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It was big wins and heroism last week as the Colorado Rockies turned-in 5 wins against 2 losses, taking series from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets.  The 2 wins in Arizona capped a practically unprecedented winning road trip, although no mention will be made of the Unspeakable Outrage the occurred in Phoenix on Wednesday evening.  The Rockies have now strung together 5 consecutive series wins and roll into a fresh week at 19-14.

Colorado will host the Texas Rangers for 2 at the old ballpark in Lower Downtown starting at 6:40 MDT this Purple Monday, then the interleague combatants take their show down to Arlington, Texas for a second pair before the Rockies head-off to Cincinnati for 3 with the Reds.  Tonight they’ll send steady Jordan Lyles (3-0, 2.70) out to face Texas’ lefty Martin Perez (4-1, 2.95) and a Rangers squad that comes in 17-14, in 2nd place in the AL West, trailing the Oakland A’s by 2 games.

The Rockies took their first ever victory over the Arizona’s Wade Miley on Monday night.  On Tuesday Tyler Chatwood had his elbow blow-up in the 6th inning while loading the bases up with Dbacks with nobody out.  Colorado manager Walt Weiss decided to play the heroism card at that point, and brought-on the untested Chris Martin, making just his 3rd appearance since replacing Chad Bettis on April 26.  Martin got a ground ball out of Chris Owings, who hit it down to old Nolan Arenado, and the Gold Glover who’s riding a 24-game hitting streak executed a tricky throw for a force at the plate. Martin then struck-out Roger Kieschnick and got Tony Campana to ground-out to 1st, and the Rockies escaped with a 4-3 lead.  Drew Stubbs entered the game on a double-switch with Boone Logan in the 8th, and Logan promptly blew the fragile lead with a gopher-ball that AJ Pollack drove over the left field wall.  But Stubbs was scheduled first in the 9th, and he took Arizona’s Addison Reed yard for a 5-4 lead he preserved in the bottom of the inning when he tracked-down a rocket-shot by Eric Chavez steps short of the Chase Field center-field wall.

Juan Nicasio turned in a nice one-run, 7-inning performance back home Thursday against the Mets that included 3 RBIs.  On Friday Colorado laid-out the whoop-ass for a 10-3 win, and then Saturday Frankie Morales had a tough time of it, leaving the Rockies down 6-0 in the 5th.  Jennry Mejia had baffled them through 4, but Ryan Wheeler led-off the 5th with a homer to right, and 10 batters later, including an Arenado grand slam, Colorado was up 8-6.  Martin couldn’t hold the lead this time, and by the time the Rockies came to bat in the bottom of the 9th New York had regained a 10-9 advantage.  Troy Tulowitzki led-off with a single and moved-up a an Arenado fly ball.  On came slugging Charlie Culberson, hitting for pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, and Culberson drove Mets closer Kyle Farnsworth’s 1-2 fastball deep into the New York bullpen.  ROX WALK-OFF!

The heroism from characters like Martin, Stubbs, and Culberson was sorely needed.  The week also featured another hand injury, Carlos Gonzalez’ index finger, and even as Chatwood landed on the 60-day DL (rookie Nick Masset gets his first MLB action; Wheeler goes back to the Springs) a flu-bug hit the clubhouse, putting first Josh Rutledge and later Wilin Rosario on the 15-day list as well. But it was a big, boisterous week, despite the gleaming turd of a debut that Jhoulys Chacin delivered Sunday.

Lyles makes his sixth start, having won half of them.  He was the starter in the Unspeakable Outrage on Wednesday, and held the Dbacks to a run on 3 hits in 6 innings.  Perez got banged-around Tuesday by the A’s.  He surrendered 8 earned runs on 8 hits in 4-2/3 innings of a 9-3 Oakland victory.  But it was Perez’ first loss in six 2014 starts.

Brandon Barnes will lead-off in center-field tonight for the Rockies, which is really a shame because have you seen the stylin’ red bats that Corey Dickerson is raking with this year?  With the end cupped out so you can set it on the plate on-end while you adjust your gloves?  Nice!  Drew Stubbs follows in right, and Cargo and his finger will hit clean-up in left.  Shin-Soo Choo came over to the Rangers from the Reds, and he’ll hit 1st in a Texas line-up that features former Tiger and Brewer Prince Fielder, who’s hitting 4th at  .221 with 2 home runs.

It’s going to be cloudy and breezy over at Coors for the contest.  The temperature will be falling through the 70ºs and the wind will blow out toward right at 6 to 8 MPH.  Drew Goodman will be back with the play-by-play on RoOT, coming off a strong broadcast week that featured an interview with that old codger Commissioner Bud, which Goodman and partner Jeff Huson executed flawlessly.  KOA 850 am has the radio.

TEXAS (17-14)
Shin-Soo Choo (L) LF
Josh Wilson (R) 2B
Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
Prince Fielder (L) 1B
Alex Rios (R) RF
Robinson Chirinos (R) C
Leonys Martin (L) CF
Elvis Andrus (R) SS
Martin Perez (L) P
COLORADO (19-14)
Brandon Barnes (R) CF
Drew Stubbs (R) RF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Jordan Pacheco (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Lyles (R) P
IN GAME CHAT

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IN GAME CHAT
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Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

Through 17 games, Rox are 12-5 at home and 19-13. Thank to tonight, 8 of the games seen the opposite team score only 2 runs or less! The Rockies are doing that! This is an at least-average pitching team. For those who think you cannot pitch at Coors, wrong, more than half are at home. If this team is getting this kind of pitching from the injured replacement players, this team starts to be more than dangerous, they start being… Read more »

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