Rox Gain Split With 2-1 Victory

Colorado righted their ship salvaging a split of the four-game home series versus San Diego in a 2-1 triumph.  Jordan Lyles nearly went seven innings but settled for 6.2 IP on 96 pitches.  The only run scored off Lyles came on Yonder Alonso’s (nobody was able to get him out all week) two-out single to bring home Matt Kemp.

In the seventh, Lyles issued his second walk of the game with two outs to a sub-Mendoza hitter, Alexi Amarista, pushing Alonso into scoring position.  Bud Black pulled Will Nieves for pinch hitter Justin Upton.  Walt Weiss countered with Scott Oberg – yes that same guy that gave up three HRs at Dodgers Stadium – for one batter. Flying to Tacoma Sunday and coming back yesterday without throwing a pitch for Albuquerque did wonders for him as he struck out Upton to end the threat.

The Rockies can thank Black for making a critical decision that benefited the Rockies in the fifth inning.  Starter Tyson Ross had already thrown over 90 pitches after just four innings. With one out and runner on first base, Black elected to let Ross continue the game by letting him bat.  A double play ended the threat just like that.  Then Ross, running low on gas, promptly gave up a game-winning homer to Corey Dickerson leading off the bottom of the inning.

Rafael Betancourt held the Padres in check in the eighth with three popups sandwiched around a Corey Spangenburg double.  John Axford picked up his second save of the season despite walking Yonder Alonso, who had a perfect day at the plate, with two strikeouts to end the game.

It was an important win for many reasons.  The San Diego series was salvaged as the Rockies improved to 0-1-1 in series play at Coors Field.  They also got right back in the thick of the NL West race.  With San Francisco’s sweep of the vaunted Dodgers, Colorado (9-7) crept back to within a half game of co-leaders San Diego (10-7) and Los Angeles (9-6).  San Francisco is coming to Coors Field for a three-game set over the weekend.  They will once again miss MadBum as he pitched Wednesday night.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Carp, now that the 4/20 haze has dissipated and we’ve had two reasonably well pitched games in a row, let me return to my “the starting pitching is not awful” theory. 1. Yes, you are correct, on paper, by pretty much any projection system, this is the worst (by WAR) rotation in MLB. 2. But I think we can all agree DLR is about an average starter. 3. Lyles with the Rockies before today: 102 ERA+ (100 is park adjusted… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Typically, pitching early in the season is spotty. Hitters rule early. That’s why you see those big avgs come back to earth in the second half. I agree the Rox have no #1. And Ag, you’re spot on about the staff but “on paper” doesn’t play out on the field. That’s why the games are played. Every year the prognosticators are always upset by the “surprises”. Worst to firsts and vice versa. The staff’s not awful, like you said. Lyles… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

RMH, it’s true that some of the pitchers the Rox used in the stretch drive in ’07 make that run even more amazing in retrospect. Elmer Dessens is the guy I always remember. But that 07 rotation was pretty decent: Francis (a bit better than DLR is now) Cook (very good, what Lyles/Butler hope to become) Rodrigo Lopez, then Ubaldo when he went down Jason Hirsh (pretty good year) Josh Fogg (5th starter having one of his best years …… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

It’s still a little early to compare pitching staffs. The division is tightening up and nobody’s threatening to run away with anything…but like I said it’s early.

Just an “Oh did you see this?”

Franklin Morales is now 2-0/0.00 with the Royals so far.

No point to be made. Just sayin’

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Ag – I’m curious (and don’t have enough time to look for myself), are ballpark effects considered in WAR? I know there are some ballpark metrics – but I’ve never really given much thought to how they’re integrated (or not) into the WAR metric. I ask the question because I think we (well – I shouldn’t speak for everyone – but I know I do it) fall into the trap of comparing our pitchers straight up to pitchers from the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

sdcarp, most stats systems do park adjust for WAR for both pitchers and hitters. There’s a lengthy explanation on the fangraphs site that’s about as good as anything I’ve seen. As to the Rockies having the worst rotation: it all depend on how you look at it. I’m cheating a little when I say Matzek and Lyles are already “about average.” I’m basing that on about 140 innings and less than a year of major league time for each (time… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Thanks – makes sense.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

I, for one, am glad to see Spangenberg leave town – we couldn’t get him out. He’s stuck behind Gyorko and Solarte, but man,he’s going to be a dangerous PH weapon over the season for SD if he doesn’t bust himself up diving into a wall or something. The biggest development for us of the last two starts is the strike throwing. That is really all we are asking from these guys. None of this crop will be dominant. Throw… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Unfortunately for us, this is a down year for draft prospects according to Baseball America. It will be interesting how the Rox fill up the 3 thru 6 picks with a dearth of pitching this year.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Sabrchip – you’re correct – that’s part of why I’m intrigued to see how teams approach injured pitchers (such as Aiken and Matuella). Aiken is even more intriguing after the Astros saga last year (they claim an MRI shows his UCL is smaller than normal…..therefore maybe more prone to elbow injury…..which DID ultimately occur).

I wouldn’t take Aiken with a top 10-15 pick. But……I’d take him with the #2 pick in the compensation round! (he won’t last that long).

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Nice win. Our three rising stars (NoDo, Dickerson, and Zero) shine and DJ continues his torrid pace. DJ is a defensive star, but I still haven’t 100% bought into his offensive surge. I think some of its legit, but he’s also got some serious luck going at the moment (that’s not a bad thing!). Nice to see Otto back from “general soreness” and at 97.7 on the gun. Only the super-stud Trevor Rosenthal threw harder (99.9) last night. Butler made… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Yes sir, well played by the boys and me using that term “boys” brings up something that spun wrong to me while watching the ROOTs last. Drew exclaimed after the NoDo Web Gem last night, “You gotta love that kid!” NoDo is beyond being called a kid since he’s playing like a MAN! I don’t know, with Hudson/DLR matchup tonite we might get a 4 hour 10-8 game. 10-12 relievers between both sides. 30 hits. And then…I could be wrong!… Read more »

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