Big Fun in Lodo

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Eric Young Jr is taking no prisoners.  For the second straight night he led-off with a double for the Colorado Rockies, sparking a 4-run first that set the tone for Colorado’s fifth victory in eight games,
8-6 over Milwaukee Tuesday at Coors Field.  Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt did their best to blow the lead in the Brewers’ ninth, surrendering three and bringing National League MVP Ryan Braun to the plate representing the lead run.  Betancourt muscled-up, getting Braun and Rickie Weeks before him to lift easy fly-balls to the outfield.

The game featured a dazzling array of thrilling and appalling incidents.  Dexter Fowler bailed Tyler Chatwood out with a spectacular diving catch in the Milwaukee third.  Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura combined on a nifty relay play to nail Carlos Gonzalez, who had singled, at second-base in the bottom of the inning.  Gonzalez, who went 4 for 4, also got caught stealing twice.  Josh Rutledge committed two errors for the first time since his call-up.  Young homered off the underside of the second deck into the Rockies’ bullpen in the sixth.  Matt Belisle struck-out Braun and Aramis Ramirez with the bases loaded and one-out in the eighth.

Young grounded his double down the left-field line to open things up against Brewers’ left-hander Randy Wolf.  Wolf then hit Rutledge and Fowler sacrificed him and Young to 2nd and 3rd.  They scored on Gonzalez’ single.  Gonzalez managed to negotiate the bases this time, coming around on a double by catcher Wilin Rosario.  Rosario scored on a single by first-baseman Jordan Pacheco.

The Rockies added single runs in the third on Fowler, Gonzalez and Pacheco singles, and in the fifth on Rosario’s 19th homer.  In the third Gonzalez lined a single to center with Fowler on first.  Gomez fielded the ball with Fowler headed toward third, and threw a low-bullet in that direction.  Segura, aware Fowler would be safe and that Gonzalez was headed for second, cut the throw about 10 yards into left-field and fired to second-baseman Weeks to retire the Colorado All Star.  The Rockies’ final two runs came in the sixth on Young’s gigantic blast that drove-in Chris Nelson, who had doubled leading-off the inning.

Chatwood delivered a second straight competent start, lasting a full six innings and allowing one earned-run on a Martin Maldonado home-run leading-off the fifth.  He threw 77 pitches, 51 strikes, surrendered 4 hits, and did not walk a batter.  Chatwood also presided over an unearned run in the third when Gomez grounded a single into the hole that Rutledge corralled, but then heaved into the first-base seats, Gomez to second.  Gomez moved to third on a grounder to first by Wolf, then scored on a beautiful bunt up the first-base line by Nori Aoki.  Weeks then lifted a drive about 25 yards to Fowler’s right that the center-fielder raced-down and snagged with a belly-flop dive.

Milwaukee added a run in the seventh against Josh Roenicke when Ramirez led-off with a double and moved-up on a Corey Hart single, scoring on a 6-4-3 double-play off the bat of Maldonado.  In the eighth Segura led-off with a ground-single to center, then Travis Ishikawa pinch-hit a single, moving Segura to second and ending Roenicke’s shaky inning-plus of work.  Matt Reynolds relieved and got Aoki to pop-up, then Belisle came-on and Weeks promptly reached on Rutledge’s second error, bringing Braun to the plate.  Belisle cut him down with an 85 MPH slider on a 1-2 count to bring on Ramirez.  The Rockies’ right-hander dispatched him with four fastballs.

Colorado MFL Jim Tracy turned to lefty Rex Brothers for the ninth with near disastrous results.  Hart singled to Gonzalez, then Maldonado pulled a weak drive down the left-field line that skipped-over the ball-boy and caromed awkwardly to Gonzalez, who dropped it and Hart scored.  Then Gomez singled Maldonado to third, which prompted Tracy to conclude Brothers was not fooling anyone, and he called on the closer Betancourt.  El Deliberado got Segura on a blistered liner to Nelson at third, but pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy singled Maldonado home, Gomez to third, and Aoki drove-in Gomez, Lucroy to second.  Weeks stepped in and worked Betancourt to 2-2 before flying to Gonzalez in left-center, bringing on the slugger Braun.  He lifted a long, high fly to center, but Fowler settled under it just short of the warning track for a Rockies triumph.

