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.