De la Rosa and Company Stifle Arizona 4-1

Jorge De la Rosa pitched well enough to keep the Diamondbacks at bay, but he was not efficient enough to complete six innings. Manager Walt Weiss used a lesson from Tuesday night (when he left Chacin in two batters too long with Outman warmed up and ready) and pulled DLR in favor of “Edge” Escalona in time to slam the door on a potential rally. The score was 4-1 in favor of the Rox when Arizona came to bat in the top of the sixth inning. Cody Ross led off with a sharp single and Gerardo Parra ran the count full before striking out. At that point, DLR had thrown 103 pitches. Edge came in and got two quick ground outs to end the threat. He combined with Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers to shut down the Sedona Reds over the final 3.2 innings with two hits, a strikeout, no walks, and a double play ball on just 43 pitches.

CarGo supplied most of the firepower today. He hit a solo HR to the back wall of the bullpen, drove in another with a run scoring triple, and scored on a wild pitch. The fourth run was manufactured with back-to-back doubles by Dex and rookie Nolan Arenado with two outs following CarGo’s HR.

The Rockies are looking more and more like Walt Weiss’ team each day. They have found ways to win games within a game (walk off after Dbacks tied game at 4-4) or after a nightmarish game (1st game vs. Giants at Coors losing 8-6). The players should send Jim Tracy a bunch of Xmas gifts for resigning opening the door for Walt Weiss’ style. The players are not micromanaged anymore and the fruitless run on contact was canned. Another positive effect was Weiss hiring Dante Bichette who worked on the mental part of hitting, not the mechanics. Wilin Rosario likely would not hit the ball to right field under any other hitting coach. There are numerous other examples too long to write here.

With the victory today, the Rockies evened up the record in head-to-head series vs. Arizona at 5-5. They hope to continue the momentum as they head to San Francisco carrying a 3-4 season record against the Giants. If they can find a way to pick up two wins at AT & T Park, they would level the matchup with the Giants at 5-5. The Rockies’ record is 26-21. Things are looking up with one week to go in May. The SP picture is getting brighter each day with pitchers waiting in Colorado Springs and Tulsa to possibly upgrade the rotation. If Juan Nicasio’s new two-seam fastball has any staying power, the rotation could suddenly look they can be much more competitive against the top rotations in the league.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

I immediately picked up LeMahieu in my fantasy league!

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

Talking to my Red Sox fanatic friend about how we are both having success and he was surprised how we were doing it without pitching. Here is what I told him (starting with a quote from the DP about Betty: “For all the understandable hand-wringing about the rotation, the bullpen remains a huge reason the Rockies are relevant as they tiptoe toward June. The Rockies’ relievers own a 2.84 ERA, sixth-best in baseball and fourth in the National League. Only… Read more »

jimboelrod
jimboelrod
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I don’t post much on here, but I think it’s time to start talking about Rex Brothers as an all star. He has allowed only one run all season and that was clear back on April 6th. O’Dowd may have his issues in other areas but our pen is certainly one of the best in baseball.

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

So it’s Rutledge who goes down to AAA, not EY or Blackmon. Weiss gives the benefit of doubt to the guys who broke camp on the major league club. LeMahieu earned the switch by performing better than Rutledge. Blackmon did no better than EY for the 4th outfield spot, despite my rooting, and the tie goes to the incumbent. EY is now more valuable in that he could go in at 2nd in an emergency. I’m glad Blackmon is getting… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

DRH.. I’m a Walt Weiss fan, at least most of the time. And no doubt he had some input on the sending Ruteledge down but I think that was more of a DoD or Geivett decision than. Actually still not sure what Geivett’s role is. Two things worry me about the team going into Memorial Day Weekend. A) We still need more length from our starters. As Renck, at least I think it was him, said in this morning DP… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

I hope it’s the manager who decides whose on the roster. But I don’t understand Geivett’s role either.

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Tied for 1st place and it is almost June! That is something us Rockies fans say… uh… NEVER!

