The Rockies played like the world champions and the Dodgers played like the Rockies last night as Colorado routed Los Angeles 10-4. Colorado scored early and often to put Dan Haren on his heels. The Rockies did what they have not done this year in the first inning – that’s called manufacturing runs. After Nazty’s walk and Josh Rutledge’s single (and move up to 2B on throw to 3B), Justin Morneau grounded out to the right side scoring one and moving Rutledge to third base. A wild pitch allowed Rutledge to score the second run. Another run was manufactured in the second inning as well. Fort McKenry double to lead off the inning and scored when the next two batters put the ball in play and moved McKenry around to score the third run.
Colorado added two more runs in the fourth inning when Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer following a Drew Stubbs single. Rockymountainhigh was sitting along the RF foul line and watched the home run ball in flight in awe right in front of him. Off the bat, I thought it was a very high pop up to short/medium RF. No, the ball just carried and carried all the way to the seats after a quick visit to the stratosphere.
Tyler Matzek’s long toil in the minors paid off big dividends last night. He got pounded for 11 hits in 5.1 innings, yet he gave up just two runs. He pitched quickly like a Brett Anderson and had either double play grounders or get strikeouts in critical ABs. Matzek finally got chased in the sixth inning when the Dodgers started making a rally which looked like it will be a really big inning. Justin Turner was standing on second base after his 2-run double with no outs. That set up the best defensive play I’ve ever seen by anybody that manned CF at Coors. Juan Uribe hit a line drive off the CF wall, but Stubbs quickly retrieved the carom and threw to D.J. LeMahieu who relayed a perfect strike to the home plate. OOOOUUUUTTTT! Runner out at the plate from second base on a double??? WOW! After Matzek issued his only walk with first base open, he was replaced by Tommy Kahnle. Two striiiiiiike outs and the inning was over. Great job by Kahnle who made it known that he doesn’t want to be part of “The Herd.”
The Rockies added on some more runs and made the score 10-2 while Brooks Brown and Zero joined Kahnle as outcasts from “The Herd.” LaTroy Hawkins, needing some work to stay sharp, gave up a meaningless two-run homer to Yaisel Puig for a 10-4 final.