Fading Into the Sunset

“In a pink palazzo at the top of the hill, the Drogues and their womenfolk were whiling away the afternoon watching films in which people walked into the sea and disappeared forever.  They had watched Bruce Dern in Coming Home, Joan Crawford in Humoresque, James Mason in the second A Star is Born and Lee Verger in The Awakening.  Now Fredric March and Janet Gaynor were on the out-sized screen before them.”

The Colorado Rockies are off on one last swing through the state of California, a place they’ve managed some success learning to play in, and this time they’re on a 6-game winning streak, having whooped-up on the Arizona Diamondbacks, and earlier the majestic Los Angeles Dodgers last week in their last stand at Coors Field for 2014.  They take on the San Diego Padres tonight at 8:10 MDT at Petco Park in San Diego in the first of a 3-game set, then head up the coast for 3 more shots at the playoff-bound Dodgers before vanishing into the Pacific mist for the long, cold winter.

The Rockies have been on a way-too-late romp.  They laid 16 on LA last Wednesday and plastered 15 into the Dbacks on Friday night.  Tyler Matzek (6-10, 4.19) registered another win, Wilin Rosario emerged from a season-long funk “just in time,” Rafael Ynoa opened some slumbering September eyes standing-in for Nolan Arenado, and Big Money Michael Cuddyer continued to show us what we’ll be missing if he doesn’t get an invite back to the Mile High City for a 2015 encore.  Matzek makes what will likely be his penultimate start tonight against the Padres.  The rookie left-hander has won 4 of his last 5 and sports a 2.92 ERA dating back to the disastrous Sunday afternoon he spent in Detroit, Michigan on August 2.  He took the first of the two wins over the Dodgers Tuesday, escaping after 5-1/3, 11 hits, and 2 runs in Colorado’s 10-4 victory.  Matzek matches-up tonight with veteran Eric Stults (7-17, 4.59), who the Rockies defeated back on September 5.  Stults failed to befuddle the local nine that evening for a change; they knocked him around for 3 runs on 8 hits in 6-1/3 and went-on to win 3-0 behind a complete game by Matzek.  Stults was out against the Phillies on Wednesday.  He lasted only 4-1/3, and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits.

Colorado’s sweep of Arizona lifted it out of the NL West basement, where it finished in 2012 and 2013, and the Rockies will be seeking to go out on the road on a high note, running-out the regulars at Petco. Charlie Blackmon leads-off in center, Cuddyer cleans-up in right and Corey Dickerson hits 5th in left. San Diego will finish 3rd in the NL West, trailing LA and the San Francisco Giants, and is looking for its 75th win in tonight’s contest.  Their lineup’s also sprinkled with regulars.  Jedd Gyorko at 2nd-base, Rene Rivera catching, and Yasmani Grandal playing 1st will go 3-4-5 in manager Bud Black’s order.

Meanwhile the playoff picture has become fairly clear as the leagues rumble toward the finish.  San Francisco and Pittsburgh will face-off for the chance to join an NL tournament that will include Washington from the East, St Louis from the Central and Los Angeles from the West.  In the American, Kansas City grabbed a game back on Detroit with a win Sunday.  That pair are battling for the AL Central, and the loser will face the Oakland A’s (barring a late miracle from the Seattle Mariners) in the one-and-out contest to join the Central survivor, Baltimore Orioles of the East, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the West in the junior circuit’s post-season.

The Rockies trust their stroll into the sunset will be less harrowing than that of the most tragic Lu Ann Bourgeois, aka Lee Verger, the heroine of Robert Stone’s astonishing 1985 novel Children of Light.  Try that one on while you’re trying to forget about baseball during the off-season.

San Diego weather, if you can believe it, will be clear and in the low 70ºs, damp and getting damper as the game progresses, with relative humidity approaching 90%.  There won’t be much wind; it’ll blow in from right-field at about 5 MPH.  ROoT has the TV and radio’s on KOA.

COLORADO (65-91)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Michael McKenry (R) C
Rafael Ynoa (S) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tyler Matzek (L) P
SAN DIEGO (74-81)
Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
Cameron Maybin (R) CF
Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
Rene Rivera (R) C
Yasmani Grandal (S) 1B
Tommy Medica (R) LF
Rymer Liriano (R) RF
Alexi Amarista (L) SS
Eric Stults (L) P


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7 years ago

Jeem, brilliant. I tried to figure out the quote before I read your whole post. Thomas Pynchon? No, the style is all wrong. Google found it for me. The novel is described in the lead blurb on amazon: “Before he is fully awake, Gordon Walker, intellectual manque, failed playwright in his 40s and modestly successful screenwriter-actor, has already consumed his daily hits of valium, alcohol and cocaine. “Stoned, abandoned, desolate,” he is a melancholy case, teetering at the edge of… Read more »

7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You guys are brilliant! Really makes me long for all the brain cells I’ve killed in my long ill led life.Who would have thunk a baseball blog would take me make to my college days when I almost had a brain.Thanks.

7 years ago
Reply to  Gary

I couldn’t type then either.—————take me back to my college days……..

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

But alas, it appeareth our beloved conquistadors haveth not the weaponry needed to slay those from the coastal regions. Visions of recent grandeur evaporate into the heavy air of the battlefield, warriors repeatedly left stranded far from home. Never hath 90 feet seemed so distant as upon this night.

7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

I think you are saying the 10 run/game average may have been proven an aberration and tacos may not be in our diet again this season.I also note that being published has changed you from Bob in W.VA. to the Bard in W.VA.

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