It sure takes a lot of offense to make one forget a Grand Slam, but Carlos Gonzalez did his best Wednesday night to give the crowd of 28,102 something bigger to talk about on the way home from the Rockies 13-5 rout of the Astros.
To say CarGo was locked in would be an understatement. His day at the plate, going 4-5 with 4 RBI’s, seemed more than routine in what Rockies fans have come to enjoy in a typical CarGo hitting fest.
What was truly amazing about the feat came from his statement post game that none of the home runs came from fast balls:
Not even one [was a fastball]…The second one off the lefty [Cedeno] was kind of like a fastball, a cutter away. The first one was a changeup on a hitter’s count, 2-1. They did it to me before, the first doubleheader [game]. That’s why you have to be smart, just always follow the sequences.
At this point, if anyone were to doubt his absolute talent with a bat they would just be trolling for an argument. Sure, he still swings at some bad pitches, but nowhere near what he did when first getting called up, even he knows that:
I won a batting title in 2010 swinging at everything, swinging at balls…When things like this happen, they happen. I have a really good swing. When the ball is close to the plate, I know I can reach any ball, inside or outside. But right now, I feel really good at the plate and I have more discipline.
One thing is sure, everyone feels really good watching him at the plate. It is beyond belief that in the past four games he has gone 10-for-16 with five home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs raising his average from .298 to .323.
CarGo isn’t the only one comfortable with his swing right now. Dexter Fowler again helped the team with his bat, going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s and another home run. Dex has been doing his best CarGo impression over the past four games racking up three homers, a triple and a double and going an impressive 10 – 15.
Rockie faithful were hoping to get at least two of our hitters hot at the same time, but many were thinking it would be Tulo and Cargo, not Fowler and Cargo.
Tulo has been heating up, not to quite the same extent, but all thoughts of going on a streak seemed to end with his pulling up on a sprint to first in the sixth. He strained his left groin and is worried he might go on the 15-day DL because of it. He is waiting to see how he feels Thursday morning to determine the next steps.
The injury is the same that has been plaguing him since the beginning of the season and one that could see him sidelined for the potential series sweep. He would obviously much rather be on the field than in the dugout:
It’s tough…The first thing I thought about was we’re playing well and we have a chance for a sweep [Thursday against the Astros]. But sitting there thinking about it, there’s nothing you can really do. When you’re hurt, you’re hurt…There are some other guys around the league that are dealing with the same sort of things. Only for so long you can keep going out there until you need to get it right. My groin has been bothering me. There have been tweaks here and there and I’d get a day [off], but this is worse than just the kind of tweak I’d normally felt.
So on a very bittersweet day, one that saw Moyer get DFA’d and Tulo pull up with an injury, the knowledge that we have one of the best in the business in our corner, hitting anything and everything close to the zone, makes the sweet outweigh the bitter.
Oh, almost forgot, Michael Cuddyer hit a grand slam in the first, his second of the year. How in the world can one forget that??? Thanks to CarGo, it isn’t that hard…