Texas Toasted

NL Player of the Month Troy Tulowitzki blasted 2 home runs.  Nolan Arenado had one.  Drew Stubbs was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Brandon Barnes and Carlos Gonzalez doubled twice.  And Jordan Lyles (4-0, 2.62) pitched into the 9th inning as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Texas Rangers 8-2 Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.

Texas’ starter Martin Perez (4-2, 3.59) had a second-straight shaky outing.  He got the Rockies in order in the 1st, but Gonzalez doubled leading-off the 2nd and Arenado followed with his 6th 2014 home run, extending his hitting streak to 25 games and staking Lyles to an early 2-0 advantage.

Colorado got another one in the 3rd when Barnes led-off with a double, Stubbs singled, Tulo walked to load ’em up, and Cargo grounded to Prince Fielder.  In the 5th they made it 5-0 when Stubbs doubled with 1-out and Tulo delivered the first of his Large Fly Balls.

The Rangers got one back in the 6th when Shin-Soo Choo led-off with a double that Stubbs kicked around center-field while Choo advanced to 3rd.  He scored on a ground-ball by Josh Wilson.  But Stubbs and Tulowitzki repeated the double-HR combination with nobody out in the 7th to push the Rockies’ lead to 7-1.  Colorado tacked one on in the 8th on a Lyles single, Barnes double, and Stubbs sacrifice fly.

Lyles was in the meantime cruising through 8 innings.  He wobbled a bit in the 6th when Adrian Beltre followed Choo’s score with a single, but got dangerous Prince Fielder to ground to Tulowitzki for a 6U-3 double play to get back to the dugout.  Lyles gave up 2 runs (Beltre singled off him leading-off the 9th and came-around to score) on 7 hits, walked one, and struck-out 5.  Nick Masset, recalled earlier in the day from Colorado Springs in favor of Ryan Wheeler, came-on for a rocky 9th to finish it-out.

Colorado’s 6-game home-stand expires tonight with Juan Nicasio taking the hill against Texas’ Robby Ross.  Game time will again be 6:40 MDT at Coors Field, then the Rockies follow the Rangers home to Arlington for 2 more before moving-on to Cincinnati for 3 on the weekend.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Two thoughts/comments:

1. What a perfect game to work Masset in for an inning. He may end up being a key dude for us.
2. David Dahl hit 2 HR’s last night.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

I’m impressed that over 20% into the season, our longest losing streak is two. No it’s not a typo. Two. Only happened twice – to start the season and the SF rubber game – SD opener on the road. As EdtheUmp likes to say – win 5 every 9 games. Limiting the losing streaks to two goes a long ways in our efforts to play on beyond September. I have to agree with Ag’s personal scouting report on Nick Massett.… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago

It did seem like he was consistent, but his zone was a bit wider than normal – although he called it that way for both teams. I know you can’t live/die by the FSZ, but there were quite a few that were outside even by the naked eye that were called strikes…i thought Lyles was funny when he had one called on him outside and he just grinned. I know he was thinking, “yeah, sucks on this side of it… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Stat of the day – lifted from Fangraphs:

“Troy Tulowitzki fact:

If he went 0/50, he’d still be hitting .275/.369/.529”

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