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Rox Look to Exploit Rays, Braves

The Colorado Rockies dropped the finale of their 3 game set in Atlanta Sunday afternoon, failing to score in a 1-0 Braves walk-off win.  Jon Gray went toe-to-toe with Atlanta’s Julio Teheran for 7 shutout innings but the Braves were able to push one across with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, depriving Colorado of an extra chance and precluding a Rockies’ sweep.  Colorado is back in Denver this afternoon to open a 7-game home stand with 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Atlanta returns the Rockies’ visit over the weekend for 4 starting Thursday evening.

Gray surrendered 5 hits and 3 walks in his 16th start.  He dealt with traffic in 5 of his 7 innings, but mixed 4 pitches to wriggle his way out, and never really found himself facing a serious threat.  He struck-out 8.  The Rockies went down in-order in 4 of Teheran’s 7 frames.  They got runners to 2nd in the 6th and 7th, but stalled-out on both occasions.  Teheran held Colorado to 3 hits and a walk and struck-out 5.  The Rockies continued to get them on and get them over in the 8th and 9th against Braves relievers Hunter Cervenka, Chris Withrow, Dario Alvarez and Jim Johnson, but getting them in proved too far a reach.  Ender Enciarte singled to lead off the 9th against right-hander Gonzalez German.  Anthony Recker sacrificed Enciarte to 2nd and a wild pitch moved him to 3rd.  Germen got Gordon Beckham to pop-up, but walked Jace Peterson.  Chase d’Arnaud dropped a single in front of Brandon Barnes to secure the Atlanta win.

The Rockies came out of the break strong, pasting the Braves with an 11-2 romp Friday night, and coming from behind on Saturday when Mike Foltynewicz lost his mojo and his cool in the 8th, and Trevor Story singled leading off the 9th and came around on 2 wild pitches and a bad throw home.  The Braves have got a clown show going on defense and a case can certainly be made that they beat themselves both nights.  It’s also difficult to ignore Colorado’s trouble scoring (on the road) both Saturday and Sunday.  On the other hand they received strong starts from Jorge De La Rosa on Friday and Chad Bettis Saturday to go with Gray’s Sunday gem, and as manager Walt Weiss noted prior to Friday’s contest, he’s suddenly working with a complete major league quality rotation for perhaps the first time in his tenure.

The Rockies are looking to make a run at .500 on the skein that starts tonight.  Tampa Bay is just as ripe for the taking as Atlanta, and a strong run would build some excitement for the months of August and September, getting the locals all whooped-up and out to the ballpark to make some contributions to the Jose Reyes Memorial Family Fund.  Rookie Tyler Anderson (1-3, 3.03) takes the hill in the opener, facing Drew Smyly of the Rays in a battle of left-handers.  Anderson has been slick in his first 6 MLB starts.  He’s been idle since July 9, when he got his first MLB win over Philadelphia with a 6 inning 2-run/9-hit performance in Colorado’s 8-3 win.  Anderson struck-out 6.  Smyly has been struggling.  His last outing was way back on July 6 when he lasted only 4 and gave-up 7 runs on 8 hits in a loss to LAAo’A.

Logan Forsythe leads it off at 2nd-base for Tampa manager Kevin Cash.  Evan Longoria hits 3rd at 3rd, and Logan Morrison is the 1st-baseman hitting 5th.  Otherwise it’s Meet the Rays for me tonight.  Weiss will be trotting out his usual group.  Ryan Raburn gets the call in left-field hitting 6th and Nick Hundley is in the 8-hole, catching Anderson.

Weather will be iffy at game time tonight in the Mile High City.  Thunderstorms are lurking around and the chance of rain is a healthy 73% during the 6 and 7 o’clock hours.  Winds are expected to be variable, generally moving across from right to left and diminishing from 8 to 5 MPH as the evening wears on.  ROOT’s got the TV broadcast as usual, and you can listen in Spanish on am KRNV 1150 and English on 850 KOA.

TAMPA BAY (35-56)
Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
Evan Longoria (R) 3B
Brandon Guyer (R) LF
Logan Morrison (L) 1B
Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
Tim Beckham (R) SS
Luke Maile (R) C
Drew Smyly (L) P

COLORADO (42-49)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Ryan Raburn (R) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Tyler Anderson (L) P

 

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Giving the Rockies silent treatment this week? LOL

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I write everything including headline, photo, and body of article before hitting “Publish”.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

As expected, Indians lose Jan Gomes to separated shoulder. Out 1-2 months. Hopefully Hundley will be “mysteriously” pulled from tonight’s game and shipped to Cleveland.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Bullpen crap again. The bullpen has completely disappeared since the starting pitchers have been stringing together quality starts.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

LOL. I was so sure that they would tie the game with man standing at third base and no outs. Wrote that comment before the three Ks.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

I love this about who else but Jack Wynkoop… The 22-year-old lefty has now walked only eight batters in 123 innings pitched so far in 2016, an astounding 0.58 walks per nine innings. His minuscule walk rate and his 101-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio are both the best among all minor league pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. Of course he tops out at 86 for his FB. Will that still work in MLB? I’m going to the game tonight so… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Pathetic. No other words.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

I just set personal record for earliest to leave the game (3rd inning). F them tonight. But very happy to buy the Trevor Story jersey cuz it’s always my favorite number (27). It’s my birth day. Think Stanton and Trout. Garrett Atkins last notable Rockies to wear 27.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Nothing is worse than a long rain delay followed by a pathetic performance.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

I’m frustrated to the point where I truly hope the Rockies lose badly most games over next two weeks. That will make decisions easy – fire WW and make a big trade. Dump Germen and call up Simon Castro or Miguel Castro. Trade Blackmon and/or Gonzalez. Get David Dahl and Jeff Hoffman up.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

It’s unfortunate – but I agree. Going 1-2 against the Rays and 2-2 against the Braves should clearly illustrate we’re not contenders.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

One of two things must be true. Or perhaps both. Either Rockies organization is not trying to win or Walt Weiss is incompetent. Chatwood is great on the road and lousy at home so Walt gives him extra rest and he’s horrible against Rays. He could have started Saturday or Sunday in Atlanta and gotten some extra rest. Instead he will get two starts at Coors. And JDLR is trade worthy to somebody who needs a starter. At least he… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Well, so much for my wishful thinking “just wait until the soft part of the schedule hits on July 7” theory. Phillies, Braves, Rays — so far, a brilliant 5-5. Not exactly beating up on the bad teams. Maybe that’s because we are (still) one of the bad teams. And on Jorge De La Rosa — I’ve had this theory for a couple years, ever since he re-upped with the Rockies even though he must have had other competitive teams… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
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Whoa………….we’ve gone from “Big P” in 2015 to “Delicate Flower” in 2016. Just FYI this is the year of Brexit and Trump. Political correctness is on the way out (at least in 2016). It’s OK to hang with “Big P.” I’m joking of course. Your analysis is spot on. I always chuckle when people spout off potential JDLR trades. First, he’s a 5/10 player, so he can reject trades. Secondly, teams like NYM and Orioles, both of which could in… Read more »

Irwin Colby
Irwin Colby
4 years ago

You really don t want to put a lot of stock in that because as a coach you don t want a guy mentally thinking that, he said. However, history shows us that some guys are just slow starters and that s the reality of it. Sign up to receive Colorado Rockies breaking news emails, including game scores, injury updates, roster moves and more.

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