Workmanlike

ROX OPEN TRIP WITH VICTORY OVER CARDS

It is usually the St Louis Cardinals that do this kind of thing to you, win, by simply playing a little bit better than you did. Monday the Colorado Rockies turned the tables on St Louis, using a run in the 3rd and two in the 4th, along with 6 shutout innings from Chad Bettis (4-2, 4.18) to defeat the Cards 3-1 at Busch Stadium in the Gateway City.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia (3-3, 2.86) was on the hill for St Louis, and had walked Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn, but otherwise held the Rockies at-bay until Charlie Blackmon singled with one out in the 3rd and stole 2nd.  Trevor Story struck-out, but Arenado singled to left and it was 1-0 Colorado.  The following inning Garcia walked lead-off hitter Mark Reynolds, then DJ LeMahieu singled with one out to move him to 2nd and Dustin Garneau knocked Reynolds in with a liner in front of center-fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.  LeMahieu moved-up to 3rd and scored on a ground-ball by Bettis.  That would do it for the Colorado scoring.

Bettis meanwhile had allowed no hits going into the bottom of the 5th when Hazelbaker led-off with a single.  After a disputed force at 2nd Kolten Wong singled moving Hazelbaker into scoring position, but Bettis got long fly balls from Brandon Moss and Matt Carpenter to escape trouble.  After a 1-2-3 6th Bettis got Yadier Molina and Hazelbaker to start-out the 7th, but Aldemys Diaz, Wong, and Randal Grichuk followed with singles, Diaz scoring, to send the right-hander to the showers.  Boone Logan came-on to retire Carpenter and end the threat.

Carlos Estevez delivered a 1-2-3 8th, then it was on to Jake McGee for the usual 9th inning nail biter.  Molina led-off with a single.  The Chubby LaTroy got Hazelbaker on strikes and Diaz on a fly-ball.  With Wong batting, the speedster Molina swiped 2nd to move into scoring position.  McGee walked Wong.  As RMH practically wet his pants, McGee used 6 pitches to dispatch our old buddy, pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko, and the Rockies had the opener on the east-trending trip in the bag.

Colorado has won 5 in a row and is two games on the positive side of .500.  The inter-divisional rivals go back at it tonight, once again at 6:15 MT at Busch.  Chris Rusin gets the call for the Rockies against a frustrated Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals.

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The transformation continues. What a nice way to begin a road trip. Your title “Workmanlike” is perfect.

Another chapter tonight. As noted in my road-trip prediction, Wainwright hasn’t been good yet this year. Of course, in Rusin we have one of our weaker links going as well. But if Rusin can throw strikes (which I believe should be his strong suit) and give the offense a chance to work on Wainwright, I like our chances.

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Nothing I hate more than stupid baserunning. Charlie: leadoff triple. Story grounder to 3B, Blackmon breaks for home. Out. You guys know me as kind of a modern stats/saber guy. But here it doesn’t matter whether you’re old school or new school. It’s idiotic “by the book” baseball, and it’s idiotic based on what the stats would tell us. Arenado is up next! Worst you can do is one out, runner on 3B, your best RBI man at bat. And… Read more »

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Why do RWO commenters write on previous day’s post game instead of today’s pre game lineup post? It’s been like this all year.

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sdcarp

RMH – I have a suggestion for consideration;

Write a post for each series instead of each game. Then within that post, insert the daily lineups and any other pertinent to a game within the series.

IMO – commentators (at least myself) frequently use the previous post because we’re continuing an ongoing “conversation.” So it’s nice to have it in one place.