Guts Great, Belisle Brillant & Cuddy Clutch

The Sunday Line-up controversy can take a back seat today, as the Colorado Rockies picked up a much-needed road series win, on a Sunday of all things.

The only starters out of the game were Helton, Nelson and Fowler who were replaced by Giambi, Herrera and Colvin respectively.  With Guthrie on the mound for his second Sunday start facing the ace of the Brewers, the team came out swinging their bats and putting the ball in play. Colvin singled in his first at bat, was moved over by a Tulo single and brought home by a Giambi single.

The pitching, with one exception, really came through for the Rockies with Guthrie going seven strong innings, only giving up one run on three hits with three walks and two strike-outs.  The only hiccup was when Brothers came into the game in the 8th and proceeded to walk Rickie Weeks and giving up a single to Carlo Gomez.  With two on and no outs, Jim Tracy made the perfect move by not allowing Brothers to get deeper into trouble.  He pulled Brothers in favor of Belisle, and Matt was absolutely brilliant.  He had to face the Brewers 3, 4 and 5 hitters and set them down in order by getting Braun to pop-up to first, Ramirez to line out to right and sitting down Corey Hart on strikes.  Hit pitches were perfect and his confidence strong, stopping the rally before it even started.

The key moment on offense was in the top of the 8th as the teams were tied 1-1.  With KRod on the mound, Tulo hit a single and Giambi was walked, bringing Cuddyer to the plate with one out.  He wasn’t very successful at the plate so far, going 0-3 with two looking strike-outs, but all of that was forgotten as he delivered a double to the gap scoring Tulo and the less than speedy Giambi.

The Rockies got an insurance run in the 9th after Fowler and Scutaro, who had both been struggling at the plate, led off with singles.  CarGo, another player looking for consistency, singled in Fowler to bring the score to 4-1.

Betancourt was perfect in the ninth and the team leaves Milwaukee having taken the past three series.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
8 years ago

Very, very nice game – and well managed also. Quickly yanking Brothers was the right thing to do. And Belisle was brilliant. Today’s lineup was better. As noted numerous times, Helton is a given. Colvin has become interchangeable with Fowler ( I’m being nice! ). The nice touch today was Herrera at 3rd instead of 2nd. That move doesnt impact batting order. The other note I have is that Colvin is impressing at the moment. He tracks fly balls really… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

another nice series win…does anyone else get the feeling that players are starting to learn their roles and things are starting to click. We may not go undefeated thru the remaining games in April but I am starting to see the upward trend.

Another good report on De La Rosa!! Come on June!

Go Rox

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

Let’s not get too excited about DLR starting out like Cy Young when he gets back in June. Just look at what Adam Wainright is doing in STL on his comeback from TJ surgery. He’s 0-3 with a 9+ ERA.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

To those who said not to trust forecasts, it was supposed to start precipitating around noon, then around 7PM. It’s 11:30PM on the east coast and still no rain or snow here about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh. Rox won, so I will sleep just a little bit better tonight!

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

As an east coaster from back in the day I say,be careful what you wish for Bob.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Also,as someone often critical here,I must say the two wins were very well played games.They were “team” games with many contributors,and many small things done right that helped win both games.That said,I am appauled that just weeks out of spring training the outfielders continue to miss the cutoff man,or throw through when they should be throwing to 2nd to keep the DP in order and runner out of scoring position!It happened about 5 times and no one was immune for… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Excellent point, Gary. The throw home on the run scored by the Brewers yesterday was totally worthless as there was no real chance of getting the out, and it allowed the batter to advance into scoring position.

Doc
Doc
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Agree, Gary, kinda sloppy fielding so far. Scutaro looked like his head wasn’t in the game–not tagging Braun on the stolen base and then cutting off Cuddy’s throw to second when it looked like they had a shot at doubling up Weeks. I watched the Brewer feed so don’t know how that played out, but Tulo jawed at him for a good fifteen seconds after the play.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Cuddyer is great for the Rockies! Yesterday was another great example of what Cargo and Tulo can learn from this guy. Cuddyer was having a frustrating day, but when he had a crucial at bat with the game on the line he delivered.

