The Colorado Rockies delivered a crisp 2-0 shut-out of the New York Yankees in their first meeting since the World Series season of 2007 Tuesday night. No base-running blunders. No errors. No wild pitches or passed-balls. Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 3.52) pitched six 3-hit innings, Matt Belisle walked a guy, Rex Brothers was perfect, and Rafael Betancourt allowed a single along the way to his 9th save. Josh Rutledge singled with one out in the 6th, and Carlos Gonzalez brought him home with his 7th home run of 2013, a low laser into the Rockies’ bullpen.
The inter-league rivals will take to it again this evening at 6:40 pm MDT at Coors Field in Denver. Rockies’ right-hander Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.91) will be looking for his 4th 2013 win without a loss against New York righty David Phelps (1-1, 5.56). Phelps is making his second start replacing Ivan Nova, who went down to triceps soreness on April 26, in the Yankee’s rotation. Phelps surrendered 4 to the Astros in the 4th inning of a 5-4 New York win a week ago. He turned-in 5-2/3 innings. Nicasio is looking to get beyond the 5th for the first time since April 3. He’s been dealing on a 19 pitch-per-inning pace and has benefited from generous Colorado run-support in his six appearances. The RWO management team has already had it with Nicasio, and is currently salivating over last night’s news of Dodger-slaying Tyler Chatwood’s complete game shut-out of the Iowa Cubs.
The lack of a Designated Hitter has disturbed Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi’s thought process. Phelps will hit 8th with catcher Austin Romine in the 9-hole. Brett Gardner is leading-off in center-field with Ichiro moving over to right and down to 5th. Chris Nelson is back in the lineup at 3rd-base. That pansy Troy Tulowitzki, meanwhile, is out of the Rockies’ lineup again versus New York as late afternoon showers pepper Coors Field. RWO favorite Reid Brignac is handling the shortstop duties tonight for Walt Weiss.
Cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 50°s are on-tap for downtown Denver this evening. Wind will be blowing across and in from left to right at about 7 MPH. Relative humidity will be rising from 65% at game time, and thundershowers are expected in the late innings.
No surprises on TV or radio. Its Drew, George, Jeff, and Jenny’s leopard-skin umbrella on ROOT Sports. Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan are on KOA 850 am.
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