Rox Win Fifth Straight on Road, 4-1

There were so many things that went right tonight that we probably wouldn’t have seen last year.  Corey Dickerson was the first star of the game.  “The Tarp” earned the second star of the game.  The bullpen took the third star.  The W goes into Dr_Christopher’s “What we do with 62 games” category as well as his bullpen record book.

Dickerson’s base running manufactured three of Colorado’s four runs.  In the second inning with NoDo on second base after a leadoff double, Dickerson laced a single to drive in the first run and smartly moved up to second base on an offline cutoff throw.  He raced to third base on Hundley’s grounder to third base and scored on a wild pitch that trickled away without a play at the plate.  Two innings later, he started off with a single and hustled to third base on a Hundley single.  That put him in a position to manufacture a third run on D.J. LeMahieu’s safety bunt.  Again Dickerson read the ball well and didn’t hesitate to take off for home.  He manufactured yet another run in the last inning.  He got himself a triple to lead off the inning and with the drawn-in infield the high chopper by pinch hitter Rosario was enough for him to easily score a run without his legs freezing up.

Purple Row web went viral when they asked for ideas to give the Rockies infield a moniker.  Ryan Spilborghs came up with the best one, “The Tarp” because it covers the infield.  In the critical bottom of 8th with two on and nobody out, NoDo ran down a weak foul pop and made the catch while tumbling over the roll of tarp at full speed.  He even almost got the runner advancing to third on the tag up.  It will no doubt be the top 10 plays of the year in the MLB.  Charlie Blackmon said, “I may be in the outfield but I want to be part of The Tarp.  Pinch hitter Buster Posey launched the ball which looked like a run-scoring double or triple to dead center.  Blackmon made a running catch and braked just in time to bump (instead of crash) into the wall to end the inning.  The Tarp saved Betancourt’s inning from spiraling out of control.

Christian Bergman made his start in place of Jorge De La Rosa and it was a mixed bag of results.  The most important number was zero which was the amount of runs given up.  But he had to expend 85 pitches over four innings.  It was up to the bullpen to finish Bergman’s job over the next five innings.  Scott Oberg made his career debut count, giving up only an infield hit and he was credited with a win.  Hawk, Christian Friedrich, Betancourt, and Zero finished the job.  Betancourt gave up a sac fly and was saved by the defensive prowess of The Tarp.  Zero was just nasty, nasty, nasty in striking out the side to pick up his first save.

Colorado improves to 6-2 overall, 5-0 away from Coors, and 2-0 against NL West division rivals.  Tyler Matzek toes the rubber tonight (Wednesday) and he needs to go more than five innings to save the bullpen after they burned a little gas in the victory.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

NoDo’s catch is an easy 2015 top 10 – but he gets the runner at 3rd, we’re looking at a play that makes the all-time list. If I’m Weiss, I call NoDo into my office, congratulate him, them tell him to chill because we need him in the lineup for 150 games.

Zero IS the Closer. Closer’s need to miss bats.

Freidrich’s ascension to a major league relief ace continues.

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

I’d sure like to see if that runner left early from second. He got to third really quickly after the catch. It was probably worth an appeal. Great heads up running by the runner though.

Zero sure pitched like a closer last night.

Christian appears to be coming into his own quite nicely.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Oh yeah – one more shout out. DJ LeMahieu. The guy has been a plus defender from day 1. Looks as though he’s growing into a very useful offensive player as well. Bravo.

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

I second that.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Yeah…..and Kershaw will be pissed after the DBacks gave him a beat down. Interesting thing about Kershaw – look back at his career record and the DBacks “own” him. They’re his Achilles heel. If I’m the Rox, I look at a lot of DBacks vs. Kershaw film and see if I can figure out what they do against him.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Turned it off bottom of the sixth when Hawk was called in–partly I was too tired to continue watching, partly because I didn’t want to witness another 3 run lead disapper. Woke up to find a nice 4-1 with a spectacular defensive play. Rats. I will say the Rocks’ 2nd innning was very satisfying–really sound, if unspectacular, work to produce those first two runs. Now if only we could have a starter last until sometime in the 7th.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

OK, this probably should be in a new topic, but what is the greatest Rockies catch of all-time. Many will say the one last night, and it may be, but memories fade and some of the best are long forgotten. I for one would nominate a diving catch by Daryl Hamilton as he ran full speed towards the wall in the right-center gap. He fully extended to make that grab. The key is that it happened with a 1 or… Read more »

Trip
Trip
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

I remember the catch Dexter made in Center field to help save Ubaldo’s no-hitter.
All out sprint, then laid out horizontal to catch the ball.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

SF announcer: “You gotta thank your lucky starts there’s padding over there”. It ain’t stars, buddy, it’s planets aligning!

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I went to bad very early last night so did not see the catch until this morning. Wow! Great catch, although Blackman’s catch of the Posey drive may have been more important. Just saw the news that Weiss has named Ottovino the closer. Why? Still not sure Zero gets enough left-handers out. I would much rather do the closer by committee thing and mix and match as necessary. The problem with naming someone closer is that when he fails will… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

I am really impressed with the fact that WW saw what we all saw and Immediately moved to fix it.My only caveat with Zero’s performance last night was too many pitches and full or near full counts.Starters need to go at least 6 soon or all these guys who have been nails so far will become wet noodles by August.

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