Hale and Homers

It’s not news Colorado Rockies hitters take great offense to falling behind early, and David Hale (2-3, 5.95) put them in a 4-0 hole before the 1st inning at O.co Colisseum had ended on Monday night. Kendall Graveman (5-4, 3.47) took full advantage, and threw 7 shutout innings as the Oakland A’s defeated the Rockies, 7-1.

Josh Reddick stepped to the plate with 2 out and Steven Vogt on 1st with a single, and deposited the first pitch he saw over the right-center-field wall.  Billy Butler followed with a single before Ike Davis matched Reddick with a shot off the facing in right.  That would prove more than enough against a Colorado squad that got nothing going before Graveman left, when Charlie Blackmon got them off the schneid with a solo shot leading-off the 8th.

Nevermind as Oakland answered with 2 off Christian Friedrich in the bottom of the 8th, and the Rockies dropped the first of the remaining 7 road games in a stretch leading-up to the 2015 season’s midpoint.

Graveman dominated Colorado.  He worked fast, and tore through the Rockies lineup the entire outing, giving-up 5 hits, walking 3 and striking-out 3.  He threw 111 pitches, 71 strikes, before giving-way to Evan Scribner, who surrendered Blackmon’s homer, former Rockie Drew Pomeranz, who retired Carlos Gonzalez, and Tyler Clippard, who navigated a 9th inning that included a walk and an error by A’s shortstop Marcus Semien, his 24th of 2015.

Hale also went 7, precluding the Colorado pen from work, save Friedrich.  Hale allowed his 5 runs on 9 hits; Butler hit a 3rd Oakland homer in the 4th.  The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 64 strikes, walked no one and struck-out 2.  Troy Tulowitzki had 3 hits and a walk and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and check me on this, but I believe he’s also now hit in 25 of his last 26.

The series continues tonight at O.co with another 8:05 MDT start.  Jorge De La Rosa goes for Denver, and manager Walt Weiss is denying the rumors DLR is being flown-in today after spending the last 4 residing in the Coors Field humidor to recover from his numerous wounds.  The Cat will be opposed by A’s ace Sonny Gray, a right-hander.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I hear Mike Sciosica and Jerry Dipoto aren’t getting along. Scioscia is my favorite Maher in baseball by far. Jeff Bridich needs to be ready to buzz his pager when he gets dismissed.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I’m a big Sciosia fan as well. He gets it.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Sonny Gray scratched tonight. Take advantage tonight, Rockies.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

What’s the scoop with Gray?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

He’s afraid of facing Big P!!

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

It is a shame that you can’t make a comment without using a derogatory nickname for the winningest pitcher in the Rockies history. It removes all credibility from anything that you post.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

As well he should be!

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Maybe Hale and Kendricks should throw to Arenado if he gets in HR Derby at ASG.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

LOL … Gary, we do have the best HR derby pitchers on our staff, that’s for sure …

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