Colorado continued to struggle offensively for the first three innings and 23 innings overall before finally scratching out a run in the fourth inning. The momentum turned in the Rockies’ favor when Jorge De La Rosa (6-3) loaded the bases on three singles to the bottom three hitters with no outs. FC force out at home, jammed soft line out to infield, and a fly out to end the inning kept the game scoreless. Drew Stubbs hit a leadoff sharp liner for the first hit of the game by the Rockies. Stubbs stole second base and moved to third base on D.J. LeMahieu’s single. Tulo brought home Stubbs with a sac fly. The Phillies responded quickly in the bottom of the inning on Darin Ruf’s first homer of the year for a 1-1 tie.
The game remained a pitching duel between Cole Hamels and De La Rosa until the seventh. After Corey Dickerson, who replaced aching CarGo, and Money worked out back to back walks and with two outs, Baby Bull heard the message from Nike, “JUST DO IT!” On the first pitch, he smacked the ball into the right field seats for a 4-1 advantage ending the team’s offensive dearth and his own slump. Boone Logan came on in the bottom of seventh replacing JDLR. He promptly gave up a solo shot to Ben Revere for his first career homer. Zero came in to relieve Boone for a four-out hold. Colorado added two insurance runs in the eighth on a triple, double, and fielder’s choice (safe at first on double play attempt) off former Rox farmhand Jeff Manship. LaTroy Hawkins finished the game in a non-save situation to complete a 6-2 victory over Philadelphia.
Down in Colorado Springs, Tyler Matzek had another good start going 7.2 shutout innings while issuing just two walks. Matzek is now 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA pitching in the hitter friendly PCL league. Over his last three starts he issued only one, one, and two walks. Can he sustain that over a prolonged period? That made it a good night all around for the organization. Matzek is already on the 40-man roster while Butler, Winkler, and Gray are not. He may get the first call should the Rox decide to make the move to replace Kerosene in the rotation.
Colorado (28-24) remains in third place five back of the Giants (33-19) and .5 behind the Dodgers (29-24). They improved to 2-3 on the current trip east with a rubber game at Philadelphia tomorrow night. Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.45 ERA) will attempt to join JDLR in the six-win club against Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.83 ERA) at 5:05 pm MT Wednesday night.