Dex Delivers

Colorado Rockies’ center-fielder Dexter Fowler lined a single down the right-field line with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning, driving-in catcher Yorvit Torrealba from 2nd-base with the winning run as the Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 Saturday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver.  The win ended a 3-game slide and put a positive cap on a disappointing 2-5 week that included 3 losses to the lowly Houston Astros.

The game was a see-saw affair.  Colorado stumbled-out to a 1-0 lead against Los Angeles’ Zach Greinke in the 2nd.  Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton singled in front of Nolan Arenado, who doubled-home Cuddyer with one out.  Greinke walked Torrealba to load the bases, but Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin grounded into a taylor-made double-play to strand three.

The Dodgers came right back against Chacin in the 3rd.  Back-up catcher Tim Federowicz tied things at 1 with a lead-off homer, then Greinke singled and Carl Crawford doubled, pulling-up at 2nd with a left hamstring cramp and exiting the game.  Chacin hit Mark Ellis to load the bases and Adrian Gonzalez knocked-in Greinke with a sacrifice fly.  Colorado 2nd-baseman DJ LeMahieu then committed his 2nd inning-extending error in as many weeks, pushing Andre Ethier’s double-pay grounder across the dirt and losing his footing, neither fielding the ball nor making a throw.  With the bases again loaded, Jerry Hairston Jr singled to right-field, driving-in Scott Van Slyke (running for Crawford).  Ellis miscalculated and followed Van Slyke home, but was cut-down by a Carlos Gonzalez strike to Torrealba.  The Rockies dodged what had seemed like certain disaster when Skip Schumaker grounded to LeMahieu.

Colorado re-took the lead in the 5th when Torrealba led-off with a single, moved to 2nd on a Federowicz passed-ball, and to 3rd on Chacin’s sacrifice bunt.  Fowler singled to score Torrealba, and after LeMahieu grounded-out, Carlos Gonzalez, who had robbed Nick Punto of a double with a diving catch in the 4th, lined a 2-run homer to left, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead.  Los Angeles was having none of that and moved back into the lead in the 6th on one out singles by Schumaker and Punto, and a Federowicz double.

Josh Outman came-on for Chacin in the 7th and retired left-handers Adrian Gonzalez and Ethier, bringing-on Edgmer Escalona to face right-hander Hairston.  Hairston doubled, then Schumaker knocked him-in, pushing the Dodger lead back to 2 runs.  But the Rockies tied-it in the 7th when Troy Tulowitzki singled with one out and the over-paid Cuddyer drilled a big homer into the Colorado bullpen.

Escalona regrouped in the eighth, setting Los Angeles down in-order and striking-out pinch-hitter Luis Cruz and Van Slyke on 6-straight pitches.  Rex Brothers handled the Dodgers in the 9th and Matt Belisle (3-2, 3.07) was perfect in the 10th, setting the stage for the Rockies winning rally.  Helton struck-out, and Arenado grounded to Adrian Gonzalez against Matt Guerra (1-2, 3.92).  Torrealba grounded his single to left on a 0-2 count, and Colorado manager Walt Weiss elected to waste his final catcher, sending Wilin Rosario up to top a slow roller to shortstop.  The speedy Rosario busted-it down the line and beat Punto’s throw by a half-step to push Torrealba into scoring position for Fowler’s slap over Adrian Gonzalez’ head and down the right-field line.

The Rockies will look to build-off the dramatic victory and blast into the summer portion of the schedule with an early June hot streak.  They’ll send ace Jorge De La Rosa (6-3, 3.16) up against Hyun-Jin Ryo (6-2, 2.89) in a battle of tough lefties Sunday afternoon at 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in the finale of the 3-game set.

BETANCOURT ON DL
Colorado has placed closer Rafael Betancourt (1-3, 3.20, 11 saves) on the 15 Day Disabled List and recalled right-hander Manny Corpas in a blast-from-the-past echoing all the way back to the magic September run of 2007.  Betancourt, declared “perfectly fine” in Weiss’ post-game press-conference on Friday, has a strained groin that has allegedly troubled him the entire season.  Corpas was 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 17 appearances for Colorado Springs.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Don’t we have anybody better than Corpas? Even if that means someone from Tulsa?

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I would have hoped they brought up Colvin and get another hitter here. Maybe Corpas is here only for Sunday and when they go to Cincy they’ll bring up another position player. I think O’Dowd actually wanted to get Curtis Leskanic to the team but he’s in an old age home.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Jeem.Jeem.Jeem,there you go again[in my best Ronald Reagan voice.Cuddy is making a real push for the all star game INO.Wilin busting it up the line was the key to this win.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Screw the typos-more vodka-great win.

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

you know he only does it to get a rise out of you now, right Gary? and you fall for the bait every time 🙂

jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Big Money Mike!

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Hey Jeem,

The double play in the first stranded only two, not three. Good game tho. My third live one of the year and the third win for me.
A see-saw battle. Brothers was lights out in the ninth, all right.

Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

I was at the game (my first of the season) so saw the walk off in person. Lots of Dodger fans there. Lots of cheering support for Todd. Great way to end the slide! Not excited about Corpas coming up, though.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

See that photo of Cuddy, arms in the air greeting Dex, who flashes that big smile? These are just plain likable guys. Easy to root for them unless you’re Egossage. Or Jeem. And Cuddy is well on his way to the All Star game. (Overpaid, sure, but not based on what he’s done so far this year!)

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Whoever said I didn’t root for them? I always root for the Rockies to win.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Cuddeyer may or may not be overpaid but he is much better than I thought and he plays 100% all of the time. That’s gotta be a great influence on the younger guys which except for Helton and Yorvit is most of the team.. Rosario’s hustle to beat out that grounder was huge. A day or so before that there was a similar play to the left side of the infield and he was out. I don’t think he loafed… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

This just in: Hyun-Jin Ryu was scratched from Sunday’s Dodgers start because of a bruised left foot and replaced by Matt Magill, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room for Magill, catcher A.J. Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique.

Of course to make things fair, Weiss is sitting Tulo and starting Herrara at short.

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