Provin’ It

Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 0.00) got his four plate appearances in, going 2 for 3, got into the 7th inning (he went 7), and the Colorado Rockies’ offense scored early and often in a perfectly scripted opening day victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-0 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, elevation 634.  Carlos Gonzalez was 2 for 4, Troy Tulowitzki was 3 for 5, and Nolan Arenado was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI as the Rockies’ big guns led the way with a full-frontal assault on Brewers’ ace Kyle Lohse (0-1, 21.60).

Charlie Blackmon flew-out to left-field to get 2015 started, then Gonzalez doubled and scored on an ensuing double by Tulowitzki.  Justin Morneau popped to short, but Arenado followed with Colorado’s third double of the inning, and Corey Dickerson, who matched Arenado with 4 RBI, took Lohse deep to right for a 4-0 Rockies lead.

Kendrick retired Milwaukee in-order in the 1st, and worked-out of big trouble in the 2nd, getting Jean Segura to ground into a 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded.  Tulo led-off the 3rd with his second double of the night, and after Morneau, who was 0 for 5, lined to shortstop, Arenado drilled Lohse’ fourth pitch into the center-field bleachers to extend the Colorado lead to 6-0.

Kendrick doubled (the Rockies had 6 of them) leading-off the 4th, and came around on a single by Gonzalez.  Tulowitzki moved Cargo to 2nd with his third hit of the night, and after another Morneau line-out, Arenado looped a wounded duck over the head of Scooter Gennett and in front of Carlos Gomez, scoring Gonzalez.  With Tulowitzki at 3rd and Arenado at 2nd, Dickerson lifted a big balloon over the head and to the right of Gomez, bouncing it into the seats and driving-in both runners, inflating the Colorado run total to 10, which would hold-up as Kendrick, Rafael Betancourt, and Christian Friedrich held the Brewers to a big round goose egg.

Kendrick was workmanlike and competent, shutting Milwaukee down on 7 hits over 7 innings.  He surrendered singles to Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis in the 4th, but struck-out Gennett to avoid trouble there.  Adam Lind and Jean Segura had singles in the 7th, but Kendrick got pinch hitter Luis Jimenez to pop to short, and headed to the showers.  Betancourt dispatched the Brewers 1-2-3 in the 8th, and Friedrich worked around another Lind single (he had 3 of them) in the 9th to close things out.

The Rockies will log that one in the book and get set for another road triumph tomorrow, when they send Jordan Lyles out against Milwaukee’s Matt Garza.  Game time is 6:10 at Miller Park.

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

There are two big reasons I like to watch the Milwakee games on tv and its not Bud Selig or the sausage races.

D Man
D Man
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

You noticed her too?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Jeem, you are indeed in fine form. Yeah, it’s the other thread, but to weave in pussy DLR, Gates Brown (I never saw him listed as a catcher – is that just the default position you assign to the fat guy?) and even a passing reference of mine to Brooks Brown … the Master of Deadpan shows how it’s done. No better way to start the season. One game, but for a day or two, maybe a week or two… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Kinda quiet here on RWO after OD whitewash of the Brew Crew. At least it’s a feel good time for 24 hours. Lots of XBH with two strikes and/or two outs. No TOOTBLANs. Kendrick just filled the strike zone; I don’t think I ever saw a 3-ball count except for a couple of full counts after several foul balls. Nick Hundley appears to be a bigger upgrade than expected. The most telling job was framing the pitches a nd game… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

only news i can see is Rosenthal thinking the Yankees might want to look at him:

http://riveraveblues.com/2015/04/rosenthal-yankees-looking-veteran-pitcher-stash-triple-116908/

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago

There are a few other guys out there who had better spring trainings before Chacin gets a call. He simply had no velocity, and as we saw last year, that doesn’t make for a successful pitcher. Would Jhoulys have benefited from doing the shoulder surgery mid-2014? The success rate on that surgery isn’t high, and he made $1.1 mill thanks to the Rox giving him one more chance, so financially it is a plus for him. I just don’t see… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

