percentage (.471). Conversely, they also allowed the most hits (1,443), runs (783), earned runs (711) and produced the fewest shutouts (1).[9]

A quartet of Rockies hitters who became known as "The Blake Street Bombers", consisting of Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Andrés Galarraga (Walker's former Expos teammate), and Larry Walker, each contributed at least 30 home runs in 1995. The Rockies simultaneously won the first-ever National League wild card berth under the revised postseason format and first playoff appearance in franchise history in just their third season of play.

On October 1 for the final regular season game, the Rockies needed a win at Coors Field versus the San Francisco Giants to avoid playing a tie-breaker game with the Houston Astros for the National League Wild Card post-season berth.[10][11] Using seven pitchers during the nine inning game, Curt Leskanic earned his 10th save and threw the final pitch of the game in a 10–9 victory for the Rockies. During a post-season interview, Leskanic recalled the pitching mound shaking like a mild earthquake with the vibrations from fans in the stadium anticipating their first ever appearance in the MLB post-season.

During the playoffs, Larry Walker collected three hits in 14 at bats in the National League Division Series (NLDS) versus the Atlanta Braves. He hit his first career postseason home run off Tom Glavine in the sixth inning of a 7−4 Game 2 loss. The Braves defeated the Rockies in four games.[12]

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 7866 0.542 39–33 39–33
Colorado Rockies 7767 0.535 1 44–28 33–39
San Diego Padres 7074 0.486 8 40–32 30–42
San Francisco Giants 6777 0.465 11 37–35 30–42

Wild Card standings

Team W L Pct. GB
Colorado Rockies7767.535
Houston Astros7668.5281
Chicago Cubs7371.5074
San Diego Padres7074.4867
New York Mets6975.4798
Philadelphia Phillies6975.4798

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 8–48–59–410–36–65–49–45–87–64–25–27–17–5
Chicago 4–83–76–78–45–87–53–54–36–18–55–75–79–4
Cincinnati 5–87–35–76–612–14–38–47–59–38–53–63–38–5
Colorado 4–97–67–55–74–44–97–15–44–28–49–48–55–7
Florida 3–104–86–67–58–43–76–77–66–75–83–25–34–3
Houston 6–68–51–124–44–83–29–36–65–79–47–45–39–4
Los Angeles 4–55–73–49–47–32–37–56–64–99–47–68–57–5
Montreal 4–95–34–81–77–63–95–77–68–54–47–57–64–3
New York 8–53–45–74–56–76–66–66–77–64–36–75–83–4
Philadelphia 6-71–63–92–47–67–59–45–86–76–36–66–65–4
Pittsburgh 2–45–85–84–88–54–94–94–43–43–64–86–66–7
San Diego 2–57–56–34–92–34–76–75–77–66–68–46–77–5
San Francisco 1–77–53–35–83–53–55–86–78–56–66–67–67–6
St. Louis 5–74–95–87–53–44-95–73–44–34–57–65–76–7

Transactions

  • June 1, 1995: Todd Helton was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 1995.[13]
  • June 1, 1995: Ben Petrick was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed August 9, 1995.[14]
  • July 31, 1995: Bret Saberhagen was traded by the New York Mets with a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies for Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch (minors). The New York Mets sent David Swanson (minors) (August 4, 1995) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.[15]

Major League debuts

  • Batters:
    • Jason Bates (Apr 26)
    • Jorge Brito (Apr 30)
    • Craig Counsell (Sep 17)
    • Quinton McCracken (Sep 17)
  • Pitchers:
    • Roger Bailey (Apr 27)
    • Juan Acevedo (Apr 30)
    • Bryan Rekar (Jul 19) [16]

