Rockies Find New Mojo

On Wednesday before the game, it was presumably Brandon Barnes who called out the team and asked them to wear high socks so they can start playing professional baseball.  They responded with a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals.  They went with the same mojo tonight and rolled to a 8-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a pitching duel through six innings between Brett Anderson and Charlie Morton with the Rockies scoring the only run on D.J. LeMahieu’s leadoff triple and Josh Rutledge brought him home with a two-out double to save the embarrassment of possibly stranding LeMahieu at third base with no outs.  It was part of Rutledge’s four-RBI night.

Anderson was mowing down the Pirate lineup except for a fifth inning hiccup.  He gave up a single and a walk to start the fifth inning.  Jordy Mercer came up and he hit a one-hop bouncer to Culberson where he stepped on the bag and threw the ball around the horn for a possible triple play.  The outs were recorded at third base and first base.  The second base umpire called Rutledge’s foot off the bag and gave a safe signal.  Walt Weiss had appealed the play for review in New York but apparently it was inconclusive so the call stood.  Culberson replaced Nolan Arenado at third base because Weiss saw that Arenado did not bust up the line on a check swing back into the  pitcher’s box.  So he was removed as punishment for not playing baseball the right way.

Colorado and Anderson were still hanging on to a precarious 1-0 lead going into the seventh inning.  After a one-out walk, Anderson didn’t have a feel for the ball due to a blister starting to develop.  Tommy Kahnle, the best Rule 5 pick in Rockies’ history, came on and slammed the door facing just two Pirate batters for the final two outs of the inning.  Ben Paulsen got the second biggest inning of the season started with a double.  Baby Bull drove Paulsen home with a double of his own.  D.J. LeMahieu had a seeing eye single through the left side to put the runners on the corners for pinch hitter Drew Stubbs.  He bounced a double over the drawn-in infield to make the score 3-0.  Nazty was walked intentionally to set up the double play.  Rutledge laced a gapper to clear the bases to pad the lead to 6-0.  Then CarGo hit a slump busting two-run shot to put the game away at 8-0.

Matt Belisle was the only Rockie pitcher who had a rough night.  He gave up two seeing eye grounders and two walks sandwiched around a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field.  Weiss removed Belisle to get Zero in the game.  A pop up and a grounder later the game was over preserving Belisle’s stats.

High socks and good pitching is an excellent combination and Tyler Matzek will be asked to keep the win streak going tomorrow.  The game will be at 6:10 MDT.

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Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago

It was a fun game to attend. It’s maddening to hate the fate of the home team so much that it makes any following of MLB painful because you are reminded how bad they are. To wish you didn’t have the obligation of tickets. They’ve been making baseball painful to follow for weeks, but they played well tonight. We thought, during the game that Arenado was hurt. I thought for certain he pulled something. To learn it was disciplinary and… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

Glad Walt “spanked”Arenado.Wish we would show Belisle the door.You know you are done when you are in garbage-cleanup time and you can’t even be trusted with an 8-0 lead.What a joy to watch good pitching for OUR team.I see why we acquired Anderson, in the last two starts he has been terrific!

JULIA GILKEY
JULIA GILKEY
6 years ago

Anderson really is fitted for Coors Field, great pitching. It appears as if our starting pitching is coming around, yeah! Now for our relievers, send Bettis back to CS. I felt really bad for Matt, but something needs to happen…

Jeem
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Jeem
6 years ago

Nicely written piece RMH!

I do not think Rutledge’s foot was on the bag when he caught that relay. The foot clearly touched the bag, but I do not think the ball arrived until a millisecond later.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Maybe we’ll finally get what we were hoping to get with Anderson. If we keep him and DLR, that could be two starting pitchers, maybe in objective terms a #2 and a #3. Maybe Butler and Matzek can be a #4 and a #5. The #1 spot is reserved for Gray when he finally puts the pieces together, maybe by mid or late next year. Maybe we’ll get another starting pitcher with a trade later this month. In the meantime,… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I only saw bits and pieces of last night’s game. My big question is the Arenado benching. Was he loafing? Or was Walt just tired of losing and trying to spark the team? Sometimes young players need to get kicked in the ass once in awhile. I hope that’s all it was. Must say that listening Drew and Jeff is tough on the ears, last night we get George Frazier who’s worse than Huson and later I hear all 3… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Tulo t-shirt giveaway night. The Rox spelled his name wrong and are the laughing stock of the national media on Twitter at the moment.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

I’ve been whining a lot lately, but need to give credit where credit is due – Matzak looks good tonight.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

3 in a row!! If the Rockies play .730 baseball the rest of season they will win 90 games and probably get in the playoffs. The chances of that happening are who knows but not good. Over a 162 game schedule that would be like winning 118 games. The mistake on the Tulo giveaway jerseys is typical of this season. Somebody should have noticed this well before they gave them out. But I’m guessing the quality control guy was up… Read more »

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