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Rutledge has struggled so I don’t really mind him going down. Go to AAA and get consistent AB’s in lower pressure situations and get that confidence back. I still think Rutledge will be a good major league player, just needs to get better. I see his path taking on that similiar of Dex’s, taking a few trips back and forth to AAA before he finally settles in as a true major league player. EY is the least productive player offensively… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

I foresee Blackmon taking time away from Dexter and EYJ and platooning for Cuddyer against righthanders.

IMO EYJ is holding onto the thinnest of threads. If he wasn’t named Eric Young he would be long gone. If he doesn’t start at DH in Houston next week I think he’ll be gone.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

EYJr isn’t gone because he’s out of options. If he had options, he’d be at AAA. I think that he get’s traded by the end of July or DFAd. I think that moving Ruttledge to AAA is a good idea, as it was for Dex, so he can play every day at 2B and get back on track.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

I’m of the mind that EYjr is gone B4 the AS break. Anybody find it curious, tho it worked out OK, that Dex was the 4 hitter yesterday. I was at the park w/20 seniors so when I saw the lineup, I scratched my head. Of course, with a scheduled rest day for Tulo and no Cuddy and a bench lite in power, it’s not surprising that Fowler had the hammer. Hey, he got a couple hits. Todd really looks… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

I remember last season when the Renck said EYjr would be gone before the end of ST

jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Helton’s going to play out his sacred contract regardless of the consequences.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Any of you guys live in Colorado Springs and have any thoughts on Ryan Wheeler, Matt McBride, or Corey Dickerson? They’re all putting up big numbers. McBride had a huge game yesterday. Is he an OK catcher defensively?

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I live in the Springs but haven’t been able to catch a game yet. Pretty much everyone puts up big numbers down here so it’s hard to tell. Isn’t McBride one the players we got in the Ubaldo deal?

DRH
DRH
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Maybe Dickerson will play RF for the Rocks next year when Cuddyer moves to 1base.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Yes, McBride is one of the players we got in the Ubaldo deal.

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I thought he was an OF/1B. He’s catching now???

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

He’s been an OF/1B/catcher. He seems to be catching a lot this year at CS.

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Wow. Had no idea he could catch.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Sounds fun, RMH. My Tuesday was far worse. I fell off a ladder, landed on stairs, and broke my back. No nerve damage but I’m hurting and in a body brace for the next 4-8 weeks. As proof of my loyalty to our common cause, as I was being loaded into an ambulance for a transfer from a clinic to a trauma center the EMT’s asked if I had any questions. The only question I asked was “Do any of… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Yikes Bob. Sorry to hear. I wish you a speedy recovery!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Thanks, Mike. Me too!

jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob! Holy crap! Get better!

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Get well soon Bob!

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Get well soon Bob. I hope the Rockies give you some good baseball to watch while you are laid up.

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

oh man Bob, that takes the cake for a bad day! Hope the Rox take the series in SF for you!

lwesche
lwesche
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Yikes….that is a true bad day. Heal fast and well.

jeem
jeem
7 years ago

Any calls from Hollywood?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Bob, that’s terrible … glad to hear you’re alert enough to keep in touch with the Rockies though. Julian, good question for the Springs fans. The pure stats perspective from me (as usual, understanding that you really gotta see these guys to know – for example, the real Arenado is far more impressive than the stat sheet Arenado): McBride: Cleveland converted him from catcher for defensive reasons, but he hasn’t hit enough to make it elsewhere, so back to catcher… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag although concerned, I think Story jumped from Tri City to Modesto this year, so that is two levels and he still has the last 2/3 of the season to get those stats up where they need to be.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Story played at Ashville last year.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Hey Bob in W.V. Glad you recovered enough to have a sense of humor. My wife fell off a bike and broke her back 20 years ago. Two surgeries at that time, then another surgery a few years back. She’s got enough metal in her back to start a hardware store. And it’s always fun going through the metal detector at the airport They’ve advance quite a bit medically in 20 years and depending upon what your situation is you… Read more »

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

While we are talking about prospects, does anybody have any feedback on the guys at Tulsa? Who is the second baseman Nina? He seems to be putting up a good batting average.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

RMH, that’s great news about Butler. We can project that one day our starting rotation would be Chacin, Pomeranz, Bettis, Anderson, and Butler.

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