Roster

1995 Colorado Rockies
Roster
Pitchers
  • 49 Juan Acevedo
  • 38 Roger Bailey
  • 44 Marvin Freeman
  • 55 Joe Grahe
  • 47 Bryan Hickerson
  • 40 Darren Holmes
  • 16 Curtis Leskanic
  • 43 Mike Munoz
  • 17 David Nied
  • 47 Omar Olivares
  • 28 Lance Painter
  • 39 Steve Reed
  • 56 Bryan Rekar
  • 42 Armando Reynoso
  • 30 Kevin Ritz
  • 18 Bruce Ruffin
  • 31 Bret Saberhagen
  • 48 A. J. Sager
  • 20 Bill Swift
  • 32 Mark Thompson
Catchers
  • 27 Jorge Brito
  •  7 Joe Girardi
  • 11 Matt Nokes
  • 34 Jayhawk Owens

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

  • 36 Larry Bearnarth (pitching)
  •  2 Gene Glynn (third base)
  • 41 Art Howe (hitting/first base)
  • 37 Rick Mathews (bullpen)
  • 23 Don Zimmer (bench)

Game log

1995 Game Log
April (4–1)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 26Mets119 (14)Thompson (10)Remlinger (01)47,22810
2April 27Mets87Reed (10)Lomon (01)38,08720
3April 28@ Astros21Leskanic (10)Kile (01)Ruffin (1)30,40530
4April 29@ Astros21Olivares (10)Hampton (01)Ruffin (2)19,07440
5April 30@ Astros31Brocail (10)Leskanic (11)Hudek (1)14,45541
May (13–15)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
6May 1Padres83Holmes (10)Mauser (01)40,11751
7May 2Padres65 (11)Bailey (10)Williams (01)38,38761
8May 3Padres127Bailey (20)Hamilton (01)Ruffin (3)37,19371
9May 5Dodgers64Martínez (21)Olivares (11)Seánez (3)46,39572
10May 6Dodgers1711Williams (10)Acevedo (01)48,39473
11May 7Dodgers1210Daal (20)Reed (11)Valdez (1)48,11774
12May 9Giants106Ritz (10)Wilson (21)41,30784
13May 10Giants85Holmes (20)Bautista (01)43,69094
14May 11Giants104Acevedo (11)Mulholland (22)Reed (1)45,609104
15May 12@ Marlins106Swift (10)Gardner (04)Ruffin (4)22,267114
16May 13@ Marlins82Witt (12)Freeman (01)33,626115
17May 14@ Marlins63Ritz (20)Rapp (03)Ruffin (5)20,490125
18May 15@ Braves40Mercker (11)Olivares (12)27,009126
19May 16@ Braves153Smoltz (22)Acevedo (12)25,516127
20May 17@ Braves65Holmes (30)Maddux (21)Ruffin (6)27,070137
21May 18@ Braves32McMichael (30)Munoz (01)Borbón (2)26,205138
22May 19@ Reds20Schourek (12)Ritz (21)Brantley (2)25,688139
23May 20@ Reds109 (10)Smith (11)Bailey (21)29,4011310
24May 21@ Reds52Acevedo (22)Jarvis (12)Holmes (1)23,6291410
25May 22Cubs98Munoz (11)Myers (01)47,3251510
26May 23Cubs76Foster (32)Freeman (02)Myers (9)43,2261511
27May 24Cubs53Castillo (31)Bailey (22)Myers (10)45,3671512
28May 26@ Pirates42Wagner (15)Acevedo (23)Miceli (6)11,1831513
29May 27@ Pirates94Neagle (41)Swift (11)16,0821514
30May 28@ Pirates63Freeman (12)White (01)Ruffin (7)15,0161614
31May 29@ Cardinals65 (11)Habyan (11)Bailey (23)26,8891615
32May 30@ Cardinals85Hill (40)Grahe (01)Henke (10)15,2511616
33May 31@ Cardinals53Acevedo (33)Petkovsek (01)Holmes (2)19,2971716
June (15–12)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
34June 2Pirates74Holmes (40)McCurry (01)45,8281816
35June 3Pirates76Ritz (31)Lieber (15)Holmes (3)48,1441916
36June 4Pirates41Grahe (11)Wagner (17)Leskanic (1)48,0612016
37June 5Cardinals95Petkovsek (11)Acevedo (34)46,6492017
38June 6Cardinals54Leskanic (21)Parrett (22)46,6212117
39June 7Cardinals73Freeman (22)Jackson (07)46,7042217
40June 8@ Cubs53Ritz (41)Foster (43)Reed (2)24,7572317
