Rox Closes California Trip With a “W”

Colorado played perhaps the most solid game of the season as a team.  Xavier Nady drew the first blood with a towering home run on a full count to give San Diego a 1-0 lead.  Kerosene passed a major test with flying colors after the long ball to give the Rox a quality start going six innings giving up the only run by the Padres.  That was a third straight quality start by a starting pitcher which was thought improbable a few days ago.

For six innings, it looked like the Rockies will have a long somber flight home tonight.  Ian Kennedy had a perfect game through four and lost it with a walk to Tulo to begin the fifth.  But Kennedy kept the minimum batter faced in order when Baby Bull grounded into a double play to end the inning.  NoDo ended the no-hitter bid in the sixth with a double, but he was stranded.  The rally mercifully started in the seventh Corey Dickerson doubled followed by Tulo’s walk, and Justin Morneau’s RBI double.  Fine China decided that he’s going to run on contact which never worked during the Jim Tracy days.  Mercifully, Everth Cabrera decided to go to first for the sure out when he likely could have had Tulo at the plate.  NoDo’s rollover had seeing eyes to score Morneau for the third run.

With the 3-1 lead giving Colorado new life, out came Rex Brothers.  Everybody except Walt Weiss and Jim Wright had the “here we go again” feeling.  The reborn Brothers threw a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts on just 12 pitches.  Then Boone Logan and LaTroy Hawkins slammed the door on the Padres.  Kerosene picked up his first victory of 2014 and Hawk collected his fourth save in as many opportunities.

Once again the Rockies (8-9) and the Padres (7-9) switched third and fourth places in the NL West standings.  They finished the California trip with a 3-4 record.  This weekend the Rockies welcome the geriatric Phillies for a three-game set.  Cliff Lee will not pitch in this series.  Money once again dinged himself when he busted down the line only to pull up lame.  Hopefully, it is just a minor cramp.

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Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Nice win.

Tyler Matzek tonight: 6IP, 0 ER, 2 singles, 1 walk, and 6Ks, only 83 pitches. Great outing. Maybe he can build on that.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Hey all you Frankie haters out there- come out, come out wherever you are!!

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yeah, Cisco, how about a little love for Frankie! He’s been an acceptable 5th starter! And that’s high praise around here since the lethal washed up 5th starter combo of Garland-Francis-Oswalt combined last year for a 6.32 ERA OVER 155 awful innings. That’s almost 2 wins UNDER replacement level. I think Cisco agreed with me here: better to take a flyer on a talented but frustrating 27 year old like Morales than a damaged old retread like Moyer or Francis… Read more »

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

That wasn’t Kerosene out there, Cisco, that was more like Kerosyrup. A few more of those and the kid might actually smooth over his jitters. I tip my cap.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

2-2 in SD must be creating tranquility in the Jaredean household!

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

I wrote last week that this is the most balanced and deepest the NL has been in my years of watching. Great for baseball. But I am watching the game yesterday and I swear I am going to need fingernail transplants at this rate. A perfect SD game if there ever was one. Frankie deserves a lot of credit, as aside from the one John Garland threw against NYM (3rd start), that is the best 5th starter game we have… Read more »

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