Should be another interesting night at Coors Field; with plenty of rain in the forecast we might have a repeat of the wet mess that was played last night. I just arrived at the park and the grounds crew was dragging the field, but now they have the tarp on it. It is not raining at the moment, but I wouldn’t bet a pair of old socks that it isn’t raining in the next 10 minutes. According to the Doppler radar there isn’t any rain in Denver, but thanks to Ashton Altieri of 9news this morning I learned that really light rain will not show up on the Doppler radar.
The Rockies and Blue Jays have to at least try to get this game in and I suspect they do everything they can to get at least six innings again tonight, like last night. The forecast isn’t a whole lot better for tomorrow so getting two games in tomorrow isn’t very likely. If they had to play a makeup game the scheduling would be brutal on the Blue Jays (there aren’t a lot of AL teams near Denver). Both teams want to get this game in and they were even OK with trying to get in the game last night.
Lineups will be posted shortly. Leave a comment below and I will answer. No batting practice tonight so I have nothing better to do for the next two hours.
Tonight’s lineup: Herrera (2B), Helton (1B), CarGo (CF), Hawpe (RF), Spilly (LF), Olivo (C), Stewie (3B), Barmes (SS) and Hammel. Finally! Tracy is listening to me. CarGo is batting in a run producing slot and I am guessing Tulo is getting a rainy night off, I haven’t heard anything about him being hurt.
Injury updates: Tulo does have a groin strain and that is why he is not in the lineup tonight. As usual, and as is everyone else: Tulo is day-to-day.
Also, as suspected after Huston Street struggled in his most recent outing in AAA, Tracy Ringolsby is reporting that Street will stay in Colorado Springs for another week before he returns to the Rockies.
5:15: The grounds crew is taking the tarp off of the field.
5:54: Dingers gives autographs? People actually want a Dinger autograph?
5:55: Beimel is doing the old jump chest bump with players in the dugout. Needless to say they cannot jump because there isn’t that much head room in the dugout.
6:08: Weather is nice right now, not too cloudy, skies don’t look like they are full of buckets of water. Game is going to start on time, field looks great and the stands are filling up nicely. Let’s hope we get nine in.
6:15: Uh-oh, the trainer out to see Jason Hammel after only six pitches in the ballgame. Apparently he just hand a hang nail or something. After everyone in the infield meets on the mound Hammel stays in and looks OK.
6:16: Might as well get my World Cup take in early: so I have seen four scores of the World Cup so far, both yesterday and the Mexico game today. All of them ended in a tie. Has anyone actually won a game yet? Biggest sporting event in the world, but no one wins. Yippee.
6:19: After a hard-hit leadoff double Hammel gets out of the inning without giving up a run. Although one of those outs was a deep bomb to dead center that CarGo caught at the warning track.
6:20: Hammel headed down into the clubhouse as soon as he left the field. Wonder what’s going on? “Equipment” issue?
6:28: Hammel is back on the mound for the second inning, apparently everything is OK.
6:30: Alex Gonzalez hits a real soft ball right back to Hammel. Hammel jumped like he saw a hoard of spiders running at him. He reacted like Gonzalez hit a missile at him. Of course, at 60 feet it probably is a bit scarier, but it was still funny to see him react like that on such a softly hit baseball.
6:34: These guys lead the Major Leagues in home runs? A bunch of very softly hit baseballs that inning.
6:37: I don’t think ballplayers really watch the grounds crew before the game. If they did they wouldn’t be so quick to ruin the perfect job the crew does on the batter’s box. It is a work of art and the batter’s kick at it and ruin it before the end of the third.
6:46: Through three Hammel has faced one over the minimum.
6:51: Four consecutive strikeouts for opposing pitcher Brandon Morrow.
6:55: Hammel with one of the most pathetic sequence of bunt attempts by a pitcher in the past 30 years. People have said that pitchers are not athletes and that sequence of attempts by Hammel just proved that statement. Awful.
