Game 2 vs. Tuloronto 6/28/2016

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.

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roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

And 5 runs is the margin of victory! Yikes.

We bailed at 8:25 when they had taken off the tarp, but announced a 9:20 first pitch. No way to keep hanging in then for oldsters. The storm was good entertainment, at least. And the outcome was not worth staying for, obviously.

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sdcarp
4 years ago

RoxnSox – much like you…..I didn’t even make it to the start of last night’s game. I’m a little bit surprised they didn’t postpone and play a double-header today. The pitching lines our Marquez, Almonte, and Tinoco were nothing short of amazing last night on the Farm. Jeff Hoffman selected for the futures game as well. I’m sure the Rox will allow him to play in that game (meaning a call-up this week isn’t in the works). I had been… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

WHOA…….from today’s “Knuckleball” by Jon Heymann:

“Colorado Rockies

Pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman is so highly regarded, one scout referred to him as “a second Syndergaard.” He is performing well in Triple-A and may not be far away ………..”

I say “slow down there Cheetah,” but this is indeed high praise.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
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WHOA indeed… don’t jinx him, and by extension us Rockies fans, Heyman…

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Lots going on.

Our old friend Clayton Kershaw to DL with mildly herniated disc in back.

Marlins acquire Fernando Rodney…..first shot across the bow as the trade deadline begins to approach.

Dodgers acquire Bud Norris. This is simply necessity.

Jay Bruce says he’ll waive his no-trade clause to Cleveland. I’ve maintained for about 6 weeks (since Cleveland has emerged as the AL Central favorite) that Cleveland is a good match for Cargo.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Every offseason it seems like I suggest a couple of “bargain,” off-the-radar type guys I think the Rox should pursue. This past off-season, one of those guys was Byung Ho Park. Of course Park ultimately signed a multi-year deal with the Twins for a seemingly very reasonable 25Mish. Park started off the season well enough….at least in the power department. But pitchers are adjusting to him and he’s in a deep enough funk that the Twins just optioned him to… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

I’m sure RMH is monitoring this: Riley Pint made his debut for GJ last night. 2 scoreless innings. There’s always a healthy debate about drafting HS pitchers vs. College pitchers. Pint’s start last night highlights one of the real “pros” of drafting HSers. Total control of IP and development. Compare Pint to the Coastal Carolina Closer that had an 80+ pitch outing on the way to the National Championship. The Rox now have 18 YO Pint and 19 YO Mike… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

From MLBTradeRumors

“The Rockies have agreed to sign Venezuelan lefty Alfredo Jose Garcia for $1M, Sanchez tweets. Garcia does not figure in either the MLB.com or Baseball America lists. There’s little information on him available online, although he appears to be the pitcher in this video.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO7L7xil5B4

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Carp, on Byung Ho Park: he has been a bust so far for the Twins. But he is really only guaranteed about $15 million over 4 years. Gerardo Parra is guaranteed more like $25 million over 3 years. I’ll always take a flyer on the higher upside guy — Parra, even if he were having a good season, just didn’t provide much upside potential and he was more expensive. With these Korean Baseball League guys, it’s really hard to make… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Correction on Park: with the posting fee, the Twins committed about $35 million total to him, more than we committed to Parra (although spread over more years)

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