Colorado secured its first home series win since early June, the second in its last three.  They’ll try for a sweep Wednesday afternoon when right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (0-1, 8.23) will be activated to face Brewers’ rookie Mark Rogers (0-1, 4.08), also a righty.  Game time is 1:10 pm MDT.  There is no TV, the ROOT crew getting a well-deserved rest, especially after the fascinating interview of Claudia Cuddyer in the third inning.  Jerry and Jack have the radio broadcast on KOA 850 am.

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GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I don’t know about you guys,but I’m actually enjoying Rockies baseball again!The young guys are rakin’ and the pitching has been good to adaquet[barely].As much as I’ve called for the head of BIB DOD,he may actually be on to something with the Coors field effect and pitching.I submit J.Gutherie 2 straight shutout wins-8innings and 7 innings his last two starts.Manuel Corpus low 3.00 ERA,Hammels before injury,R.Paulino both seasons before injury et.al.On the other hand,the inability to recognize and develop young… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Jeem,You just can’t help yourself,can you-“fascinating interview with Claudia Cuddyer”indeed.I kept screaming at the TV:”they are winning for a change,for godsakes shut up and let us watch the damn game!” No disrespect meant towards Mrs.Cuddyer who seems like a lovely person.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

“El Deliberado.”. Jeem, that’s a keeper! EY has now moved in my mind from “glad to see he’s having a nice little run” to legitimately intriguing. Do i think he can stick long term as an outfielder? No. Do I think there’s a decent chance he can prove me wrong? Yes. He’s hitting the ball with a lot more authority, and I suspect that workout routine is paying dividends. He’s interesting enough that moving CarGo back to RF to avoid… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The Cargo to leftfield from rightfield was always a typical BS move (sorta like a 4-man rotation) brought to you by J Tracy. For my money you put the strongest arm in right and the weakest in left – period.

The size of the outfield areas makes no difference, because you simply position the outfielders accordingly to compensate for the field sizes and respective foot speed. But then again I have said this a thousand times, and nobody listens.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Orange, i think you would for sure see CarGo in right if it weren’t for the Cuddy signing. Cuddyer is deaf in his left ear, so he can’t play left field. I know he hasn’t been playing because of the DL, so why is CarGo still in left? I feel that it is because CarGo missed out on the gold glove last season because of the stupid rule change that broke it down by position and CarGo had been moved… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

You sorta make my point in that Cargo should have always played rightfield to begin with, even before the Cuddyer signing. He is when he wants to be (although lackadasical sometimes) one of the best outfielders defensively in all of baseball. Definitely like EY2 in leftfield instead of right or even center, and Colvin is in a month long slump that is starting to raise some concerns, although it is beginning to look like a Colvin/Cuddyer platoon at 1st base… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

i totally agree CarGo should have been in right all along, but was just pointing out the reason he isn’t this season…

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

thanks for the writeup Jeem! While some of you have read my lack of support over the last few years for EY2 as a starter, I have to step up and give Junior kudos for certainly contributing at a high level the last few weeks. He has provided the spark that we have seen occasionally from Johnny Sparkplug. EY2 has stepped up and jumped in given the slump that Colvin has been in after the all-star break. While I am… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

The team placed Giambi on the DL on July 21st for a “viral syndrome” in which Giambi said,

“I had stomach aches, was kind of nauseated…I was tired all the time, exhausted.”