7:04: Apparently this is pitching weather. Morrow has 5 K’s already. And if a batter is supposed to “hit where they ain’t” than Hammel is getting them to “hit it where they…am?”
7:08: Helton is officially jinxed. I do not understand how that ball does not hop off of the top of the fence and land in the bullpen for a home run. Unbelievable luck. Still a positive to see Helton hit the ball that hard to the gap.
7:13: Hammel retired 13 straight between the first inning double and that base hit by Gonzalez.
7:28: Note: if you are ever selected to do the Qwest trivia mid-inning game at Coors Field, you can miss both of the first two questions AND run out of time before answering the third AND still get the prize. Some guy just won a camera for knowing jack squat about the Rockies.
7:35: Olivo is lethal behind the plate this year. He nails speedy Fred Lewis by at least a full stride.
7:48: Apparently Hammel feels like he needs to do it all tonight. Six scoreless innings and he scores the first Rockies run.
7:52: Who told Helton he was fast? He has been thrown out twice tonight trying to get an extra base.
7:55: Hammel must feel like he has to do it all. He just waived off the entire infield so he could catch a popup near the mound. Hardly ever see pitchers wave off a position player for a popup like that.
7:56: Barmes makes a play at short that Tulo would be proud of.
7:57: Two snazzy plays by Barmes this inning. So far Hammel has kept the Blue Jays grounded. 1-0 lead for the Rockies.
8:05: No sign of rain yet, but Stewart just hit a popup foul that was hit high enough to bring rain.
8:07: Another bunting demonstration by Hammel. Will he do better this time?
8:08: Yes, much better, a very nicely placed bunt down the left field line.
8:13: Rockies late inning struggles continue. Olivo leads off with a double and eventually with one out the Rockies have men on first and second. With their luck they have the pitchers spot (Hammel sac bunts) and Herrera due up and cannot get a run home. Game still
8:22: At 100 pitches you can tell Hammel is running out of gas. He seems to have lost his control. Needs one more out to get through eight innings.
8:25: Hammel gets out of the inning without giving up a run. 8IP, 3H, 3BB, 6K and most importantly 0 runs. He leaves with the lead and the Rockies pen will need to finish off the Blue Jays. Here’s hoping the Rockies get some insurance in the bottom of the eighth. The way the Rox bullpen has pitched the past week I don’t trust them with a one run lead.
8:30: Is it just me or does it seem like CarGo gets a lot of base hits when breaking his bat?
8:34: The Rockies fans are going through withdrawal; someone was chanting the “clap-clap-clap-clapclapclap-TULO” chant even though Brad Hawpe is at the plate.
8:35: Hawpe walks on a wild pitch and CarGo advances to third. One out, men on first and third and Spilly at the plate and Olivo due up next; the Rockies should easily score some insurance runs.
8:40: Spilly strikes out on a pitch that bounces just behind the plate.
8:42: Olivo swings at two awful pitches for strike two and strike three. Once again the Rockies fail to score in the late innings. If you have not heard the Rockies are the worst team in all of baseball in terms of scoring runs after the fifth inning. There is not one team in all of baseball with fewer runs in innings six through nine.
8:43: Manuel Corpas (he doesn’t want to go by “Manny” anymore) is on the mound to try to save this game for Hammel and the Rockies.
8:45: Corpas has a scare when the Major League home run leader, Jose Bautista, hits a towering fly ball to the warning track in right field.
8:49: With two outs Corpas allows a hit to Gonzalez. Adam Lind pinch hits for the pitchers spot. Lind has real power but is struggling at the plate with an on-base percentage under .300 in 2010.
8:51: Corpas saves the game. Rockies win!
The Rockies will attempt to sweep the Blue Jays tomorrow. In the Rockies history against the Blue Jays the home team always wins. With history on their side the Rockies will win tomorrow. The Blue Jays have never won in Denver and the Rockies have never won in Toronto.
The rain stayed away all night and the game was finished in less than three hours.