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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.

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Jeem
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Jeem
6 years ago

Who better than the Bull? Also gratifying to see them jump on Manship to follow-up. No “single-blow attack.”

Now let’s keep on the heat!

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

RMH – Awesomne title! Great write-up, just great. Loved how you inclusion of Matzek. For those who have no participated in an in game chat…do it, it is like being at the game with a bunch of friends and trying to outguess the game. Lots of fun, join us. RMH is one of the best to chat with. During the game both RMH and I were convinced that it was going to be a “next run wins” situation, a nice… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago

More good news – from Rotoworld:

“Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said Tuesday that Brett Anderson (finger) has a shot to rejoin the rotation in the first week of July.

The Rockies gave Anderson a 4-6 week timetable when he went down with a fractured left index finger in mid-April, so obviously he hasn’t progressed as quickly as hoped. But, he did get the pins taken out of his finger this week and should begin a throwing program soon.”

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

Fellas and gals… Am I mistaken or during the first 4-5 weeks didn’t we swing very early(first pitch swings mainly), especially on the road? My age precludes me from remembering. I have just been observing that the last 3-4 weeks on the road we are, once again, as in past seasons, taking way to many strikes. Am I wrong? It appears to me that we, recently, are more concerned about getting the opposing pitcher’s pitch count up by taking pitches… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

This is, without question, IMHO, the best interview/article on pitching and all its nuances, ever. From one of the best pitchers ever to “throw from the bump”, Pedro Martinez. All Rox pitchers(especially the young ones)in our system should be made to read this numerous times as they progress “up the ladder”. I’ll be interested to hear the views regarding this pitching manifesto from one of the greats. BTW, I’m going to try and link it to this post…if I fail(which… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed – anything from Fangraphs is worth reading! Thanks for the link.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

You guys out there know that I’ve been the biggest Frankie supporter here all year, but have to agree that he should have been skipped a few times with the recent plethora of off days the Rox have had and will have coming up. I think I saw that if the rotation was worked properly Frankie would have only made one start in a three week period. Why hasn’t this happened? Because Rox management thinks they are smarter than everyone… Read more »

Trip
Trip
6 years ago

The Rox have said for the last several years now their desire is to keep the starting rotation as fresh as possible. Remember the 75 pitch limit and the piggyback bullpen? They have eased back on that to 100 pitches. But to keep everyone as fresh as possible, they don’t skip. Is that a good strategy? Personally I think they should have all the players, and especially the pitchers, suck on oxygen when playing at Coors Field. It may not… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Cisco Kid – I agree with you. They need to skip Morales, or whoever is the slumping pitcher, when they get a chance. But Rockies have done this for years. Can’t figure it out except for what your brought up, they think they are smarter than everyone else. That’s of course why we’ve been to one WS in 20+ years and have never won a division. But DoD and his bunch are smarter than everybody else. Two more random thoughts.… Read more »

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I looked up the roster for two random teams, the Marlins and the Giants. Both teams don’t have a single African American player on their rosters. I just think there is a shortage of African American players across baseball.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Ego you may be right. Actually you are right there is a shortage of African-American players and I brought it up because we just played the Braves and are playing the Phillies and both have prominent important African-American players. I don’t think Rockies management would be that stupid to make decisions based on race but Rockies management makes plenty of stupid decisions. Obviously they certainly wouldn’t admit it although a few years ago DoD was quoted or implied that he… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Simple numbers Bill. At the end of last season, 8% of MLB rosters were AA. 2 players per team. 20 years ago, the number was about 20% (5 players per team). The Rox have Hawk (and have had Dex, EYJr, and Chris Nelson within the last year). So take an average of last season and the first two months of this season and they mimic the MLB average exactly. And given that the % was significantly higher 20-25 years ago… Read more »

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