“You know they’re going to hit.”
Well, to be honest, we didn’t, but suddenly the Colorado offense has come-alive, a 13-3 drubbing of a weary and listless Los Angeles Dodgers squad the latest evidence. The Rockies have produced 53 runs on 70 hits starting with Monday’s double-header sweep of Houston, winning all 5 games, rising to seven under .500 and moving to 9 1/2 games behind Division leading LA, which is working its way through its first rough stretch of 2012.
It didn’t appear a high-scoring contest would develop early, with tough Dodgers’ left-hander Chris Capuano on the mound and the Rockies’ Josh Outman working out of trouble in the first before disposing of LA 1-2-3 in the second. But in the bottom of the second Colorado logged two strange ones to move into an early lead. Right-fielder Michael Cuddyer led-off the inning with a ground ball to Ivan DeJesus, at 3rd for the Dodgers, and reached as DeJesus’ throw pulled 1st baseman Scott Van Slyke, in for Rockies killer James Loney, off the bag. Todd Helton and Jordan Pacheco each made out on fly balls, Cuddyer moving first to second, then to third, bringing Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario to the plate. Rosario walked, then with DJ Le Mahieu stepping up, took-off for second base. LA catcher Matt Treanor pump-faked to second, then let fly an extraordinarily wild throw to third, over the head and 10 feet to DeJesus’ left. Dodgers left-fielder Alex Castellanos was pulled way over toward center-field with Le Mahieu at bat and the throw rolled nearly to the wall, scoring Cuddyer and Rosario, flying all the way home from first and giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
The teams went scoreless in the third, then LA took one back in the top of the fourth. The Rockies shifted into a Chinese water-torture offense, getting one back in the bottom of the inning, then one in the fifth, four in the sixth, three in the seventh and two, on back-to-back solo shots by Chris Nelson, pinch hitting for Carlos Gonzalez, and Cuddyer.
Outman went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, using 55 pitches and striking out five, and gave way to Carlos Torres, who allowed two runs on three hits with three walks over two innings. Adam Attavino, providing further evidence Rockies GM Dan O’Dude is the best in the game, got the win, going 1 2/3 and striking-out three. Matt Belisle gave up a run on two hits in the eighth, and thrill-a-minute right-hander Esmil Rogers worked a scoreless ninth.
Colorado’s hitting continued relentless, as it has all week. Dexter Fowler was 3 for 5 and drove-in two. Marco Scutaro, Cargo, and Cuddyer were all 2 for 4 with RBIs. Helton went 2 for 3. Pacheco extended his current hitting streak to five. Rosario scored three and drove in three, two on a sixth-inning homer. Los Angeles’ defense didn’t hurt the Rockies’ attack, committing three additional throwing errors on top of the Treanor air-mail, sleepy after arriving at their Denver hotel just prior to 5 am earlier in the day.
The Rockies will try to make it six-straight tomorrow afternoon, with Juan Nicasio facing LA’s Aaron Harang. First pitch is at 2:10 MDT, TV on Root, radio 850 am KOA.
Colorado Aims to Extend Streak, Keep Climbing
Outman Takes Mound Against Tough Lefty Capuano
The Rockies face a reeling and weary Los Angeles Dodgers squad tonight at Coors Field as Josh Outman (0-1, 9.64) makes his first start of 2012 against the Division Leaders’ Chris Capuano (7-1, 2.14) in a battle of left-handers. Outman is taking Jamie Moyer’s spot in the Colorado rotation after the 49 year-old was designated for assignment on Wednesday. 8-7 with a 3.78 ERA in 25 career starts, Outman is expected to be limited to 50 pitches in the contest.
Capuano is on his way to a career year, his best an 18-12, 3.99 season in 2005 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Capuano is 5-5 lifetime against the Rockies with a 3.44 ERA. He stifled Colorado on four hits and one run over seven innings in Los Angeles on May 11. He leads a lineup that is without MVP candidate Matt Kemp and Rockies killer James Loney:
|CF Tony Gwinn
3B Ivan DeJesus
RF Andre Ethier
2B Jerry Hairston, Jr
1B Scott Van Slyke
LF Alex Castellanos
C Matt Treanor
SS Dee Gordan
P Chris Capuano
|CF Dexter Fowler
SS Mario Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Todd Helton
3B Jordan Pacheco
C Wilin Rosario
2B DJ LeMahieu
P Josh Outman