Nicasio tops Zito 5-0

For the second straight game, the Rockies played a clean game to take the game (5-0 score) and series (3 of 4). The only errors of the game were Dex Fowler’s attempt to steal 3rd base with no outs and 3-0 count on CarGo, Josh Rutledge’s error in the 6th inning, and Jon Herrera’s throw that sailed into the seats on a grounder in the 8th inning. The series win snapped a string of series losses.

Juan Nicasio was staked to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on CarGo’s RBI single that scored EY who had singled, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on wild pitch. The lead increased to 3-0 in the fifth inning when CarGo doubled in Fowler and was brought home on Jordan Pacheco’s single to right center.

Nicasio was in cruise control over the first five innings. He had a final exam in the 6th inning facing the lineup third time through. He gave up a single to Brandon Crawford sandwiched between a Torres strikeout and Panda’s fly out. A trick question showed up on the final exam when Rutledge booted Hunter Pence’s grounder. After a stolen base, the Giant runners were on second and third. Nicasio won the battle of two-out RISP situation striking out Brandon Belt on a full count. That was the most important pitch of the game and a HUGE boost to Nicasio’s confidence. He was rewarded with another two runs when Tulo drove in two more with a bases loaded single to increase the lead to 5-0 after six innings.

The Bee Men made quick work of the Giants over the final three innings. They struck out four and induced a double play. And only 36 pitches total by the Bee Men. Nicasio tossed 89 pitches over his six innings of work. The Rox hitters made Zito work overtime forcing him to toss 108 pitches over 5.2 innings including two walks.

With three straight wins over San Francisco and two straight clean games, the Rockies exorcised the demons of the Giants reducing them to the Dwarfs. Nicasio may have exorcised himself from lack of command aided by Yorvit Torrealba’s game calling. In addition, they reversed the annual free fall during May by working themselves back into the NL West picture. They are tied with the Dwarfs for second place, one game behind Arizona. And guess what? They won another Sunday game notching their fourth Sunday win of the young season.

The Coors Field swagger is coming back and the next big tests are the Sedona Red (Pitching) Machine over the next three days and a trip back to AT&T Park afterwards. The Rockies are starting to take on Walt Weiss’ personality – few words (“unacceptable”) and stay even emotionally. That may bode well for the men in purple going forward the rest of the year.

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Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I talk about how good SF is 3 days ago and then they play horrendous baseball for 3 straight days. I will take credit for that jinx. LOL. In all seriousness though, got to be thrilled about how the Rox played today. Great AB’s from everybody up and down the lineup today. We did leave a few too many guys on base early, Dex getting thrown out trying to steal 3rd was a bonehead play and didn’t help any either.… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

They were playing the same way in Toronto. A big contributing factor for them being swept by the Blue Jays was their sudden inability to play defense and the corresponding errors. For whatever reason they seem to be giving up a fair amount of HR’s also.

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

“final exam in the 6th”…love it! Didn’t get to see the game (it was 3:00 in the morning here), but this post game write-up, plus video of the game, made it seem like i missed a good one…Tulo seems to be on track to really have an amazing year…What makes me the most happy is seeing Dex hit so much during this series (with today capping it off) – that works in the teams favor, but FOR SURE works in… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

He’ll go in another month long slump right before the ASB and end up hitting .298! Haha!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

In years past, on teams managed by Tracy, the Rox would have folded like cheap tents after the debacle of Thursday. You can tell this team has taken the personality of their manager. That was a tough loss on Thursday, but it was good to see this team rebound to take the next 3.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Post says Juan has started throwing a 2 seamer with movement and sink.What a difference that seems to have made.Eleven ground ball outs and only 89 pitches.Maybe he doesn’t need AAA to find another pitch.If Rutledge doesn’t boot that one in the sixth,would have been 12 gb outs and fewer pitches.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Did you guys see Oswalt’s extended ST start results from Saturday (or Friday, not sure what day)? Pretty good stuff. We could be looking at a DLR, Chacin, Garland, Oswalt, Nicasio/Francis rotation in a few weeks. That’s not awful. Pair that group with a good Pen and darn good offense and I’m sticking by my 81-81 prediction.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

