Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rock Solid Recap: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 run innings equal 15 for Rockies!

More times than not you'll wish the offense had saved a few runs when they score 15 for the ace. But given the way this season has gone, given the way Jhoulys Chacin labored, and given the way several key members of the Rockies bullpen have been struggling of late, nobody was saying that after Saturday's blowout win over the Washington Nationals.

Rockies 15, Nationals 7 (boxscore)

This is what you call an offensive onslaught. Colorado scored in five different innings, which is something different, but nice. Four of them result in multiple runs. That's even nicer. But the nicest part? The contributions came from every spot in the order.

Even Jhoulys Chacin had a perfect night at the plate, singling, getting hit, and scoring twice.

Even Ian Stewart reached TWICE... and he didn't enter the game until the 7th inning.

It was just one of those nights for the Rockies offense.

There were more than three positive in this one, so just admire this boxscore.

Crooked numbers all over the place. But I think I might be most impressed and most encouraged by only two strikeouts in 44 plate appearances.

The Pitching

As I mentioned at the top, this wasn't an ace type performance for Chacin. No doubt he had one against Philadelphia last time out, but for him to be the guy the Rockies need him to be, he'll have to continue to build on performances like that and expect them from himself each time out. He'll get there. The physical tools all are there, now the mental side has to catch up.

As for Greg Reynolds, the mental and physical side are both pretty much shot. He's only getting another chance now out of necessity. Hopefully next season the Rockies have better options in place for their emergency scenarios.

Final Thought

Tomorrow's the day. The Rockies are going to end their Sunday losing streak. It has to happen. I can feel it. And if it doesn't end here, their next best chance may not come until the final Sunday of the season in Houston. So let's get it done here.