The Rockies started off the second half of the season with a bang winning 10-4 over the Brew Crew. The record stands at 1-0 in the second half. They got off to a quick start and kept their foot on the pedal to the metal. With two outs and none on in the first inning, Justin Morneau started the rally with a walk and he was followed by a Tulo single, Corey Dickerson’s 2-run double, and a RBI single by Baby Bull. Just like that, it was 3-0 before Milwaukee’s first at-bat of the game. Colorado added a couple more runs on Morneau’s sac fly and D.J. LeMahieu’s RBI single. Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa had a shaky fourth inning but got out of the inning limiting the damage to two runs.
Colorado immediately countered with three runs in the top of the fifth, thanks to Milwaukee’s Little League performance on one batted ball. Baby Bull hit what should be an easy grounder for third baseman Aramis Ramirez for a possible double play with runners and first and second. Ramirez totally whiffed on the ball for the first error allowing both Tulo and Dickerson to score. Then catcher Jonathon Lucroy airmailed the throw to third base trying to nab Baby Bull who hustled all the way to third base. With that Little League play, the Rockies increased their lead to 8-2. De La Rosa got a little tired in the sixth inning giving up a couple more to make the score 8-4.
The bullpen has been a welcome sight today after yesterday’s two-inning shutout performance by Franklin Morales. Thomas Kahnle answered the bell with two innings of shutout ball to keep the Brewers at bay. Charlie Clobberson hit a two run shot off the second deck façade for 10-4 lead which would become a final. LaTroy Hawkins needed some work to finish off Milwaukee.
There is an excellent article published in the Denver Post crunching the numbers on what went wrong with the Rockies through the first half of the season. Nolan Arenado looks like he will be the first man back in action from the DL. He is currently rehabbing with the Sky Sox and he may be ready for the Dodgers series when Colorado returns home from its current road trip. Brett Anderson will be making his first rehab start Wednesday with the Sky Sox and will start with 60 pitch limit. Looks like the first couple of weeks after the All Star break, he will be back. CarGo is ticketed for a late July return in my estimate. Then there’s Boone Logan who will bring some relief to the bullpen rehabbing in Colorado Springs. Eddie Butler does not have a timetable but he’s throwing some bullpen. By late July everyone will be healthy and the schedule gets easier, the total opposite of the first week of June when injuries and a killer schedule combined to the Rockies’ downfall.