Series Win on Leg One of Long Trip

Series Win on Leg One of Long Trip

The Colorado Rockies take the series win on the first leg of the three-city road trip.  They won the first game Tuesday before postponing the game Wednesday night making it a day-night doubleheader Thursday.  They won the day game before getting shut out 2-0 in the night cap.  They are still atop the NL West division with a 26-16 record.

Kyle Freeland started the game on Tuesday and struggled in the early going.  Somehow he limited the damage to three runs over six innings.  The Rockies struck first in the second inning when Tony Wolters had an RBI grounder to get the first run and @Chuck_Nazty followed with a RBI single for a 2-0 lead.  But the Twins came right back in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own.  Minnesota was threatening to add on but Freeland kept the game tied at 2-2 after two innings.  Gerardo Parra and Byron Buxton traded solo blasts in the fourth inning.  The Rockies put the game away in the sixth with four runs capped by @Chuck_Nazty towering two-run dinger.  Freeland settled down earn a quality start going six innings giving up five hits and four free passes.

Wednesday’s game was postponed and was made up Thursday night following the regularly schedule day game.  In the day game, the Rockies cruised to a 5-1 victory to improve the record to 26-15.  “Nolan Being Nolan” got the scoring started with a typical first inning solo shot.  The Rockies added three more runs in the third with the aid of the ageless Mark Reynolds two-run single.  Ian Desmond added a run-scoring single to make the score 4-0.  The lead grew to 5-0 when Blackmon drove in Alexi Amarista after he doubled.  German Marquez labored through five innings giving up a run on four hits and two walks with only three strikeouts on 101 pitches. Marquez was a victim of countless foul balls. Then the mastermind of the bullpen (BB) went to work for the final four innings.  Chris Rusin had a 1-2-3 sixth before giving way to Otto in the seventh with two on and one out.  Otto got the two outs and then allowed a leadoff hit in the eighth.  BB handed the ball to Mike Dunn who promptly got a double play grounder and a third out.  Dunn was asked to finish the game in the ninth.  He got two outs before putting two on.  BB once again went to Greg Holland who struck out Brian Dozier to pick up his 18th save.

Minnesota avoided a home sweep with a 2-0 shutout of Colorado.  Chatty had horrible command of his pitches (105 pitches over five innings), but somehow wriggled out of jams to keep the score at 2-0.  Chad Qualls, Gopherg, and Carlos Estevez (26th man for doubleheader) threw one inning each.  Jose Berrios dominated the Rockies going 7.2 innings giving up just two hits and a single walk.  The Rockies could not see him well and struck out 11 times against him.  Some observers were saying that Berrios looked like Jose Fernandez tonight with his wipeout sliders.

Colorado moves on to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds.  Tyler Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, and Kyle Freeland will be the starters against the Big Red Machine.  Once again the goal is to win series after series.  Hopefully they will get the bats out of the bags early and often so BB can waste pitching innings with Jordan Lyles auditioning for other teams to pick him up off waivers in the next few weeks.  Jeff Hoffman may be recalled to start Monday’s game at Philadelphia since Thursday starters (Marquez and Chatty) need to wait until at least Tuesday for their regular turns in the rotation.

Friday’s game will be streamed live on Facebook with no blackout restrictions.  On the injury front, Trevor Story begins his rehab games Friday.  Tom Murphy has started to intensify his baseball activities.  Jon Gray is probably at least a month away.  Tony Wolters is back on the team after a 7-day concussion DL stint.  Jairo Diaz (don’t forget him!) is still in extended spring training (or just starting to pitch in AAA?).

Two of three over Twins; Reds next

rockymountainhigh

Hometown - Champaign, IL College - Northern Illinois University, 1988 Sports Editor for my high school newspaper. Travels frequently - I can be found anywhere in the world.

23 Comments

    • sdcarp

      May 19, 2017

      Nice. I think you’re spot on regarding another Hoffman call-up.

      For those that do a better job than I keeping up with the 40 man roster/options/etc., I noted that Stephen Cardullo was released the other day. Does that mean that we now have an empty spot on the 40 man roster?

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      • Bob K.

        May 19, 2017

        There are temporarily 39 on the 40 man roster. The 40th spot will be needed at some time in the future when/if Bettis is taken off of the 60 day DL. In the meantime, yes there is an opening on the 40 man roster. It is possible that it is being held open in case a player they deem worth having is DFAed by another team.

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    • Bob K.

      May 19, 2017

      Same old Eddie Butler, first inning against the Brewers has two outs, bases loaded and gives up a two run single before finally getting the final out after 40 pitches.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      May 19, 2017

      I guess I’m a prophet. Jordan Lyles slowly pitching himself off the team. Taking bets when he will be DFA’ed.

      That 40-man vacancy may go to Harrison Musgrave.

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      • Bob K.

        May 19, 2017

        I hope you are right about cutting Jordan Lyles loose.

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    • sdcarp

      May 20, 2017

      Is CC Lee on the 40 man? He could be Lyles’ short term replacement.

