Most of the RWO fans tuned out the game after the Padres scored two runs in the 8th inning to extend the lead to 7-4. The majority of us, including myself, went out to do some yard work. We successfully restored the grass to shining purple after the Rocky grass started to turn brown Sunday. The result was a 8-7 improbable victory for the Rockies to keep our season in the “win now” mode. With the Giants’ victory over the Dbacks today, the Rockies gained a game in the NL West. The Rox and Giants are both 1 1/2 back of the Dbacks with the Giants in second place percentage points ahead of the Rox.
Dexter Fowler did most of the work to jump start the Rockies offense. He singled to lead off the game and came home on Troy Tulowitzki’s homer. In the third inning, Fowler doubled off the right field scoreboard, moved to third on EYJ’s sacrifice bunt, and cruised home on CarGo’s grounder. Nolan Arenado tripled in Tulo for a 4-0 lead. After the Padres rallied to take a 7-4 lead on a bullpen meltdown, Dex kept the 9th inning alive delivering yet another hit and scoring a run in which the Rockies rallied to knot the score at seven on a two-run double by CarGo with two outs and two strikes off Luke Gregorson. In the tenth inning Dex delivered a walk off single to score DJ LeMahieu who pinch ran for Todd Helton.
With the Rockies still in a NL West brawl, there may be a need to readjust the roster with the best 25 men for the rest of the season. They have a day off tomorrow which helps the bullpen get reset. Roy Oswalt pitched seven innings today giving up just one run on 84 (?) pitches. EYJ went 0-3 with two strike outs including one in a crucial AB in the 9th inning before CarGo’s double. Maybe for once we can let Bill Geivett and DOD overrule Walt Weiss and do the wise thing to let go EYJ. Tyler Chatwood is aiming for a Friday start. That means that there’s a good chance that Jhoulys Chacin pitches on Tuesday in the opening game of the series vs. Washington. Obviously it will be either Chacin or Drew Pomeranz on Tuesday. Edgmer Escalona looked like he blew out his elbow when he left the game after blowing the save vs. the Padres in the seventh inning. Josh Outman may return by Tuesday (I believe per the rules, the optioned player can be recalled sooner than the minimum time in cases of injury.) There’s a myriad of possibilities this week regarding roster moves.