Bull!

After spending four  hours and eight minutes losing to Philadelphia on Sunday, the Colorado Rockies thought they might as well do it again, at least for the first three innings on Monday night.  Jorge De La Rosa threw 27 pitches in the top of the 1st inning to four batters without allowing a run.  San Francisco Giants’ starter Ryan Vogelsong was less economical, tossing-up 46 fat ones that the Rockies translated into a 4-run lead they built-upon to deliver an 8-2 victory over the Giants at Coors Field in Denver.

3rd-baseman Nolan Arenado got things started with a 1-out solo homer deep to center-field.  Vogelsong got Carlos Gonzalez on a grounder for the 2nd out, but then he walked Troy Tulowitzki, who was doubled-over to 3rd by NL Player of the Week Justin Morneau.  That brought catcher Wilin Rosario to the plate, and the Baby Bull promptly deposited Vogelsong’s 3rd pitch into the left-field pavilion for a
4-0 Rockies’ lead.

Colorado added a run in the 2nd when Charlie Blackmon led-off with the first of 2 towering homers to right, then Vogelsong (0-1, 7.71)  gave up a single to Arenado and walked Tulowitzki, and after 59 pitches (32 strikes)  in 4/3 of an inning, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy brought-on David Huff, who got Morneau to ground into an inning-ending double-play.  Huff strained a quad legging-out a base-hit to lead-off the Giants’ 3rd, which brought Yusmeiro Petit to the hill as the Rockies stepped-up in the bottom of the inning.

Petit pitched as if there were several alternative establishments in the Lodo area where his time could be better spent.  Rosario led-off with a single and came home on a long blast to left-center by Colorado center-fielder Corey Dickerson, making it 7-1 (tacos people, tacos), and DJ LeMahieu followed with a ground-double down the right-field line before Petit walked Blackmon on 5 pitches.  Dave Righetti came to the mound and apparently mentioned something to Petit about how precious jobs in Major League Baseball can become, because the right-hander quickly got Arenado and Gonzalez to end the 3rd, and went-on to hold the Rockies hitless through the 6th.

De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38) meanwhile bumbled his way through 5 innings on 102 pitches (59 strikes), allowing a run on 5 hits with 3 walks and 5 strike-outs.  It is unknown whether the confusing and inscrutable calls pitch calls Rosario was making behind the plate affected his performance.  De La Rosa got through the 2nd unscathed, although it took him another 17 pitches, then Huff’s lead-off single in the 3rd was followed by Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence base hits, and suddenly the Giants had the bases loaded with nobody out.  DLR sucked-it-up, surrendering a run on Buster Posey’s double-play grounder and striking-out Michael Morse.  He was back in it in the 4th when Pablo Sandoval reached on an Arenado error, his 4th, and a Brandon Belt single.  But De La Rosa had a pitcher’s best-friend again, as Brandon Hicks grounded into a double-play and Brandon Crawford lined to left.  In the 5th it was a 1-out walk to Pagan and a ground-rule double by Pence (that worked in Colorado’s favor) that had DLR in the soup again, but he got a sharp grounder to 3rd from Posey that froze the runners and struck-out Morse again for his first 2014 victory.

Tommy Kahnle, “Rule 5” (take note RMH– that’s a keeper), handled the 6th and 7th, striking-out 5, Adam Ottavino turned-in a 1-2-3 8th, and Chad Bettis gave-up a run in an adventurous 9th inning to close things-out.  They managed to get it in in a mere 3:13, thanks largely to the regroup by Petit.

The Rockies have a chance to get a good thing going, with a couple of tough home contests before the trip to LA.  They send Frankie Morales (1-1, 4.82) out against Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 3.48) later today, and then it’s Tyler Chatwood v Matt Cain on Wednesday afternoon.  Game-time tonight is 6:40 MDT.

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Miketober
Miketober
6 years ago

Too bad we don’t get Timmy. I love seeing him get beat at Coors and hearing him whine about juiced balls.

