Rox Take Series, Sparkplug Goes Yard

The bottom half of the line-up came through in a big way as the Rockies beat the Padres 7-4 to take the series. The win was the first for Nicasio since the line-drive that broke his neck last July. He pitched extremely well, going six and 1/3 while giving up seven hits, four runs and striking out five. He also didn’t walk anybody, in contrast to his last start where he was handing out free passes like Halloween candy.

Nicasio left in the seventh, with one on and one out, and Esmil Rogers took over. Rogers had another nice outing, with only one hiccup coming with bases loaded and a two strike count. Rogers delivered a nasty curve-ball, that was swung on and missed, but the ball got past Rosario allowing the runners to advance and Nick Hundley to score. Rogers then proceeded to get Chris Denorfia to ground out to Todd to end the inning.

The five thru eight batters in the line-up had a huge night, going 7 – 14 with five doubles and an opposite field home run, by none other than Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera. Herrera’s two-run home run came during a four run second, after consecutive doubles by Rosario and Nelson. Herrera also hit a double in the bottom of the 8th, going 2-4.

Michael Cuddyer also had a big night, delivering a two run shot in the fifth after Richard tried to come inside one too many times.  The first two inside pitches were fouled off of Cuddyer’s foot, one impacting his toe.  He was later pulled from the game to have the toe drained and he said after he might lose the nail, but not a big deal to him – he just wants to play.

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Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Right now Bud Black is shaking his head saying, “Hey no fair. It was a rubber game and they played their A lineup. They can’t to that.”

Swede
Swede
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

You crack me up!

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

And your ‘little big man” really came through! Maybe the team does read this site.Everytime we rag on some guys,i.e.Jonny & Nelson,they try to prove all the nay sayers wrong.I LIKE IT!

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jonny “The Yardman” Herrera.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Just read Tulo + Giambi’s comments on Tulo’s “day off.” With the dreaded caveat “I hope I’m wrong but,” I’ve got to lay this out there: it’s only a matter of time until we learn Tulo’s arm is hurt, + what do you want to bet it happened at the highly applauded “Camp Tulo?”

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

(And aggravated it in the rain on Monday).

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

No wait, that was Saturday.

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Are you talking about this?

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120418&content_id=29013028&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

The whole thing talks about mental issues. I don’t think he hurt it at camp Tulo at all or he would have had issues in Spring Training.

Why is everyone so down on Camp Tulo???

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

No it was this one in the Post, but same general thing. http://m.denverpost.com/denverpost/index.htm Just a stinking gut-feeling. He says no I’m not hurt, I’m feeling fine. Well, I’m getting too old: I’ve seen this movie before, where every injury denial begets a trip to the DL. Then on the Camp Tulo thing, it seems like every time something is touted as this great character + strength building thing, a year later or so it is revealed there was some unforeseen… Read more »

Ike
Ike
8 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Ninty percent of Tulos problems are no doubt mental, but perhaps the other half is physical. Tulo has always performed like donkey dung under pressure. He wants so badly for this to be “his team”, even declaring that it was finally so (declaring for the umteenth time) this off season. I’m really not sure what that means, and I’m not sure Tulo does either, but he should just play the frigging game. Despite the number of times the media or… Read more »

Ike
Ike
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Rick Lewis @1RickLewis was tweeting about Tulo yesterday. Here are the most relevent:

“a friend overheard Tulo talking on phone @ Starbucks to presumably his agent, complaining that nobody respects him,what’s up?”

“I’m not making this up, my friend texted me a picture of Tulo sitting there on his phone. Dig around and let me know.”

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Ike

What does he want? Just hit .300 and 4 or 5 HRs a month (not all in one series either) and you’ll get it. This isn’t asking to much from him. Is he upset because he signed a team friendly contract? Maybe he criticized Ubaldo because he has feelings about it himself? Just take the stick out of your ass and go out there and play. A smile on your face might be nice once in a while too. Maybe… Read more »

Cesar Carvajal
Cesar Carvajal
8 years ago

Excellent win!

And just a couple of days ago we were voting between Nelson and Herrera. Both had amazing offensive games.

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

Every starter got at least one hit except Cargo – I hope this has the effect of calming down Tulo (and to a lesser degree, Cargo) – that the two big contracts don’t have to “do it all” for the team. Every guy can contribute and have their great moments. Tulo admitted his defensive misses are a mental issue so I hope this takes some pressure off. I absolutely LOVE Cuddyer – his hustle, his attitude, his easy going nature,… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

if only Cargo and Tulo would step up and start earning their paychecks this team could be alright.

