Straight Eight

The Colorado Rockies ran their season opening record to a franchise best 13-4 with their 8th straight victory, a 4-3 nail-biter versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on a cool Saturday evening at Coors Field in Denver.  Jorge De La Rosa (2-1, 2.82) continued his renaissance after Tommy John surgery with 6 scoreless innings of 2-hit, 4-strikeout pitching, and the over-paid Michael Cuddyer hammered a 6th inning solo home run that provided enough cushion for Colorado to overcome a shaky 9th from closer Rafael Betancourt.

Cuddyer’s homer put the Rockies up 4-0 on the first pitch Trevor Cahill (0-3, 3.60) delivered after De La Rosa’s day was through.  Edgmer Escalona followed the left-hander to the mound and logged a 1-2-3 7th, but in the 8th he surrendered a 1-out single to former Rockie Wil Nieves, and pinch-hitter Eric Chavez drilled a 2-run shot into the right-field seats.  Rex Brothers finished the inning and Betancourt came-on to close it in the 9th.

AJ Pollock turned El Deliberado’s second offering into a gigantic double, and the drama was on.  Martin Prado grounded to 2nd and Pollock could not advance, but Paul Goldschmidt singled, moving Pollock to 3rd. Gerardo Parra, in for Cody Ross, who had been tossed for throwing his bat, worked Betancourt for a 6-pitch walk to load the bases.  Miguel Montero pinch-hit for Alfredo Marte and worked the right-hander for 8 pitches before grounding sharply to Cuddyer at 1st, who took the out at the bag while Pollock scored from 3rd and Goldschmidt and Parra moved-up.  Nieves, who had a tough night, popped to Eric Young in right and Colorado remained undefeated in Denver for 2013.

The Rockies got on the board first in the 2nd when Josh Rutledge walked and advanced around 3rd on a long single by Reid Brignac.  Rutledge went too far however, and was caught in a rundown.  As Nieves ran him back to 3rd, the catcher and 3rd-baseman Prado got too close to one another and Nieves’ 6-foot toss to Prado skittered into left-field allowing Rutledge to score.  Colorado added 2 more in the 3rd.  Eric Young Jr, robbed by center-fielder Pollock on a moon shot in the 1st, hit a nearly identical drive, but more up the middle and beyond Pollock’s reach for a lead-off triple.  Dexter Fowler was hit by a pitch and stole 2nd, then Carlos Gonzalez grounded-out, plating Young and pushing Fowler to 3rd, where he scored on a Troy Tulowitzki sacrifice fly.  It looked like it would be enough until Betancourt’s troubles in the 9th.

The Rockies will be looking to stay perfect at home by sweeping the series tomorrow afternoon behind the big right-hander Juan Nicasio (2-0, 5.63).  He’ll match-up with Arizona’s Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.47). Game-time is 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field.

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DRH
DRH
7 years ago

Rutledge’s baserunning mistake looked more like Stu Cole’s mistake. Very late stop sign. Who’s the backup 3rd base coach?

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Cole made two bad mistakes. Late stop sign, and then when the ball got past third he was signaling Brignac to go to third. He would have been out for sure.

Wish we’d pick up EYsr for 1st and move Cole outta 3rd.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

And these aren’t the only times he’s made cringe-worthy decisions with runners in motion.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Thanks to the announcers, my memory has been refreshed about the hot April and huge crash in May two years ago 🙁

But I’m still diggin’ this!

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

For what it’s worth… The snafu at third last night was definetly Stu Cole’s mistake…he was VERY late in directing Josh R. to return to third. In his defense he has been seeing minor league baserunning for a few years…he’s still getting used to the nuances of the the “big boy” plays. Just hope that doesn’t continue…those kind of mistakes by Cole are going to happen…just hope it doesn’t become a trend. Raffy gives me chills when he comes into… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

Don’t look now but Rox tied with Atlanta for first in MLB. Hope that series is sold out with a lot of Rox fan support. The team will need it and deserves it.

By the way, little mini-Sunday line-up tonight. Maybe tomorrow will have the starters, with possibly a Herrera/RutRut swap?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jare, I’m can’t remember who reported this. May have even been the Root guys during a post game but it was alleged that this is the lowest Rockies attendance ever to start a season. I’m sure the 2nd game of the double header hurt attendance figures bad. How many went? Like 158?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Mike…weather, weather, weather.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Yep … the weather has been crap

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

The weather has had alot to do with the attendance, but I’m sure quite a few fans are just like me and taking a ‘wait and see attitude’. I said I’ll give them until June 1st, if they are playing .500 or better by than, I’ll start venturing back to Coors. Too many of us were turned off by our management staff after last season, so we were not going to throw our financial support at them until we saw… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Wasn’t going to let you get me this time Jeem,but can’t help but mention that it was overpaid Cuddyer’s homer that won it.DLR looks like he is back,but Raffey’s control issues are starting to concern me.Maybe JT’s one day on-one day off routine wasn’t totally off the mark.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Speaking of rundowns, did any of you catch the one in the Cubs-Brewers game on Friday night? Play started with runners on first and second, ended up with a runner on first…the runner who was on second at the start of the play. It will be 50 years ago in August that I saw my first baseball game, and in all these years since I’ve never seen a play quite as goofy as this one!

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

As an ex-ump I knew what the correct ruling was/is and how the runners(at all levels)get confused. Ump handled it perfectly(as I would expect)and the runners were clueless, as usual. Runners are taught/told to just stay on the base until the ump tells which runner to “git”. Saw the same play at the college world series years ago and the ump didn’t have any idea how to rule it until they all got together for a conference. For anyone interested…the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

What a difference a year makes: Coors Field this year (tiny sample size!) is playing as a pitchers park. Middle of the MLB pack as far as run scoring park factor goes, and near the bottom (!) as far as HR park factor goes. One-year park factors are notoriously unreliable, so overreaction to last year was unwarranted. Amazing what some cold Denver weather will do … a regular (not record-setting) summer and maybe our pitchers will survive after all. I’m… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I hope the weather is cold and nasty. We’ve shown that we can play ball in this weather and Atlanta has not. I will be going to the game Tuesday night and every time I’m at the game when the Braves are in town, we get hammered. Coors Field is Atlanta’s favorite park away from Turner Field. Win the series and we may be for real. About the record, where you finish in your division typically is dependent on your… Read more »

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