Rockies Take First Series of Season, 4-3

Trevor Story hit his fourth HR of the year, a two-run blast to left centerfield.  DJLM shockingly drilled a solo homer to stake Tyler Chatwood to a 3-0 lead in the early going.  Chatwood gave the Rockies a much needed quality start going 6.1 innings. and giving up two runs, one earned.  He ran out of gas in the seventh, giving way to Miguel Castro.  He got one out and walked Paul Goldschmidt with first base open.

With the bases loaded and the score 4-2 (Rox tacked on one more run on a Ryan Raburn homer in the top of the inning), Walt Weiss was able to manipulate the bullpen the way he wanted to by giving the ball to Boone Logan to get the final out and preserve the 4-2 lead.  Logan came back out in the eighth to get the lefty hitter and got his job done.  Chad Qualls took the ball for the last two outs of the eighth and Jake McGee despite giving up a solo shot earned the save for a 4-3 final.

There is a disturbing trend by the offense.  The last two games all of the runs were scored via the home runs.  Home runs are very nice but the Rockies need to manufacture runs especially out on the road.  The bad:  Brandon Barnes had a TOOTBLAN and Chatwood threw the ball off line trying to start a double play on a comebacker during a mini-rally by Arizona in the third.  The good:  by picking up Raburn and Mark Reynolds, Rox can handle southpaws better.

The Rockies win the opening series and are 1-0 in series play.  That is impressive considering that Arizona ran out Zach Greinke, Shelby Miller, and Patrick Corbin.  They come home to a raucous crowd on Friday to take on the Padres who remain scoreless in the first three games.  If the Padres break out their bats this weekend, the spotlight will be on the rotation and how bad they have been.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Fantastic, must Trevor Story read:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lets-get-irresponsibly-excited-about-trevor-story/

Extreme fly ball hitter, consistently high off-the-bat velocities, plays 81 game at Coors Field. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.

Massive kudos to Tyler Chatwood. My 2nd TJ concerns are well documented. Chatwood’s success may actually make this an even more difficult dilemma to manage.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Here’s what I especially like in that piece, snippets copied out of order:

“The challenge comes when pitchers have a well-informed plan. It’s coming. It comes for everyone. At that point, we’ll see how Story responds. I think we can allow ourselves to have some fun. What’s the downside?” 🙂

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Being a numbers guy, I’m drawn to…….NUMBERS! Fly ball hitter with high exit velocities (half dozen plus over 100 MPH) at 5280 where the air is 86% as dense as sea level.

Dare I even speak it……..but that’s a recipe for 30+ HRs.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
4 years ago

Remember: the Rockies typically start hot, crash and burn by the end of May, then make a meaningless run in August. (that’s a reminder to myself to not get unreasonably excited by good play). But Story sure is fun to watch. Arenado is fun to watch. I personally think DJ is one of the best 2nd basemen in baseball. Our position players as a whole (maybe minus 1B, and C) are up there with any team in baseball. Pitching and… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

It’s time for a little mini-contest – “Pick a Walk-Up Song for Trevor Story.”

I’m going The Who “We Don’t Get Fooled Again” – specifically the 120 decibel scream and “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

Jeem
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Jeem
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Ha! Subtle.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I guess Sledgehammer is out cuz it’s been used 😉

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

While you’re debating walk-off songs for Trevor – here’s an update:

The mighty Yard Goats beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels today 5-4. Kyle Freeland pitched 5 innings of 1 run ball and Ryan McMahon was a cool 3-3 plus a walk. It should be noted McMahon played 3B.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Jhoulys Chacin makes Braves roster as the fifth starting pitcher. Josh Outman has signed a deal with the Atlantic League’s New Britain Bees. MLB network was doing a top 5 group to replace the Jeter, ARod, Alex Gonzalez, etc. group. They couldn’t decide who was first and who was second but they decided those two positions belonged to Carlos Correa and Corey Seager. The third one picked is Trevor Story. That prompted the comment that he has only played 3… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

DBacks OF defense:

I’m sure RWOers noticed this. It was on display again last night in the Cubs games. The Snakes OF defense is horrific. The loss of AJ Pollack is huge. They’re lost in the OF.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

MRI this afternoon. Cubs are (very) concerned he tore up his knee (more concern about knee than ankle). Schwarber is a classic AL player.

RMH – what do you think about the Snake’s Yasmany Tomas in LF? I think he looks slow, stiff, out-of-shape, and generally doesn’t have a clue defensively. They paid 69M for Tomas.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
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sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Brutal….this is consistent with what I heard the Cubs fears were earlier this AM.

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