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    • Agbayani

      May 20, 2017

      Trevor Story rehab: HR, and more importantly, no strikeouts! Lyles: first, I was rather astounded when the Rockies re-signed him, particularly if they weren’t planning to work him as a starter. There were just cheaper (and probably better) bullpen alternatives. But .. . I will stubbornly cling to my concept that we are still in small sample size/incredibly bad luck territory with him. .396 BABIP against. 33% of the flyballs he’s surrendered have gone over the fence for HRs. Don’t get me wrong – I have little faith that he’ll ever live up to his potential (which was kind of #3 starter). But having re-signed him, and given the fact that his stuff looks pretty decent, I’m not sure any purpose is served by DFA’ing him in favor of another career mediocrity like CC Lee. On the other hand, if (and this is a big if) Gray and/or even Bettis come back and the rest of the young rotation stays healthy, there’ll be no room for a Lyles on this roster. That’s the kind of good problem to have thing that I can’t recall the Rockies ever being in before.

      Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson looks fine to me too. This is getting to be kind of incredible, the run of solid pitching we’re seeing from a second year guy and a bunch of rookies ….

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    • rockymountainhigh

      May 20, 2017

      I’m going to vomit if we don’t win tomorrow after losing 8-3 lead today. Should habe clinched series win today. Today should be a wake up call to overhaul the front end of bullpen.

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    • Agbayani

      May 21, 2017

      Arroyo has become the righthanded Jamey Moyer – the 49 year old Jamey Moyer who pitched for the Rockies. Cargo took him deep on what looked like a HR Derby swing. RMH: nothing really wrong with the front end of the bullpen. Like every team, they could stand to upgrade there, but with the exception of Lyles I think they’ve been as expected. By the way, in the Boone Logan vs. Mike Dunn derby, Logan has now taken a significant lead pitching for the Indians. But that’s relievers; no such thing as an adequate sample size.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        May 21, 2017

        I think it helped the Rockies that they saw Jered Weaver who is similar to Bronson Arroyo.

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    • Agbayani

      May 21, 2017

      Bronson Arroyo related tweets during today’s game:

      bronson arroyo on Twitter
      https://twitter.com/search/bronson+arroyo
      Sabrina Sowders
      (@SabrinaSowders)
      Things more useful than Bronson Arroyo: A flat tire, an umbrella with a hole in it, a counterfeit $100 bill
      2 mins ago · Twitter
      Heath Parton™
      (@hparton98)
      I have come to hate Bronson arroyo so much. He’s a clown who needs to be bagging groceries
      3 mins ago · Twitter
      Zach Sanders
      (@zvsanders)
      Call me crazy, but I’m starting to think that maybe Bronson Arroyo is homer prone.
      5 mins ago · Twitter

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    • sdcarp

      May 21, 2017

      Regarding front end of bullpens, I attended the Marlins shalacking of the Dodgers last night @ Chavez Ravine. Both teams (especially Dodgers) went to their Pens early. Both have similar issues. At one point, the Marlins went to Brad Ziegler (old,has been submariner) who threw a wild pitch on his very first delivery that allowed a run to score. Point is, as much as we hate Lyles/Qualls/ and Oberg at times, they’re similar to what other teams are dealing with on a regular basis. That doesn’t make it “right,” but there aren’t many, if any, teams that have a full proof BP assembled.

      Ideally (and this is unlikely to occur due to injuries), Grey comes back and gets going, Chatwood stabilizes, Anderson rights the ship (this may already be occurring), and we can then use one of Marquez/Senza/Hoffman in Lyles’ role AND get Bettis and J Diaz in the Qualls and Oberg roles. Like I said….highly unlikely due to injuries, etc. But if the dominos fall perfectly, we can fix our issues internally.

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    • Bob K.

      May 21, 2017

      How many GMs are upset about their failure to really go after Greg Holland?

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      • roxnsox

        May 21, 2017

        Bob, every GM who needed a closer! (Of course, that was your subtext :-))

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        • sdcarp

          May 22, 2017

          Regarding Bob’s question and RoxnSox response, I’ll go a step further and say “virtually every GM.” At least 25 of them. Here’s why – even teams like the Padres and CWS, obviously in rebuild modes, would still love to have Holland at this moment because he’d fetch a couple of good Prospects for them at the trade deadline. Remember, the Cubs gave up Gleyber Torres (and others) to rent Aroldis Chapman for 2 months from the Yankees last season.

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    • roxnsox

      May 21, 2017

      I’m just digging the heck out of what’s happening! And, have we ever had a closer that made you relax instead of tense up when it came to the 9th? Street, for awhile, I guess; maybe Fuentes, for a while but not so completely relaxing? Remind me of others. Holland is AMAZING. He’s been everything we hoped and more, and everything I “predicted” in the predictions post.

      Baseball Tonight proved that nobody pays attention to the team in the Forgotten Time Zone. Ravech says, while they show Cargo’s HR today, “He’s been launching lately!” Ahhhaahhhahaaahaaahhhhaaa! Please.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        May 21, 2017

        Puhleeese… enough oux CarGo ability. Two of his three HRs came against softest tossing pitchers in baseball – Weaver and Arroyo.

        Really need David Dahl back so Desmond can replace CarGo in RF.

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        • Bob K.

          May 22, 2017

          From what I have seen, Desmond is nothing to brag about as an outfielder and would be a huge decrease defensively over Cargo. Right now Desmond isn’t hitting any better than Cargo either. He started out good but has been slumping lately while Cargo started out really bad and has been improving lately. Overall because of his defensive abilities, I greatly prefer Cargo over Desmond.

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