Rox Look to Lyles Day After Bullpen Teamwork

Yesterday Franklin Morales’ wife went into labor and he was excused from starting the game.  That meant the game was started and pitched by a bullpen committee.  Belisle started and went three  innings giving up the first run.  Nick Massett went two innings and gave up a run.  Rex Brothers and Juan Nicasio each went one inning without giving up a run.  Boone Logan got the first two outs of the eighth inning and Zero got the third out.  Then he gave up a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth giving Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 victory yesterday.  Colorado missed out on a key opportunity to score a late go-ahead run when they had the bases loaded with just one out.  But as can be expected, Charlie Culberson and D.J. LeMahieu each struck out to end the rally.

Aroldis Chapman came on in the ninth inning firing 100-plus heaters.  Culberson drew a one-out walk and pinch hitter Fort McKenry gave the home team a split second hope of scoring the game tying run when he lined a shot just inside of the first base bag but it was snared by the first baseman and Culberson was doubled up.  Had the ball gone into the outfield corner it might have been a tie game.  Anyhow the fans have to tip their hats to the work performed by the bullpen yesterday giving up just three runs total.  The only reason Colorado lost was the fact that winner Johnny Cueto, a top three candidate for this year’s Cy Young award, was pitching.

Tonight, with Cincinnati’s starting pitcher Homer Bailey  going on the DL, they called up Dylan Axelrod to make his season debut.  Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.70) will be the opposing pitcher.  Money has been activated for tonight’s game and he will start in right field batting second.  Frequent bus rider Brooks Brown was recalled to provide bullpen help.  Brett Anderson was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Brown.  Ben Paulsen was optioned to Colorado Springs to enable Money to be activated.

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Saturday 8/16, 6:10 PM MDT at Coors Field

Radio: CIN: WLW 700, Reds Radio Network COL: KOA 850, KNRV 1150

TV: CIN: FS-O, MLBN COL: ROOT SPORTS, MLBN

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gary taylor
gary taylor
6 years ago

What an unbelieveable season.If it weren’t for bad luck the Rox would have no luck at all.What do they do with the Helton ceremony if the water main isn’t fixed by 10am tomorrow?

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

This reminds of my all time favorite baseball movie – Bull Durham. The rainout scene:

Teammate – “what we need is a rain out”
Crash Davis – ” I can get us a rain out”
Teammate – “Man, there ain’t been a cloud in weeks”
Crash Davis – “Hundred bucks says i can get us a rainout for tomorrow”

Who on our team is smart enough to sabotage that water main?

IggyRox
IggyRox
6 years ago

Feel free to take whatever shots you want at me for this statement, but if you think about it, it’s true. Tonight just proved once again that baseball doesn’t matter, money does. Nothing but money. That game could have been played in front of an empty stadium in keeping with the integrity of the game. There is plenty of bottled water for the players and umpires. It could have been played. However, Dick Montfort would have had to refund some… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Iggy. Come on. You throw everybody out (since they can’t have water, restrooms, even refrigerated food for all I know), and then play the game with bottled water and piss buckets for the players and coaches? I totally disagree that this was Monfort greed. It was common sense and concern for human comfort.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

AND concern for safety. What if a fire broke out? Denver Emergency Management requested the postponement.

IggyRox
IggyRox
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

There was enough water in the ballpark for the players and umps. That being said, I don’t disagree with you, and don’t necessarily agree with my original statements, but it was all about the money. They could have played.

That being said, it was a great day today.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Off topic: Chad Bettis started for the Sky Sox tonight and pitched 8 innings of 4 hit, no walk ball and efficiently required just 84 pitches to get through 8 innings. Maybe he can get back on track.

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Julian

That’s amazing as I don’t think he ever had 8 clean innings as a reliever in his total ROX bullpen career!

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Chad is another one of our classic 4-A players that can’t make the next step. Then again, we find a guy who looks like he might have turned the corner–Paulsen–and we send him down. Y

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Paulsen will be back up in September. He might as well play every day during the remainder of the Sky Sox season. Morneau would be getting the bulk of the playing opportunities now that he is back.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

Super disappointed no *current* place to comment on Helton retirement OR this game, in which I pulled for some LoDo Magic in his honor. Oh – I guess I’m commenting here 🙂 Briefly.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Like, not expecting a postgame this quick, but no pregame? :-/ Sorry, I know everybody’s busy with summer, and the interest in the sad team is low, and I don’t contribute to the writeups so should not complain. But on #17 Day? :-/

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Judging by the crowd size in the nightcap, they certainly would have been better to just make it a traditional doubleheader today and let those with tickets yesterday get a refund or exchange. The concessions over two games with the larger crowd would certainly have been a better financial situation than this empty house tonight.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Betancourt pitched a clean inning at AAA tonight. Maybe he’ll be back before this season is over.

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

Holy double Retirement Day Rally, Batman! What a difference a Cuddy makes.

IggyRox
IggyRox
6 years ago

Give credit where it is due… today was the highlight of the season. Mega-props to Stubbs and Cuddy, who made it a great day to be a Rockies fan.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Please update the RWO counter at the top. I’ve been so sick and tired of seeing stuck on 4 for months.

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