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ROX WINNERS OF 3 OF FIRST 4 SERIES; IN OHIO TO FACE REDS

The Colorado Rockies took 2 of 3 from NL West Division rival San Francisco to close-out the season’s first homestand in Denver, then moved-out on the road to Chicago, where they took 2 of 3 from the Cubs in a weekend series at Wrigley Field. They’re in Cincinnati, Ohio this afternoon, opening a 3-game series with the Reds at 5:10 pm at the Great American Ballpark.

The Rockies were shut-down by aces in the 2 losses.  The Giants’ Jeff Samardzija held them to 2 runs over 8 innings on Tuesday, and Saturday 2015 Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta shut them out for 8 frames in a 6-2 Chicago win.  Other than another lousy outing by Jordan Lyles on Wednesday, Colorado starting pitchers keyed the 4 wins by getting deep into games. Jorge De La Rosa went 6-2/3 on Thursday, Chad Bettis was nails over 6 Friday evening, and Tyler Chatwood turned in perhaps his top career performance Sunday, holding the Cubs to 2 hits and a walk over 7 in the 2-0 victory.

Center-fielder Charlie Blackmon has turf-toe and has landed on the 15-day DL, and Nick Hundley took a foul tip in the mask to earn a stretch on the 7-day concussion list.  Dustin Garneau is covering for Hundley, and David Hale is on-hand after backing-up Christian Bergman’s Saturday stand-in against Arrieta.  Hale is short-term baggage; another move is imminent.  Jon Gray has joined the club on the heals of 2 rehab starts, and looks ready to make his first start if he checks-out clear with the MLB staff.

Lyles (0-1, 11.25) gets the start tonight in Cincinnati.  The right hander, as his numbers suggest, is struggling, not apparently major-league-ready after spending the better parts of both 2015 and 2014 disabled.  Lyles lasted 4-2/3 last week against the Giants, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, but avoided a loss.  He’ll match-up against the Reds’ Dan Straily (0-0, 3.24), a household name who arrives in Cincinnati after bouncing from Oakland to the Cubs and the Astros.  Straily will be making his first 2016 start.  He’s been out 3 times in relief, surrendering 3 runs in 8-1/3 on 3 hits and 4 walks.  He strikes out a lot of people, logging 8 over the 3 appearances.

Gerardo Parra gets a shot at Blackmon’s lead-off spot this afternoon in Colorado manager Walt Weiss’ lineup.  DJ LeMahieu gets the night off in favor of Cristhian Adames, the RWO’s early season favorite player.  Tony Wolters is back behind the plate, following Adames in the order and hitting 8th.  Former Rockie Jordan Pacheco will hit 2nd on Reds’ manager Bryan Price’s card and play 3rd-base.  Speedster Billy Hamilton will bat last in center-field ahead of shortstop Zack Cozart, who’ll hit in front of Pacheco.

It’s warm and sunny in the Queen City, game-time temperature around 82°.  In addition to much cleaner play, the Rockies are tracking the good weather in 2016, blowing out of Denver ahead of the weekend storm and into sunshine in Illinois and Ohio. There’s barely any wind and the relative humidity will be rising from 26%.  Drew Goodman and Ryan Spilborghs have the play-by-play on ROOT, with the Cowboy, Tracy Ringolsby, prowling the stands.  Radio’s on KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (7-5)
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Brandon Barnes (R) CF
Cristhian Adames (S) 2B
Tony Wolters (L) C
Jordan Lyles (R) P
CINCINNATI (6-6)
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Adam Duvall (R) LF
Tucker Barnhart (S) C
Dan Straily (R) P
Billy Hamilton (S) CF
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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

I am here in Cincy for the series. Absolutely gorgeous weather. Beautiful stadium. Go Rox!

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Bob – I’m on a pseudo- quest to watch a game in all 30 Parks (I’ll never complete the quest….they keep building too many new Parks). That being said, I absolutely love Riverfront. Doesn’t show up on many favorites lists, but it’s right at the top of mine. I’ve been several times. So easy to get a hotel in Covington and walk across the bridge. I’m a sucker for sitting in the upper deck behind home plate so you can… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

As an AEP barge goes by…

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

This team needs almost perfect defense. Not getting it here in the 6th. Need to get the “O” going.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Bob…..you just witnessed first hand a MONSTER HR! To the steam stacks.

Now I’m thinking you’ll witness Miguel Castro……I’m calling him “Little Betances.”

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

How long were those homers?

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

Am I missing a chat here on this new site?

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

Only 12,277 here tonight.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Best bullpen move WW has made in a long long time bringing in Boone Logan.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

You wouldn’t have noticed it, but I did. Logan jogged in and he happened to be in time with the music playing in the stadium at the time. He couldn’t have done that if he had tried. He came through big time tonight.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

Great night. Only negative is I didn’t win the split the pot.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

I hear the announcers bragging on the pitching but no post game mention of what a great job Wolters is doing. Admittedly small sample size but the Rockies are 5-0 when Wolters catches. They are 3-5 when anyone else catches. A good catcher makes the pitchers better just as a really good defense makes them better. I suspect that someone on the team that DFAed Wolters has been getting an earful lately.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

IMO – Wolter’s should catch Gray Friday night (assuming that’s Gray’s debut…….and maybe that’s not a good assumption).

In the meantime…..I’m guessing Wolters will be in today’s lineup with JDLR given their success last time. WV Bob…..be ready for a long one tonight!

Geraldo Parra has a great OF arm. Sometimes he likes to show it off a bit too much, but I’m liking him out there.

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

I agree on Wolters. His game is fun to watch and it seems the pitchers like throwing to him. Keep him in there!

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