‘Pen Perfect as Rox Beat L.A.

It wasn’t without drama.

In a moment that seemed scripted by a Dodger diehard fan, Matt Kemp came to bat with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh. Yes, the very same Matt Kemp that hit his 12th HR in April just six innings earlier, putting him in an elite class of only four players in the history of the MLB to have more than 10 HR’s, hit over .400 and have at least 20 RBI’s.

Nicasio had already pitched six strong innings, and in an effort to save the bullpen’s arms, Jim Tracy brought him in to start the seventh – despite his high pitch count.  After two back to back singles he was pulled in favor of Esmil Rogers.  Rogers then proceeded to walk Mark Ellis, setting up the less than pleasant prospect of facing not only Kemp, but Ether and  Loney – all with bases loaded.

To say Rogers picked the best time to throw his perfectly nasty curveball, would be an understatement.  To watch Kemp swing through the pitch was pure elation, but only short-lived because of who was on deck.

Rogers was replaced by Rex Brothers, who has had his own struggles this season, and the fans nails were being bit to the quick.  Brothers was facing Andre Ethier.  Ethier, who has been almost as hot as Kemp, wth 24 RBI’s to his name in April.

Brothers pitched masterfully and ended up  striking out Ethier.  In the last pitching match-up of the inning, Tracy saw Don Mattingly’s pinch-hitter Juan Rivera and raised him Edgmer Escalona.  Checkmate to Tracy, as Escalona induced a pop-up and all three base-runners slunk to the dugout.

Escalona came back in and pitched another great scoreless/hitless 8th and Betancourt finished with a perfect ninth as the Rockies beat the Dodgers 6-2.

Other Notes:

  • Scutaro is heading up, going 2-4 with a run.
  • CarGo is blazing hot, going 2-3 with 2 RBI’s and a walk.  He has 13 RBI’s in the last seven games.
  • The Rockies finished April at a perfect .500 (11-11)
  • Nicasio’s line: 6 IP, 9H, 2ER, 2BB, 4SO

 

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Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

What a great game but I only know it from reading about it. Have been in the bay area since Friday (even took in a Giants game – was dying to see the ballpark) but followed the losses to the Mets. Was checking my phone when Helton got the grand slam and screamed out loud in a quiet part of the Giants/Padres game….got some stares). Fantastic to read about the win last night especially the 7th inning pitching !!! Will… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

You rock! The last Giants game I was at was the last season at Candlestick Park in ’99 – we were going up the coast, hitting all the parks…it was great to go to the old park and then catch an Angels game at their “new” park (it was newly renovated)…then dumb dodgers stadium, our least favorite park…man that place is a dump 🙂 Oakland was less memorable than those 3… I remember watching a Rockies game on my phone… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

The game was that much more enjoyable because of the awesome chat we had going. Thanks for setting all this up for us Jared.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

…or should I say “Computer Whiz”?

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

It is only Computer Wiz if you spell it CW and only if you have to type it on your iPhone/Pad because you are watching the game and it is quick and easy…oh, and only if your name is EdTheUmp 🙂

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

According to Troy Renck:

Rockies are internally discussing whether to pursue INF Jorge Cantu for Triple-A depth. Cantu played w Rockies previously in Triple-A.

Personally, I don’t think we don’t need bats – we need arms…

Especially when his line in 2011 was .194 .232 .285

Sure, might just be AAA, but that takes the place of someone else that can be there learning and getting ready to come up!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I replied to his tweet, “NOOO!!”

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I don’t know about fan’s and their nails but there were some colorful adjectives around us during the 7th inning. Sometimes not being able to hear and/or see the broadcast is limiting. We had no clue why the hec Rogers was pulled. Because of Ethier? It didn’t make sense to me. Another fan, who had radio, explained how much Rogers had pitched the last week. Ok? Escalona was a surprise but he did a great job. Can anyone that watched… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Why would Moscoso be throwing in the pen? He’s a starter until Guthrie is back.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

That’s what we wanted to know but it certainly looked he was up and throwing to us.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

OT: Our friend Jose Lopez was DFA’d today.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Has JT been reading RWO blogs? It appears he’s taking our advise to start EY. Cover your eyes – CENTER FIELD!

EY
Scutaro
CarGo
Tulo
Helton
Cuddyer
Hernandez
Nelson
Chacin

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

YES!!! TAKE ADVANTAGE JUNIOR!!!

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

As for the center fielf comment. I think he looks much better in center field than left! Left seems to dislpay his poor throwing arm, while in center field his defense was looking much improved toward the end of last year.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

According the Goodman and Frazier Moscoso was throwing in the bullpen. But according to the Post he’s scheduled to start on Friday. Why? With Thursday being an off day. Moyer can start on his regular day of rest. Moscoso showed me absolutely nothing. Jaradean you are right, we need arms rather than a washed up Jorge Cantu. Anyway got work to do if I’m going to be able catch the game.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Thanks Bill! I really hoped we weren’t crazy. It shocked us considering he had just pitched.

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