Big Blast for Arenado

Nolan Arenado put an exclamation point on a superior first week in the major leagues with a grand slam homer in the bottom of the 7th inning to push the Colorado Rockies’ lead beyond reach in a 9-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver.  Troy Tulowitzki went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and Carlos Gonzalez’ 6th 2013 home run put the Rockies over the top.  James Loney went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Rays.

Jon Garland (3-2, 4.75) picked-up the win, giving-up 3 runs in 5 innings of work, his shortest outing of the season.  He threw 93 pitches (61 strikes), and allowed 7 hits, walking one.  Garland had one out in the 3rd when he threw 5 consecutive strikes to Matt Joyce, yet found himself behind in the count 3-1.  Apparently Ed the Ump is right and that Ford Strike Zone thing is pretty inaccurate.  Garland lost Joyce, Evan Longoria singled, the immortal Loney doubled-in Ben Zobrist (on for Joyce in a fielder’s choice), and Kelly Johnson knocked Longoria and Loney in with a single down the left-field line.

Colorado answered in the bottom of the inning.  Eric Young Jr, who had singled and scored on a Tulowitzki RBI in the 1st, singled leading-off.  Gonzalez drew a 1-out walk, and then it was Tulowitzki again, this time delivering a 2-run double that tied the game 3-3.  Gonzalez’ homer came leading-off the 5th, and the Rockies were clinging to a one run lead when Rays’ starter David Price (1-3, 5.24) rolled-out his Alex White imitation in the 7th.

Price blew-through EYJ and Josh Rutledge, then with 2 out Gonzalez singled to center and Tulowitzki followed with a deep ground-single right of 3rd-base that Longoria threw wildly to 1st, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Michael Cuddyer legged-out a single (that was originally called an error) to short, scoring Gonzalez, and Price, weary of all the action behind him, walked Wilin Rosario.  The rookie Arenado, twice denied extra bases and RBIs on over-the-shoulder catches by Tampa Bay center-fielder Desmond Jennings, strode to the plate, took a ball, fouled-off a strike, then drilled a 76 MPH curve ball into the left center-field seats.  Tulowitzki scored.  Cuddyer scored.  Rosario scored.  Arenado scored.  9-3 Colorado.

Edgmer Escalona covered the 6th and 7th for Garland with scoreless frames, and Wilton Lopez shut-down the Rays the 8th and 9th, saving the pen from further work after four relievers were used in Friday night’s loss.

Roster moves are on hand for Sunday as Jhoulys Chacin and Todd Helton come-off the Disabled List.  Ryan Wheeler, covering for Helton, will likely return to AAA Colorado Springs.  The move to activate Chacin (3-0, 1.46), who’ll start against Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb (3-2, 2.55), is more intriguing, owing to Tyler Chatwood’s crisp start against the Dodgers last Monday.  Game time is 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field.

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jeem
jeem
7 years ago

Hey apologies for all the mis-information in yesterday’s pregame. Apparently Dex was scratched? And today is Vinny’s bobblehead thing.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Helton and Chacin to be activated today. An guesses on the corresponding roster moves?

I can see either Chatwood or Nicasio being sent to CS in the Chacin move…….but the Helton move is difficult. Honestly, he’s the one that should remain off the roster. But I’m guessing it will be Brignac or Herrera instead.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

My guess is that for the Helton move Wheeler will be sent back to CS. Brignac can’t be sent down because he is out of options. He would first have to be DFAed and passed through waivers.

I believe it is time to DFA Francis since he certainly seems to be done. Chatwood is definitely pitching better than Francics right now.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Another interesting, unrelated side note – the Cubs have sent Ian Stewart to AAA.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Yeah I believe the Wheeler will be sent out for Helton. Seems like the real logical move there. But who gets sent out for Chacin is interesting. Seems like anytime Francis gets an out it is a miracle. Not quite as bad as Moyer last year, but Francis just doesn’t seem to have what it takes anymore. Chatwood deserves to stay as he has pitched well in his first two starts. Nicasio could be sent down too. Personally, if it… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

Continuing my Patrick Saunders/Denver Post observation re: Tulo’s first inning RBI single that “painted the first base line.” What am I missing, here? Sure is good to see Cy Price and the league-leading fielding Rays looking mortal. I was about ready to through my Bronco brick (remember those?) at the TV when Fraz and Drewpy started their buffalo hat schtick, when, the blind squirrel found the acorn as “maybe he’ll hit one out” preceeded NoDo’s grand salami a split second… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

I thought they were doing the hat thing and said maybe he will hit one out right before CarGo’s HR. did he do it again on Arenado?

I think you are right. In years past George was the grumpy dude up there, given his advice about pitching, but now he’s just that wacky Uncle that’s kind of annoying and keeping you from playing with your cousins.

Can’t believe they fired Tom Helmer – THAT guy was legitimately funny.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Not all here liked Helmer,but I loved the guy.Funny,self deprecating,and the perfect foil for Tracy R.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Price was rattled and frustrated well before the 7th. In fact, and I’m not sure what it looked like on tv or what the Root guys said, but I truly believe he hit Tulo on purpose. You could tell by Tulo’s glare as he headed to 1st, he believed the same. It was a good game for the Rockies. Arenado certainly had the fans excited. He looks very cool, calm, and collected. Maybe the Rockies have finally found their 3rd… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Just checked the Rockies website. No word on who will be sent down. I’m guessing Wheeler for one. The other is a tough call but I think it will be Nicasio. He’s got talent but still needs a 3rd pitch and I think they want at least one left-hander in the rotation. I think Francis is on a short leash and Pomeranz will be that left-hander soon. Chatwood deserves to stay. Garland is pitching ok and I think last night… Read more »

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