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.
Here is the back page of the NY Daily news this morning. Kinda of a lame title to the picture, but it tell the whole story I suppose. The Mets Carlos Beltran single handedly beat the Rockies with 3 two run homers in the game. Beltran went 3 for 5 with 6 RBIs. The Rockies alone had 2 homeruns, but both came with no one on base. Jonathan Herrera in the 1st inning and Todd Helton in the 4th. Rockies pitching, to be kind, underachieved in this game and though the Rockies ability to come back a couple of times in the game were positive signs, the pitching overall ultimately did them in. Ubaldo leaves the game in the 4th having gave up 5 earned runs. Morales and Lindstrom both giving up 2 runs each as well in the 7th and 9th innings. The Rockies series loss to the Mets is their 3rd series loss at Coors Field this season. The Giants and Pirates were the first two series losses at home. The Rockies are 2-8 so far in the month of May this season, 1-3 at Coors Field.
The Rox will continue the homestand with a 3 game series against former Rockie Brad Hawpe and the San Diego Padres.
Ty Wigginton went 1 for 4 on the night, but that one hit was the one that broke open a 3-3 tie in the 8th inning. A bases clearing double, gave the Rox a 6-3 lead. Rafael Betancourt came in the 8th and gave up a single run, then Matt Lindstrom finished it up in the 9th for his first save of the season in relief for Huston Street who was not available for tonight’s game due to his 3 innings of work last night.
Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez were the only two Rockies to have multiple hits in the game, but you have to like it when you #1 and #2 hitters in the lineup are getting on base as much as Fowler and Herrera are doing. Fowler and Herrera together drew 5 walks in the game, scoring 3 runs.
Greg Reynolds only gave up 3 hits over 6 innings and despite giving up 2 runs in the 2nd, Reynolds went on to shutout the Pirates for the next 4 innings into the 6th.
The Rockies are now 5-2 with a 1 game lead over the Padres in the division as the Padres are currently facing the Dodgers at Petco Field, losing 4-0 in the 9th.
Sunday’s pitching matchup for the 4th and final game of the series with the Pirates is Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 0.00) facing James McDonald (0-0,3.86).