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.