I don’t know if i’ve mentioned my “theory” about the beginning of the season in the past or not, but it bears repeating given the awesome display of power yesterday. My theory goes like this: The Rox can’t hit away from home because of altitude. It isn’t the distance or park shape, etc. but something to do with oxygen and altitude on their bodies. So, because of this, when the season begins and we start on the road and have… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I do believe the reasons are physiological and not mental or because of some strategy. This has gone on for 22 years despite hundreds of player, coaching, and front office changes. So, yes, Jaredean, I believe you are correct.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

jd… I’m retired so I don’t want a job with the rockies…but… how about installing some oxygen tanks in our clubhouse and/or dugout of road games… players can “get a bump” of pure oxygen instead of their lungs being “all screwed up” on Denver’s lack of sea level oxygen levels…their lungs don’t have time to adjust on the road… I wrote it poorly but it seems there MUST be a common denominator in our well documented road woes… couldn’t hurt…… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

DOD was doing a report on the MLB Networks 30 teams in 30 days and it was on the Rockies (imagine that) and he said that more time was spent on the team acclimating on the road than any other topic. They were all painfully aware of the teams struggles on the road with hitting and they worked on theory after theory… You know, I got to say after watching Dan O’Dowd with the MLB boys and how he articulates… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jaredean, I agree with your theory. It was interesting, way back when I was coming out of high school I got far more scholarship offers to run track and CC than anything else, because they loved having high altitude runners. But even back there they didn’t want us training too long each year at altitude (this is late 80s, back when the science of body performance was still young). As it turned out I went the Div 3 route so… Read more »

Trip
Trip
5 years ago

I have been saying this for years. Put oxygen in the dugout, for exactly what you said, feel better the next day. There was a DBacks pitcher that said that, oxygen when pitching at coors. Did not help him so much during the game, but the recovery period was shorter, felt better the next day. Muscles need oxygen to repair themselves.

Maybe they can finally start telling the players to suck (oxygen) at coors.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Jared, it is sad that O’Dowd seems to be convinced that he’s built a perennial contender and that bad things just kept happening to him. As for the Rox on the road hitting woes: it’s the old “hangover effect” theory, and I’m convinced it’s real. That’s why RMH’s idea that we’re in better shape starting on the road is intriguing. After reading everything I could on this a few years ago, I came to the conclusion that the only plausible… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

On Fenway changing a player’s swing, I like this from Rico Petrocelli (right handed power hitting SS of the late 60s/early 70s): “I worked at getting the right [Fenway] stroke, where I was pulling the ball…I worked on hitting the ball only to straight center and left field. We almost eliminated right field. Maybe it just happened accidentally, but I started to develop a little uppercut swing, and if you hit it high enough, it would go out [over the… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

There was at least one hitter who hit on the road well last season – Justin Morneau.

I have only one “fix” for road woes – just stop striking out. Zero advancement for runners on 3B with a K; just hit the ball even if that means missing the barrel = chance for runner on 3B to come home.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agbayani, this is something that the Yankees management is looking at as well because a lot of guys are trying to yank (sorry for the pun) the ball down that short porch in left. Hitters get big eyes (and I read somewhere a few years back it impacts road teams when they come in here for a series or two). The best hitters on both H/R hit the ball where pitched, use both alleys, and have a better 2 strike… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Well, that was a fun game. Interesting reading, too, about the theories regarding road hitting and their traditional hot starts and later implosions – thanks. I maintain that physiology and psychology are components along with hitting adjustments or lack thereof. And it’s too early to be depressed about eternal futility, after the nontypical “visitor” bats they broke out for Opening Day!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

My conclusion from this home/road splits at altitude: I don’t think it will ever be solved; so we need to adjust our attitude which is exactly what WW is doing. Very simple template; mash and bash at home to the tune of 55-plus wins at Coors and get just enough pitching to “compete” a.k.a. Kyle Kendrick. That works only if you have GG defense and a stout bullpen. Then damn it if you do, damn it if you don’t, win… Read more »

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