Colorado Rolls to 9-0 Victory

The Rockies had a simple formula: quality start and play when ahead.  That translated to a 8-0 victory over Arizona D-backs.  The home runs got Colorado started on offense, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before using small ball to increase their lead to 8-0.

Ryan Raburn and Nick Hundley had solo blasts to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.  Later  Tulo2.7 slammed a two-run shot followed by NoDo’s blast to make the score 5-0.  Tulo2.7 tied the record for most HRs in April by a rookie with ten.  Then the Rockies played small ball to increase the lead to 9-0.

Chatty went 6.1 innings of shutout ball before giving way to Gonzalez Germen who kept the shutout alive.  Justin Miller pitched the eighth to continue the shutout.  That gives Walt Weiss a chance to bring out the worst pitcher in Gopherg for the last inning in a very low leverage situation.  And Tony Wolters came in as a pinch hitter to hit his first career double and he stayed in at second base.  You know Colorado has a great night when Gopherg almost (walk) goes 1-2-3 to complete the shutout.

Colorado maintained a winning record on the road.  The irony is that Arizona also has a winning record on the road, but a losing record at home.  Maybe Colorado and Arizona should swap their home ball parks?

Jason Motte, Tyler Anderson, and Adam Ottavino were all seen in the dugout tonight.  Good omen?  Tomorrow night Colorado faces Zack Greinke.

 

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sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

A quick look around the National League after 1 month of play: NL East – As expected, the Nats and Mets are at the head of the class with 15-7 and 14-7 records respectively heading into the last day of April. The Mets are actually exceeding my expectations just a bit for 2 reasons. Neil Walker has been solid – even a bit moreso than I guessed. Also, Michael Conforto is really emerging as a solid player. Well under the… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

I’m predicting Zack Greinke gives Trevor Story a little chin music tonight.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

It makes me so, so happy seeing Rusin instead of JDLR.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Are the planets aligning for Ag? A starting rotation of Bettis, Chatwood, Rusin, Gray, and pitcher X. Could pitcher.X be Freeland? I think it could.

The guys in the field have to love Rusin as opposed to JDLR. Throws strikes. Has a good tempo.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Carp, that would be great. I’d love to see that rotation by June, with DLR sent packing. Next year, we want to be looking at: Bettis Chatwood (1 more year before he’s a free agent, well worth signing even with a significantly increased salary if he holds up) Gray Hoffman Freeland And that would leave a guy like Rusin to serve the same spot starter/6th man role, and Butler working out of the pen. There’s depth there too with German… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

And check out the minors, where the pitchers keep on rollin’ — – Lyles: 5+ IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 R. Hoffman going in the back end of the doubleheader in ABQ – Jemiola (AA): 5 shutout innings – Parker French: didn’t realize he got promoted to Modesto, which makes sense given that he was a little old/experienced for Low A – 2 shutout innings so far/game in progress Meanwhile, Peter Lambert, a very young pitcher for Low A… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

There has to be a different feeling for someone like Lyles that gets sent to AAA now. Unlike previous years (like most of franchise history), there’s serious competition for your spot. You better get things straightened out fast or you’ll spend the entire season in the PCL.

Estevez is learning……but he’s a physical specimen. He just needs experience.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Uh oh. Chubby LaTroy time. Somehow I thought that because he’s a pure fastballer he wouldn’t give us the nail-biter Fuentes type saves. So far I’ve been wrong.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

CLT (Chubby LaTroy – thanks, Pooter) throwing a little harder tonight, still not getting enough swing and misses. I won’t blame him for the broken bat single, but let’s see some Ks!

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

That’s a disservice to the City of Charlotte!

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

I’ve been saying it seems as though Trevor Story is seeing lots of pitches. Long ABs. The other night the ROOT guys threw out a stat to support this. I don’t remember the numbers exactly. It was something like 4.75 pitches per AB compared to the Major League average of 3.75. It “seems” to me that he frequently goes 0-2 or 1-2 and then proceeds to work back into a hitters count. It’s very impressive and makes me think the… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

From WAY off the radar, Brian Mundell:

Mundell got off to a relatively slow start, hitting .188 over his first eight games. Since then, he’s hit an unbelievable .478 with 12 RBI. He’s now tied for fifth in the South Atlantic League with seven doubles and is seventh in batting average at .359. Mundell has done almost everything right this year, except on the base paths. He’s been gunned down on all three of his steal attempts.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

A brief explanation – Mundell is the Asheville 1Bman that is quickly emerging as a solid player. That blurb is from “Rotoworld.”

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

FWIW – Jeff Hoffman did NOT pitch for ABQ last night. Could he be on his way to SD?

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Hoffman – listed as this afternoon’s ABQ starter in the game wrap from the official reporter, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be joining the big club. I guess maybe they’re treating him with kid gloves and didn’t want him warming up/starting a game last night that didn’t have it’s first pitch till about 8:30?

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