Lyles Strafes Sox

Jordan Lyles pitched 6-2/3 innings of 1-run/5-hit ball, and went 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Chicago White Sox in the opening game of a 3-game inter-league series Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.  Six additional Rockies logged RBI in the 8-1 Colorado victory that evened the team’s 2014 record at 4 wins/4 losses.

Carlos Gonzalez got things started for the Rockies with a rocketed 2-out homer that barely cleared the wall in right-center in the bottom if the 1st.  In the bottom of the 2nd Lyles lined a double into the left-center-field gap that rolled, like a good neighbor, to the wall and bounced off the State Farm sign, scoring DJ LeMahieu, who had walked with 2-out.

Colorado went-up 3-0 in the 4th on singles by Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau, and Wilin Rosario.  In the 5th Tulowitzki led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on a single by Nolan Arenado, and scored a on a single by LeMahieu, a poor hitter.  Lyles followed with an RBI single that scored Rosario (who had walked), and NL Player of the Week Charlie Blackmon plated Arenado with a sacrifice fly to left.  The Rockies added single runs in the 6th on a Tulowitzki home run, and in the 8th on a Michael Cuddyer double, Gonzalez single, and fielding error by Chicago 2nd-baseman Marcus Semien on Morneau’s ground-ball.

Lyles meanwhile cruised through 6 and had 2 outs in the 7th when Alexei Ramirez doubled-in Avisail Garcia, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.  Lyles threw 102 pitches, walked 2, and struck-out 4.  Adam Ottavino got him out of the 7th, Chad Bettis pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and Matt Belisle closed it out with a perfect 9th.

The two teams go back at it tonight, again at the old ball park downtown.  Frankie Morales (2-2, 4.62 with Boston in 2013) takes the hill for Colorado against the White Sox’ Jose Quintana (9-7, 3.51 with the Sox in 2013).  First pitch is at 6:40.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Glad to see the Jeem write-ups are back … tonight we actually face a good lefty again. Interestingly, Quintana shows almost no righty/lefty split. I imagine Walt will start Morneau and Blackmon again if only because at least Morneau will sit tomorrow, so this will be a good test of how they handle lefties. And it’s official: Corey Dickerson shipped out, Boone Logan activated. Saunders does his mailbag in the DP this morning. Notes that the Rockies hoped Stubbs and… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

How long are you going to hitch your wagon to the dead horse called Wilton Lopez? This guy is awful.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Don’t know where you got the pitching info; on MLB.com pitching probables the Chisox has a right hander going tomorrow (Wed). So if Morneau is sitting, it will be tonight. Madison Bumgarner throws Friday. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of…. Please Purple God keep Lyles in rotation and move Kerosene to bullpen. Isn’t there a saying, when the window opens you you grab the opportunity? That’s exactly what Lyles did. WW would have a major (good problem) if Kerosene pitches… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Right you are RMH. the Rox announcers confused me when they said the White Sox picked up Paulino to have a righty in their rotation. I guess they meant another righty. As for Quintana tonight: I be never seen him pitch but his profile suggests “Columbian Wade Miley”, the kind of lefty who usually gives us fits. Let’s hope we can figure this one out.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Now let me correct myself. I did see Quintana face us this spring. “Who’s that lefty shutting us down?” Turns out it was Quintana. 5 IP, 1 hit shutout ball. I think Stubbs had the only hit. So at least our guys have seen him, although the results weren’t good.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

One of our ex Hot Prospects – who then became a non-Prospect after a dismal year in 2K13 – is trying hard to re-establish himself quickly. Trevor Story. Off to a big start. And don’t look now because it might be a mirage – but Tyler Matzak also has a pulse. This new found organizational depth is confusing me.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Dodgers are dropping like flies. AJ Ellis out 4-6 weeks with knee surgery. Let’s not hand them the WS trophy just yet.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Did you see Matt Moore last night? It looked like he blew his elbow. Another pitcher down. At the moment, they say will have MRI. I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t hit DL – he was in so much pain it looked like his arm was waving and ready to fall off.

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