LoMoNo Powers Rockies Past Giants 2-1

Tonight’s game was the type of game you have to win against NL West foes and often.  It was an intense pitching duel that was unexpected for two reasons; the game was played at Coors Field where slugfests are routine and Kerosene was starting the game.  Lo and behold, it was a 2-1 game and a can of  kerosene was nowhere to be found.  Tulo, Hunter Pence, and NoDo took turns hitting solo shots which eventually became a 2-1 final score in favor of the Rockies.

The real Frankie Mo stood up to nemesis Madison Bumgarner and stared him down picking up his second victory of the season against one loss.  Morales made his best pitches at the most critical times.  He pitched in and out of traffic jams.   He was asked to go back out for the seventh inning in an attempt by Walt Weiss to keep the bullpen fresh.  With two outs, Bumgarner doubled down the LF line to get in a run scoring position for Angel Pagan.  He ended his night with a strikeout of Pagan on a nasty slider.  Frankie Mo finished the night with 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 7 SO.

The bullpen was was just a little wobbly except for Rex Brothers.  Zero got only one out while putting two runners on base.  Brothers popped out of the bullpen and got Fatso Sandoval to ground into an inning ending double play on the first pitch he threw.  Rex finished his night by getting Brandon Belt leading off the ninth for the first out.  Hawk came in and walked his first batter, Brandon Crawford.  The next batter, Gregor Blanco, lined a single into center field.  The third consecutive pinch  hitter, Hector Sanchez, struck out for the second out.  Finally Hawk dismissed the Giants by forcing a  ground out by Pagan.  Hawk  picked up his sixth save in as many opportunities.

The Rockies raised their record to a season best 12-10 and clinched the series against the Giants.  They moved up one rung on the NL West ladder surpassing the Giants for second place.  As of publication, the Dodgers and Phillies are tied 2-2 in the bottom of 9th inning.  Colorado also moved within a half game of the Dodgers thanks to the Phillies’ 10-inning win over LA.  A victory tomorrow in an afternoon game will complete a sweep of the Giants and they could possibly be sitting in first place on the flight to Los Angeles.

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GARY
GARY
6 years ago

If Frankie keeps throwing like this we may have to change his nickname to novocaine or at least lidocaine. I’m not a stats guy,but I think our 4-5-6 starters have already won as many games as there counterparts did all last year!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Hey all you Frankie haters out there, plenty of room on the Frankie Bandwagon for all of you to jump on.

Question for everyone, when Chacin comes back in a week/10 days, who gets bumped from the rotation? Frankie, Lyles, or Nicasio? The answer isn’t quite so obvious. Or is it?

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I would go Nicasio to the bullpen. I think he is more of a bullpen type pitcher than Lyles or Morales. But definately a tough decision. Hopefully they keep making it a tough decision.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

To complicate things further – what happens when Anderson gets back?

Competition is a good thing.

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Send Nicasio down

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

Very nice writeup RMH.

I’m giving “watered-down” Kerosene one more start before I run alongside the bandwagon and attempt to jump on.

I’m becoming ensconsed here in NM and, as soon as the move is complete and we are settled I will, once again, be contributing, in my know-it-all style, to the best Rox blog on the web.

lwesche
lwesche
6 years ago

Then Anderson comes back and you really have decisions to make!

lwesche
lwesche
6 years ago
Reply to  lwesche

Opps…sdcarp beat me to it!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

I was advocating making Frankie a starter again since before the Boston trade. The guy is an awful reliever because you don’t know what you’ll get the next day. So again, sticking him out there every 5th game is less of a gamble than every 2 games. He’s as likely to give up 4 runs in 1 inning as he is 4 runs in 7 innings. What to do with Nicasio? I like him as a starter too, especially at… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Sounds like Prog isn’t ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet. No problem, we’ll pick him up the next go-around.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Which ever guy hits 6 quality starts first between Nicasio and Frankie I’ll side with.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

Last night had the feel of 1940s baseball. Loved it. None of the homers were cheap. Great pitching both sides. Cisco Kid, I have been saying it since San Diego, Juan Nicasio, who is only a year younger than Frankie, has not proved he is a starter in the bigs. He falls back into 2 pitch mix, he cannot get out tough lefties, and he burns the bullpen too often. Give Frankie a chance is all I said. Great game… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Prog, sounds like you’ve hit on something like the piggyback Frankasio 5th starter some of us have been advocating. They’re all flawed: Lyles: best chance to become a solid starter for at least, say, a 3-4 year stretch, but still young and unproven. Not well suited to bullpen use. Morales: even after years of disappointing us, still the best chance to emerge as something better than a serviceable 4th/5th starter (he’s still 27, same age as DLR when he broke… Read more »

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Again I find my emotional side forced to argue with one of the most estute posters here,Agbayani.If you send your winingest pitcher down, then I advocate sending Belisle and his 4 mil.salary down to join Lopez and his two mil at the Springs.What message are you sending when a guy grabs his chance,runs with it,and rather than reward him you demote him.

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