Sustained Competence?

Buoyed by their third victory on four games, including two shutouts, the Colorado Rockies send left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 4.76) to the mound this afternoon for a tough assignment against San Francisco Giants’ ace Matt Cain (10-5, 3.01) at AT+T Park in San Francisco.  Pomeranz and the Rockies will be looking to hand Cain, presented Friday with a bronze plaque the Giants will place along the portwalk between AT&T Park and the shores of McCovey Cove to commemorate the right-hander’s perfect game June 13 against Houston, his third straight loss  in August, and secure both series on the current six-game road swing.

Colorado took the opener Friday night 3-0, riding the arms of Tyler Chatwood, Adam Ottavino, Matt Belsisle and Rafael Betancourt.  The Rockies’ 4/75 pitching concept worked to perfection as Chatwood handled five innings, throwing 71 pitches (39 strikes), Ottavino two, and Belisle and Betancourt one apiece.  Colorado scored single runs in third, fourth and seventh innings.

Rockies’ catcher Wilin Rosario demonstrated the value of a little baseball competence and sharp defense when he cut down San Francisco lead-off hitter Angel Pagan, who Chatwood had walked on four pitches, attempting to steal on a 3-1 count to Marco Scutaro.  Scutaro then rewarded the struggling Chatwood with a ground-out to short and Melky Cabrera grounded to first, Chatwood averting what appeared to be early disaster with a 14 pitch inning.  Rosario also caught Brandon Crawford stealing in the fourth and went 2 for 4 with two doubles.

Pomeranz got the California trip off to a good start with a “rocky” but scoreless outing in Monday’s shutout of the Dodgers.  This will be his first start on three days’ rest despite the 4/75 system’s persistence since June 19.    Colorado MFL Jim Tracy’s lineup contains a few twists for the middle game of the three-game set.  Eric Young Jr slides over to center-field as Matt McBride gets the start in right, and Dexter Fowler takes a seat.  Catcher Ramon Hernandez hits clean-up and Tyler Colvin is again at first.  DJ LeMahieu remains the flavor of the week at second-base.  Buster Posey is back behind the plate for Bruce Bochy’s Giants, with Brett Pill at first and Joaquin Arias at shortstop.

It’ll be sunny at AT+T this afternoon, a balmy San Francisco 70° F with 56% relative humidity and winds from the west-northwest at 10 MPH.  Rockies TV is on ROOT Sports, radio 850 am KOA.

COLORADO (41-69)
CF        Eric Young Jr
SS        Josh Rutledge
LF        Carlos Gonzalez
C          Ramon Hernandez
3B        Jordan Pacheco
1B        Tyler Colvin
RF        Matt McBride
2B        DJ Le Mahieu
P          Drew Pomeranz
CF        Angel Pagan
3B        Marco Scutaro
LF        Melky Cabrera
C          Buster Posey
RF        Hunter Pence
1B        Brett Pill
2B        Ryan Theriot
SS        Joaquin Arias
P          Matt Cain




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9 years ago

Sustained “impotence”???

Bob K.
Bob K.
9 years ago

Off topic, some reports on the minor league prospects including Tyler Anderson.

“Tyler Anderson allowed one run over six innings to lower his ERA to 2.47 at Low-A Asheville in winning his tenth game in twelve decisions.

The 2011 first-round pick is having a terrific pro debut, with batters hitting just .228 against him, with four homers in 102 innings.

In nine starts since the All-Star break his ERA is eye-popping – 1.86. ”

9 years ago

Anderson has been very good, but a qualified very good: he’s 22, and despite high level college experience they kept him in low A all year. He also has a pretty unimpressive K rate for a guy who’s kind of old for his league, which may be a big reason for why they haven’t moved him up this year. He’s gotten the job done so it’s hard to criticize him, but there’s a reason he isn’t showing up on those… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
9 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So basically what you are saying is what many of us believe that he was another wasted first round draft pick?

9 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Bob K, I wouldn’t say Anderson was a wasted first round pick. But he is living up to his billing: solid college pitcher, relatively low upside, projects as a 3rd/4th starter. I think we should be thrilled if he turns into a Paul Maholm type. Right now he’s striking out only 5.7 per 9 IP against low A competition. On the upside, he has shown good control (2.3 BB/9) and a really good ability to keep the ball in the… Read more »

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