Road Refuge

Rox Head to California After Sweep of Dbacks

The Colorado Rockies posted a 3-3 marker for the 4th week of their 2016 MLB season, tacking a 3-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks on the end of a 5-game home losing streak, including 3 early in the week versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They’re in San Diego, California tonight, opening a 3-game set against the Padres with an 8:10 MT start at Petco Park.  On Thursday they head to San Francisco for 4 spanning the weekend with the Giants to close-out a 10-game road-trip.

Among a week of noteworthy developments, perhaps most significant, Dee Gordon of the Florida Marlins landed on the MLB Temporary Abolishment List, relinquishing briefly the title of Most Frightening Man in Baseball, however Jake McGee moved quickly to claim the coveted role.  Jordan Lyles got an airplane ride to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he’s working on getting his act together after essentially spending 2015 and 14 rehabbing.  Jorge De La Rosa landed on the 15 day Disabled List with a recurrence of the sore groin that hampered him in 2015, and confided he’d in-fact been suffering with the condition since camp, but was reluctant reveal it, fearful of disappointing Ed the Ump.

DLR’s demise came in game 2 of the debacle with Pittsburgh at Coors Field, the one where Andrew McCutchen hit 3 homers and drove-in 5.  Wednesday Colorado came back from 7-down to tie but succumbed in extra innings, then Thursday Springtime in the Rockies came to the rescue with the bullpen tattered in shreds.

By Friday the boys were back in sunny Phoenix, and you have to admit, the weather has really played to the Rockies favor in 2016, especially when you remember what happened last April.  Charlie Blackmon was back in the leadoff slot, Tyler Chatwood was dealing on the hill, and RoxnSox was once again diggin’ the long ball in a 9-0 shutout.  Chris Rusin was back in the rotation Saturday, delivering a cool 5 innings of shutout work, and a 3-run 9th against Brad Ziegler did the trick in game 2.  Yesterday bulldog Chad Bettis held the Dbacks to 3 over 6, and Nolan Arenado had a big fly to cinch the sweep.

Tonight it’s Jon Gray (0-0, 11.42) for Colorado facing big game James Shield (0-4, 3.55) of San Diego.  Gray was the starter in the Wednesday comeback game that fell short.  He threw almost 900 (I mean 96) pitches in a 3-2/3 inning outing during which he surrendered 6 runs on 9 hits, a walk and 2 strikeouts.  Shields has been pitching in tough luck for a Padres squad that’s kind of hard to figure.  He was out in San Francisco on Thursday, going 7 and allowing just the losing run on 3 hits.  He did walk 4 with only 2 Ks.

It’s a pretty standard lineup for Walt Weiss and the Rockies tonight.  Carlos Gonzalez, Arenado and Gerardo Parra go 3-4-5.  Ben Paulsen is at 1st-base hitting 7th.  San Diego has some curious names in its order tonight for Andy Green.  Somebody named Brett Wallace is cleaning-up and playing 3rd.  Jemile Weeks appears to be a 2nd-baseman who will hit 7th, ahead of Travis Jankowski, the well-known left fielder.

I you can believe it, it will be sunny and 64° on the San Diego bay at game time.  Wind will blow across and slightly in from left at 8 MPH and relative humidity will be in the 70% range.  They say new buildings in the Gas Light District have been messing with the breezes and the dreaded Marine Layer at Petco and the place is now a hitter’s paradise.  Arenado is itching to give it a try.  Drew’s got the play-by play on ROOT.  Jerry and Jack have you covered at KOA.

COLORADO (12-12)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Nick Hundley (R) C
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jon Gray (R) P
SAN DIEGO (9-16)
Jon Jay (L) CF
Wil Myers (R) 1B
Matt Kemp (R) RF
Brett Wallace (L) 3B
Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
Derek Norris (R) C
Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
Travis Jankowski (L) LF
James Shields (R) P
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5 years ago

Big step in Jon Gray’s young career last night. Very much to like about that!

5 years ago

Loved how he stepped up after things were not going his way in the 1st. It seemed like he got pissed and let it rip instead of aiming the baseball. 93mph became 96mph. Very good sign!

5 years ago

I wrote a little blurb a couple of days ago (that disappeared into the comment Bermuda Triangle) saying that while I believe Jon Gray is better suited to be a RP, I also think there is absolutely no harm in letting him be a SP all this year. In fact, “no harm” isn’t strong enough. He “should” be a SP for the rest of this season. 2016 is a perfect trial to see if he fulfills the Rox hopes as… Read more »

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