A combined 1 HR, 10 RBI and a .250 BA from those 2 is a really bad joke. We don’t need them every game, but we do need them.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Hey Prog,

I like your lineup on the previous thread with Tulo batting second. Cuddyer is a stud and Todd is looking really good, put Tulo in a spot where he can change his mindset. Tracy loves batting him cleanup though. I have argued since the day he was inserted into that spot that he does not belong there. From his walk up music to his ability in the clutch, he just does not belong there.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Tulo does belong in the 4-hole. He has swatted 30 HRs and driven in 100 runs on an annual basis. That’s what you expect out of the clean up hitter. You have all forgotten that Tulo has always had bad Aprils in his career. The numbers will come around. Relax folks, patience is a virtue.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

Tulo has a career Late&Close Avg of .223 with a an OPS of .685. This is not what you want from a clean up hitter. I would kind of go with what Jim Tracy did last night. Leave Cuddyer in the 4 hole and slide Tulo into the 6 hole. With this offense, he’ll still produce plenty and may even have more RBI opportunity, but may be kept out of the high leverage situations. As was brought up many times… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I agree with you that he has the numbers to be in that spot. It has always just been an attitude/demeanor thing for me. He does not get the big hit enough for me to think of him in that spot. The only difference is the last few years the Rockies have not had someone like Cuddyer who I think would fit there perfectly there. Maybe I am putting too much emphasis on batting order, but I really think Tulo… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I liked Tulo hitting 2nd. I think there’s something to be said for having him focus on just hitting the ball hard to all fields, not trying to drive it out of the park. Not sure the stats support this, but I think a switch to 2nd would help focus him on what makes him best as a hitter. Down on Camp Tulo? Well, I’m not down on it. But I’m not a big supporter of it either. I think… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

Rockymoutainhigh..finally some early season sanity…thx for adding the need to relax. There is no way that Tulo fits the #2 hitter profile and no way he will ever be hitting 2nd for the ROX. Now I am not saying hitting him 3-5 is bad..he hit 3rd earlier this week. We are 12 games in and playing .500 ball with 2 key players struggling a bit…I’ll take 6-6 at this point knowing things will improve. (not giving Tulo/Cargo a free pass… Read more »

DrRockies
Editor
DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

sorry..WIN a few series

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

12 games in with 50% of them against the Astros and Padres. I’m just sayin. The good news is we actually won not 1 but 2 series against the NL West. WOW!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

I am really interested to see how we do vs LA.

This road trip should go 4-2.

DrRockies
Editor
DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Dodgers…9-1 playing pirates and padres….

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I certainly like Tulo in the two hole, but the only reason I want to keep him as clean up is that we don’t have a better option. I noticed Tulo has done well in late game situations this year by taking walks (walked in 8th inning 2 nights ago) or slugging (HR in 9th in season opener) getting insurance runs in our victories.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

Nice observation RMH. I didn’t have the same impression, but in the small sample size (8 PA) he has a Late&Close avg of .286 with an OPS of 1.089. Pretty cool. I hope it continues. If he could get over his problems under pressure, he could become the most dominant player in the game.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

The argument of Tulo in the cleanup spot reminds me of the Tebow as an NFL QB argument. Both sides have valid points and it can also be tough because of being a fan of the Rockies franchise player.

I think Cargo and Cuddyer would be better options hitting cleanup than tulo.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I’m having brain cramps, where did Tulo hit in 2009? I know he bounced between 2 and 7th in 2007 and 2008. Our greatest season featured a pretty light hitting Helton, as far as HRs are concerned, in at clean up. For me Tulo is not a clean up hitter. His power comes naturally when he’s simply looking to get on base, which is the mentality he has when he’s at 2. Again, its not a demotion to find the… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Isn’t it amazing how good this team looks with GOOD starting pitching?!! I hope they keep it rolling in Milwaukee!

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

It sure is ALOT nicer to have a day off after a win, than a loss. I hadn’t really thought about how much Monday off days contributed to last years misery until today. A lineup or JV lineup, I sure hope they figure out the Sunday thing. I guess I’l have to go back and look at all the games preceding days off in 2011, but I feel like I’m in foreign territory today.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

Guess I need to use the Gilda Radner “never mind” here. The Rockies were 9-6 in games preceding an off day in 2011. It remains that an off day following a W is much nicer than one following an L.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

It was a fun game up to the 7th inning. The 7th inning seemed mighty strange/boring/long/something. I know at the start of the game the general fan concensus around us was a little on the miffed side. Something you stats guys could confirm but one gentleman was apparently irked Tulo wasn’t in the lineup. He was quick to let everyone know Tulo had the best offensive stats on the team when facing Richard. Why was he out of the game?… Read more »

DrRockies
Editor
DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Hey Michael! did you get to sit in the Padres suite since you seem to be high on their priority mailing list LOL……was good to see us smacking doubles all over. Agree that 2 series wins is a good start. Boy, to get 2 more series wins on this next trip would be huge.

Go Rox

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

LOL … I should forward you the latest email I got. You would smile for sure.

Last night was sure better than the wet and freezing on Sat. and Sun. I guess I could have spent more time inside than out but I can do that at home and a hec of a lot cheaper.

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