41June 9@ Cubs21 (10)Holmes (50)Pérez (04)Munoz (1)21,9052417
42June 10@ Cubs30Morgan (21)Acevedo (35)Myers (14)32,4602418
43June 11@ Cubs51Thompson (20)Trachsel (24)Leskanic (2)27,2452518
44June 12Reds116Jarvis (33)Freeman (23)47,7082519
45June 13Reds64Ritz (51)Pugh (41)Leskanic (3)48,1982619
46June 14Reds104Grahe (21)Schourek (43)48,2552719
47June 16Braves20Glavine (53)Swift (12)48,1632720
48June 17Braves71Avery (24)Acevedo (36)50,0352721
49June 18Braves94Mercker (43)Freeman (24)48,3022722
50June 19Marlins72Hammond (41)Ritz (52)48,1452723
51June 20Marlins72Mathews (20)Grahe (22)48,1432724
52June 21Marlins63Swift (22)Rapp (24)Reed (3)48,1172824
53June 22@ Padres32Reynoso (10)Dishman (01)Ruffin (8)11,6532924
54June 23@ Padres32Ashby (44)Freeman (25)Hoffman (10)15,4182925
55June 24@ Padres20Hamilton (32)Ritz (53)36,1372926
56June 25@ Padres113Grahe (32)Sanders (54)20,7763026
57June 27@ Giants51Swift (32)Bautista (24)14,7693126
58June 28@ Giants21 (11)Barton (10)Munoz (12)15,1363127
59June 29@ Dodgers30Nomo (61)Freeman (26)46,2953128
60June 30@ Dodgers21Ritz (63)Candiotti (46)Munoz (2)34,2533228
July (17–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
61July 1@ Dodgers54Worrell (20)Bailey (24)54,0063229
62July 2@ Dodgers101Swift (42)Martínez (76)37,3543329
63July 3Astros1510Bailey (34)Dougherty (31)Holmes (4)50,0283429
64July 4Astros168Hampton (33)Olivares (13)50,1273430
65July 5Astros42Ritz (73)Kile (38)Holmes (5)48,0913530
66July 6Expos96Grahe (42)Fassero (86)Holmes (6)48,0733630
67July 7Expos127Acevedo (46)Heredia (35)50,1113730
68July 8Expos83Reynoso (20)Henry (37)Leskanic (4)48,1903830
69July 9Expos41Freeman (36)Martínez (65)48,1143930
70July 13@ Mets42Jones (56)Ritz (74)Franco (10)15,2763931
71July 14@ Mets134Pulsipher (24)Reynoso (21)15,3773932
72July 15@ Mets54Swift (52)Saberhagen (55)Holmes (7)17,1204032
73July 16@ Mets21 (10)Franco (41)Thompson (21)25,9944033
74July 17Phillies85Munoz (22)Bottalico (32)Holmes (8)48,0704133
75July 18Phillies75Schilling (75)Ritz (75)Slocumb (22)48,0114134
76July 19Phillies53Rekar (10)Green (86)Holmes (9)48,0874234
77July 20Phillies73Swift (62)Quantrill (76)48,0374334
78July 21Mets121Harnisch (27)Reynoso (22)48,0594335
79July 22Mets54Leskanic (31)Henry (14)Holmes (10)48,0424435
80July 23Mets85Ritz (85)Jones (67)Holmes (11)48,1294535
81July 24@ Phillies113Rekar (20)Green (87)25,4244635
82July 25@ Phillies76 (10)Slocumb (20)Munoz (23)25,8374636
83July 26@ Astros43Kile (410)Reynoso (23)Jones (9)19,2094637
84July 27@ Astros54 (12)Jones (61)Munoz (24)21,7344638
85July 28@ Expos83Ritz (95)Urbina (22)19,2214738
86July 29@ Expos53Rekar (30)Fassero (108)Holmes (12)23,5954838
87July 30@ Expos114Martínez (96)Freeman (37)27,1724839
88July 31@ Expos32Reynoso (33)Henry (68)Holmes (13)14,9784939
August (11–17)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
89August 1Dodgers96Valdez (86)Thompson (22)Worrell (19)48,0714940
90August 2Dodgers107Tapani (711)Ritz (96)48,0634941
91August 3Dodgers94Saberhagen (65)Martínez (117)48,0245041
92August 4Padres1412Reed (21)Berumen (23)Holmes (14)48,1255141
93August 5Padres73Reynoso (43)Ashby (76)48,0435241
94August 6Padres168Dishman (34)Thompson (23)48,1575242
95August 8@ Marlins54 (13)Groom (23)Bailey (35)31,2205243
