Today the Colorado Rockies avoided hitting into several rally-killing double plays which enabled them to prevail 8-6 over San Diego on Justin Morneau’s 2-run walk off HR to the rock garden. Corey Dickerson had a 2-run homer to the opposite field and Tulo added a solo shot to the opposite field as well.
Juan Nicasio pitched like a typical #5 starter doing just enough to give the team a chance to win giving up four runs over six innings. Nazty had a two-run single preceding Dickerson’s homer in the four-run third inning to take charge of the game 4-1. The momentum swung in the Rockies’ favor at the top of the inning when they turned in a triple play that was aided by Seth Smith’s interference (stuck his arm out and tripped up D.J. LeMahieu as he made the throw to first base).
The Rockies took a 6-4 lead into the ninth inning. Walt Weiss mismanaged the game by going with closer LaTroy Hawkins who has been hit around a little bit instead of Boone Logan to face a left-handed hitter leading off the inning. Guess what happens? A double off the wall by Will Venable to get the rally started. Two batters later, Everth Cabrerra launches a game tying home run to even it up at 6-6. It was Hawkins’ first blown save of the season.
Agbayani’s man, Nick Massett came on in the tenth inning to lock down the Friars on just five pitches. In the bottom of the inning with CarGo on first base, Morneau ended the Padres’ hope of stealing this series. It was Nick Massett’s first win since 2011. It is time for Weiss to think about trading the roles between Massett and Hawkins. Colorado remains unbeaten in series play at Coors Field while improving their overall record to 25-20. They remain three games back of the San Francisco Giants. They are coming to Coors Field for a three-game set Tuesday. It will be extremely difficult to sweep the Giants especially with our worst pitcher, Frankie Mo going against their ace, Madison Bumgarner. But Michael Cuddyer is expected to be activated on Tuesday and stabilize the second spot in the batting order.