Last night Tulo returned to his roots and he received a rousing applause with a smattering of boos. The fans loved him for what he has done, but the real baseball fans loved him for another reason – Colorado has Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco, and Migual Castro in return. sdcarp will love CarGo for the same reason, but what will the return be? He is still raking at the plate. But the other teams in need of an outfielder are looking at Ryan Braun and Jay Bruce as possibilities besides CarGo.
For five innings, it looked like Toronto starting pitcher Marco Estrada was going to limit the Rockies to less than five hits while going at least six or seven innings as he had done in every start this month. Jon Gray matched Estrada except for a solo blast in the first. Then Gray gave up what seemed to be a harmless double with two outs in the sixth. Josh Donaldson singled him home to make it 2-0 in favor of the Blue Jays. The next batter was Edwin Encarnacion and he deposited the ball in center field.
It felt like the game was over at that point with Estrada dealing through five. But the drama actually began in bottom of the sixth. Chuck_Nazty drew a lead-off walk and moved to third on Christhian Adames’ double. After a NoDo strikeout, CarGo launched a moonshot to right field. All of a sudden, Colorado was back within one run at 4-3.
Gray righted his own ship with a shutdown inning in top of seventh. Toronto went to the bullpen to start the seventh inning. The Rockies exploded for six runs to take a 9-4 lead after seven. Gonzalez Germen kept the score at 9-4 in the eighth and Jason Motte finished the game after giving up Encarnacion’s second homer of the game on the second pitch for a 9-5 final.
Game two is tonight with Eddie Butler going against J.A. Happ. Happ is pitching well while Butler still has not figured out how to finish off a batter with two strikes on him nor can he finish off an inning after two outs. Colorado is probably going to need at least 10 runs to hold off the Blue Jays.
It was their third straight win to improved the record to 37-39 with five games remaining to the halfway post of the season. Also Colorado has a 13-12 record in the month of June which helped them stay out of the annual Slide Into Oblivion. They also raised their interleague record to 5-3 against the beasts of the AL East.
All this happening with several pitchers taking their turns on the DL. Chatty appears close to a return as will Chris Rusin. Jake McGee is past the minimum 15-day on the IR. When will he be back? Otto is currently in rehab at Albuquerque and could very well be ready to return around the ASB.
Tomorrow the game will be in the afternoon. (Use this thread to discuss tomorrow’s game as well.) It will be a good pitching matchup between Tyler Anderson and Aaron Sanchez. After Thursday’s off day, they head to the Ravine where they are supposedly scheduled to face Clayton Kershaw. But he is questionable as he flew home today to L.A. to have his sore back checked out.