Cargo to Sit-Out with Strep Throat

Tyler Colvin stands-in for Carlos Gonzalez, who has a case of strep throat, for tonight’s middle contest in Colorado’s 3 game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Arizona rolls-out right-hander Josh Collmenter to face the Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin, making his second start of the 2012 season.  Chacin went four innings in Monday’s home-opener against San Francisco, and along with Gonzalez, who dropped an easy fly ball in left field, played the goat in the lackadaisical 7-0 loss, an effort that stirred the anger of the RWO faithful, prompting psychological angst and intellectual brilliance never before posted on a baseball website.  Chacin threw 90 pitches, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks, taking the loss before giving way to 3 relievers.  His ERA sits at an even 9.0, with a WHIP of 2.25.

Collmenter is 0-0 with a 15.0 ERA following a three inning start in Arizona’s 7-6 victory over the Giants.  All 6 of the San Francisco runs were charged to Collmenter, 5 of them earned.  The righty went 2-1 against Colorado in 2011, compiling  a 2.81 ERA and recording 12 strike-outs.

Troy Tulowitzski, Todd Helton, and Michael Cuddyer move up a spot in tonight’s order for Jim Tracy to make room for Colvin, who will bat 6th.  The lineups:

Diamondbacks (5-2)

3B Ryan Roberts
LF Gerardo Parra
RF Justin Upton
C Miguel Montero
CF Chris Young
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Aaron Hill
SS John McDonald
RHP Josh Collmenter

Rockies (3-4)
2B Marco Scutaro
CF Dexter Fowler
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
RF Michael Cuddyer
LF Tyler Colvin
C Ramon Hernandez
3B Jordan Pacheco
RHP Jhoulys Chacin

 

COLORADO DEFEATS ARIZONA 7-6 IN FRIDAY NIGHT CONTEST AT COORS

The Colorado Rockies recovered from an early game deficit Friday evening, rallying in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks before a crowd of 30,642 at Coors Field.  Rockies starter Juan Nicasio, making his first start at Coors since the August 5, 2011 head and neck injury that ended his rookie season, looked sharp out of the gate, only to queerly falter after retiring the first two Diamondbacks’ hitters.

After disposing of Willie Bloomquist and Jason Kubel, Nicasio proceeded to walk Justin Upton on 5 pitches, Miguel Montero on 10 pitches and Chris Young on another 6, loading the bases and running his pitch count to 31.  After a visit to the mound by Colorado pitching coach Bob Apodaca, D’backs 1st-baseman Paul Goldschmidt worked Nicasio for another 8 pitches, singling to center to score Upton and Montero.  Nicasio finally retired Geoff Blum to cap-off a 44 pitch inning.

Colorado got one back in the bottom of the first on center-fielder Dexter Fowler’s first home run of 2012.  Nicasio recovered nicely, dispatching Arizona on 12 pitches to start the second.  The Rockies then tied it-up on Ramon Hernandez’ gigantic blast over the center field wall in the bottom of the inning.

Nicasio’s respite, however, proved short-lived.  Montero homered to right field, scoring Upton, who had bunted for a single in front of 3rd-baseman Chris Nelson with the Rockies infield playing deep.  Nicasio then issued his career-high 4th walk to Young.  Goldschmidt singled to center, pushing Young to third base, where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Arizona 3rd-sacker Blum.  Ryan Roberts then doubled to right, scoring Goldschmidt and ending the night for the erstwhile Nicasio.  Esmil Rogers relieved and retired Bloomquist to end the inning.

The Rockies stormed right back, Hernandez driving in Troy Tulowitzski, who had singled, and Michael Cuddyer to make the score 6-4 Arizona after three.  Rogers was impressive in the fourth, retiring the Diamondbacks in order after Kubel led-off with a single and Upton doubled him to third.  Then the Rockies tied the game for a second time with two more runs in the bottom of the inning.  After Fowler had grounded into a double play, erasing Mario Scutaro who had singled, Carlos Gonzalez and Tulowitzski followed with singles, and Rockies mainstay Todd Helton drove them both home on a ground-single to left-field.

The contest suddenly turned defensive with the score tied.  Matt Belisle relieved Rogers in the sixth, and delivered a clutch performance of his own in the top of the seventh, setting down three Arizona batters after Michael Cuddyer became the third Colorado starting outfielder to blow an easy fly-ball catch, waving good-bye as Montero’s lead-off line-drive headed for the wall.  Rex Brothers set the Diamondbacks down in the top of the eighth with an assist from Hernandez, who caught Ryan Roberts trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt that skittered away from the Rockies’ catcher.

Colorado pulled ahead in the bottom of the eighth.  With one out Gonzalez singled to left, and advanced to third on a pick-off throw that eluded Arizona 1st-baseman Goldschmidt.  After Tulowitzski fanned, Helton plated Gonzalez with a double down the left-field line.  Rafael Betancourt allowed the D’backs one base runner on a Miguel Montero single to center in the ninth for his second save of 2012.  Betancourt has yet to allow a run in the new season.

The teams pick it up again Saturday evening at 6:10 pm.  Jhoulys Chacin will take the hill for Colorado against Arizona’s Josh Collmenter.  Root Sports will have the TV coverage, am 850 KOA the radio broadcast.

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Trip
Trip
8 years ago

So, Pomeranz pitches on Sunday. This means some one will be sent down. Any thoughts on who?

And of course the Sunday line up. Who wants to take a shot at what it will be?

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago
Reply to  Trip

I’d guess Roenicke, who hasn’t been used much. Reynolds will likely stick around simply because he’s a lefty.

Conditions will hardly be ideal for Pomeranz…a high of low 50’s with snow showers possible in the morning and rain showers forecast during the afternoon. A rainout might be advantageous, giving the bullpen a day off.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Trip

Reynolds

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

And I missed it! Didn’t think they would finish the game tonight and we were cold and wet. It’s 5-1… awesome. Things were going well. Get home and turn on the tv and go into melt down!!! Turned the channel. Bad call on my part.

Sedin
Sedin
8 years ago

Trip, I think Herrera will be the one sent down since he has options remaining, but it’s a tough choice. Young looks like he can provide some excitement and offense off the bench, but he can’t play third. And Pacheco obviously has a long, long way to go defensively, so you could argue they should keep Herrera, a superior defender, for utility IF role.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Sedin

I agree.It is a tough call but another long rain delay Sunday means we need all the pitchers we can keep.Altough they might send Jonny[sorry Jaredean]and Roenicke down and bring a fresh arm up.Maybe a long man fill in like Moscoso or White.Could also send Chatwood since he probably won’t be available for a couple of days,and then bring him back after minimum stay.And I missed all the ist half chat,but Ive always thought that a game had to go… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

I think Gary is on to something. There is going to be some shuffling to bring up a fresh arm.

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Very unlikely that Roenicke will be sent down as he is out of options and probability of passing through waivers is about 0%. Herrera could be sent down but my candidate would be Pacheco. It is unfair to expect him to have to learn to play 3rd base at the MLB level. All the bench time is not helping him either. Send him down to get regular playing time and also to learn 3rd base if that is going to… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Not sure if they have decided who to send down but I would think it would be Nelson or Roenicke. I like Pacheco. He can hit and his fielding isn’t bad. Last night he had two balls hit to him at 3rd that could have been DP’s but he was a little slow in getting them to 2nd and a bit off-line. However in both cases he got at least one out and gave Scutaro at least a chance to… Read more »

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