See-Saw Margery Daw

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley (2-3, 5.36) had been undefeated in 9 careers starts against the Colorado Rockies, but Monday night in Phoenix they rolled-in off of a series win in Los Angeles and used a 3 for 3, 3 RBI night by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to eventually swamp the Dbacks 8-5 in the opener of a 3-game set at Chase Field.  It was a back and forth affair.  Arizona matched Colorado leads in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings before Colorado got a pair of home runs to put the game out of reach in the 6th.

The Rockies got things started when Tulowitzki doubled with 2 out in the 1st.  Slumping left-fielder Carlos Gonzalez followed and sliced a 3-2 Miley slider to the right of Dbacks center-fielder AJ Pollack for a double of his own and Tulo scored easily.  Colorado starter Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40) got out of the 1st unscathed despite singles by Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt, but in the 2nd Gerardo Parra took him yard with a line shot into the right-field seats.

The Rockies came back at ’em in the 3rd.  Morales reached on a 1-out infield single and moved-up on a sacrifice by Charlie Blackmon.  Miley walked Brandon Barnes and then Tulowitzki delivered his 2nd double in as many at-bats, plating both of the runners.  But Morales did not have the command that got him through 7 innings a week ago, and Arizona tied it at 3-3 when Prado walked, Goldschmidt bounced a ground-rule double into the pool, Miguel Montero hit a sacrifice fly, and Aaron Hill singled to center.

In the 4th Colorado Gold-Glove 3rd-baseman Nolan Arenado led-off with a double to extend his hitting streak to a Major League leading 18 games, and he made it 4-3 Rockies on a 1-out double by catcher Jordan Pacheco, in for Wilin Rosario, who has, yes, a hand injury.   Morales worked-around a lead-off single in the 4th, and Colorado went 1-2-3 in the 5th, but Prado, who was 2 for 3 with 2 walks, tripled leading-off the bottom of the inning, then tied it-up on a ground-ball from Goldschmidt.

That was it for Morales, who turned-in a lackluster 5 inning/4 run/7 hit/2 walk and 2 strike-out line (99 pitches, 57 strikes).  But Tulowitzki got him a win with a towering solo home run leading-off the 6th, and 2 batters later Justin Morneau also took Miley deep, with Arenado aboard, and the Rockies moved-out to a 7-4 lead that would suffice for the victory.

Colorado used 4 relievers to close things-out.  Tommy Kahnle, “Rule 5,” handled the 6th.  Zero, no longer 0.00, gave-up 1 in the 7th.  Boone Logan turned-in a 1-2-3 8th.  The Rockies got an insurance run in the top of the 9th when DJ LeMahieu, a poor hitter, led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on a pinch single by Corey Dickerson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Blackmon, who made news by going hitless. And then it was the Hawk, dispatching 3 Diamondbacks, including a strike-out of Prado, to log save number 8.  He’s 8 for 8.

The Rockies are now 3-1 on this NL West road trip.  Arizona will throw rookie right-hander Mike Bolsinger at them tonight, as Donald Rumsfeld would say, a “known unknown.”  Tyler Chatwood goes for Colorado.  Game time is again 7:40, and the roof at Chase should be open.

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egossage
egossage
6 years ago

Is it just me or is NoDo quickly becoming the second best player on this team behind Tulo? I predicted a sophomore slump for NoDo this year. Glad to see he his proving me wrong.

Am I still the only one that loves the trade of Fowler???

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I hated the Dex trade. Prove ME wrong. Did the brass really see this in Lyles and Barnes, or did they get lucky for once? Both? And I predicted a breakout year for our third baseman. What a pleasure to see him play, and to see another homegrown guy living up to the billing (2 future HOF players on the left side for the Rockies?)

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I think they had high hopes for Lyles when they made the trade. Barnes was probably just a throw in. After seeing Barnes play in Spring Training I predicted he would be a fan favorite before the All-Star break so I think they saw a little in each player and nothing in Dex.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I typically like to go deep into the baseball blogs and read what scouts think when trades are made involving little known players and prospects. I read a quote from one scout saying Barnes was the best player in this trade. Also – Dr C – if you read this – you praised my Abreu to Ryan Howard year 27 comparison. Truth be told – it wasn’t mine, it was from multiple scouts. Grantland had an extensive article on Abreu… Read more »

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Don’t forget that trade also helped free up money to sign Morneau (which it seemed like I was the only one that liked that signing also)

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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

I’m not sure if jeem was just being witty or not, but DJ is NOT a poor hitter at all. Not even close. .312 BA, 10 RBIs in 25 games out of the 8-hole which is probably a major league leader for 8-hole hitters, scored 14 runs in 25 games, .421 RISP batting avg and .372 OBP. Egossage, you’re not the only one that loved the trade of Fowler. But I was not in “love”, but more like “happy” to… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

In my typical random fashion: Bryce Harper’s injury is serious – thumb ligament surgery – out until July. This injury, coupled with the disconnect developing between him and the Nats leaves me not nearly as bullish on the Nats as I was coming into the season. Yu Darvish pitched last night against the A’s (a team – the ONLY team – that owns him). The Rangers play today and tomorrow in Arlington against the A’s. They’re off Thursday. Then a… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Wow…..talk about adding insult to injury…..the Snakes prize pitching prospect Archie Bradley has a bum elbow.

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