Yes Virginia, There Is a Broom For The Road

Eddie Butler started the game and he did better than expected, keeping the Rockies in the game.  For the most part, Butler pitched well except for issuing four walks over 5.2 innings.  The third walk bit him hard as it preceded a two-run shot in the third inning by Adam Lind which gave Milwaukee their first lead of the season, 2-0.  The resilient Rockies scratched out a run in the fifth inning on a 2-out RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu.  Butler had a real tough test in the bottom of sixth.  The first two Brewers reached threatening to blow the game open.  Butler induced a much needed double play grounder to get two outs leaving a runner on third.  Walt Weiss popped out of the dugout to call on Christian Friedrich to face our old Rox Killer, Gerrardo Parra.  Door slammed.  Score still 2-1.

Corey Dickerson decided that it was too hard to manufacture a run off Peralta.  So he took the easy route hitting a no doubter to tie the game at 2-2.  CarGo liked Dickerson’s idea and launched the longest shot of the young season in the majors to stake the Rox to a 4-2 lead in the next inning.  It was believed to be measured at 466 feet.  It was up to the bullpen to finish the game.  Zero did his work in the eighth.  Hawk came into the 9th with a save opportunity, but it was a total mess.  He got grounded and shifted to death giving up two runs on four soft ground balls.  Colorado was still leading 4-3 when pinch hitter Ryan Braun came up and he had a swinging bunt type single to tie the game up.  Apparently everybody in purple were asleep.  Upon replay, it looked like Braun actually fouled the ball off his front foot (according to Dr_C and myself) but nobody gave it a look.

On to the extra innings which Dr_C loves to keep track of bullpen match ups.  He gave up on keeping track in May 2014 after the bullpen cratered game after game.  LeMahieu was the lead off batter and if he got on, Rafael Ynoa would be used to move him over, otherwise it’s Baby Bull with one bullet.  Out #1.  Baby Bull traded places with Yona and immediately got two big curve balls to fall behind 0-2.  He did not take three baits and worked back into a full count.  Then F-Rod threw a fat ball to Rosario’s delight.  Boom, a no-doubter.  John Axford, signed as a free agent during the off season, dispatched the Brew Crew to earn the save.  Hawk was unceremoniously awarded a “W”.  For the first time in a very long time, we swept an opponent on the road. Yes, it really happened!  Colorado remains unbeaten at 3-0 sitting atop the NL West division.  Go ahead and blame Rosario for the win, roxnsox.

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Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Is it time to start the Hawk discussion?

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

Does he have an off speed pitch? Unfortunately, he will have to blow many more before a move is made. Ottavino is unhittable while Hawkins is very hittable! I like Hawk but would rank the closers on this team as follows: ottavino, Betancourt, Axford, then Hawkins

This could be a fun year fellas! We have bounce back candidates with chips on their shoulders and a few rising stars! Watch out mlb!

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago

I vote for Ottavino but it isn’t going to happen. If there is a change it will likely be to either Axford or Betancourt. Giving it to Ottavino would give him too big a raise next year during arbitration for them to allow him to become the closer.

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Problem with Hawk last nite was location vs. the shifts utilized by Walt. He still got ground balls but of the seeing-eye variety. I’m not a supporter of his, by no means, but nobody hit any liners off him. And judging by what Ax did in the 10th, I’m thinking he’s the guy Walt will lean on to close if Hawk continues to “struggle” It will be interesting to see how Ax’ breaking balls translate in the Purple Zone at… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Can’t jump on the “Dump Hawk” bandwagon after last night. Let’s review: – Routine groundout to Tulo, – Sharp ground single just under the glove of a diving Arenado, – Bouncing ball through the right side, – Slow roller towards right side that DJ reaches and gets the second out, – Swinging bunt by Braun to third, no play possible, – Routine ground ball to DJ’s normal position, but shift allows it to go through, – Strikeout. Only ball hit… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Wheeee! I TOTALLY blame Wilin, RMH! 🙂 Enjoying baseball right now for sure. Kudos to young Butler – and all the rest, too. Random questions – can anybody weigh in? 1) Has Dickerson improved quite a bit as a left fielder, as it looks to me? 2) Are the umps enforcing the “stay-in-the-box” rule AT ALL? 3) Does Tulo look happier/looser than ever before? 4) Does Cargo look DIALED IN? 5) Is anybody going to complain about our Gold Glove… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Yes to everything. 5) DJ had the most RBIs for a batter hitting out of the 8 spot of anyone in the NL last year yet there were always complaints about his hitting. I don’t see why those complaints won’t continue this year whether they are deserved or not. 2) I loved the highlights of Adrian Beltre’s reactions when he was reminded to keep a foot in the batter’s box. The umpires cannot actually enforce the “Keep one foot in… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Much like the criticism of Barmes, the DJ criticism is unnecessary. I think there’s room on any team in MLB for a slick fielding, light hitting second baseman that bats at the bottom of a line up. If that’s where we focus the scapegoating, then it probably actually means 1B and OFs need to step up. The only times I’ve ever been disappointed in a second baseman in my life as a fan was the 2009 playoffs where Barmes went… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Anybody else gonna be at the annual Festival of Joy in Lodo tomorrow? 🙂

