Eight is enough, eight losses that is. It looks like the Rockies packed their offense on this first game of the 9 game roadtrip. An 8 run 10th inning gave the Rockies their first interleague win of the season and ended an 8 game losing streak. The Rockies got homeruns from Chris Nelson(3), Carlos Gonzalez(17) and Michael Cuddyer(10), accounting for 6 of the Rockies 12 runs. Rockies pitching overall did a decent job allowing the Tigers to score just 4 runs, all credited to Francis who went 5.1 innings. Matt Belisle got the win, his 3rd on the season. With the win the Rockies “improve” to 25-38. Game two of the 3 game series is at 2:05pm at Comerica Park.
With all of the posturing and rhetoric going on in Washington over the last few days, weeks, months, years, however far back you want to take it. It was good to see Washington finally do something right for a change, like helping to put an end to the Rockies 4 game losing streak Thursday night.
OK, so the Rockies finally break their 4 game losing streak. But it was the Nationals, so there isnt really a whole lot to be excited about. Esmil Rogers had a decent outing after a rough first inning. Rogers pitched 5.2 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2 batters, earning his 5th win of the season. Offensively the Rockies were led by Troy Tulowitzki, who went 3 for 4 with a homerun in the in the 6th inning and also scoring 2 runs. Wigginton followed suit going 2 for 3 with an RBI and Chris Nelson going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Rockies desperately need these next 3 games. One to rebound from a 1-3 start to the current homestand already and second, to stop the continuous slide below .500 and third, to increase their chances of not having the attendance numbers decrease for the remainder of the season, despite the 35000+ paid attendance numbers they threw at us last night.
If you watched the game last night on ROOT Sports, you didnt see much of the game did you? From what I’ve heard and seen partially, was that they spent more time showing George Frazier and Drew Goodman, eating (again) as they for some odd reason like to broadcast from time to time, rather than show the game. The comments section over on coloradorockies.com seem to support my claim as well. Just because Dan O’Dowd has thrown in the towel on the season, doesnt mean that the broadcast team of Frazier and Goodman over at ROOT Sports, should be doing the same. You’re supposed to be professionals, so act like it. Stop your endless ramblings about things not related to Rockies baseball and stop showing the fans watch you guys fill your pieholes with at the same time! We deserve so much better.
The Rockies held on last night to win 5-4 over the Tigers and give Ubaldo Jimenez his 2nd win of the season. JImenez left the game in the 6th with a leg cramp and a 4-1 lead. The bullpen combination of Lindstrom, Reynolds, Belisle, Betancourt and Street preserved the win for Jimenez and the Rockies moving themselves back to .500 and currently 3.5 games back of the Giants, who again lost to the Athletics for the second straight night.
The Rox were outhit by the Tigers 12 to 6, but the Tigers pitching allowed 9 walks during the game, 7 of them by Tigers starter Phil Coke in 5 innings. The Rockies Chris Nelson hit his second homerun in as many games with a solo shot in the 6th. It would be his only hit of the night going 1 for 5 and dropping his average below .300 to .296. Ubaldo Jimenez helped his own cause early in the game, driving in 2 runs in the 2nd inning with bases loaded single to center field. Huston Street who seemed to be trying his best Brian Fuentes imitation almost gave the game away in the 9th, but instead came away with his league leading 20th save. Tying him with the Giants headcase Brian Wilson, and Seattle’s Brandon League.
The Rockies have won their second straight series and with a win today can take their first 3 game series sweep since sweeping the Mets back in April(11th-14th) at Citi Field.
This afternoon’s probables are Aaron Cook(0-1, 3.97) for the Rockies against Justin Verlander(8-3, 2.66) for the Tigers.
The pitching staff got a huge lift Friday night as the Rockies offense went ballistic on the Detroit Tigers. Jason Hammel was already nursing a 9-1 lead after the third inning. Chris Nelson had the biggest hit of the night and of his major league career so far, with a 3 run homerun in the 2nd inning, part of a 6 run inning for the Rockies. Charlie Blackmon had a perfect night at the plate, going 4 for 4with 2 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez led the team with 4 RBIs on the night after going 2 for 4. Jason Hammel recorded his 4th win on the season after giving up 6 runs on 8 hits through 6.1 innings. Four of Hammel’s 6 runs given up were off of a grand slam by Jhonny Peralta in the 6th inning for the Tigers.
The Rockies held the Tigers to 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position, despite allowing 12 hits. The win last night was the Rockies third in a row and has them 4.5 games behind the division leading Giants.
The Rockies have now won 3 straight and are a single game below getting back to .500. Holding a 6-0 lead going into the 9th inning, the Rockies almost gave the game away as the Dodgers scored 5 runs on 5 hits in the final inning. Jhoulys Chacin was dominant over 8 innings only allowing 3 hits, striking out 9 and improving his record to 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Rockies banged out 17 hits, with Carlos Gonzalez leading the way going 4 for 5. Chris Nelson had a 3 for 5 night, but it was the “Toddfather” Todd Helton who with his current .322 average who got the Rockies offense started. Helton went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Seth Smith also had a 2 RBI night while Tulo, Wiggy, and Iannetta each recorded multiple hits on the night.
The 6 run lead in the 9th inning seemed safe as Matt Belisle took to the hill in relief for Chacin. But 29 pitches later the Dodgers had rattled Belisle for 4 runs(1 earned), before Huston Street came along to finish out the inning, also giving up a run in the process. Rockies fans were more than on edge to say the least in the 9th inning.
The Rockies sit in the 3rd place in the NL West 4.5 games out of first place behind the Giants and 2.5 games back of the second place D’backs.