Rox Need a Laugher and Get One, 10-4

Quote from the pre-game post, “If the pitching staff can keep the ball inside the park and the hitters can put out hits in double digits….”.  Colorado did exactly what they were asked to do and came away with a 10-4 rout of the Brew Crew.  Even though Milwaukee drew the first blood scoring a run in second on a Adam Lind double and RBI single by Hernan Perez with two outs, Colorado responded by getting the bats out starting in the third inning in front of over 41,000 fans on Father’s Day.

All Rocky hitters chipped in putting up three runs in the third and fourth inning each and four more in the sixth to put the game away.  They totaled 15 hits (3 XBHs), 3 BBs, and 10 runs (7 ER) while striking out just five times (one by relief pitcher in mop up role).  Starter Chris Rusin had a quality start giving up single runs in each of the 2nd, 4th, and 6th inning.  Colorado also received a quality relief stint as a group from Boone Logan, Jim Miller, and Christian Friedrich.  They gave up one run on four hits and a walk.  Something is not right with Logan when he gives up a walk and a hit in LOOGY situations.  Miller cleaned up after Logan and gave up back-to-back doubles in the eighth inning.  Friedrich slammed the door with a four out work.

Colorado made one great play that only championship teams do.  With the Nick Hundley on 2B and Rafael Ynoa on 1B, Rusin came up in a bunt situation with no outs. They saw that the Brewers’ infield was very aggressive on the bunt leaving 2B and 3B exposed.  Both runners and Rusin got the signs for a double steal while showing bunt only.  Hundley and Ynoa moved up without a throw from the catcher.  Eventually they both scored.

The only bad news is that CarGo had to come out of the game with a sprained wrist banging into the wall chasing a Ryan Braun fly ball triple.  He is on a day to day basis.  The Rockies have their first off day tomorrow in quite some time.  Rusin likely bought at least another start before Jon Gray comes up.  Ynoa had a couple of plays that would probably have been made by any of the regular outfielders.  Combined with CarGo’s minor injury, it will be a good time to call up either Kyle Parker or Drew Stubbs.

Colorado extends their win streak to two games and needs nine more victories to get back to .500 ball.  They must sweep Arizona in a three-game set to regain their Coors Field mojo back.  Good starting pitcher performances will be be very helpful in making a sweep possible.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Nice touch on the “plays only a championship team makes” thing … if only! Still, I didn’t see it, but it sounds like the rare well-played game in all facets. Jon Gray tonite: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Hey, carp, look at that — 9 strikeouts! And still a 6:2 groundout:flyout ratio. They’re turning him into Ubaldo v. 2.0! Which is better than carp’s fear of Aaron Cook 2.0. Maybe somewhere in between? I’ll take… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I saw Gray’s box last night and smiled!

I truly hope the Rox prove me wrong regarding their handling of Gray. I’ll happily eat Crow. Regardless of how they’re handling him (Cook 2.0 vs Ubaldo 2.0), he’s currently better than JDLR 1.0, Rusin 1.0, Kendricks 1.0……..and basically anyone else not named Chettis. Bring him up already!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

At 10:39am MDT the summer solstice arrived and with it the end of spring. I can say that I lived up to my “I will not be optimistic in the spring” mantra that I began at the end of last season. Now that summer is here, I was hoping to have some cause for optimism, but alas it is not to be. Despite back-to-back wins it’s hard to get excited as these came against an obviously weak team. I am… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob, before my time (maybe yours too!), but my dad always told me they called Richie Ashburn “Ol’ Aches and Pains.” I think we have a similar team and a similar star right here in Colorado …

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

My time with the Phillies began when I went to my first game in 1963. By then Richie Ashburn was already in the broadcast booth with By Saam and Bill Campbell. Never did hear anyone call Ashburn “Ol’ Aches and Pains”. I often heard that he had the unique ability to foul off virtually any pitch and could single-handedly wear down pitchers. I just checked to see if Bill Campbell was still doing work for WIP in Philly but it… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Crazy weekend.I turned on two Rockies day games and both times a baseball game broke out.Amazing how simple the game seems when winning.Quality pitching and timely hitting—who’d a thunk it!

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

If only the Rockies could play the Brew Crew more often!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Another of sports great lies definitely exposed today. Pete Rose bet on baseball as a player. He also bet on game in which he was a player. Count me in the category “definitely not surprised.”

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

If we play one-on-one basketball I’m betting on you.

Yes…..it’s a fundamental “no-no.” Probably the single biggest no-no. Petey has been angling for the HOF on the premise that he didn’t bet as a player. That’s not happening now.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Some would argue that a manager could place bets on the next game, then rest players or manipulate the bullpen at the expense of the current game to improve odds of winning the upcoming game. Plausible.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Absolutely plausible.

I think Pete’s HOF angle was “put me in as a player” – because he wasn’t a HOF Manager anyway. So it was his round-about way of saying he had bet as a Manager (one of those Lance Armstrong type “confessions”), but not as a player. But now there’s concrete evidence he’s tainted as a player. No HOF for Pete.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Just read where Darryl Hamilton was shot and killed in a murder-suicide. Anyone else remember that fully-extended diving catch he made heading onto the warning track in right-center field? What was especially memorable is that it came with two outs in the ninth and the bases loaded to save the win. It was one of those clutch plays you just don’t forget.

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