You’ve got to fit DrewPo somewhere in that rotation at some point.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Gary, excellent point about Nicasio’s groundball outs. This is all part of the great “keep the ball out of the air” pitching philosophy, and so far I’ve got to admit we’ve seen some results. Chatwood when we got him wasn’t really a groundball pitcher; he is now. (1.5 groundball to flyball ratio with the Angels; better than 2.5 to 1 with the Rockies). Nicasio may be moving in that direction too with the 2 seamer. Another thing about keeping the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Quick defensive stat update, using the UZR numbers (a few games behind real time). These are in “runs above average” prorated for a 150 game season. In general, 9 or 10 runs per season translates into an additional win. Arenado: 43.3 (nobody is that good over a full season, but so far the numbers confirm what my eyes see: he’s really good in the field) Tulo: 17.9 (not quite his rookie season, but a true return to form) Fowler: 11.9… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I never said Dex wasn’t good defensively. I’m not a fan of his offensive game.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I want to know how these numbers are figured. And who really believes Dex is a better defensive player than Cargo? Not a slam on Dex at all, but I would take Cargo in the field over Dex. Dex may be able to cover more ground once he gets going but Cargo is prolly quicker the first 3 or 4 steps. Not to mention Cargo makes a lot more highlight reel catches and has a way better arm. Agbayani, how… Read more »

konaman
konaman
7 years ago

Great weekend all around at Coors, except the warm Budweiser’s that were handed to me all weekend. Did anyone notice that Cargo and Tulo both tried to bunt for a base hit… Now it seems that 2nd base may be the next hole that needs to be filled. I gotta believe they exist in the free market or perhaps as Ag mentioned from within?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  konaman

While I agree that 2B appears as a weakspot currently, remember, we we weren’t projected to be competitive this year anyway. This is supposed to be considered a “developmental year”, right? For position players: catcher, 3B, and 2B we need to be a little forgiving on the youth. You need to give these guys the opportunities to learn. Going out into free agency to replace any of them is flat wrong and goes against the organization’s goal of developing into… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Boy. a guy like say–Scutaro would look really good at second,eh!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Not in a million years did I ever believe we would win 3 out of 4 against the Giants. Especially with the rotation they had going. I figured the one game against Lincecum and that was it. Three of the games were totally bizarre and hard to figure out. For me the best moment of the 4 games was Lincecum’s throw to I guess 1st base? Maybe it was an attempt to give an ususpecting fan up the line a… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

For some reason (maybe its just me) it seems that historically we are terrible with RISP (at least I’ve always thought this to myself). Then yesterday they threw up the graphic that we’re currently 3rd best in the NL (if I remember correctly). Maybe I need to adjust my attitude. Good series and yes, I NEVER would have thought this after Thursday. I think the point is that I am not allowed to do pre-game write-ups…I’m 0-2. Lets get at… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

The Rockies should have Pacheco taking ground balls at second base!! The guy needs to be in the every day lineup!!

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Exactly!!!!!!

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

I was just flipping through the news stories on the MLB AtBat app. The Rockies win was the last story listed, 3 below a story about some guy and his wife spilling beer in each other. I don’ t know why non- east coast teams even bother.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

NO KIDDING Mike, I agree. I was also shocked at the national coverage. There is a certain network I’m hating more and more. (not MLBtv). The coverage was more about how the Giants are in a huge slide and blew their games against the Rockies. The Rockies got very little in the way of accolades for actually winning.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I’ve been unimpressed with Rutledge’s defense at 2B but didn’t know the “stats”. If he was hitting as well as he did when he first came up you could live with it. If not, the better bet is DJ

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