Rox Have A Brew

Juan Nicasio (1-0, 3.00) held the Milwaukee Brewers to 2 runs over 6 innings and three bench players combined to deliver the winning run in the 5th as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Brewers 7-3 and took their 2013 opening series on the road.  Colorado enjoyed a bit of garbage time in the 9th, strafing the Brewers for 3 insurance runs before Rafael Betancourt came on to close the contest-out in a non-save situation.

For an inning it appeared Nicasio and Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (0-1, 6.75) were in a contest to determine who could reach 100 pitches fastest.  Eric Young Jr led-off for the Rockies and worked Peralta for 10 of the 19 pitches he threw for a walk.  Young was caught stealing as Colorado failed to score.  It took Nicasio 30 offerings to work through the Brewers in the first.  Rickie Weeks singled and Ryan Braun walked, working Nicasio for 10 pitches of his own.  But Milwaukee failed to score as well.

Wilin Rosario got the Rockies started with a long home run to left-field, driving-in Troy Tulowitzski, who had walked.  The Brewers answered in the 3rd.  After Nicasio retired Peralta and Norichika Aoki to open the frame, 2nd-baseman Weeks drilled a shot off the left-field 2nd-deck facing that sent Billy Brewer scurrying for his joy-slide.  A staggered Nicasio bobbed and weaved his way through the rest of the inning, surrendering a single to Braun, a double to Aramis Ramirez, and a run-scoring single to Alex Gonzalez, who has the dumbest looking beard in the major leagues.  Colorado left-fielder Carlos Gonzalez bailed Nicasio out of further trouble by nailing Ramirez, trying to score from 2nd, at the plate.

But the right-hander re-grouped, holding Milwaukee scoreless for 3 additional innings, leaving after 6, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.  He threw 97 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Young, who started for the over-paid Michael Cuddyer in right-field, got the lead back for the Rockies in the 5th, driving in Reid Brignac, in for Chris Nelson.  Jordan Pacheco, starting for Todd Helton, got things going with a double to left, his first hit of 2013.  After Josh Rutledge knocked Pacheco to 3rd with a ground-out, Brignac, in his first start as a Rockie, doubled over the head of Braun in left, scoring Pacheco.  Nicasio bunted Brignac to 3rd, and he scored on Young’s single.

Chris Volstad came-on for Nicasio in the 7th and gave-up the Brewers’ 3rd run on back-to-back doubles by Weeks and Braun before striking-out Ramirez to end the Milwaukee threat.  Rex Brothers set-up for Betancourt with a scoreless eighth.

It was a nail-biting 4-3 when Brignac singled to open the 9th off Brewers’ closer John Axford.  The over-paid Cuddyer, in defensively for Young in right, followed with a towering bomb into the upper left-field deck to make it 6-3.  Billy Brewer was unmoved.  Jonny “Sparkplug” Herrera flew-out in his first 2013 plate appearance ahead of Dexter Fowler’s 2nd 2013 homer, both off of Axford.  We got tacos.  Betancourt dispatched the Brew Crew in the 9th.

It’s Opening Day at Coors Field Friday afternoon (2:10 pm MDT) with lefty Jeff Francis (6-7, 5.58 in 2012) on the mound for Colorado against former teammate Jason Marquis (1-1, 8.53 in 4 games for Minnesota in 2012) of the San Diego Padres.  Sunny skies and 70° temperatures are predicted at 20th and Blake.  Ed the Ump:  ARE YOU BRINGING THE BUS?

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Jeem,like and respect your write-ups but the editorial cheap shots against Cuddyer were unnecessary,unprofessional,and beneath you and your excellent abilities to tell a story.This is especially true given that he has played up to A-Rod’s salary in the first three games!

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

Excellent win! Very fun game. Good thing they did win because I was so mad at Cole for sending CarGo! Braun was shallow and that wasn’t even a good call by Cole. Thankfully it didn’t define the game!

