Rox Get Loose on Lackey

The Colorado Rockies got right after it Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.  They scored 5 times in the 1st inning against St Louis Cardinals starter John Lackey (4-4, 3.74), then added another 5 in the 4th to run away from the Cardinals 11-3.  Colorado pounded-out 16 hits and got RBI from 6 different hitters in a contest that was played without weather delays in 2 hours and 39 minutes.

David Hale (2-0, 4.12) got the win for the Rockies.  The right-hander went 7 innings in his 3rd Colorado start and surrendered all 3 St Louis runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts.  He didn’t walk a batter and navigated the start on 90 pitches, 59 strikes.

Kolten Wong booted Charlies Blackmon’s leadoff ground ball in the 1st to get the Rockies started.  DJ LeMahieu, who was 3 for 5, singled to right and then Troy Tulowitzki lined the 4th pitch he saw from Lackey into the left-field pavilion.  Carlos Gonzalez followed the home run with a single to center, then after Nolan Arenado popped-out Ben Paulsen, Nick Hundley and Brandon Barnes singled, Gonzalez scoring on Hundley’s single, Paulsen on Barnes.’

In the 4th Blackmon singled with one out and scored when LeMahieu lifted a double over the head of center-fielder Jon Jay, who’d been playing ridiculously short.  Tulo singled to knock LeMahieu to 3rd and Gonzalez drove him home with a sacrifice fly.  Arenado drove his homer high into the pavilion in left-center, making it 9-1, then Paulsen, who was a home run short of a cycle, tripled down the line in right. Hundley grounded a hot one to 3rd-base that Matt Carpenter couldn’t handle, and Paulsen trotted home.

Hale appears to be a bit prone to the gopher ball.  He’s given-up 5 in his last 2 starts, but he likes to do it with nobody on.  Wong lined one into the Rockies bullpen leading-off the 4th, and Jay mirrored Arenado’s blast with a moonshot to right in the 6th.  The Cards scored their other run in the 5th on a double by Yadier Molina, Jason Hayward’s single, and a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitting Ed Easley. Christian Friedrich allowed a Tony Cruz single in the 8th and Brooks Brown survived a lead-off hit by Mark Reynolds in the 9th to get Colorado to the lockers victorious.

Game 2 of the 3 game set is tonight, another 6:40 start out at the old ballyard in LoDo.  The Cat, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, goes for the Rockies against St Louis’ Michael Wacha, a righty.

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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Jeem, you are a victim of the Killer “B”s. It was Brooks Brown, not Brandon Barnes, who survived the ninth inning hit.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

To avoid bullpen overuse, might just as well let Brandon Barnes toss the 9th with a large lead. 🙂

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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

TOOTBLAN stats and good article on base running by the Rox; in summary they stink. This article is one you should read Bob in WV.

http://www.rockieszingers.com/2015/06/08/rockies-base-running-update-still-nincompoops/

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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Eddie Butler sent down to Albuquerque. Congrats to David Hale, Chris Rusin, and Chad Bettis who were not even in the conversation coming out of the spring training camp. They have been rewarded by throwing strikes and pitching efficiently. Guess who’s up??? Kyle Parker – congrats you’ve figured out how to play AAA ball after spending much of your lifetime playing football as a QB. Hope he brings even more to the offense than Brandon Barnes. Are the Rox testing… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Chettis – 2nd Round Pick
David Hale – 3rd Round Pick
Chris Rusin – 4th Round Pick

This gives you an idea of where guys to be transformed to “pitch to contact” can be selected.

Super excited to see Parker back. Be patient with him. Very unique circumstance, but great athletic background. If he can get over the hump, he has a chance to be a solid major leaguer.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

About time they pulled the plug on Butler. The weird thing is he heads south with superficially ok numbers: 4.80 ERA. But he walked more than he struck out, and check out that 1.82 WHIP. He really was among the worst pitchers to ever start 10+ games for the Rockies in a season. He’s still young, I still like his arm … Maybe the 3rd time up will be a charm. Working so far for Chettis! And thank you Kyle… Read more »

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sdcarp
5 years ago

Rockies with 200 hits in a season:

2007 – 216 – Matt Holliday
2003 – 209 – Todd Helton
2001 – 202 – Juan Pierre
2000 – 216 – Todd Helton
1998 – 219 – Dante Bichette
1998 – 206 – Vinny Castilla
1997 – 208 – Larry Walker
1996 – 211 – Ellis Burks

The dude that’s currently 5th in the 2nd base all-star voting just got his 69th, 56 games into the season.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

No no no no no no NO NO NO BOONE!!

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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Potential lyric for a song there Ag?

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