Rox Take Series From Dodgers in Chavez Ravine

Colorado came into Los Angeles with hopes of getting at least one win out of the three-game series especially with Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching today (Sunday).  The Rockies had to play basically perfect in all three phases (pitch, catch, and hit) in order to have hopes of moving the mountain to win the series in the rubber game.  Four hurdles to start the game:  1)  Jorge De La Rosa has a poor career record pitching in Los Angeles.  2)  All of Ryu’s starts this year have been quality starts not to mention that he is a top shelf left handed starting pitcher.  3)  The Rockies went to a Sunday lineup with Brandon Barnes, Josh Rutledge, and Jordan Pacheco taking the places of the regulars.  4)  The Dodgers scored a run first which is usually bad omen as the Rockies were a miserable 3-38 in 2013 away from home.

Hitting, pitching, and catching were rock solid in Colorado’s 6-1 victory over the Dodgers.  Barnes had a two-out, two-run single in the second inning to give them their first lead that they would not relinquish.  In the fifth inning, Barnes again was the key in scoring a third run off Ryu.  Nazty started with a double and Barnes tried to bunt him over, but reached on an error by Ryu when he fumbled the ball trying to pick it up.  Barnes, according to Walt Weiss in the post game interview, did a delayed steal on his own to help get Nazty home.  He made SS Justin Turner run him back all the way to near first  base which allowed Nazty to cross home plate in plenty of time.  Rut then took his turn to ruin Ryu’s string of quality starts with a three run blast to make the score a 6-1 final.

JDLR gave up a lead off bunt single to speedy Dee Gordon in the first inning.  He was bunted over to 2nd by Yaisel Puig and later stole third base.  JDLR almost got out of the inning with no damage, but Adrian Gonzalez hit a run scoring single.  Then JDLR settled down giving up only four hits over seven innings with two walks. In the eighth inning, Zero gave up a hit and the first walk of the season, but came away with no further damage.  With a huge five run lead and the bottom of the Dodgers’ batting order due up in the 9th, the Rockies called upon Chris Martin again.  He did allow the bases to get loaded, but two were on cheap hits (swinging bunt and a reach out over the other batter’s box and tap it into the outfield).  But he came away with no harm done.  In just the two games, he pitched he’s already shown he’s an upgrade over Chad Bettis.  But we need a much bigger sample size before he’s declared an upgrade.

NoDo made the pitchers have an easier day with an assortment of ESPN highlight reel plays today.  The most spectacular one was when Scott Van Slyke was thinking he had a double on a hot shot down the line and started to make his curved path on the way to second base.  Boom,  the ball was in Justin Morneau’s glove before Van Slyke got to first base. He was shell shocked wondering how did that happen?

The Rockies improved to 14-12 tied with the Dodgers for second place while winning a road series for the first time this season.  They remain 1 1/2 games behind the Giants who has started to heat up with a four-game win-streak.  Tomorrow Colorado begin a three-game series in Arizona and Wade Miley is the toughest pitcher of the series.  If they can knock off Miley, they will have a great chance for another series win.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Now let us praise great defense. After tomorrow’s game we’ll have played exactly 1/6 of the season. We all know this is a great defensive infield, and other than Cuddy a pretty damn good defensive outfield to. And the numbers show that. Here’s some of the advanced defensive stats, runs above average. First the numbers that are available now (usually a lag of a few games), then prorated to a whole season by multiplying by 6; remember, 10 runs is… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Nice Ag – thanks for the explanation regarding Morneau. Playing in an IF that includes three wide-ranging vacuum cleaners means “scoopability” (is that a word?) is probably your most important defensive asset.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

You guys are hitting on what was my biggest defensive fear in the offseason. I think I mentioned several times that while Helton’s bat would no longer be missed, his glove would be, as he allowed the other infielders to throw just about anything his way and he’d come up with it. Morneau has alleviated my concerns completely with his defensive play.

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

That was a BIG series win! I am really starting to like Barnes and Morneua. I think Rockies management deserves some props for their offseason!

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter – I’m always one to say it’s fine to criticize, we certainly have that right…….but ideally we man up and admit when we (or “I”) were wrong.

I think I liked the Morneau signing more than most – but I certainly did NOT like the Fowler trade (even though it had major implications on the Morneau signing). It’s certainly too early to reach definitive conclusions……but I’ll happily admit it looks like I was wrong on that one!

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

As we were all chatting in the middle of the game, several pointed out that our younger and at this point, still un-established, players are making great contributions. While I am frustrated with WW and his management of the pen, he has done a great job of setting up chances for Barnes, Dickerson, and Rutt to make great contributions. And they are…strangely while the Dodgers big dollar players are not (yet). But the defense has been the key. ESPN said… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Saying the Dodgers defense was awful is not accurate, Doc. You need to come up with a word that is worse than awful. That throw to the plate from CF with no cutoff man was absolutely pathetic. I was wondering if I was watching a Little League game.

sabrchip
sabrchip
6 years ago

Wow! We’re gonna hafta break out the second keg of purple koolaid. Lotsa good comments about yesterday and that’s with Cargo and Tulo going oh-fer. Sure was glad dem Bums didn’t get their 10,000 W against us. A W tonite keeps moving them down in the standings. The talk about spending money in the off-season sure seems hollow right now when you see how much the Dodgers have spent and produced so far. Yet, at this time last year, the… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Update on Trevor Story from Rotoworld: “Rockies prospect SS Trevor Story was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday for High-A Modesto. Story, 21, continues to bounce back after a dismal 2013 campaign at Modesto, as the 3-for-4 performance raised his overall batting line to .314/.416/.512 with 11 extra-base hits, 14 stolen bases and 31/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 games. He’s still striking out more than desired this season, but Story has also improved his walk and… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

McMahon was named Baseball America’s Hitter of the Day in there 4/28 prospect report:

HITTER OF THE DAY: Ryan McMahon, 3b — low Class A Asheville (Rockies)

McMahon is making this a regular appearance. Colorado’s No. 8 prospect had six RBIs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning, as Asheville pounded Augusta 12-2. The lefty swinger has five homers and 14 RBIs in his past 10 games.

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