The Rockies pitching has been getting better and better. Challenging Ubaldo’s scoreless inning streak is Jason Hammel who now holds the second longest streak in Rockies history after last night’s seven plus of scoreless baseball.
The pitching is going to need to continue to be strong as Carlos Gonzalez is out for the rest of the weekend with a sore knee.
The lineup for tonight is Herrera (2B), Helton (1B), Spilborghs (CF), Hawpe (RF), Mora (LF), Stewart (3B), Olivo (C), Barmes (SS) and Francis on the hill.
Mora continues to show all the tools in his tool belt. He has played first, second and third base for the Rockies in 2010 and now he will be in left field for Jim Tracy and the Rox.
The Rockies continue to tread water and are still four games behind the San Diego Padres for the division lead.
On the field early taking batting practice was Iannetta, Herrera and a third Rockies player I didn’t recognize (no jersey on and couldn’t quite see his face clearly from the box). Jorge De La Rosa was supposed to throw BP today. That seems odd and it would make more sense if he threw a simulated game earlier. I have not seen him on the field yet today, much less throwing BP.
Continue to check back prior to the game as I will post updates and once the game begins the updates will come more frequently. I am scouring the internet for a place to watch the US Open while at the park – any suggestions?
4:15: Fielder…Braun…Weeks…Hart…I can’t wait for the Brewers to step into the cage. I want to see someone bring rain.
4:30: Time for the Brew Crew to take their hacks. Fielder and Weeks in the first group. I know all players lay down a few bunts when they first get into the cage, but, c’mon, Fielder bunting? Fielders fourth swing puts a ball into the 2nd level above the Rockies bullpen. Big man has power. He wasn’t even trying to hit opposite field, as a lot of guys do when they first get into the cage. He wants to put on a show. I have my popcorn ready!
4:33: Fielder, round 2: another one in the upper deck above the Rox ‘pen. One in the ‘pen and one more, for good measure, in the 2nd deck. Weeks is up next and he hits a line drive over the left field wall that knocked a kid backwards 10 feet. McGehee is also in this group and he isn’t displaying the same kind of power as Fielder and Weeks.
4:36: Big man back in the cage. The first two are smoke jobs off the wall in right and center. Then he hands out a few souvenirs to the kids above the scoreboard in right. Lastly he leaves a treasure for the Rockies in their bullpen for later. Can we get a fourth round?
4:38: Apparently McGehee needed to warm up as he puts a ball in the second to last row in left, almost onto the concourse.
4:39: Round 4 for Fielder see’s one home run that must have traveled 450 feet into the 2nd deck in right. He is terrorizing the seats in right center.
4:40: Round FIVE and he puts another into the bullpen. Not to be outdone Weeks puts a ball about 2 rows from the concourse in the fourth section from the left field foul pole – and the ball never stopped coming down!
4:41: Not another Fielder!? This time he almost literally puts a ball into the third deck in right field. Amazing. It wasn’t even down the line, it was towards right center.
4:44: Apparently Weeks and Fielder are trying to hit one to dead center. They are going back and forth and hitting them that direction. Neither has left the yard to dead center yet but Fielder continues to wage war on the bullpens. How can Braun or Hart top that display? My guess is they cannot.
4:49: Hart and Braun are up next. These are more like the swings I expect when a player steps into the cage for the first time; relaxed and just getting loose and making contact.
4:53: So far neither Hart or Braun have hit one over the fence. Braun is hitting some very hard line drives but he is not elevating them enough to get over the fence.
4:54: Spoke to soon, Hart deposits a wall scraper into the right field bleachers. And now Braun looks disinterested in the cage, not swinging very hard in his second turn.
4:56: Hart is working the opposite field (right field for the righty) and puts one just into the bleachers in right. Apparently the Brewers do not save the best for last since Fielder and Weeks went first. Braun and Hart are not displaying the same kind of pop.
4:58: Was the Brewers coaching staff paying attention to BP? They just announced a lineup change for the Brewers and Fielder is now batting third and Braun fourth. (Not really, just trying to get Fielder’s bat going as he is batting around .250 on the season)
4:59: Well, I am spent. That was exciting and I am not sure the game will live up to this show.
5:57: Ubaldo Jimenez gets his trophies for being the National League Pitcher of the Month for both April and May. The way he is going he might win every one of them this year.
6:30: Rockies get one in the first. And for the really good news it sounds like Jorge De La Rosa is on track to pitch for the Rockies as early as July 7th. Reports are that he will start for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox this Wednesday and make three rehab starts and then start for the Rockies against the St. Louis Cardinals here at Coors Field.
6:48: Francis is going to have to continue to deal. With Gallardo on the mound the one run the Rockies got in the first might be their only run.
6:55: Was anyone at a Denny’s in the greater San Francisco area last night? Tiger Woods had 8 (EIGHT!) birdies today on his way to posting a 66. He shot -5 on the back side alone! He MUST have found a little filly last night to quench his thirst. He is now four strokes off of the lead. I am really, really hoping Johnson and McDowell come back to the field in their final nine holes today so we have a dog fight tomorrow night for the Championship.
7:15: Olivo is due. He has not homered in over a month, since May 15th. More than 90 plate appearance since his last home run.
7:17: Yovani Gallardo strikes out more than a batter per inning. Coming into tonight he had 94 K’s in 88 innings pitched. The Rockies strike out a lot. Luckily they have a run because they have K’d five times in the first four innings.
7:26: Tracy comes to the mound to visit Francis and the rest of the infield joins him…except Helton…Helton runs into the dugout to grab a quick bite and take a nap. The benefits of being a veteran and old.