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

message to jeem… yup, i’m bringing the bus friday…it’s a different one this year(the old one “took a lincicum”)…bronco blue…because the parking lot will be full we will be somewhere in there, you’ll have to find us if you want to meet… should arrive to the lot around 12:30-12:45… any RWOers are welcome to stop and say hi… the lot is the one where fado and the chop house are… maybe see you there… can’t resist giving jared a little… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed-glad you made it home from AZ safe! Take some pics for those poor saps like me who will be stuck in their office (and have never been to a Coors Field opening day)! Great meeting up with you last week at SRF and thanks again for the Bday gift!

T

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

ha! ED!!! Yeah, i love having you on here (even if you are giving me a little dig!) I went back and watched that play unfold again and Braun was actually further out than i thought he was, so your “4 things” makes more sense in that case…i thought he was pretty shallow and that he had the ball way before CarGo made the turn (he did have it before CarGo hit the bag at third, but not much before),… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

Well, I’ll have to eat crow re Brignac as well, at least for tonight. I’d be very glad if the bench players continue to hit like they did in Miller Park. I will say that Brignac’s past wouldn’t lead someone to believe it will continue. Cuddyer always could hit. Hopefully all the Rockies will have a great year, and make all of us skeptics into something else! Go ROCKS!!

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Nice win. I’ve said all along – if generally healthy – this group can go 81 – 81 and be fun to watch.

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

Great Win to get the series. The offense has been amazing 41 hits and and eight home runs away from coors field that says a lot, as we all know the rockies typically go into their shell away from coors. Nicasio was decent, I would like to see some high heat when he gets into 2 strike counts as he possesses a great fastball and last night he did struggle to put guys away at times. The cole situation with… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Brignac did hit the ball well last night, but his defense has not impressed me at all. Let a ball go under his glove that he should have had, fortunetaly for him Tulo was behind him and made the play. Then when Cargo threw the ball in from Left(bad throw) that went over the cutoff guys heads Brignac was there to stop the ball and it went right through him again. Fortunately for him again that Rosario was there to… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

That was bull that they gave the 3rd basemen an error on EY Jr.’s smash to third!! He should have been 2-3 with an RBI!

With that being said, this lineup is very lethal and fun to watch!! Pacheco hit everything hard last night, EY Jr. had good at bats other than the strike out AND WAS SAFE ON HIS STEAL ATTEMPT!! This team might be fun to watch this season fellas!!

Stay healthy Tulo and Cargo!!

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

I found myself asking why they put EY Jr. in right field last night instead of having Cargo in right and Jr. in left. UNTIL, Cargo gunned the guy out at home. Then I said, that is why Pooter, that is why…

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago

message to jeem… yup, i’m bringing the bus friday…it’s a different one this year(the old one “took a lincicum”)…bronco blue…because the parking lot will be full we will be somewhere in there, you’ll have to find us if you want to meet… should arrive to the lot around 12:30-12:45… any RWOers are welcome to stop and say hi… the lot is the one where fado and the chop house are… maybe see you there… can’t resist giving jared a little… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago

Jeem I have no problem with your mentioning that Cuddyer is overpaid, because that reality is not on him as much as it is on DanO. I love Cuddy and by my way of thinking he takes too many raps here and elsewhere for what I see as an above average defense with a great arm – .280 hitter with 20 homers – what’s not to like. Is he a right handed version of Cargo? – no but he is… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

You mean Dex “the power hitter”, right? 🙂 Look out single season HR record!!

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I’m glad you said something my friend – it does seem many didn’t see your tongue firmly planted in your cheek 😉

Thanks again for covering last night’s write-up and hopefully the roasting you’ve taken on your first post-game for 2013 won’t deter you from continuing to help me out 🙂

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Off topic, but I think that the Sky Sox and the Drillers are starting the year with strong lineups containing many future major leaguers, maybe not super starts, but solid major league prospects. It’s good to see. I think that it will give us some trading chips that may find us a starting pitcher or two over time.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Good point about the Sky Sox talent this year. Last year’s team really had zero major-league ready players. That’s mostly because the Rockies rushed a bunch of guys (Pomeranz, White, Chatwood) so the AAA pitching staff was throwing at Coors. But there also weren’t any position players who looked ready to jump in and maybe win a job outright. This year’s team will have lots of them. Pomeranz and Chatwood yes, but also (don’t laugh) guys like Aaron Cook and… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Do you think Blackmon would come up before Colvin?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Here’s a thought: With WW being a disciple of Tony LaRussa, would it make sense on the days that EYjr starts to bat the pitcher in the 8th spot and EYjr 9th? Reason being is that it doesn’t disrupt the everyday line-up and keeps the Fowler/Ruttledge combo in the 1-2 position. Except for the the first time through the order, you still would have the Young-Fowler combo.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago

