‘Pen Secures Opener

It’s been 20 years since the Colorado Rockies opened a season with 4 consecutive wins, and if you’ll remember, they made the playoffs that year, falling in the 1st round to the eventual champion Atlanta Braves.  They matched the mark Friday afternoon with a 5-1 Opening Day victory over the Chicago Cubs. Troy Tulowitzki had 2 RBI, Justin Morneau homered, and the bullpen logged 5 innings.  Christian Bergman (1-0, 0.00), who pitched the 5th, was awarded the win.

Tyler Matzek started for the Rockies and really labored, lasting into the 5th, when Jorge Soler walked leading-off and Anthony Rizzo knocked him to 2nd with a single.  Colorado manager Walt Weiss had seen enough by then and called for Bergman, who induced ground balls from Starlin Castro, who hit into a double play, and Mike Olt, who unsuccessfully tried Nolan Arenado for the 3rd out.  The Cubs had scored their only run in the 3rd, when Soler led-off with a single and moved around to 3rd on an HBP and Castro single.  Soler scored on a sacrifice fly from Matt Szczur.

The Rockies had taken a 1-0 lead in the 2nd when Matzek, who hit 8th in the order, doubled with 2 out and DJ LeMahieu, who was 3 for 4, lined a single to center.  LeMahieu singled with 1-out in the 5th, moved to 2nd when Corey Dickerson was walked, and both runners scored on a Tulowitzki double.  In the 6th, Justin Morneau, in on a double-switch with Bergman, led-off and lined Brian Schlitter’s 2nd pitch into the left-field pavillion to stretch the lead to 3-1.  After Nick Hundley grounded-out, Charlie Blackmon walked and LeMahieu hit his 3rd single, then Dickerson drove them both home with a “should have been” double (Dickerson over-slid 2nd and was tagged-out), putting the Rox out to the 5-1 lead they would ride to the victory.

Brooks Brown relieved Bergman and contributed 2 big innings, escaping a walk in the 6th and a single in the 7th.  Rafael Betancourt was flawless in the 8th, as was Boone Logan closing.  The Black Bean, Jonny “Sparkplug” Herrera, was in the house, flying-out to home boy Carlos Gonzalez leading off the 9th.

It’ll be night baseball at Coors Saturday.  Good buddy Jason Hammel goes for Chicago against Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick.  Game time is 6:10 MDT.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

We should have some kind of friendly wager going on here with our favorite darkhorse bullpen guys. RHM: Boone Logan Dr. C: Brooks Brown Ag: Betancourt, v. 2.0 All have got it working right now. Or is it the Brewers and Cubs who don’t have anything working? Time will tell. One less optimistic way of looking at it: the other NL 4-0 teams are the Braves (picked by almost everyone to actually be worse than the Rockies) and the Reds… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yup, Logan is my choice. You got that right, Ag.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Put me down for Freidrich.

Just back from FC Sevilla 2 – Barcelona FC 2. One of the most intense sporting events I’ve attended in my life. The atmosphere reminded of my college days watching ACC basketball NC State/UNC/Duke/UVa/Maryland. Good stuff.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Well I have been pushing Friedrich so hard for so long that others now are believers (my pushing has everything to do with SABR nothing to do with trying to salvage a first round pick of course), that I have now moved on to Brown. Working on studying first-round college starters since 2006 trying to see why they failed, how long it took for teams to realize it (hello, when he still has a 5ERA in AA after 3 years… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

I’ll go with Axford as I have opined that Hawk will not be our closer all season.

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

This is how good the BP is right now: Throw Hawk and his 9.00 ERA out and nobody’s scored against them. But look at what our new pitching coaches seem to have instilled. All the Ps are pitching inside, moving guys off the plate and getting quite a few HBPs. Foster and Holmes, so far, seem to be encouraging fearlessness in all those hurlers. Matzek was horrible yesterday but able to wriggle off the hook many times so his muffed… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Another thoroughly enjoyable experience at Opening Day. Bonus: a winner! My early impressions are that 1) they are repeatedly “finding a way” and 2) they are fired up and having fun. Even when a pitcher struggles, he bends but does not break and gets out of jams. And Morneau off the bench with a big fly? DJ hitting 9th, quite productively? (You may recall I am a staunch DJ fan – he gets plenty of timely hits in my book… Read more »

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

The starters really haven’t been tested yet. Butler and Matzek were both wobbly in first outings, but didn’t get pummelled by mediocre opposition. This new-look, no nonsense power bullpen is really growing on me. Normally, I’d say we should be sorting out specific roles, but it is looking like this pen has both the stuff and experience to be much more flexible. Three experienced closers, three hard throwers, and two long guys is a good mix with the starters where… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

When I first came to the game as a kid in the 70s the only team with set closers were teams that had Fingers or Goose (and they went 2+ innings a lot of the time). Then LaRussa happened. I believe you put the best guy in for each situation, and if their heart of the lineup is up in the 8th, then throw your best guy then. Maybe the Royals will undo the damage done by the LaRussa’s of… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago

So I finally got to go through every AB yesterday so I could look at Matzek. Clearly he was off after the first inning (still think it should have been McKenry out there to catch him, even if it was the Home Opener honor thing going on), and has to get better 1st ball strikes. and yes the Cubs are a bad offensive team right now (or is that the impact of facing the Cards while playing in freezing Wrigley… Read more »

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