Division Road

The surging Colorado Rockies turned-in just their second winning week since the one that started back on May the 5th with a trip down to Arlington, Texas, way back when it looked like the local nine might deliver a magical, long-awaited contending season.  Back before the season went to hell, straight to hell, without passing Go and without collecting $200.  The numbers are even more impressive when one considers the just completed 9-game home stand, which Colorado finished 6-3 as it headed off to the west coast to take on the Division rival San Francisco Giants.  The Rockies were 3-2 during the short week that featured off-days on Monday and Thursday, splitting two with the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals, then taking 2 of 3 from the Marlins of Miami, who landed at DIA with a winning record and headed for Seattle Sunday a game under .500.

Nolan Arenado was 12 for 22 on the week and earlier this afternoon was awarded the National League Player of the Week Award, the same honorarium teammate Corey Dickerson had lassoed the week prior. Matt McBride returned to the Major Leagues and celebrated by Grand Slamming the Royals on Wednesday evening, but two nights later it was the Rockies who got slammed, when Marcel Osuna capped-off a 6-run Marlins 9th by driving a Juan Nicasio fastball deep into the left-field night.  But Saturday Dickerson made the Marlins sad, homering in the 9th to send that game into extras, and driving home Arenado with a single in the bottom of the 13th for Rox Walk-Off No. 5 of 2014.  Christian Bergman returned from the Disabled List on Sunday and logged his first MLB win, as the Rox answered two 7th inning Marlin runs with two of their own, Zero Improvement Guy DJ LeMahieu delivering the decisive 2-run double.

Big Money Mike Cuddyer meanwhile landed back on the DL, supposedly losing the numbers game Colorado had to play to activate Bergman.

They’re in San Fran tonight, opening a 7-game trip in the City by the Bay with 4 against the Giants before doubling-back to Phoenix, Arizona for 3 versus the Diamondbacks.  You may recall the Rockies’ last visit to AT+T Park in June, when at the end of that other erstwhile winning week they swept San Francisco in 3 games and left the Giants looking-up at their arch-rival Los Angeles Dodgers ever since. Game time is 8:15 MDT at AT+T, and Tyler Matzek (2-9, 5.38) will oppose good ol’ boy Jake Peavy (2-3, 3.58), back in the NL West after a jaunt through AL outposts Chicago and Boston.

Matzek was pulled with 2-on and 2-out in the 7th inning of last Tuesday’s loss to Kansas City, and Adam Ottavino couldn’t deliver a hold, saddling Matzek with the loss after a 3-run, 6-hit, 6-2/3 inning appearance.  Peavy was out Wednesday against the Cubs, snagging the win in a 7 inning, 2 run, 7-hit, 8 strike-out performance in San Francisco against the Chicago Cubs.

Arenado is hitting clean-up in Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss’ lineup tonight.  Dickerson follows, hitting 5th in left-field.  Justin Morneau returns to the Colorado order hitting 3rd, ahead of the back-to-back players of the week.  The Giants counter with a couple guys who’re new to me, Joe Panik at 2nd-base hitting 6th, and catcher Andrew Susac, who’ll hit 7th.  Buster Posey is a 1st-base, and he’ll hit 3rd.

It’ll be chilly under clear skies in the China basin, with temperatures in the low 60ºs, and wind blowing across from 3rd to 1st at a fairly brisk 8 to 9 MPH.  Relative humidity will be an oppressive 87% of sea air, portending a pitchers duel.  ROoT’s got the TV; radio’s on KOA.

COLORADO (52-77)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Michael McKenry (R) C
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tyler Matzek (L) P
SAN FRANCISCO (68-61)
Angel Pagan (S) CF
Hunter Pence (R) RF
Buster Posey (R) 1B
Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
Michael Morse (R) LF
Joe Panik (L) 2B
Andrew Susac (R) C
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Jake Peavy (R) P

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Giants move little Timmy Lincecum to the bullpen. Good move on their part.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Watching the reviewed play at the plate and I have to disagree with Drew and Jeff. If you look very closely you will see the heel of the glove brush the pant leg and move the fabric up DJ’s leg before the foot touches the plate. Very close but I think the umps got it right.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Ed, where are you???

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Now it looks like they are seeing what I saw.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Last time Matzek pitched I complained on this site that they pulled him and didn’t give him a chance to work out of a jam. The relievers didn’t come through and Matzek was the loser when inherited runners scored. This time WW let him pitch in a similar situation in the 7th and he got out of it and gets the win.

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

Nice work by Matzek. Pen and defense. Giants look disjointed, not crisp anywhere. Has Boche worn out his welcome?

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Isn’t this 4 in a row at Pac Bell / SBC / AT&T / whatever they call it Park?

MarcelGirard
MarcelGirard
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I just call it Phone Company Park.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  MarcelGirard

Otherwise known as “The house that ‘roids built”.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

I’m sort of on a quest to see games in all MLB Parks (although it seems to be sidetracked in the last few years – I’ve been to about half of them) and I’ve been to a game at AT&T. I know lots of people think it’s the best Park in baseball. I like it – but I didn’t think it was the absolute “best.” Of the ones where I’ve physically attended games and are still standing (places like Atlanta… Read more »

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