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Bob K. and WV Bob, you guys have it exactly right. Bob in WV, that’s why Hawk was never an elite closer. Allowing that many balls in play means stuff like last night happens even when you’re throwing well. Bob K., correct on Zero. And I agree with the Rox on that one. Given that our pitchers will almost never go 8 (much less 9), the 8th inning guy is just as important as the closer. Giving Zero the save… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – you might find this interesting regarding Wade Davis – and by extension, Ottavino. I play in a very competitive, deep, fantasy league (we started our 19th year this season). On the pitching side, we play Holds as a category (along with Saves, Ks, ERA, WHIP, and W). This (Holds) is somewhat unusual. It’s our effort to simulate “real” baseball as much as possible. There are all sorts of web based services to rank players by position based on… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

Did you guys notice Tulo in the dugout at Baby Bull was rounding the bases and he was telling the other guys to do the “horns” on their head when he came into the dugout? He was absolutely giddy, like he was setting up an awesome prank or something and when the Bull got to them he was the only one doing the horns that i could see (maybe one other person)…felt bad for him, but he seemed fine with… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Gotta disagree, Jaredean. I went back and looked at it and at least 6 guys did versions of the horns. I identified Morneau, Tulo, and Ynoa, but there were others including at least one with a jacket on. They just didn’t all do it at the same time, nor did they all have their fingers alongside their temples. No need to feel bad for Tulo on that one. We can only hope that we still have that kind of enthusiasm… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago

I know it’s a small sample size, but as has been noted above, this team seems to be having some fun playing so far and interacting amongst each other. Could it be that the previous regime, with its micromanaging style stifled and sapped the enthusiasm right out of this group? It will be interesting to see as things move forward. Along those lines, there was a story today in Purple Row where they quote the manager of Asheville saying what… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago

Off Topic

Last November the Rockies traded Rob Scahill to the Pirates. I can’t recall what or who they got for him but I was glad to see him leave. Today he went in to pitch the bottom of the 9th for the Pirates in a tie game and managed to get one out before giving up the winning run.

Liz
Liz
5 years ago

Hey guys it is my birthday and I got two sets of Rockies tickets that I can not use. I would like to offer them at a discount to any of you who may want them. The first set is for April 26 section 144 row 14 seats 7 and 8. They are $35.00 tickets you guys can have the pair for $50.00. The others are for June 25 section 145 row 14 seats 7 and 8 same deal although… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Liz

Can’t use the tickets – but happy birthday!

Liz
Liz
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Thanks Sdarp, too many birthdays however, I just feel soooooo much wiser.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

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The current site is showing some “wear and tear”…one of the things that isn’t working right is the signup for an account…throwing an error (in geek terms)…

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Julian
Julian
5 years ago

DLR pitches 4 innings for Albuquerque and lets up just 1 run. Gray, OTOH, has pitched just 2 innings so far and let up 4 runs (3 earned).

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

We need DLR but his health worries me.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Thanks for the input on my Hawk question.I think my issue was-per Ag’s menza analysis-that Hawk doesn’t put enough hitters away.Balls in play,even soft grounders,can often end up hits on a given night.Like others I would leave zero in the 8th and consider Axford if a trend develops.Enjoy opening day all.Looking forward to some first hand reporting.

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