For the second game in a row the Rockies not only were unable to win, but were also unable to score any runs. After a 12-4 win in game one of the series against the Tigers on Friday, the Rockies were outscored 9-1 over the next two games.
The lineup manager Jim Tracy put on the field was different with Carlos Gonzalez being a late scratch. Eric Young Jr in left field instead of Gonzalez had to have Tigers hitter salivating. I would’ve like to have seen Tyler Colvin in left and Helton playing first instead of having his usual Sunday off.
If there is one thing that bothers me about Jim Tracy it’s his inconsistent lineups. We went through this with Clint Hurdle alot of the time. Stop tinkering with the lineup like it’s a Double A minor league team. The Rockies have proven themselves to be a major league team in name only, with a minor league mentality from the front office, to the manager and coaching staff, to at times the play on the field.
The Rockies have the day off tomorrow as they head to Philly for a 3 game series before returning to interleague play against the Rangers at the end of the week.
Tuesdays probables ROCKIES – Josh Outman(0-2, 8.44) PHILLIES – Cole Hamels(9-3, 3.34)
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.
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.
Former Rockies manager Jim Leyland and the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers invade Coors Field this weekend for a 3 game interleague series. The Rockies have a bit of momentum on a 2 game win streak and a 2 games to 1 series win over the San Diego Padres. On the other side, the Tigers are a game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, thanks to the Indians recent 3-7 slide in their last 10 games, while the Tigers went 6-4.
The Rockies come into this series with an 11-7 record against the Tigers overall, 7-2 at Coors Field. The Tigers last appearance in Denver was in 2005.
HOT LIST – Miguel Cabrera(1B/Tigers) 4 for 9 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks in his last 3 games. Brennan Boesch(LF/Tigers) 5 for 11 in last 3 games, with a home run and 2 RBIs. Charlie Blackmon(OF/Rockies) 7 for 12 in his last 3 games, including 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.
NOT LIST – Austin Jackson(CF/Tigers) 2 for 12 in last 3 games. Magglio Ordonez(RF/Tigers) 1 for 8 in June, though he’s only played in 3 games this month. Jhonny Peralta(SS/Tigers) 8 for 40 in his last 10 games, including 12 strikeouts. Chris Iannetta(C/Rockies) 5 for 28 in his last 10 games, with 10 strikeouts.
Seth Smith’s 2 run homer in the 9th was not enough for the Rockies to beat the Tigers, but it’s not like the Rockies didnt have their chances to score earlier in the game. The Tigers go on to win their 7th straight while the Rockies lose another 1 run game, their 9th, and sit 12 games out of first in the NL West division.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports in the Phillies at Yankees pregame today that the Phillies are inquiring about trading for starting pitching throughout the league, including the Rockies Jason Marquis (5-3), who starts tonight against the Tigers. Whether or not this has any legs to it, we’ll just have to wait and see.
I don’t know if the Rockies got the message with Tulo’s benching or maybe it was Aaron Cook’s awesome performance last night on the hill, but either way the Rockies for at least one game got back on track and shutout the Braves to finish the series with a split 2-2. This in no ways means that Hurdle is off the hook, it’s just one game and even winning the upcoming series beginning today in Detroit doesn’t mean everything’s roses either. Oh yea give Todd Helton some credit as well in last night’s game with a grandslam in the 4th inning. Is it enough to save Hurdle’s job? Not by a long shot.
Who says you can’t go home again? The Rox Jason Grilli heads back to Detroit this weekend against his former team. Is it me or does it seem like we always have the Tigers on the schedule for interleague games each year? The Rockies and Tigers have played every year since 2003, except the ’06 and ’07 seasons. Last season the Rockies were swept in the 3 game series with the Tigers after being swept by the Royals the series prior. Unfortunately I witnessed the Royals sweep in person last season. The Rockies are 9-6 all time against the Tigers, but just 2-4 at Comerica Park. The Tigers are currently on a 6 game win streak, leading the AL Central by 3 games.
The probables for the Rockies are Jimenez (3-4), Marquis (5-3) and Hammel (0-3) against the Tigers, Porcello (4-3), Galarraga (3-3), and Willis (1-0).
The Rockies have been outscored by opponents so far on the season 202 to 204. Not a good stat when you look at the Tigers who have outscored opponents 214 to 176. The Rockies need to take 2 of 3 from the Tigers to come home 5-5 for the roadtrip.