Levity helps when approaching forgettable history. The Rockies are playing better, but 100 losses lurks as a possible conclusion to the season.

Infielder Jonathan Herrera is not Ryan Spilborghs, but he has a way of lightening the mood in any clubhouse. Asked about his swinging, 70-foot pop-up single in Sunday's win at Coors Field, he said, "The wind was blowing in."

No teammate tore his oblique laughing, a sign that the roster carnage might finally remain minimal. With about a quarter of the season left — 42 games — there were actually developments Monday that didn't leave fans requiring Kleenex or an aspirin.