Arizona Blackmon-ed Out 12-2

The Colorado Rockies team played in a way today that Dick Montfort had envisioned for the 90-win playoff team.  Charlie Blackmon started the game with a double which was the beginning  of a long day for the Arizona D-backs.  Money immediately followed that with a RBI single.  In the third inning, Blackmon and Money singled with one out and scored on CarGo’s triple.  Tulo brought CarGo home with a run-scoring single.  Colorado proceeded to pour it on the rest of the game making the final score 12-2.  Blackmon became only the second player in Rockies history to go 6-for-6 or better in a game, joining Big Cat Galarraga.  Among his impressive hits were three doubles, two of them off lefties, and a homer.  CarGo added a two-run homer off the façade of the third deck to go with his four RBIs.  The only position player absent from the hit parade was NoDo who went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

The best move of the young season made by Walt Weiss was removing Tulo with a big lead in the 7th inning when he pinch hit Charlie Culberson for Tulo with the bases juiced.  Appropriately enough, he was hit by pitch in the leg.  No harm done.  Weiss decided he better protect his other big guns by replacing CarGo and Money with Brandon Barmes and Drew Stubbs.  Blackmon stayed in the game by moving to left field and he made several running catches of soft flies.

Juan Nicasio had the best start of any Rockies pitcher in 2014 when he tossed seven innings on 88 pitches allowing one run (solo HR by Mark Trumbo) on four hits to go along with six strikeouts and one walk.  Nicasio’s performance enabled the bullpen to get a much needed rest.  Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th inning giving up a run on two hits.  He actually had to work to get four outs; he had a strikeout that was not caught by Baby Bull allowing the hitter to get on first base.  Wiltin’ Lopez finished the game without giving up a run despite two hits in which both of them were rollovers with seeing eyes.

The Rockies improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 at home.  Tomorrow Jorge De la Rosa will make his first start since the mental meltdown on opening day.  Blackmon is the leader in the OF competition for regular playing time.  On the injury front, Boone Logan is expected to join the Rockies Sunday.  Tyler Chatwood plans to pitch on April 13th.  Jhoulys Chacin will make four rehab starts, two in extended spring training and two in minor league games.  He will then be re-evaluated which means he is still on track for late April or early May return.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

That was fun. Now for the important stuff: folks who went to the game, how was the party deck? Could you even get in it?

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I didn’t go up there but it really looks great, just visually – way better than the sea of empty not-for-sale-cuz-they-want-to-bunch-up-the-fans seats. And it was teeming. Nicasio: every time Iooked up it seemed like he was dropping in a nasty slider or a good fastball. Brilliant, wonderful to see. And my man Charlie made a statement on both sides of the ball: What platoon? Really fun game. Let me not forget the new first baseman. It was a weird moment… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Thanks roxnsox … now I wish i had gone today …

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I listened to part of the game, watched a bit of the game and then going into the 9th inning I went and took a shower. Figured if they blew a 12-2 lead, I didn’t want to watch. Juan Nicasio is a life-saver, or at least a bullpen saver. If starters can go 7, the bullpen is rested and we don’t have to use Lopez and Beslile in close games. Looks like the next 2 or 3 days there is… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
6 years ago

Sure was a nice day. Sun, temp, win. The purple machine was clicking on all cylinders and with that big lead, there was no temptation to slip into a funk when Bettis and Lopez couldn’t slide thru unscathed. I was in 327 upstairs and was happy to not drift around to the RoxTop. The upper and lower railings out there looked to be 3-4 deep. People around me groused about too few bartenders out there. So…without having gone out there,… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

How about his Twitter name: Chuck_Nazty. Ha!

JMN
JMN
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

A tweet on ROOT’s Toyota-Talk marquee used “Charlie Beardmon”. I kinda like that one 🙂

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Man, Nicasio has always been unfazed by Coors Field. If you look at his career splits his home stats are as good if not better at Coors. He’s not a top pitcher, but he has guts and I like that on my staff. He got the ball yesterday from Rosario and threw the thing right back. No bitching and moaning like you got out of DLR the other day. I wish there was a way to allow Nicasio to spot… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
6 years ago

We are still in Arizona, but listened to the game. Still cannot figure out why I have MLB on my computer but that game was blacked out. Was not on TV here. Oh well….fun to listen to KOA announcers. What I laughed at though was in the newspaper today, the talk was how chilly it was in Denver. I just laughed, then see comments above from Sabrchip. Weather is relative. The team played like they are capable of doing. Now… Read more »

JMN
JMN
6 years ago

So what do folks think of the new Rockies theme song “Take The Field”?
(If you haven’t heard it, play the video link on http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/rockies/colorado-rockies-unveil-new-theme-song-take-the-field-on-opening-day)

I personally find it a bit generic as contemporary/classical goes…not as striking or inspiring as I believe it should have been, but it does have a consistent theme. (And it DOES sound good all the same; kudos to Charles Denler!)

sabrchip
sabrchip
6 years ago
Reply to  JMN

Not quite the theme from “2001”, “Star Wars” or Wagner, but it’ll do.

Sure beats a generic rap song. Of course, rap songs are all pretty generic anyway.

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