7:28: One would assume the discussion Tracy had with Francis was whether or not they should walk Alcides Escobar to get to the pitcher’s spot with 2 outs and a runner on 2nd. Francis probably told Tracy he could get Escobar. Wrong. Game tied 1-1.
7:44: Make that eight K’s in five innings after Gallardo strikes out the side. For a 1-1 ballgame it is sure moving slowly. First pitch was over an hour and a half ago and we are just now past the halfway mark.
7:50: Someone has to do something about that sun!
7:55: It almost cost the Rockies on that play too. The Rox O needs to put the ball in play and give Fielder some of those plays right into the sun. Rockies trail 2-1 after that rough play at first for Helton.
8:13: Gallardo is out, thankfully. He finishes with 9 K’s in 6 innings of work. The Rockies will need to score at least 2 runs off of the Brewers bullpen. That is reasonable for a competent offense. Of course, the Rockies don’t really even have an offense after the 5th inning…
8:19: A hell of an effort from Hawpe on that blooping base hit.
8:22: Make that 3 runs the Rockies need to tie. Hopefully the Rox see Trevor Hoffman in tonight’s game. He is a shell of the pitcher he once was.
8:28: It took a few innings for my comment to take effect, but I do believe I said something about this homer drought – OLIVO with a big HR to cut the Rockies deficit to 2.
8:32: Seth Smith with a MONSTER SHOT to deep right field to tie the game. And I think I called that one too – the Brewers bullpen is junk. The crowd is going nuts!
8:34: There is a grown man with some sort of doll in the lower section. It is a doll wearing a red dress, so, no, it is not a bobblehead. He is sort of dancing with what looks like a Cabbage Patch doll. Where are the ushers when you need them? He has punched his ticket out of town.
8:40: Not to jinx it, but I haven’t seen The Wave in a long time at Coors. Trust me, I am not complaining.
8:43: There is a man wearing a t-shirt that says “DAD” across the top like a player’s name on the back of their jersey and the number “1” under it. If I understand correctly he must think he is the #1 dad. He is wrong. I am.
9:05: Rockies fans love them some Giambi. The loudest the crowd has been all night – not the 2-run home run by Smith – but when Giambi is announced as a pinch hitter with the bases full and only 1 out.
9:09: Giambi gets it done, I guess. He hits a week fly ball to medium depth left field. Hawpe challenges Braun’s arm (mostly because Braun is a pitiful fielder and because the Rockies need to create offense somehow) and the throw hits Hawpe as he is running down the line. Run counts and the Rockies lead 5-4. A come-from-behind win? Is this their first come-from-behind win after the 6th or 7th inning all year? I think it is. Anyone watching TV and did they say something along those lines?
9:12: They challenge Braun again and this time he is up to the challenge: firing a strike to home plate to nail Nelson who was trying to score from 2nd. But NELSON KNOCKS THE BALL LOOSE! Nelson scores and the ball rolls to the Rockies dugout and that gives Stewart enough time to round third and score too. Rockies lead 7-4.
9:13: $1 tacos at Taco Bell tomorrow (not really, you need to buy a drink too, more like $2.50 tacos tomorrow).
9:15: And the cork is off. The Rockies offense explodes in the bottom of the eighth for four runs…and they might not be done yet. Herrera gets into the mix and knocks in Smith from third base.
9:16: Unfortunately the rally dies with Helton at the plate. He cannot catch a break, but the Rockies do have a nice lead going into the top of the ninth.
9:24: Corpas comes in and gives up two very weak base hits, both balls hit into the infield but in spots that no one could get them. After getting the next two out, Corpas gives up a bomb to Hart. Hart smokes it to deep straight away center field and the Rockies lead by 1 with the heart of the Brewers order up.
9:25: Tracy is going to bring in Morales to go lefty vs lefty against Fielder.
9:29: And Morales proceeds to throw 4 balls to Fielder and gets the hook. Nice job, Franky.
9:31: Padres lose tonight and that means all three teams in front of the Rockies in the standings lost today. The Rockies need to finish of this game and get the W.
9:34: Braun doubles and now the go-ahead run is at 2nd. Rockies are not making this easy. After the bottom of the eighth there were a lot of fans leaving the ballgame. Oops.
9:36: Walking McGehee to load the bases and now there is a force at any base. It is up to Lucroy unless Macha pinch hits for him.
9:38: Betancourt looks AMPED after taking the count to 1-2.
9:40: Lucroy fouls off a few pitches. By far the best Rockies game all year. This is exciting!
9:40: You can almost hear everyone in the crowd suck in their breath before every pitch.
9:41: Lucroy hits a deep foul ball that has everyone in the crowd thinking he hit a grand slam when it first came off of his bat.
9:44: After a quick meeting on the mound between Olivo and Betancourt to decide on a pitch, Lucroy fouls it off. This at-bat is insane. With every foul ball Rockies fans ooohh and Brewers fans ahhhh.
9:45: AND COORS FIELD ERRUPTS!!! Lucroy lines out to Smith in right field (who replaced Hawpe earlier). The Rockies win!
By far the best Rockies game all season. Three runs scored in the first six innings and 12 runs scored in the final three frames, including a big lead change for the Rox and nearly blowing that four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. The Rockies end up using three pitchers in the ninth inning to finish off the win.
Rockies fans hope that this late inning rally by the offense gets the Rockies O firing on all cylinders.
I believe the Rockies are now 6-1 WITHOUT Tulo in the lineup. Go figure.
Cookie takes the mound tomorrow as the Rockies try to sweep the Brewers out of town.
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