Order Restored

The Colorado Rockies got to the ball park late, slapped-on their batting practice jerseys, and went out to defeat the Washington Nationals 7-1 and snap a 5-game road losing streak that had knocked them a game under .500.  They’re back even, and thanks to another nice pitching performance by Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 3.92) and a balanced offensive attack led by DJ LeMahieu and rookie Corey Dickerson, they’ll look to even the series tomorrow before heading to Boston for two against the Red Sox.

LeMahieu got the party started when he drove Dan Haren’s (4-9, 6.15) fifth pitch of the game over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead.  Carlos Gonzalez followed with a double and scored on a single by Big Money Michael Cuddyer, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games.  Cuddyer took 2nd on the throw home then scooted over to 3rd on a Haren wild pitch.  Wilin Rosario struck-out, which brought Dickerson to the plate for his first Major League at-bat.  Dickerson took one then lined the next to center for a double to run the score to 3-0.

Colorado went meekly in the 2nd and 3rd, then Rosario singled to lead-off the 4th in front of Dickerson. The 24 year-old from Mississippi, who had a delegation of eight in attendance, doubled down the right-field line, pushing Rosario to 3rd.  Rosario scored on another wild pitch from Haren, but after Haren retired Nolan Arenado with Dickerson at 3rd he plunked Josh Rutledge to bring Chacin to the plate.  Chacin has some bat, and he knocked Dickerson home with a single to right, putting an end to the day for Haren, who left to boos from the Washington faithful.  Russ Ohlendorf replaced Haren, and after he struck-out Dexter Fowler for the second out, LeMahieu came-through with the second of his 3 hits, a single in front of Denard Span that brought Rutledge around.  Arenado homered to left in the 8th to make it 7-0.

Chacin meanwhile was not as efficient as he was in Sunday’s near shut-out, but he plowed through the Nationals for 7 innings, weathering nothing more frightening than a couple of runners at 2nd base.  He gave-up 5 hits, walked one, and struck-out 3, throwing 94 pitches, 59 strikes.  Matt Belisle pitched a perfect 8th, and Wilton Lopez handled the 9th, blowing the shut-out with a gopher ball that Ryan Zimmerman blasted into the center-field stands.

The Rockies will send Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21) to the hill tomorrow morning versus the Nats’ Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) in a battle of left-handers.  It’s a sleep-in 11:35 am MDT start at Nationals Park.

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EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago

Fellas and gals… I’m going to say something here that may be laughed at and pooh-poohed by our group… Next to “money Mike,” DJ, IMHO, is our next best hitter…not for average and not for power, but I’ve been studying his approach and swing the last 8-10 games and it embodies what Dante is trying to get across to our offense. He hits the ball where it is pitched and clearly is trying to make SOLID contact as opposed to… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed, not sure that DJ is anyone’s second-best hitter (ok, I’ll grant you “second best approach to hitting”), but I agree with you about him being a really nice find as kind of a throw-in in the Stewart-Colvin swap. Going back to about August of last year through today, he’s been pretty much an exactly average major league hitter, and a well above average defender at 2B. And you can see the potential, even likelihood, that he’s going to get… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Wow Ed,never would have guessed you aren’t a chick.To me you are describing “team players”.I would add Jonny sparkplug to your list. Not saying other guys aren’t great teammates just that these guys go to bat putting team situation first and personnel stats second.

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

I’m old school baseball and I AM a chick, and I don’t dig the long ball. I’ll take chaos on the bases over HRs any day.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Bat Cat

Hustle is the name of the game. “Big $$” has it and has shown it better than any two guys on the team combined. I am looking forward to seeing Dickerson when I get back to altitude Friday. It’s tuff being in Montana where the big stories here in Missoula deal with the Rookie League Osprey and the Legion ball Mavericks. The MLB coverage in the Missoulian is confined to an AP report on the item of the day, like… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

Ed, I dig the long ball AND a carousel on the bases of line drives, bloops, anything where they ain’t! ;-). Good post.

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

Ed, I am one of the aforementioned, although I certainly like your ideas on hitting am not sure what being a woman has to do with home runs. While we give Cuddy a hard time with the term “Big Money” I like that he gives 110% all the time, which a somer of our guys do not. I also have heard that Corey Dickerson is a 110% guy and I will be eagerly watching him play.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

JulieG… A baseball promo from a few years ago(about 1998, give or take a year or two) included TV spots and t-shirts with the phrase, “chicks dig the long ball”…a not-so-subtle double meaning…it was a HUGE(pardon me)success and numerous MLBers referenced it during Baseball Tonight, etc. Since you are clearly are a “baseball chick” with the intellect that ALL baseball “chicks” have(I’ve maintained for years now that the only female worth dating and marrying is one that likes the game… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

It was a hilarious commercial featuring Tom Glavine and another Braves pitcher. And maybe only dudes saw a double meaning; I never did. These two guys said the sentence wistfully as if wishing they could get the chicks. Anyway, they did a masterful funny but with it.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

“Bit” with it

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