96August 9@ Marlins21Burkett (1010)Ritz (97)Nen (13)31,8055244
97August 10@ Marlins32Peña (31)Reed (22)28,0095245
98August 11@ Braves53Avery (58)Reynoso (44)Wohlers (16)47,4085246
99August 12@ Braves164Leskanic (41)Mercker (67)48,7775346
100August 13@ Braves32Wohlers (63)Holmes (51)43,2795347
101August 14@ Reds40Burba (72)Ritz (98)23,9455348
102August 15@ Reds113Portugal (68)Rekar (31)24,5065349
103August 16@ Reds64Reynoso (54)Smiley (112)Painter (1)25,0245449
104August 17Cubs125Bailey (45)Navarro (105)48,0715549
105August 18Cubs267Young (24)Saberhagen (66)48,0825550
106August 19Cubs65Castillo (86)Ritz (99)Myers (28)48,020t5551
107August 20Cubs42Leskanic (51)Wendell (21)50,0875651
108August 22Pirates101Loaiza (85)Reynoso (55)48,0835652
109August 23Pirates95Bailey (55)Neagle (116)48,0275752
110August 24Pirates86Painter (10)Wagner (212)Leskanic (5)48,0415852
111August 25Cardinals83Morgan (57)Rekar (32)Mathews (1)48,0125853
112August 26Cardinals54Fossas (30)Ruffin (01)Henke (28)48,1275854
113August 27Cardinals105Barber (20)Reynoso (56)48,0435855
114August 28@ Pirates63Bailey (65)Powell (02)Leskanic (6)8,2425955
115August 29@ Pirates40Wagner (313)Ritz (910)7,6345956
116August 30@ Pirates60Rekar (42)Ericks (37)8,1206056
September (16–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
117September 1@ Cardinals54DeLucia (76)Leskanic (52)Henke (30)21,1646057
118September 2@ Cardinals61Bailey (75)Watson (57)26,7966157
119September 3@ Cardinals54 (11)Holmes (61)Parrett (35)Ruffin (9)22,1886257
120September 4@ Cubs20Castillo (98)Rekar (43)31,6016258
121September 6@ Cubs104Reynoso (66)Bullinger (116)23,0346358
122September 8Reds105Leskanic (62)Carrasco (26)48,0266458
123September 9Reds62Swift (72)Wells (146)Ritz (1)48,0856558
124September 10Reds54Reed (32)Carrasco (27)Leskanic (7)48,0746658
125September 11Braves54 (12)Hickerson (33)Woodall (11)48,0566758
126September 12Braves122Painter (20)Avery (613)Ritz (2)48,0136858
127September 13Braves97Schmidt (20)Bailey (76)48,0116859
128September 15Marlins63Reed (42)Burkett (1312)Leskanic (8)48,0106959
129September 16Marlins87Reed (52)Mathews (44)Ruffin (10)48,0377059
130September 17Marlins170Rapp (127)Rekar (44)48,0357060
131September 18@ Padres51Ritz (1010)Hamilton (69)Ruffin (11)10,5967160
132September 19@ Padres154Blair (74)Reynoso (67)10,3217161
133September 20@ Padres102Swift (82)Dishman (48)10,0957261
134September 21@ Giants53Valdez (44)Grahe (43)Beck (31)12,9687262
135September 22@ Giants61Ritz (1110)Estes (02)17,7237362
136September 23@ Giants20Brewington (54)Rekar (45)Beck (32)28,5387363
137September 24@ Giants31Reynoso (77)Leiter (1011)Leskanic (9)34,4727463
138September 25@ Dodgers43Martínez (177)Swift (83)Worrell (31)41,9847464
139September 26@ Dodgers73Saberhagen (76)Candiotti (714)44,4157564
140September 27@ Dodgers74Tapani (1013)Ritz (1111)Worrell (32)53,8567565
141September 28Giants124Brewington (64)Rekar (46)48,0237566
142September 29Giants107Service (31)Leskanic (63)Beck (33)48,0177567
143September 30Giants93Swift (93)Mulholland (513)48,0237667
October (1–0)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
144October 1Giants109Painter (30)Leiter (1012)Leskanic (10)48,0397767

