Rockies Pitching Staff Tosses Shutout in 1-0 Win

Pitching was the story of the game today.  The Rockies issued three free passes and three hits, all in the first five innings by Jordan Lyles (3 innings) and John Lannon (2 innings).  Lyles’ command was a little bit off going into several deep counts while Lannon was effectively wild.  Then the strikeout machine went work over the last four innings.  Boone Logan, Rafael Betancourt, Scott Oberg, and Thomas Kahnle each tossed a 1-2-3 inning, combining for five strikeouts with no walks.  Logan and Betty looked real sharp.  Oberg did what he always done down in Tulsa as a closer mowing down the minor leaguers.  I think Oberg is too good for AA and he should be promoted to AAA.  Kahnle gave up a deep fly and a deep ground out that looked like a single all the way.  Rafael Ynoa went deep into the outfield grass to snare a grounder and Kahnle made a fantastic putout by hustling over and stretching out like a first baseman to beat out the runner by a half step.

Wilin Rosario played some first, but he didn’t have any difficult throw come his way.  Still withholding giving him a grade until I see a much larger sample size.  Most of the week, I’ve been watching Christian Adames and Ynoa get the bulk of the work replacing the starters.  I saw Charlie Culberson only one day this week.  Is that a writing on the wall for Culberson?

The lone run came in the seventh inning when Hundley nearly hit one out to dead center at the 410 mark  just a couple of feet below the yellow line.  He moved to third on Trevor Story’s deep fly to right center.  Hundley was staying put at third on D.J. LeMahieu’s grounder to the drawn-in infield, but the shortstop bobbled the ball and threw the ball away rushing his throw trying to beat the hustling LeMahieu.  So Hundley walked home with the thrown ball in the seats.  It was considered an earned run because Adames did have a single that would have driven in Hundley.  The Rockies’ runners made three TOOTBLANs today (Rosario trying to steal 3B – luckily safe – with two outs,  Brandon Barnes originally safe at 3B but slid past the bag, and LeMahieu picked off trying to get a big jump on the pitcher going to 3B).  TOOTBLAN = Thrown Out On The Basepath Like A Nincompoop.  We better not see some TOOTBLANs this year.

Sunday I head back home to Denver.  I saw seven games and lost only one game. 🙂 Today the game was played at Goodyear ballpark and sdcarp was right that it was a great ballpark.  I loved it there.


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6 years ago

Thanks for your posts and insights.Almost got a twinge of optimism but quickly beat it down!

6 years ago

Team ERA at 3.09. I know it Spring training and away from Coors Field, but there are signs of improvement.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Funny, just a few minutes before reading this I was thinking that we have all commented endlessly on the need to improve the pitching, situational hitting, hitting on the road period, etc. Yet we never seem to mention the need to improve the baserunning, especially after all the debacles last year which extended well beyond the well-documented blooper reel plays. Then along comes RMH with his new term: TOOTBLAN. I absolutely love it. We should have two counters on the… Read more »

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