Mr Rogers has a Big Adventure

Atlanta’s Mike Minor had an absolutely horrible night, allowing 8 runs and 10 hits, along with 4 walks in five innings.  Colorado struck him hard in the first, when  he sandwiched walks to Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton around a Carlos Gonzalez single, then gave-up a grand slam to Michael Cuddyer.  In the second Minor gave-up singles to Jamie Moyer and Marco Scutaro, then Gonzalez doubled to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead.  Yet the young left-hander escaped with a no-decision as the Rockies blew a significant early-inning lead for the second consecutive night.

In the top of the third Colorado gave one back thanks to sloppy defense by super-stars Troy Tulowitzski and Gonzalez, then in the fifth Atlanta got to Colorado starter Jamie Moyer for two more on Minor and Brian McCann singles sandwiched around a Chipper Jones double.  Jones, who will play his final game at Coors Field tomorrow afternoon, went 3-6 with five RBI after going 3-5 with two on Friday night.  But Colorado was not fazed, and catcher Wilin Rosario delivered a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning to put the Rockies back up 8-3.

The Braves however had by the sixth caught-on to Moyer’s act, and Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward delivered back-to-back solo shots to open the inning.  Tyler Pastornicky then lined a hard single  in front of Cuddyer in right, ending the night for Moyer.  Esmil Rogers came-on and was an unblemished disaster.  The right-hander had command of none of his pitches, walking the first batter he faced, Juan Francisco, then allowing singles to Michael Bourn and Jones, driving-in Pastornicky and Francisco.  On a 1-1 count to Freddie Freeman Rogers wild-pitched, Bourn and Jones moving-up a base each.  Colorado catcher Rosario blocked pitches to his left.  He blocked pitches to his right.  He blocked one back to his left again.  To his right.  Freeman grounded-out and Bourn scored, Jones to third.  It was 8-8.

With Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy short of relievers, Rogers came back to start the seventh, giving-up a single to Matt Diaz to lead-off the inning.  Jason Heyward then sent a towering blast down the right-field line that was ruled-foul, prompting the first official video-review in Rockies history.  The call stood, but four pitches later Heyward was at first on Rogers’ third walk.  With Pastornicky at the plate Rogers attempted to pick-off Diaz at second-base, but Tulowitzski declined to cover, moving Diaz to third and Heyward to second.  Pastornicky then lined a shot foul into the first-base stands, where a spectator was struck in the head.  Play was delayed as medical personnel tended to the woman, then Pastornicky grounded-out to Scutaro.  Rogers, appetite apparently whetted by the off-field calamity, promptly drilled pinch-hitter Martin Prado in the back with his next pitch to load the bases.  Rex Brothers relieved Rogers and walked center-fielder Bourn, giving Atlanta its first lead.  Jones singled, driving-in Heyward and Prado, and Bourn scored on a sacrifice fly from Freeman.  12-8 Braves.

Colorado got a run-back in the bottom of the inning on Rosario’s second homer of the night, then mid-way through the Rockies’ eighth the game was delayed 69 minutes when a hard rain-storm swept into the Lodo area.  When play resumed Atlanta brought-on the immortal Livan Hernandez, who induced Helton to ground into an inning-ending double-play with Gonzalez and Tulowitzski on base.  Atlanta added a run in the top of the ninth when Bourn drove a moon-shot to center that Tyler Colvin muffed on the warning track, scoring Prado, who had opened the inning with a walk from Edgmer Escalona.  Hernandez set Colorado down 1-2-3 in the ninth and earned the save.

Rockies’ manager Tracy called the team’s performance its worst of the season, and labelled the pitching “unacceptable.”  Rogers rightfully took the loss, returning to action after a rest day following several gritty performances earlier in the week.  Rogers continues to confound, unhittable some nights, combustible on others.

Colorado will try to salvage the series finale tomorrow, sending Juan Nicasio to the mound to oppose Atlanta’s Brandon Beachy.  First pitch is at 1:10 pm. TV on Root, radio 850 KOA.

 

MINOR V MOYER IN MIDDLE MATCH-UPC
Colorado Aims to Even Series

24 year-old Mike Minor makes his 28th career start tonight for the Atlanta Braves, 6:10 pm at Coors Field, his first against the Colorado Rockies.  Minor will be making his sixth start of 2012.  He stands 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 32 2/3 innings pitched.  Colorado’s Jamie Moyer on the other hand makes his 634th MLB start in the match-up, also his sixth of 2012.  Moyer stands 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 28 2/3 innings pitched.  Atlanta rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky completed high school at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida just prior to the enrollment of Moyer’s eldest son Dylan at the school.

