Pinch me. There’s been a horrible mistake.
Jon Garland (1-0, 3.00) pitched 6 innings in his Colorado debut, and Michael Cuddyer delivered 4 RBI as the Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3 for their 4th consecutive victory after dropping the opener in Milwaukee. Garland, who signed with Colorado late in Spring Training after exercising an opt-out clause in his deal with the Seattle Mariners, got ground-outs on 12 of the 18 batters he retired. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2 and struck-out 2, and handed a 4-2 lead to the bullpen after throwing 75 pitches, 49 for strikes, on a brisk Saturday evening at Coors Field in downtown Denver.
The Rockies got things going right out-of-the-box as lead-off man Dexter Fowler singled and was forced at 2nd on a ground-out by Josh Rutledge. Rutledge stole 2nd with Carlos Gonzalez at bat, moved to 3rd on a Troy Tulowitzski fly-ball, and scored on the first of 3 Cuddyer hits for the night. San Diego tied things-up in the 4th when Carlos Quentin led-off with a double (he had 2 and scored both times) and moved-up on a single by 1st-baseman Yonder Alonzo. Jedd Gyorko walked to load the bases, then Quentin scored on an Alexi Amarista single, but Garland regrouped and got Cameron Maybin to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
The Rockies used Chinese water torture to plate 3 runs in the 5th. Fowler walked and then moved-up to 2nd when Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who’s having a tough series, booted Rutledge’s grounder at deep short. Gonzalez then served a top-spin lob to center that dropped in front of Maybin to score Fowler. Tulowitzski followed with a similar soft liner, a bit further to right, Rutledge coming around from 2nd. Next was Cuddyer, again. Another hump-backed liner, hit a little harder, but dropping in front of right-fielder Will Venable as Gonzalez came home with what would be the winning run.
San Diego picked-up a run in the 6th, then Matt Belisle picked-up Garland, turning-in a scoreless 7th, and with 1 out in the bottom of the inning Tulowitzski walked in front of the over-paid Cuddyer [ha ha JOKE! JOKE!], who blasted the first pitch he saw from Andrew Cashner into the right-field crowd. Rex Brothers gave the Padres back a run in the eighth, but Rafael Betancourt delivered a scoreless 9th for his 3rd 2013 save.
Colorado will look to sweep San Diego in tomorrow afternoon’s 2:10 pm start. The highly suspect Rockies rotation comes back around to Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 1.35), who’ll face-off with Edinson Volquez (0-1, 18.00) of the Padres. TV’s on ROOT, radio’s on KOA. So far so good.
HERNANDEZ DEALT TO LA
Hard-luck catcher Ramon Hernandez, designated for assignment when Yorvit Torrealba beat him out for the Colorado back-up catching position, has been traded, along with his contract, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang and $1,000,000. Harang was immediately designated for assignment. The $1,000,000 was not.