NRIs Who Broke Camp Lead Rockies To 6-3 Triumph

Tony Wolters made his first start of his MLB career and he looked like he has caught a hundred games.  He was very athletic catching all three-feet misses and nailed the first attempted steal getting him by a mile.  When Boone Logan was pitching in the eighth, he threw a lot of bad misses including one behind the batter.  But Wolters stopped all of the pitches and kept it in front of him.  He should earn more frequent starts, maybe up to two or three a week.

Chad Bettis tossed a much needed seven innings of work limiting the Padres to two runs, one which was unearned.  The Rockies struck first going back-to-back HRs by CarGo and NoDo in the initial frame.  San Diego scratched out a couple of runs to even the score at 2-2.  One was earned when they put a string together of single-single-double in the second.  The second run which was unearned, came on a sacrifice fly after consecutive singles to open the third.  Geraldo Parra mishandled the ball which allowed the runners to move up another base setting up a run.

Wolters went down low and hit a great pitch into right field for his first MLB hit.  Bettis followed with a slug bunt that went for a single to put the runners on the corners.  Chuck_Nazty beat out a potential double play grounder to drive in Wolters with his first career run scored.  Ryan Raburn, who was a NRI along with Wolters, clubbed a pinch hit solo shot off James Shields to give Colorado an insurance run, extending the lead to 4-2.

Boone Logan walked the leadoff hitter to begin the eighth.  He came around on a Corey Spangelberg double to make it a one-run game, 4-3.  It was poor defensive alignment in the outfield that made the double possible.  Parra was playing so shallow that a routine fly ball went over his head.  Miguel Castro was called from the bullpen to put out the fire with the tying run at second, one out, and the heart of San Diego batting order coming up.  Castro needed only nine pitches to induce ground outs from Matt Kemp and Will Meyers.

The Rockies headed to the dugout with a spring in their steps thanks to Castro.  Tulo2.7 and CarGo went back-to-back on the no-doubters to put the game out of reach making the score final at 6-3.  Jake McGee had an effortless ninth to pick up the save.

Story is still the major league leader in HRs with seven.  The Rockies improved to 3-3.  It will likely be the last time the fans will see a record at .500 or above with San Francisco coming to town for a three-game series starting Tuesday.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Nice!

Ag is out there somewhere. Coming into today’s game (5 games played), Trevor Story already has a WAR of 0.6. Obviously today didn’t hurt him.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
4 years ago

Off topic, but this needs to be said: I just got back into town and sat down to review all of the comments from the last couple of games. I was extremely disappointed with Bob K.’s derogatory comments to Ed the Ump after Friday’s game. One of the most beautiful things about this website is how civil the discussions are. Most websites these days are full of trash talk, but this site has avoided that since it’s inception. This was… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

From MLB Trade Rumors: “The Rockies will explore further ways to make Coors Field more friendly to pitchers, owner Dick Monfort told Nick Groke of the Denver Post. “[W]e’re going to continue to find ways to make it not so offensive a park,” said Monforto. “We all know it’s the most offensive park in baseball. Part of that, there’s nothing we can do about it. But if there are things we can do to take some of the offense away… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Hey Carp, refresh me on how foul ground was lost a few years ago. Did they move home plate back slightly? Add more seats? I have no recollection of this.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Bob – they added 3-4 rows of new seats behind home plate. Maybe changed the slope of that seating area as well? Anyway, Coors went from a ballpark with an average amount of foul territory (as I recall, it was ranked about mid-pack when compared to other ballparks) to one of the smaller foul territory Parks in baseball. I contend it should have the largest, or near largest, amount of foul territory.

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