Lora Wesche
Lora Wesche
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

My friends in Minnesota were really upset when he left Minneasota and really miss Cuddie. Besides being a great player, he is a better person. What a great pickup by the Rockies.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Lora Wesche

I like Cuddyer a lot as well, especially the hustle down the line everytime, however for $31.5 million – he should have several really good qualities. Not saying that he doesn’t, but it was still a $5 million overpay by DanO and the Rockies.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

So Bob in WV, are we gonna play ball tonight? Looks like a Colorado April in Western PA!

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

As of noon, we have none of the forecasted 4-6″ here in northern WV. (I am in Fairmont, about 10 miles south of Morgantown and about an hour-and-a-quarter drive from the stadium.) The forecast is now for “no significant accumulations”. Looks like it all slid east of us and east of Pittsburgh. It is raining here and in Pittsburgh, but that should taper off this afternoon, before resuming about game time…again, according to the less than reliable weather.com. Bottom line,… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

I’m not to worried about him pitching in the cold. I think the cold weather will make it that much harder for the hitters to adjust to his great “clock management” and slow stuff.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

BTW did anyone else notice that Fowler caught the final out with TWO hands. I really like it when the Rockies play the game the “right” way.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I think the Rockies need to give Eric Young Jr. a few starts at second base in the near future. If Scutaro continues to stumble or gets hurt you would then have someone that could step in bat leadoff and play second. I think EYJ enthuisiasm, speed, and offense would add to an already dangerous Rockies lineup. I want EYJ to get one more shot to prove he is an everyday second basemen. Just remember Rockies fans, everyone thought his… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter, I might the only other EY2 supporter here, however I really like him in center field where the throws are usually much shorter and he can utilize his speed. Having said that if EY2 and Fowler can OBP at .350 or better that’s the best possible top of the lineup with EY2 #1 and Dex #2 – but they both can’t play CF at the same time.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

I agree, I like him in centerfield as well. I hate it when he is stuck in left field, this really seems to expose his below average throwing arm. However, the only place I could see him being a regular starter for the Rockies is second base. With Fowler, Colvin, and Blackmon in the mix, I don’t see EYJ getting a shot in center field. If he could get a start here and there like Colvin in center field then… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter, while I enjoy your comments about EY2 I think you are dead wrong (at least we can agree to debate on “our” site. I have started supporting EY2 to a degree last few weeks but not in a full time, defensive move. He has shown he can get to fly balls within his range (not in a Fowler range) yet his arm is average at best on a good day. And Scutero overall has been good- yes his average… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

Cuddyer comment was from early note Pooter, not directed at our comments ; )

Go Rox

Gary
Gary
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

It’s early so now’s the time to experiment a little.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I guess they did pull the plug because of snow/rain. I know yesterday they already had plan B and said there would be a standard double header on Wed.

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 years ago

Love that Cuddy more and more! The guy is a ballplayer. Belisle….umm, wow! Nice to feel fairly calm when someone comes out of the pen. Keep EYJ out of the outfield, period! Nice series win and over .500, who could ask for more :-))

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

About Scuturo: I did not see the Braun steal until the late news and didn’t see the home plate ump. Did the ump make a decisive strike call? Or did he make a call that looked like he was calling it a ball? Don’t know. From what I heard the ump had a terrible strike zone and everybody was ticked at him. Still Scuturo should have tagged him. On the throw in the 8th inning, I did see that. I’m… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Scutaro couldn’t see the call – he was being blocked by someone (pitcher, catcher or batter – not sure) – but he still should have tagged…rookies mistake from a vet… He has been one of the most dissapointing parts of the season so far for me because i had HUGE hopes for him…i know Red Sox fans LOVE the guy and his numbers last season were legit…i don’t want him to turn into a Barmes, where he can’t hit, but… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Bill, you’re thinking of Herb Washington, former world class sprinter hired by Charlie Finley’s A’s to be a pure pinch runner. He did ok, but proved to everyone that being fast isn’t enough to be a great base stealer. He’s most famous for getting picked off in the World Series. Nice story: when I googled him I discovered that he’s a very successful business owner of a bunch of McDonald’s. I love having EY around in the same role, plus… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

On Colvin: the guy is just intriguing to me. I was (still am) not completely sold on him. But he seems like a polished ballplayer (he even looks comfortable at 1B) with a really nice “line drives to all fields” swing. I mentioned that keeping EY and Herrera (and Giambi and Colvin) leaves us stuck without a righthanded hitter with some pop. But here’s what’s unusual about Colvin: he’s always handled lefties as well as righties. Virtually no platoon split,… Read more »

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