Yo! Bullies!

It’s been since before Thursday’s rain delay, by game time 70 hours, and 26 innings since the Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly that brought Dexter Fowler to the plate with the Rockies last run.  Call their starts “uneven,” but Jhoulys Chacin limited the St Louis Cardinals to 2 runs and Jon Garland 3 on Friday and Saturday, and the Colorado bullpen was “nails” both days.  This was the formula:  hold ’em down and let the Blake Street Bullies bury the opposition.  If only the Bullies would come out to play.  The Rockies have lost 4 straight and scored 5 runs in 5 games as they look to salvage one out-of 3 from the Cardinals this afternoon at 12:15 pm MDT at Busch Stadium in St Louis.  Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 3.52) will take the mound for Colorado and face lefty Jaime Garcia (3-3, 3.52) of the Cards.

De La Rosa has gotten traction after regaining confidence in his surgically repaired elbow following two early starts, and except for a hiccup in Los Angeles, where he struggles, has been lights-out.  He got the Rockies’ last win, over the Yankees on Tuesday, pitching six 3-hit shutout innings.  Colorado knocked Garcia around back in 2011, but he is allegedly “a different pitcher” today.  He won in Milwaukee a week ago, allowing one run on 8 hits in 8 innings against the Brewers.

Recently recalled Charlie Blackmon gets the start today in right-field for the Hitless Wonders.  Wilin Rosario will catch DLR for the first time in 2013.  Jordan Pacheco’s in for Todd Helton, batting 2nd.  Carlos Beltran is back in right-field for St Louis, hitting 2nd.  Jon Jay moves down to the 7-hole, in front of sluggin’ Pete Kozma.

It’s a cloudless sunny day in St Louis with 60° temperatures.  It’s not quite as windy, 10-12 MPH, but still brisk, and it’ll blow across from left to right similar to Saturday.  Relative humidity is 32%.  RoOT has the TV, KOA has radio.

COLORADO (19-17)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P
ST LOUIS (23-12)
Matt Carpenter (L) 2B
Carlos Beltran (S) RF
Matt Holliday (R) LF
Allen Craig (R) 1B
Yadier Molina (R) C
David Freese (R) 3B
Jon Jay (L) CF
Pete Kozma (R) SS
Jaime Garcia (L) P

 


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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

How is it that Yadier Molina can catch all three games of the series? Does he not need a rest? I guess different organizations have different ways of looking at things, like the importance on winning.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I like the idea of shuffling the catching duties today and glad to see it did not affect DLR. Now if we get Yorvit to catch either Nicasio or Francis and see if that change has a positive result too.

Nice to see some offense.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I watched only bits and pieces of the game. Saw Tulo’s homer and the 9th. To Cisco’s post above; The other day I heard one of the radio guys, can’t remember if it was Jack or Jerry, answering someone’s question about all the rest that Rockies regularly give their players. According to the answer the Rockies as an organization believe that because they play in altitude that everybody needs more rest than if they played at sea-level. Not just the… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Yeah I agree Bill. That’s a load of rubbish about the altitude. We as fans are fed two stories. On the one hand these are such elite athletes that they are literally tearing their bodies apart playing the grueling sport of baseball so that they accumulate blisters, neck injuries, scar tissue, etc. at a level that we mere non-professional runners, cyclists, swimmers, kick-boxers, climbers could ever fathom to understand. And at the same time they apparently have the cardio of… Read more »

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Back in the day, I was a competitive runner. Lived in Colorado during my teens, lived in Alabama in my 20s, started running competitively at sea level. Came back to Colorado and running was easier. The lack of humidity was a good thing. So I don’t buy the altitude excuse, particularly when it only applies to one of the four the professional teams in Denver.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Nice win today fellas. Got to admit, I didn’t think they would win today. By the way the first two games played out didn’t think there was a chance the Rox would win. Obviously there was a chance and DLR pitched very good again. Boy DLR has been very good this year so far except for really that LAD game. If the Rox continue to get the pitching like they have, they will field a competitive team this year. Still… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

finally! This one was nice to watch! Question for those smarter than I am… I thought they threw up a stat before DLR gave up a hit that of the 21 batters he had faced he had thrown something like 15 or 17 first pitch strikes. I’m on cold medicine so those numbers may not be exactly what they said, so just roll with it… This just seems key to me that this is the way to keep pitch counts… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

What is with 3 night games being played at Wrigley? I checked game times this morning thinking the Rox would be playing 3 day games and it was the opposite. I like it cuz this gives me a chance to watch them.

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