The Colorado Rockies took a 6 run lead into the 4th inning Thursday night only to see it vaporize into an 8-6 loss.  They went-up 10-5 in the 6th on Friday and hung-on for a 10-9 victory as the San Francisco Giants tagged-on 4 over their final 3 at-bats.  Late spring has arrived in Colorado, the pitches are flattening-out, the line-drives have a little extra zip, and the fly balls are carrying. So far it doesn’t appear the Rockies’ notorious humidor is going to be any more effective in 2013 than it was in 2012.

Colorado and San Fran will duke it-out again this evening, 6:10 MDT at Coors Field in Denver.  Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 3.00) will rejoin to the major league club and start for Colorado.  Rob Scahill returns to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to make room for the right-hander.  Chatwood delivered a complete game shut-out upon his demotion to the Sox on May 7.  He didn’t fare so well last Sunday, lasting only 5 innings versus the Omaha Stormchasers, surrendering 7 runs on 7 hits.  Chatwood will face Tim Lincecum (3-2, 4.07). The former two-time Cy Young Award winner shut-down Atlanta on Sunday, turning in 7-complete without allowing a run on 2 hits.  He walked 3 and struck-out 7.

The Giants will have Brandon Belt back in their lineup at 1st base, hitting 6th.  He’ll be followed by Gregor Blanco, who’ll be in left-field.  Rockies fans will be spared Eric Young Jr’s right-field butchery, at least early, with Charlie Blackmon inserted, hitting 8th.  Josh Rutledge returns to the 2-hole at 2nd-base.

It’ll be cloudy and cooling rapidly over at the old ballpark tonight, 68° at game time.  A brisk wind will blow from left-to-right and in a 10 MPH.  Colorado television viewers are hoping for respite from the ridiculous “Fan Friday” that was imposed by RoOt Sports Friday in an absolutely horrible telecast exacerbated by the 3 hour 48 minute contest.  Jack’s back with Jerry on 850 KOA am.

Angel Pagan (S) CF
Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
Buster Posey (R) C
Hunter Pence (R) RF
Brandon Belt (L) 1B
Gregor Blanco (L) LF
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Tim Lincecum (L) P
COLORADO (22-20)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Tyler Chatwood (R) P



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8 years ago

Technically not a muSt win but it is a must win for us mentally

8 years ago

Very clean game played with no drama. My only complaint its that the two hole hitter continues to be a very weak link. Fix that by moving Helton/Pacheco or Arenado into #2 slot.

8 years ago

It’s ironic that you say that because it seems clear to me (I say “seems” because I’m too lazy to get the stats to back this up) that Rutledge performs better in the 8 slot.

Our best lineup is with Cuddyer in RF, Dex leading off, and EY on the be bench to be used as a pinch runner in the 8th or 9th. So that does leave the 2 hole open, and I’d rather see Pacheco there than Helton.

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