Signs of Hope?

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An even split in California, followed by a decisive pounding of the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, and the Colorado Rockies look to continue their recent improved play in the middle test of a three-game set with Milwaukee tonight at 6:40 pm MDT in Denver at Coors Field.  The Rockies will send Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 5.06) to the hill against Brewers’ veteran Randy Wolf (3-8, 5.46).

Colorado did some batting in last night’s victory, led by Eric Young Jr and DJ Le Mahieu.  The Rockies came-out strong against rookie Mike Fiers, who surrendered more runs in his 2+ innings of work than in his previous eight starts combined.  Young led-off and doubled on Fiers’ fifth pitch, then promptly scored on a Jonathan Herrera (subbing for Josh Rutledge) single.  Herrera moved to third on a double by Dexter Fowler and scored when Carlos Gonzalez grounded-out to second base, Fowler to third. Wilin Rosario plated Dex with a sacrifice fly to center and  Colorado was off on a roll.

They added a run in the second on a Chris Nelson double and the first of four Le Mahieu singles, then chased Fiers in the third, scoring four more.  Fowler led-off with a single and moved-up on a poor Fiers pick-off attempt and scored on a Gonzalez laser-single that carried over Milwaukee right-fielder Norichika Aoki’s head and bounced off the wall.  Then Rosario singled and Tyler Colvin doubled, scoring Gonzalez and sending Fiers to the showers.  Nelson kept-up the barrage, knocking-in Rosario with a single, and Le Mahieu’s second hit drove-in Colvin.

Jeff Francis got the victory for Colorado, surrendering 3 runs on 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.  Two of the runs came in the sixth on a Carlos Gomez home-run in his third at-bat against the left-hander.

The right-hander Chatwood went five and got the win in the Rockies’ shutout of San Francisco on Friday night.  He gave-up 3 hits, walked 2 and struck-out 2.  Wolf, a lefty, hasn’t pitched since Wednesday, when he went six and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck-out 7 in the Brewers’ victory over Cincinnati.

Denver weather at game time is expected to be a pleasant 83° F under sunny skies with about 25% relative humidity and variable winds out of the south at 7-8 MPH.  The game will be broadcast on the usual outlets, ROOT Sports (TV) and KOA 850 am (radio).

Rockies’ MFL Jim Tracy isn’t flaunting success, running the same group out as Monday, except Rutledge is back at short.  Martin Maldonado is catching and Jean Segura is at shortstop for Ron Roenicke’s Brewers.

COLORADO (42-71)
RF        Eric Young Jr
SS        Josh Rutledge
CF        Dexter Fowler
LF        Carlos Gonzalez
C          Wilin Rosario
1B        Jordan Pacheco
3B        Chris Nelson
2B        DJ Le Mahieu
P          Tyler Chatwood
RF        Norichika Aoki
2B        Rickie Weeks
LF        Ryan Braun
3B        Aramis Ramirez
1B        Corey Hart
C          Martin Maldonado
CF        Carlos Gomez
SS        Jean Segura
P          Randy Wolf



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9 years ago

Just saw something in the Yankees-Rangers game that we may never ever again see by a Colorado Rockie pitcher. A complete game!

Here G&H are proud of Tyler Chatwood going 4, now 5 innings. As Neil Armstrong said, “one small step for mankind”.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
9 years ago

Why use Roenicke in a blowout game? Was that correct what I just heard? M Reynolds hasn’t pitched in nine days? Is he in the doghouse? Not a very efficient use of your BP.

9 years ago

Cargo’s having a tough game on the bases tonight.

9 years ago

Cisco, the Roenicke move is indeed puzzling. Tomorrow Moscosco is probably starting and they will most likely need a bullpen arm earlier than tonight. Of course in my opinion they should have left Chatwood in for another inning. I’m pretty sure he was stretched out in the minors. Maybe Tracy’s doing it as a favor to Roenicke’s uncle.

9 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I liked taking him out on a high note. Slowly building up confidence is the trick. He looked really good tonight.

I think it might be time for Brothers to head to the Springs again. He’s lost it.

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