Rockies Pound Rangers 9-2

Colorado got the offense started quickly to take the pressure off themselves as they cruised to a 9-2 victory.  After two outs were gone in the top of the first inning Tulo singled, CarGo doubled, and NoDo knocked both in with a double to put a two spot up.  With that double, NoDo tied Money’s club record of 27-game hitting streak.  The Rockies proceeded to score five more runs in the fourth inning for a 7-0 lead.  The Rangers scratched back in the bottom half of the inning with a 2-run shot by Adrian Beltre who had been the only offense for Texas the last two games.  The Rockies came right back the next inning with two runs on a double by Drew Stubbs, a triple by D.J. LeMahieu, and a RBI single by Corey Dickerson.  That made the final score 9-2.

Jorge De La Rosa started well except for one pitch to Beltre and barely made it through six innings leaving three ducks (three walks) stranded.  He had thrown efficiently and was at 77 pitches after the first out of the sixth inning.  He then labored with 27 more pitches to finally get the third out.  The good news was that he gave up only three hits during his stint.  The prides of Agbayani (Chris Martin and Nick Massett) did efficient work over the next two innings.  Finally Boone Logan and LaTroy Hawkins both of whom who haven’t pitched since Saturday split the 9th inning duty to get a little work in.

The hot play of late has the Rockies (22-14) serving notice to the National League that they are arguably the best team.  Within the NL West they are in a virtual tie with the Giants (21-13) just seven percentage points back while the lead over the Dodgers (19-16) expanded to 2.5 games.  They are now just 0.5 games behind Milwaukee for the best record in the NL.  Tomorrow they face LHP Matt Harrison which has red hot Drew Stubbs licking the chops.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

It looked so windy last night! I’ve often heard that’s the toughest place to play (for the players) due to the heat and wind. SF @ LA for a 4 game series beginning today, so something has to give there. The Rox have done a wonderful job of winning game 1 of series. That will be put to the test Friday though. Cueto (off to terrific start) vs. Chacin. Rox have also done a wonderful job avoiding bad weather…..that will… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Arenado’s streak is being discounted by some because he “plays his home games at Coors Field”. These people are taking that same old lazy assumption that players are made better by the park in Denver. During the streak, NoDo has played 13 games at home and 14 on the road, with 10 of those road games in pitcher friendly LA, SF, and SD. That disadvantage more than makes up for the supposed Coors Field factor. There is no doubt that… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob, please tell me who you are referencing when you quote others as saying his streak is discounted because he plays at coors. I would LOVE to know the references so i can go to them and place one VERY big statistic into their lap: NOLAN’S SPLITS (AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS) HOME: .292 / .325 / .611 / .936 ROAD: .357 / .370 / .457 / .827 So, his SLG/OPS is lower on the road – great, point to the… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
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Buster Olney couldn’t get out of this without mentioning that NoDo has an advantage in playing half his games at home. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10901308&ex_cid=espnapi_public In this article by David Shoenfield he writes “But he has some other traits that help: He plays his home games at Coors Field, he doesn’t walk much and he doesn’t strike out much.” http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/47011/arenados-streak-getting-interesting Now, neither of these directly accuses Nolan’s streak of being cheap but they do certainly hint/imply that he wouldn’t be doing this if… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

Nolan of all people is not a Coors creation, though his homer power is still – though he is throwing a lot of doubles up on the road (a lot like Manny Machado at this same stage in his career, but Machado is viewed in the same class as Harper and Trout and Arenado is just a Coors creation, sheesh!!!!). Kid is just going to get better and better and that swing will add power in the years to come.… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Your #6 is really interesting. One of the things I noticed during ST before and during the games was how encouraging Brandon Barnes was towards Blackmon and Dickerson. At that time I thought for sure they were battling each other for the same spot…….yet Barnes seemed to be going out of his way to very positively interact with those two (my brief trip to AZ during ST coincided with Stubb’s down time with stomach issues…..so he wasn’t present). I also… Read more »

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