He was cleared for activity on the 2nd of this month. Haven’t heard more than trade rumors about him lately…

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Several have said this before but this (Giambi) really is a completely wasted 40-Man roster spot (as well as 25-Man if activated). The BIB (I still laugh out loud while writing that) DanO might want to take a look at how much Giambi is actually helping the team right now.

elrodvt
elrodvt
8 years ago

This is a incredibly small sample size of course but the off season trades to bring in a bunch of young hard throwers may pay off yet. Chatwood looked brilliant. I’ve liked the idea of the four man since the start because, even if you don’t believe in the mile high aspects of it, it allows us to look at more guys in a starter role (consider the piggyback guy a starter type) making this an extended spring training so… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Told you Guthrie would rebound and be fine. He is a guy who let Coors get in his head, so I doubt he’d ever fit as a Rockie. McKenry was one of those curious cases of Rockies player development. Coming up through the system he looked like he could be a good catch and throw guy who can hit enough to stick. But they gave up on him based on their Veteran Latin Catcher Fetish. Because, you know, we need… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Wow Ag you nailed my thoughts on the catching musical chairs EXACTLY!

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Energy, Enthuisiasm, and Speed does not slump!!! How about that display of power! I like how Drew said, “that was a BIG boy shot!” Who does this make expendable? Cuddyer or Fowler? I seriously would deal Fowler for pitching because Cuddyer fits better in the middle of the lineup than Fowler in my opinion. Also, Fowler would most likely have more value to recieve a better pitching prospect. However, Cuddyer could allow them to afford a better pitcher…. I don’t… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I guess Cuddyer could become the everyday 1st basemen, then they won’t have to deal anyone.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

that leaves Colvin as the odd man out…

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter, you and I (the rest here are breaking their ankles trying to jump on the band wagon) have to hope that EY2 does not have a slump in his future, because you know the minute he makes an error the anti-EY2 crowd will be back in full force with no mercy.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

While that isn’t entirely true, it is pretty funny to picture everyone running and breaking ankles…i do think you will find several of us, myself included, that have always loved EYj and feel that he is the hardest working player on the team and have been really pulling for him…BUT we are also pretty realistic in that he hasn’t always been the complete package…now that he is showing marked improvement in fielding and throwing (to go along with his amazing… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Did I misunderstand something here – did you just call the Rockies MFL a “no brainer”? Oh yea you could be right! Seriously I am going out on a limb here while suggesting that EY2 always had the hustle and talent to do what he is doing now. The problem was that the Rockies management could never decide if he was a regular left fielder or second baseman. The reason they could never decide was that they never gave either… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Sorry, while it is good that EY is playing better, I believe it is doing nothing more gathering some value for him. If you believe Renck, or any one else at the DP, or any number of the national talking heads, the Rockies have tried unloading EY. No takers. I am glad to see them playing better. Two series in one month, when is the last time that happened? In a season that has gone so wrong I will be… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Exactly – the Rockies have three choices with EY2:

1. Trade him for whatever they can get.
2. Play him – Rockies have to be out of it to try this MFL Tracy idea.
3. (or) Release a .300 leadoff hitter with blazing speed.

Seems pretty obvious to me!

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

3 isn’t realistic…if they were going to release him they would have done it before he started streaking…

i’ve updated the poll on the front with an EY question…

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yep not quite enough sarcasm as you took #3 seriously?

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

lol…not sure about breaking any ankles, just acknowledging his improved play. He is contributing much more right now and I am happy for the team. He is leading the majors in hits SINCE July 31 which is good..you have to remember there 3 months before that so to say he is a .300 leadoff is based on fewer at bats and able to raise the average…either way I am in the pooter fan club support corner for now..as all of… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

The increased performance is occuring after the trade deadline. So it is conceivable that IF his play remains consistent until the end of the season his value could rise.

Doc
Doc
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

I predict EYJ stays put for the time being because almost every team wants pitching or power at this time of year, and if anyone was interested, DOD would want too much in return.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Don’t forget he is now a legitamite threat from both sides of the plate,ideal for a lead off man.Colvin is also coming out of his slump,so Giambi[a personal favorite]has to go.No need for a situational PH when you are living in the basement.

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