JMN
JMN
6 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

I guess it’s just a fluke of the Giant’s rotation that the Rox manage to play the Giants in 2 series (6 games), and Timmy is their only starter they DON’T face…but it’s fun to think it’s more about the .717 OPS the Rox had against him last year 🙂 Too bad we can’t make fun of his 30-going-on-18 hairstyle anymore. Maybe the Giant’s FO told him “We’re paying you $35 million for the next two seasons, so grow up!”

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Too bad we didn’t have Rosario’s bat in the line up last time DLR pitched. If I recall Pacheco hit into a bases loaded DP and the Rockies lost by a run or 2.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Love your weekly pre-game write up, jeem, reviewing the previous week as well as previewing the upcoming week. A nice change up in the writing style especially with your witty remarks. Yes, I believe Tommy Kahnle is a keeper. As seamheads love to say, just a SSS (small sample size) as he is only four weeks young in MLB age. But I noticed he has been adjusting quickly in each appearance mixing more hooks into his blazing fastballs preventing MLB… Read more »

JMN
JMN
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I still cringe a bit when I watch CB agressively racing around 2B. I just can’t forget that broken-foot-from-nowhere in 2011.

“When CarGo finally heats back up, man we have a thunderous lineup.” Statements that like seem to be FC’s cue to go strain a groin or something.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  JMN

Even worse than that was Matt McBride breaking his foot on his home run trot last week.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Injury carnage in MLB continues. The CWS ace, Chris Sale, out with strained flexor tendon. MRI negative, so they probably caught it just in time. Bigger news (and more relevant to us) – something is definitely wrong with Craig Kimbrel. He’s missed a few appearances with a “balky” shoulder, and hasn’t been anywhere close to “shutdown” when appearing in games.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Jeem, love that line about Wilin’s inscrutable pitch calls! RMH, let’s all agree that Charlie has been fantastic this year, and pretty darn good going back to August of last year. But let’s not confuse O’Dowd getting lucky (so far) on that one with him being shrewd. Obviously he didn’t (really, we all didn’t) see Charlie grabbing the everyday CF job and running with it. After all, that’s why he got Stubbs at a pretty high price, and Charlie came… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Two thoughts here; First – totally agree about JDLR. His velocity is outstanding. He just needs to settle down and find a groove. He’s the type guy that should probably keep things (or have things kept for him) really simple. Second – all this new found depth (OF, SP, former “prospects” in minors reestablishing themselves as prospects, etc) gives us tradable commodities if we’re hanging around in the race near the deadline. One “out of the box” thought I had… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

sdcarp – your hypothesis of trading CarGo isn’t a bad idea but not this year or next; best time to trade him would be when David Dahl is ready and banging on the door to get to the big league club. If he or anyone else for that matter don’t come banging on the door, then we keep CarGo and use him to get a big haul of prospects while CarGo is a rental player for another team’s playoff push.… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Minor nitpick on your Cargo trade suggestion, if you’re in such a competitive spot by the deadline that you need bullpen help, you probably wouldn’t trade your best offensive player who was clearly the best player the last time you were in the postseason. At that point you should be in buy mode, not sell. Which would mean trading either Blackmon or Dickerson or Dahl instead of Cargo. On the other hand, if you’re out of contention, you don’t need… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

Jeem – love the simplicity of the title. I asked if the Sunday loss would carry-over….BULL!!! Love it. I think that DLR took a step forward last night. If you look at what is happening in NYC, I think the Yanks are smacking their heads about how they let NYC kid Tommy the Hammer Kahnle walk away for the price of parking at New Yankee stadium. A small market team needs a few hits…so far he has been one. Get… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

Mark Wiley update: Despite being one of the most important people in the Rockies organization little is heard from Wiley. Found the most recent article on his from earlier this April by Mark Kunudson. Worth reading:http://milehighsports.com/2014/04/10/pitching-boss-wiley-so-integral-to-rox-success/

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