Making Sure

The Colorado Rockies bounced back from a dismal Friday night collapse to lay a 10-5 pasting on the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver.  Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.33), returning from triceps soreness, bobbed and weaved through the top of the 1st, escaping down only a run thanks largely to another garden-variety outfield assist at the plate by left-fielder Carlos Gonzalez.  The Rockies bolstered the right-hander with a 6-spot in the bottom of the inning off Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.40), which they backed-up with one in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th.

Josh Rutledge, who forgot his party shoes and went 0-6, popped-up to lead things off for Colorado.  Jordan Pacheco followed with a single and promptly scored on a double by Gonzalez.  It was Cargo’s 5th consecutive hit since taking a line-shot to the foot in the on-deck circle Thursday.  Big Money Michael Cuddyer drove-in Gonzalez with a single, then Wilin Rosario lined a triple to center-field to make it 3-1 Rockies.  Ty Colvin did Rosario one better with a 2-run homer to deep right center-field, then the Phillies rolled-out the bootsy. Nolan Arenado singled and DJ LeMahieu grounded into a force.  With Chatwood batting, LeMahieu stole 2nd, then Chatwood grounded a single to 1st-baseman Ryan Howard, who lost the handle on the ball in foul territory.  Catcher Humberto Quintero retrieved it and heaved-it up the left-field line attempting to nab LeMahieu at 3rd, and he scampered in to score Colorado’s 6th run of the inning.

Rosario, who was 3-4 with a walk, doubled leading-off the 3rd and scored on a single by Arenado, who went 3-5.  In the 4th Cuddyer walked with 2 out and scored on Rosario’s second double (to go with the triple). Rosario scored after singles by Colvin and Arenado, and Colvin came home with the 10th run after a walk to LeMahieu and Chatwood’s second single.  The pitcher was 2-2.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss decided to play it safe with Chatwood, pulling him after 5 innings.   Chatwood threw 84 pitches (50 strikes), and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.  Adam Ottavino came-on and held Philadelphia down in the 6th and 7th, then Weiss turned to Chris Volstad, who apparently prefers the short drive to Colorado Springs over the long flight to Toronto.  Customs and all that, eh?  Volstad was horrible, surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits and running his ERA up to 10.80.  Josh Outman cemented the win with a 1-2-3 9th.

So there’s a rubber game between the two squads on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 MDT.  The Phillies will send-out tough lefty Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.45), who’s suffering through the worst season of his 8-year career. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52), will be looking to build on the win he earned Tuesday against the Nationals as he continues to search for the early-season form that saw him go 3-0 in April.

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Doc
Doc
7 years ago

“…Chris Volstad, who apparently prefers the short drive to Colorado Springs over the long flight to Toronto.”

You crack me up, Jeem. “Big Money” is a keeper as well. Thanks for the early Father’s Day chuckles and, by the way, Happy Father’s Day to all you dads.

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

Just noticed Rox face Esmil Rogers on Tuesday. Hope it’s Oswalt facing him rather than J.F.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

It was nice “cue the clown” music for all those errors for a team other than the Rockies. Glad to see us take advantage as well. Padres have taken 2 from the D-backs…hopefully that will continue. Happy Fathers day to my fellow dad’s out there. I told my wife I don’t want anything but a cold beer and to watch baseball-doesn’t get any better than that! To our female posters–I know our house is a team effort between my wife… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

Thanks TJ, from a mom and grandma ;-). Happy Father’s Day to you and all the dads, and hope the Rox bring you a win with your cold one!

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

It looks like the Chatwood for Ianetta trade may turn out OK after all.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Jeem, great line re Volstad! I’m sure he will be making that drive later this afternoon. Didn’t see this one, but I like the 8 groundouts/1 flyout from Chatwood. We’ve been waiting for one of the young pitchers (homegrown Nicasio, White, Pomeranz, Chatwood) to take a big step forward, and he’s the first one who looks like he may be doing it.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Seems like I always have these somewhat random thoughts that really don’t belong in a current thread – but I’ll throw another out anyway! Have we seen Tulo play his last game in a Rox uniform? I think there’s about a 50% chance he have. He’s due back dangerously close to the trade deadline. He make sense for several of the contending teams (especially the Cardinals). By trading him we can probably address an immediate need (P or 1B) and… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Because of Tulo’s special relationship with the Monfort’s and upper management I sincerely doubt that they will ever trade Tulo to anyone. The only chance of Tulo getting traded ever is if Tulo lobbies for the trade.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The worst idea I’ve ever heard. Trade a MVP candidate for a fragile pitcher that only pitches every 5 days???

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I would trade Tulo to the Cardinals for Matt Holliday and 3 top prospects.

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Where the heck would you play Holliday? And I will say again, trading a player of Tulo’s ability for prospects (read: big maybes) is crazy.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

True. Prospects are big maybes. The Holliday for Cargo trade was crazy. It worked out I suppose. Receiving Holliday back would mitigate the “crazy” to some extent as while you lose an MVP type player in Tulo you get back a perennial all-star who for the most part stays healthy. Though I don’t know how long he’s got left 3-5 years? I would play Holliday in left field and move Cargo to right. Not really advocating this move as something… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Tulo isn’t going anywhere for this reason (among others)… protection in the lineup for Cargo, who is the top offensive threat for this team. You might be able to replace his defense with Rut, but you wouldn’t replace his offense, and getting that kind of output from a middle infielder is something you don’t take lightly. As for Holliday… loved the guy when he was here, but I’d rather have Cuddy, Cargo and Dex, with Colvin (and Blackmon if needed).… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Iggy, not sure I agree with a lot of what you wrote here…I wouldn’t just blanket say CarGo is the top offensive threat for this team. Tulo has only played 7 games less than CarGo and Cargo is hitting .316 while Tulo is hitting .347. CarGo has a little better slugging percentage (.650 vs .635) but Tulo’s OBP and OPS+ edge CarGo…When you look at both hitting with RISP then Tulo really stands out… TULO RISP: .333 | .411 |… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

It’s unbelievable how Rockies fans don’t appreciate Tulo and what he does and then just absolutely love William. Trading Tulo in the middle of a Division race is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of! Sure, Tulo is hurt a lot, but he’s the best player in MLB! You don’t trade a player like that.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

From Patrick Saunders’ twitter feed—Rockies option reliever Chris Volstad to AAA select contract of Logan Kensing will add him to 40 man.

Looking for my fellow RWOers to give us the breakdown. 🙂

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

Why not just DFA Volstad and use his slot in the 40-man roster for Kelsing?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Tyler Matzek pitched 6 scoreless innings for Tulsa last night. In his last 5 starts dating back to May 25th, these are his numbers:

30 IP, 8 ER, 9BB, 21 Ks, ERA of 2.40. He’s pitched 6 inning in each of his last starts.

For a kid that’s only 22 pitching in the tough Texas League he’s not doing too badly. Hope he’s turned the corner and he can help the Rox some time next season.

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