Playoffs

1995 Post-Season
National League Division Series
GameDateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1October 3Braves45Peña (10)Leskanic (01)Wohlers (1)50,04001
2October 4Braves47Peña (20)Munoz (01)Wohlers (2)50,06302
3October 6@ Braves75 (10)Holmes (10)Wohlers (01)Thompson (1)51,30012
4October 7@ Braves410Maddux (10)Saberhagen (01)50,02713

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Joe Girardi 125 462 121 .262 8 55
1B Andrés Galarraga 143 554 155 .280 31 106
2B Eric Young 120 366 116 .317 6 36
SS Walt Weiss 137 427 111 .260 1 25
3B Vinny Castilla 139 527 163 .309 32 90
LF Dante Bichette 139 579 197 .340 40 128
CF Mike Kingery 119 350 94 .269 8 37
RF Larry Walker 131 494 151 .306 36 101

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jason Bates11632286.267846
Ellis Burks10327874.2661449
John Vander Wal10510135.347521
Trent Hubbard245818.31039
Roberto Mejia23528.15414
Jorge Brito185111.21607
Jayhawk Owens184511.244412
Jim Tatum34348.23504
Matt Nokes10112.18200
Pedro Castellano450.00000
Harvey Pulliam552.40013
Craig Counsell310.00000
Quinton McCracken310.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Ritz31173.111114.21120
Bill Swift19105.2934.9468
Marvin Freeman2294.2375.8961
Armando Reynoso2093.0775.3240
Bryan Rekar1585.0464.9860
Juan Acevedo1765.2466.4440

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Bailey3981.1764.9833
Joe Grahe1756.2435.0827
Mark Thompson2151.0236.5330
Bret Saberhagen943.0216.2829
Omar Olivares1131.2137.3915

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Darren Holmes6861143.2461
Curtis Leskanic7663103.40107
Steve Reed715232.1479
Mike Munoz642427.4237
Bruce Ruffin3701112.1223
Lance Painter333014.3736
Bryan Hickerson1810011.8812
A.J. Sager100007.3610
David Nied200020.773

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Brad Mills
AA New Haven Ravens Eastern League Paul Zuvella
A Salem Avalanche Carolina League Bill Hayes
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Bill McGuire
A-Short Season Portland Rockies Northwest League P. J. Carey
Rookie AZL Rockies Arizona League Jack Maloof

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Colorado Springs[17]

References

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