The Rockies will be looking to even the three game set with the Braves at 1-1 after falling in 11 innings to Atlanta on Friday evening.  Colorado starter Guillermo Moscoso was unable to preserve a 5-0 first inning  Rockies advantage and was optioned by the club back to AAA affiliate Colorado Springs after the loss.  Right-hander Adam Ottavino was recalled to take Moscoso’s roster spot, and infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco was recalled to replace Eric Young, Jr, who has been placed on the bereavement list.  Pacheco, who started the season in Denver, has been ripping it up in Colorado Springs since his April 15 demotion, hitting .433 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in 17 games.

The teams face-off on Cinco de Mayo following the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, where trainer Doug O’Neill’s I’ll Have Another ($32.60, $13.80, $9.00) of Reddam Racing and Owner J. Paul Reddam, with Mario Gutierrez up, triumphed over Bodemeister ($6.20, $5.60) and Dullahan ($7.20) in perfect conditions at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.  The line-ups:

Atlanta (15-11)                                     Colorado (12-13)
CF        Michael Bourn                           2B        Marco Scutaro
3B        Chipper Jones                           CF        Dexter Fowler
1B        Freddie Freeman                       LF        Carlos Gonzalez
C          Brian McCann                            SS        Troy Tulowitzski
2B        Dan Uggla                                  1B        Todd Helton
LF        Matt Diaz                                   RF        Michael Cuddyer
RF        Jayson Heyward                        C          Wilin Rosario
SS        Tyler Pastornicky                       3B        Chris Nelson
P          Mike Minor                                P          Jamie Moyer



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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Why do they send it right into recorded programming? Can’t Tracy and George talk about something?

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I always wondered about that. Root just isn’t equipped to do baseball news/updates, etc. But don’t they lose the vast majority of their viewers when the go into the repeat canned programming?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Jamie Moyer interview on KOA

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Are you guy excited for the amateur draft? 10th pick!

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Pitching,Pitching,Pitching,and more pitching!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Offense is much better than last year, but problem is pitching is possibly the worst one in the franchise history. It’s time to do wholesale changes. Belisle, Brothers, and Betancourt are safe. Move Moyer to the pen as he’s good for two times though the lineup. Bring in Outman and Putnam. Torres or similar for final spot. Guthrie, Nicasio, and Pomeranz in the rotation. Add two of Friedrich, White, Chatwood. This much is clear : status quo isn’t working and… Read more »

Timo
Timo
8 years ago

CRAP! Checkin the “final score” at the party and all i can say is WTF?!?

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

What is the delay? Up here in Longmont-no rain,little distant type lightening,and gusty winds.Is it that bad down there guys?And this screws the bullpen even more,as Torres was the only 1-2-3 inning of the game.[I think].

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Really bad lightning. A severe thunderstorm warning issued for metro Denver.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Some big lighting but not really that much rain here in Denver … I tend to get Coors Field weather about 5-10 minutes later.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

They resumed the game … so empty you can hear individual fans griping. One guy: “could they get someone who can throw strikes?”

And after the walk, a 4th error.

Again, I’ll remind folks of 2004: I couldn’t stop watching that trainwreck.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ab, I’m actually shocked at the number of fans I still see there. It was 7th inning coupled with the lightning …see ya.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Can ROOT please remove Joel Klatt from further Rox broadcasts? He is always interrupting Cowboy or Huey before they finish their comments.

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

With the demise of The Mountain, Roger Bailey should be available. I used to enjoy the byplay between him and Jeff Huson.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Stinko de Mayo.

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago

I have been a DOD supporter all along, but this year could be his Waterloo. We’re never going to see top-flight studs on the mound here, but there is a precedent for getting some guys who can at least represent. I have no problem with Moyer, he has been the Rox best option this year, but they have to do something. I remember success from Astacio, Francis, Kevin Ritz, hell… even Brian Bohannon. Unless DOD gets some average or better… Read more »

sam
sam
8 years ago

this team will not go anywhere with tracy and O’Dowd at the helm its that simple. Monfort doesn’t care tho he’s just interested in making as much money as possible. Year of the fan apparently well us fans are not happy what so ever about the rockies!! O’Dowd cannot spot talent but as long as the clubhouse is better thats all that manners, Tracy is a bad manager last 7 of his managerial seasons he’s only accumulated a winning record… Read more »

sam
sam
8 years ago

*matters

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

The Denver Post reported that Tulo changed his walk-up song.
You see, that’s why he hasn’t gotten hot yet. His first walk-up song was a good song for a change, and he probably can’t hit unless he has some awful walk up that makes everyone in the park – except teen age girls – cringe.

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sdcarp
8 years ago

Wow – 93 comments! Impressive. I have absolutely nothing positive to add, just wanted to join the big party.

konaman
konaman
8 years ago

Well I said a month or so ago here that I predict 77 wins, perhaps I will adjust downward as I don’t see that happening. Hey Rockies, please use 2 hands when catching fly balls just like you did in when you were 10!!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  konaman

Tyler Colvin did use two hands trying to catch the ball at the warning track.

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