Showing posts with label Miami Marlins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Miami Marlins. Show all posts

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Rockies Split With Marlins, Lose Half Their Roster

Rockies 3, Marlins 2 (boxscore)

Winning Player/Turning Point/Highlight of the Afternoon: Jordan Pacheco

All Jordan Pacheco does is provide good at-bats every time he steps to the plate which regularly result in hits. He was at it again on Sunday, producing 33% of the Rockies hit total with a 3-for-4 day. That included a go-ahead two-run home run in the 5th inning that surprisingly held up to be the difference in the game.

The homer was only Pacheco's 2nd of the season, but we obviously already know that's not his game. Whether or not that bothers you is completely up to you. Personally, I understand the need for some pop from the third base position, but the Rockies really just need offense in any form they can get it. So I'm perfectly content with Pacheco for the time being.

Other Winning Player: Adam Ottavino: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Good stuff again from Ottavino to protect the lead and ultimately get himself another win (5-1). I'd say he's going to be due for a nice raise this offseason... unless his arm detaches itself.

Drew Pomeranz's Line: 4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 76 pitches (42 strikes)

One of the walks was intentional to Giancarlo Stanton, so it's nice to see the Rockies figure something out there. Otherwise it was just another basic four-inning start by a Rockies pitcher since they went to four men. Nothing special, but not too discouraging. He was just kinda there and then gone, with no reason to believe we're actually trying to develop the kid.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Tyler Chatwood's Rough Start Too Much To Overcome

Marlins 6, Rockies 5 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Well, getting behind 6-0 in the first two innings is never a good recipe for success.

Also, they should probably consider pitching around Giancarlo Stanton when there's a base open (homered in his 6th straight at Coors Field - a three-run shot), or at the very least do something to back him off the plate. That won't happen, of course, because there's a real fear among Rockies pitchers about leaving one hanging middle in.

That might be a leftover nugget from the Bob Apodaca era, but I can't prove that to be true.

Tuning Point: Stanton's three-run homer capped a four-run 1st inning. That was a crusher. But so was the Jose Reyes two-out, two-run triple in the 2nd inning that made it 6-0. Despite their best efforts against Miami's bullpen, that's the hit Colorado couldn't overcome.

Tyler Chatwood's Line: 4 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 71 pitches (48 strikes)

Chatwood fooled no one in the first two innings. That's bound to happen at the big league level, especially when you're talking about a 22-year-old pitcher still finding his way. What I liked is that Chatwood continued throwing strikes despite the rough start and finished the outing strong with two scoreless innings. That's always good to see (and something I value greatly), but obviously we need to see a lot more improvement and more consistency from Chatwood going forward.

He still has plenty of time.

Rock Solid Recrap: Can't Win'em All... Don't We Know It

Marlins 6, Rockies 5 (boxscore)

All good things (winning streaks included) must come to an end eventually. That end came for the Rockies on Friday night, which means they'll fall short of equaling their season best five-game winning streak from May.

What Went Wrong: The Rockies made a couple errors tonight that didn't cost them, but overall played a decent game again. They just couldn't get off the deck again in the final innings after the Marlins rallied twice in the middle innings to retake the lead.

Turning Point(s): Basically, it came down to three big swings of the bat for Miami.
  1. The Jose Reyes three-run homer off Jeff Francis in the 5th.
  2. Giancarlo Stanton's titanic game-tying homer off Josh Roenicke in the 6th.
  3. John Buck's go-ahead RBI double later in the 6th. 
All three of those big hits came on the heels of the Rockies scoring a crooked number the inning before. 

Jeff Francis' Line: 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 71 pitches (42 strikes)

Francis did well to pitch around the 2nd inning errors and really settled in well with 1-2-3 3rd and 4th innings. He just couldn't navigate through the 5th before allowing the game-changing homer to Reyes. I'm sure that has nothing to do though with Francis being conditioned to throw 75-85 pitches now and as a result beginning to tire around 60-65 pitches instead of 95-100 pitches.

But I could be offbase there.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Good Baseball Is Fun — Rockies Win 4th Straight!

The Colorado Rockies have certainly been a huge disappointment this season, but at least they're beating up on the National League's two biggest disappointments — the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins. 

Rockies 5, Marlins 3 (boxscore)

That's four wins in a row now. Four!

A win on Friday would be five. Five!

Five would equal their longest winning streak of the season, but I'm getting way ahead of myself here. Let's just enjoy four.

I would say the Rockies pitched well overall on Thursday night, but haven't pitched incredible during this homestand. That was especially true in the later innings against Milwaukee. But the reason those six runs Milwaukee scored in all three games on that series didn't balloon to nine or ten is because the Rockies haven't been shooting themselves in the foot with ill-timed errors. And when they have made a mistake like Jonathan Herrera's error tonight, they haven't compounded it with another mental or physical miscue.

They have kept their focus. They have limited damage in the field. They have taken advantage and maximized opportunities to score runs. They are simply playing really good baseball, and have been since the last road trip started in Los Angeles.

