Rox First Win of the Season: 6-5

Thankfully the Rockies didn’t do their best impression of their 2013 selves, the one where they score a lot of runs in the first inning and then go cold the rest of the night, only to watch as the lead slips away into another loss.

After opening the season to a 10-1 beat-down and then following that up with a lackluster loss last night, the Rockies started the game out with both barrels-a-blazin’. The first producing some of  the most fun a Rockies fan has had so far this season:

  • Blackmon single
  • CarGo RBI double
  • Tulo single
  • Morneau RBI single
  • Arenado single
  • Pacheco RBI single

 
The fourth inning was also a bit exciting, but watching Morneau fly out to center with bases loaded sort of was a kill buzz. Still, the Rox scored three more times making it 6-1.

LYLES

Lyles, making his first start after being called up with Chatwood going on the DL, wasn’t bad at all.  He looking in control of the mound for most of the night.  His final line wasn’t as impressive as he looked: 5ip, 5h, 4er, 1bb, 5k and 1hr.  He might have had a chance to go deeper, but he started the sixth by hitting Dietrich with a pitch, giving up a two-run homer to Stanton and then walking Garrett Jones.

Ottavino replaced him and quickly gave up a double to McGehee before striking out the side.  The Marlins did score between his second and third strikeout on a wild pitch though, bringing the score to 6-4.

The sixth inning wasn’t just difficult to watch because of the dwindling lead, but post commercial break going into the inning brought major concern as the camera panned to show Charlie Blackmon chasing down balls in left, CarGo nowhere to be seen.

Speculation about injury swirled.

Thankfully, CarGo came out of the game because of dizziness, possibly due to the big cut/no ball swings he took in the fourth and sixth, resulting in back-to-back strikeouts.  He said after the game it was most likely due to dehydration because after some food and water, and a thirty-minute nap, he felt 100% better.

LaTroy Hawkins closed out the game to pick up his first save as the current closer and Lyles earned his first win in purple.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
COL 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 0
MIA 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 8 3

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At least it was a clean game in terms of mental errors. The only silly mistake was DJ crossing over a grounder to short and out by several steps at third base. One other baseball mistake which could have been huge, but thankfully not, was a WP by Zero to let a fourth run in. At least WW did the right thing; quickly remove Lyles at the first sign of trouble in the 6th inning after three batters. He was… Read more »

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Wen.Post had Renck using the term kerosene to describe Lopez in the opener.We may have to copyright our comments.Several years ago my comment here about a “blackhole “at third base became common usage among every writer on the Post for the rest of that year.

rockymountainhigh
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I noticed the same thing too. Let’s see if they steal “Fine China” from us this year.

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Closer situation is concerning. Hawkins obviously wasn’t sharp and wasn’t fooling people either. Even more concerning to me is Brothers generally sitting around 91 MPH. That’s a big drop in velocity from his more typical 94-95. I had previously thought Brothers would assume the Closer role sooner rather than later………now I’m just hoping he isn’t injured.

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Totally agree regarding Brothers!! His stuff was much more electric last year!! I think Latroy will be fine though. He looked better than Joe Nathan and Papelbon.

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Lyles looked solid – like the groundballs. Of course if Nicasio had pitched shutout ball for 5 innings and then fell apart in the 6th our headline would be different. Lots of Rockies pitchers came out of spring with lower than their average fastball velocity: Brothers, Hawkins, Chatwood come to mind. I’d say this is normal in early spring but then I see other guys dialing it up to their career highs — is there something wrong with how we’re… Read more »

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Benny – Pooter makes an interesting point above (and I started to say something about this in my post) – there seems to be Closer chaos in general. Pap, Nathan, Jim Johnson. The CWS situation is a mess…..no way Lindstrom holds that one for long. Mets = mess. Mariners = won’t be surprised if there’s drama there…..ditto in Arizona. Texas = mess. Lots of lower velocities – across the board.

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And Brian Wilson placed on DL. So LA’s arms race is fading away.