Tulo crushes Padres, avoids the sweep…
The Rockies were able to keep the Padres from sweeping the 3 game series this afternoon with a 9-6 victory. Jorge De La Rosa recorded his 8th win of the season. And what has seemed to be the norm the last week or two, Troy Tulowitzki was again the hero and the leader, putting the team on his back with a 3 for 5 day at the plate with 2 homeruns and 7 RBIs. There are those who will say that Tulo might be a bit overrated, but time and time again, especially as of late he continues to show why he is the most important player on this Rockies team.
The Rockies as a team recorded 16 hits on the day, Young, Herrera, Gonzalez, Tulowitzki, Spilborghs and recent callup Jay Payton each had multiple hits on the day, accounting for 15 of the teams 16 hits on the day. De La Rosa got the only other hit of the day for the Rockies, going 1 for 4. De La Rosa also struck out 7 over 7 1/3 innings.
Today’s win now pulls the Rox back to 2.5 games back of the Padres, and 1.5 of the Giants who are right now scoreless in the 6th against the Dodgers. The Rockies have the day off on Thursday and resume play on Friday against the Dodgers in L.A.
EXTRA BASES – The Rockies have announced that Jeff Francis will make his next start on September 23rd. I don’t like the idea and the Rockies in my opinion are looking for something that is no longer there with Francis. Esmil Rogers has been superb coming out of the bullen in medium relief for when pithcers like Francis get into reouble early in a game. It’s completely understandable why Tracy wants to keep him in that position, but I would like to see Rogers move back into the rotation. I would look at any remaining starts this season for Francis as possible auditions for the 2011 season. If he remains in a Rockies uniform next season I’ll be surprised.
While speaking about the 2011 season, the Rockies schedule is now available with the Rox opening the season at home against the D’backs on April 1st. The opening homestand is 5 games, 3 with Arizona and 2 with the Dodgers. The first roadtrip will be an 8 game East Coast roadtrip against the Pirates and Mets. Interleague finds the Rockies taking on the Tigers and White Sox at home in June at Coors Field and on the road to Cleveland and New York for their first visit to the new Yankee Stadium. The Rox finish their interleague schedule with the Royals visiting Coors Field the first week in July. Complete 2011 schedule here.