Not a bad idea cisco, except for the fact it would send the commenters on the denver post into apopletic shock…the website would overload and shutdown due to the 167,839 negative posts…now that would be very cool…

hmm…

maybe not such a bad idea afterall

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ha! That is classic…i’d love to see the whole DP.com site brought down by a single WW Lineup card…

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

Can’t fault sending CarGo, either. Agressive play is what this team is about this year. Ed’s right with 4 things needing to happen. The only person who could have beat the throw was Jr. And that’s something rare for me to say ’bout EYjr. The LaRussa method regarding Jr hitting ninth is very interesting too. But still, the guy has no arm for playing the OF, whether it’s left or right. Ed, is that a big bus or a small… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

I must explain my whole thinking with being upset that Cole sent him…besides me being upset because i thought it wasn’t a good idea with the whole layout of the play (as i explained above, but have since revised my thinking after watching again in the light of day), the OTHER part of it is this: Great! Let’s be aggressive, but let’s be consistently aggressive. Meaning, in the first game he held Nelson up at third and it costs us… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

20 passenger…like one of those good sized church buses

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

EY is not good anywhere in the field. He is not an OF and obviously couldn’t cut it in the infield where he was playing when he first came up for the Rox. I like him in the lineup too, but don’t believe he is an everyday player.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Troy Renck of the DP just tweeted that Nicasio & Escalona had a bit of a confrontation during stretching in OF during workout today. Players had to be separated and Bettancourt acted as peacekeeper. Could we have a bit of the “Battling A’s” attitude from the early 70’s when they won three straight WS? If I remember correctly it seems that everyday you heard of Reggie Jackson fighting with someone on the team. When they weren’t fighting with each other,… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I heard this as well. Sort of funny. Maybe this team has some fighting spirit.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Finally I got on the pc. I didn’t want to write a long post on a tiny qwerty board. My work improved the firewall and now it blocks RWO from being accessible at the office. Identified by the firewall as “Games”? Don’t know where in the RWO web triggered the censor switch. I am using this space to summarize my take on the first series of the season. There were more things that I liked than the things that disappointed… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

jaredean, just to clarify on that play on opening day I believe you are referring to it was the 3B coach holding up Rosario at 3rd. Nelson was on 1st trying to go 1st to 3rd and he needed to stay at 2nd.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Thanks Cameo, i had them backwards on the base paths in my head (should have gone back and watched it again)…but, late stop sign from Cole, who was over 1/2 the way to home plate himself…I don’t know, maybe Nelson gets most of the blame on that for not making sure Rosario was heading home, but for him to get to third on that he had to hustle… Am I introducing a dead horse to a beating with all this?… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Getting ready for the opener so will make this short and sweet(ya, like that will happen)…

3rd base coach has 0% responsibility for nelson…nelson must “read” the situation…ie. knowing that there is a slow runner in front of him that may or may not be sent home…

he’ll learn from this(i’m guessing he knew it instantly)…

how’s that for a concise wrapup?

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Perfect.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Jeem when I said I enjoy your write-ups it is specifically for your humor and somewhat irreverent style.The first dig at Cuddyer,I did kind of laugh,but when you repeated it later I then thought you were being serious.I will defend my criticism by saying I usually get on the site after midnight and after a few vodka’s!Regardless,I do enjoy your writing,keep up the good work and I hope you score some seats for the game.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

That’s fantastic…i do my best writing after a few bourbons. Just don’t open work email at that point of consciousness!

For all you going to the game today, be safe and have a great time-I’m living vicariously though you all today!! Lets get another series win!

GO ROCKIES

jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Hey Gary, thanks for the follow-up! I enjoy your comments and insights. Dude, go for the cable upgrade (who needs to eat?).

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