Last [Home] Stand

The Colorado Rockies return to Coors Field from another pathetic outing out the on the road, and host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first of 3 tonight starting at 6:40 MDT, before the Arizona Diamondbacks visit for four over the weekend to close out the 2014 home schedule.

The local nine managed to score 8 runs between New York and St Louis, including 3 that didn’t matter in the 9th inning of the Friday contest at Busch Stadium, and went 0 for 6 for the week and the trip. During the Rockies’ sordid and gratefully short history, explanations for the teams’ road woes have been many and varied.  Fact is, there’s not much science to it:  it just sucks to be away from Colorado.

Despite the Rox best efforts, the Cardinals lost a half a game to Pittsburgh in the NL Central standings, retaining a 3-1/2 game lead over the Pirates, who lead Division rival Milwaukee by a game and a half in Wild Card chase, which the hated Giants currently lead by 3 games.  San Francisco remains in contention for the NL West title, trailing the Dodgers by 3.  Over in the East the Washington Nationals have left Atlanta in the dust.  The Braves are the next closest to the Brewers for the 2nd Wild Card, trailing by 4 for the single-elimination chance to break into the post-season tournament.

Over in the American League the Detroit Tigers have inched-out in front of the Kansas City Royals by a game and a half in the AL Central.  Detroit visits KC this weekend after taking 2 out of 3 from the Royals in the Motor City last week.  The Orioles and Angels have the East and West Divisions under complete control; the Wild Card is between KC, Detroit and the Oakland A’s, who would be tied with Detroit and lead Kansas City by 1-1/2.

Over at the old ballpark Christian Bergman (2-3, 4.89) gets the call for the Rockies, facing Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.75) of LA.  Neither right-hander is being considered for the NL Cy Young award. Colorado failed to score behind Bergman last Tuesday, losing 2-0.  Bergman took the loss in 6 innings, allowing the 2 New York Mets’ runs on 6 hits while striking-out one.  Hernandez was also out Tuesday, losing to the Padres in Los Angeles.  He was shaky, lasting only 3 and giving-up 5 runs on 5 hits.  He struck-out 3 and walked a batter.

Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly is not messing around on the 15th of September.  He has the terrifying Dee Gordon leading-off at 2nd-base in a lineup full of first-teamers.  Matt Kemp hits cleanup in right-field.  Carl Crawford is 6th, in left.  Rafael Ynoa gets a start at 3rd-base for Colorado, standing-in for Nolan Arenado, who bruised his sternum diving for a Cardinals shot through the 5-6 hole in Sunday’s contest.  Wilin Rosario is hitting 6th, despite assuming personal responsibility for each of last week’s losses on the road.

It’s a lovely night in Denver.  Temperatures will be in the low 70ºs during the game, with wind drifting-out out toward left-center at about 6 MPH.  If I were George Frazier, I’d have hopped straight into my fine-ride and headed straight home to Tulsa, so here’s guessing it’ll be Jeff Huson with Drew Goodman on ROoT.  Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan have the radio on 850 am KOA.

LOS ANGELES (85-64)
Dee Gordon (L) 2B
Yasiel Puig (R) CF
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Matt Kemp (R) RF
Hanley Ramirez (R) SS
Carl Crawford (L) LF
Juan Uribe (R) 3B
A.J. Ellis (R) C
Roberto Hernandez (R) P
COLORADO (59-90)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Rafael Ynoa (S) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Christian Bergman (R) P

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roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

Here’s a little pathetic optimism: 1) the Rox help smother the Giants just a tad by losing the series (oh, how low I’ve sunk) or 2) the Rockies actually entertain us and win a few of the last home games.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Bases loaded, Rex comes in. There’s a really good Monday Night Football game going on right now, but I have to watch this disaster unfold.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

And Rex did not disappoint! Two hitters, two hits, 3 runs in, game over. My only regret is that he gave up a hit on Ball 1 with the bases loaded so we didn’t get to see him walk in a run. Back to football.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I have been a Broncos fan since going to School of Mines in ’72 (when they were terrible, not a bandwagon guy) but I grew up outside Philly, so the Eagles win tonight was far better to watch than the Rockies debacle.

Chalk up another crapper for The Herd, although Bergman takes the loss.

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