Rockies Dog Giant Chasers

The Colorado Rockies have won 2 of their last 5 and are looking to make more trouble for the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 8:10 pm MDT at Dodger stadium in Chavez Ravine.  The Rockies foiled an opportunity for the Dodgers to leap-frog the rival San Francisco Giants into first place in the National League West, shutting out LA 2-0 while the Giants were getting stomped by the Cardinals in St Louis. Los Angeles will have to deal with Colorado’s Alex White (2-6, 6.16), sending Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.76) out for a duel of right-handed hurlers.

The Rockies recalled White for last Thursday’s series finale with the Cardinals at Coors Field, and he responded with 5 shut-out innings in one of those curious Colorado victories, before surrendering 2 runs in the sixth.  Harang hasn’t started since a loss to Arizona on July 30, when the D’backs punished him for 7 runs in 5 innings.  He’s been generally steady in 21 2012 starts.

The Diamondbacks also lost on Monday, shut-out by the Pirates 4-0.  They continue to trail San Francisco by 4 games and face Pittsburgh again this afternoon at 5:05 in PNC Park.  The Giants go at the Cards at 6:15 at Busch Stadium, so the Dodgers will be able to watch some scoreboard.  Weather at game time in Chavez Ravine will be generic LA, 75° F, 55% humidity and south-southeast winds at 3 to 5 MPH.  Rockies’ TV’s on Root, radio KOA 850 am.

Colorado MFL Jim Tracy is going back to a more conventional line-up for the contest.  Tyler Colvin is at first and Eric Young Jr is in right-field.  Don Mattingly has more of the Dodgers’ regulars in his nine. Andre Ethier is back in right and Rockie killer James Loney at first.

COLORADO (39-68)
RF        Eric Young Jr
SS        Josh Rutledge
CF        Dexter Fowler
LF        Carlos Gonzalez
3B        Jordan Pacheco
C          Ramon Hernandez
1B        Tyler Colvin
2B        Jonathan Herrera
P          Alex White
LOS ANGELES (59-51)
LF        Shane Victorino
3B        Jerry Hairston Jr
CF        Matt Kemp
RF        Andre Ethier
SS        Hanley Ramirez
1B        James Loney
2B        Luis Cruz
C          AJ Ellis
P          Aaron Harang

 


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rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

You forgot to add the smog measure to the weather forecast…..

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Well, firstly how Tracy has used Giambi the passed 2 seasons (in non IL games) has been a horrible misuse of talent. Ideally Giambi should be getting 1 AB every game. I heard last year on the radio when Alfred Williams and D-Mac interviewed Carney Lansford they admitted that Giambi turned down PH opportunities. I don’t understand that, but whatever. Regardless, being unwilling to PH him in the 6th or 7th inning was overly conservative. Now, with Helton’s glove an… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago

“curious Colorado victories”…classic

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago

I can’t believe how incredibly baseball deaf the absurd pitch limit idea by the officially brain dead DOD is revealed to be in these two games. Both young pitchers are throwing shutouts, but they get pulled because of this abomination. I’ve been gone, so I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but Krieger had a piece on his KOA site talking about DOD. DOD comes off as lost, defeated, and clueless; he basically lays all the blame on Coors… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

But Thistle … nothing wrong with this club that a franchise move to the Pacific coast wouldn’t cure. Or at least that won’t support O’Dowd’s excuse.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Runners on 2nd and 3rd, one out, chance to bust this game open … and Roenicke hitting for himself? This rotation/pitch limit thing is having some bad systemic effects on roster management. That’s the kind of thing they need to be taking into account when deciding whether to continue with it.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

based on Pacheco’s success all night with bases jammed with Rox…I didn’t mind seeing JT keep Roenicke in for another inning.

keep it up ROX!

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago

Two really good games, beating the most hated NL west team, and still un-satisfied customers here on the site 🙂

Gotta enjoy these wins when they come, which is very few and very far between.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Jared, this season has ruined me. I see that 3-0 lead in the 6th and I think “at least we won’t get blown out tonight.” Hey, two in a row! Maybe they can cure me of this pessimism yet.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

yeah, it has been VERY hard – but for those of us still watching all of the games it is nice to see us win back 2 back (and a freaking series for once!) and to do it with pitching is icing… Sure, we loaded up the bases and jordan failed…yes, going 2-15 RISP is horrible, BUT we won back to back and almost had back to back shutouts…and this is a pitchers park, so our hitting fell in line… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

hey, with EYj doing so well the last two games i was really hoping Pooter would show back up…haven’t heard from him in a while!

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I had exactly the same thought.Pooter come back.Your loyalty to junior has in fact been rewarded!I’d flip flop Dex and Rutledge,altough Cargo has struggled in the cleanup spot.Dare we hope for three in a row?

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Dodgers were obviously happy to give Cargo a free pass there to get to the Rockies #5 hole hitter – Pacheco. The Rockies are really starting to look like a small ball lineup, and I too would have flipped Dexter and Rutledge in the lineup. Rutledge’s initial power has really surprised me, although I realize this still is a small sample size. Is it just me or does Rutledge seem to have the right stuff (physical stature, solid defense and… Read more »

Doc
Doc
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

We all love EY2 but it’s hard to overlook his defensive liabilities. If he keeps going Juan Pierre, I’m sure JT will keep trying to hide him in the outfield and justifiably so. Great victories the past two nights–my Dodger buddies are almost as dumbfounded as I am. If Francis can pull off a victory tonight, I don’t think the Dodgers will recover. One last thought–as great as these two wins have been, kinda ticks me off that it plays… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

With Helton, Tulo and Cuddyer all on the DL, I almost (key word) feel sorry for our MFL J Tracy having to fill out a lineup card with so little power available. If the Rockies can dare to attempt a four man rotation, then maybe J Tracy will actually try some “small ball” while the power outage continues. Ya know “in baseball” it is still legal to bunt for a hit, steal a base, hit & run, suicide squeeze, etc… Read more »

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