Maybe it was a few people, like DJ and Nick Hundley, getting upset last night that woke the Rockies up. Maybe it was just good timing, with the Brewers’ version of a hard-luck innings eater on the mound. Maybe it was just a day game, where the Rockies are now 13-13 on the season (correspondingly, 16-26 at night). The Brewers are actually better on the road, so Front Row Amy is out of the equation.
But, somebody wearing purple pinstripes had to get it done, and today it was Chad Bettis and Charlie Blackmon in a Rockies 5-1 win over the Brewers. Bettis went 6.1 IP, giving up only 5 hits and finally yielding a run on a longball in the 6th. Blackmon drove in 3 including a 2-run HR off Kyle Lohse.
Also encouraging was hard-throwing Tommy Kahnle getting Bettis off the hook with a GIDP, and a Rox team that made very few hits count big, going 3-for-7 with RISP. McKenry and Paulsen drove in the other runs. All this with no Tulowitzki in the lineup.
Bettis seems to be getting the formula back that we discussed pre-game. Drew and George made a good point, that Chad might have been over-amped in Houston with a lot of family and friends in the park. Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical, after all. Seeing a pitcher who takes over the game is very refreshing after so many starts digging a hole. It keeps the offense and the fans interested, for sure. I’ll temper the excitement with these are the Brewers, but still, strikes are strikes, and the Brewers are professional hitters.
Is the Rockies .500 day record for real? Been a lot of talk about the home/road splits, but this day thing seems to be turning into a trend – it’s not domination, but it’s competitive at least. We know Arenado is a better hitter during the day. We’ll explore splits for some others some other time.