Better late than never... I guess.

Winning Player: Welcome back, Michael Cuddyer!

His two-run homer in the 6th tied the game at three and ended up serving as the turning point for Colorado.

The Rockies would then score two more in the 7th on a Josh Rutledge pinch-hit RBI triple and a successful safety squeeze bunt from Eric Young Jr.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: That Almost Looked Easy

Rockies 8, Marlins 4 (boxscore)

Well, at least after the uninspired first three innings that left them trailing 3-0.

4th inning on, beautiful baseball.

Winning Players: Marco Scutaro, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki - (Combined 6-for-12, HR, triple, double, 6 RBI, 7 runs and 2 walks)

This was how Dan O'Dowd drew it up at 2-3-4 during the offseason. Then, before he knew it, his plans were changed when Jim Tracy moved Scutaro to the leadoff spot. Scutaro never got comfortable in that spot... or so it seemed, but appears to be settling back into the second spot nicely. Which of course means he'll be leading off all weekend in Cincinnati.

Oops. Sorry. I'm trying to be positive tonight. No more cheap shots until Friday at the earliest.

In addition to Scutaro's productive (3 runs) night, CarGo and Tulo were the offensive forces they're paid to be, each delivering the type of at-bats needed to be productive in the situation presented to them.

For CarGo, that included setting the table (along with Scutaro) by drawing a walk ahead of Tulowitzki's RBI double in the 4th. Jason Giambi and Michael Cuddyer followed with equally productive sacrifice flies.

In the 5th, Gonzalez singled home the tying with two outs. Troy Tulowitzki followed that by taking TWO pitches, working himself into a favorable 2-0 count, and then he connected on the game-deciding three-run home to deep left center.

Highlight of the Night: Watch Troy Tulowitzki's big home run

And then again in the 7th, Gonzalez hit an absolute missile off the center field wall for a two-out, RBI triple.

I don't know what got into either guy tonight, but it was nice to see both reel themselves in a bit, slow the game down, and not allow the moment to overwhelm them as it has at many critical times this season. It's a positive step for both of them, and it's greatly appreciated by me.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Marlins 5-23-12


Colorado Rockies (15-27)
  1. Eric Young Jr. (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Jason Giambi (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  8. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  9. Alex White (P)
Well, hey, at least Dexter Fowler isn't hitting eighth tonight!

That's all I really have to offer today. I'm uninspired and have yard work to do before the 90 degree weather sets in over the weekend. 

Miami Marlins (24-19)
  1. Jose Reyes (SS)
  2. Omar Infante (2B)
  3. Hanley Ramirez (3B)
  4. Greg Dobbs (1B)
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
  6. Chris Coghlan (LF)
  7. Brett Hayes (C)
  8. Bryan Petersen (CF)
  9. Carlos Zambrano (P)
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Monfort Speaks, Rockies Lose. Again.

Marlins 7, Rockies 6 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: The offense produced enough to win tonight. There's no question about that. But they still had several of those moments where you just shake your head at the opportunities they waste because they can't be bothered to change their approach in situational plate appearances.

There are no better examples of this possible than the three — yes, THREE — leadoff doubles they wasted tonight.

In the 4th and 6th innings respectively, it was Michael Cuddyer who doubled. He never moved either time. Wilin Rosario would strikeout swinging the first time and then groundout to second. Dexter Fowler popped to third and struck out in his two chances. The innings ended with Juan Nicasio and pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin striking out.

Then in the 9th, Jordan Pacheco doubled off Heath Bell with the Rockies trailing by the single run. Credit to Carlos Gonzalez, he moved Pacheco over with a grounder to second. That put Troy Tulowitzki in a spot where he could drive the tying run home several different ways, but as we've seen far too often from Tulo, he put forth a lousy at-bat at the worst possible time, ultimately popping up to short.

That put the pressure on a scuffling Todd Helton, who battled Bell as he has so many times in the past, but watched strike three sail by to end it.

The approaches have to improve and the importance of productive outs needs to be better understood by this ballclub. But that's something we've been saying as far back as 2010. Nothing new. It doesn't seem to matter who passes through, that message continues falling on deaf ears.

Turning Point: Simple. With the game tied at three in the 3rd inning, Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco laced a two-out, two-run double to the gap in left center. That's a turning point and a dagger.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Marlins 5-22-12


Colorado Rockies (15-26)
  1. Jonathan Herrera (2B)
  2. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Todd Helton (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Wilin Rosario (C)
  8. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  9. Juan Nicasio (P)
The one night experiment that worked for one inning is over. Everything is back to abnormal with Jonathan Herrera leading off and Dexter Fowler hitting eighth.

Go on about your Rockies pregame ranting as you normally would.

Miami Marlins (23-19)
  1. Jose Reyes (SS)
  2. Bryan Petersen (CF)
  3. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
  4. Austin Kearns (LF)
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
  6. Logan Morrison (1B)
  7. John Buck (C)
  8. Donnie Murphy (2B)
  9. Ricky Nolasco (P)
No changes in the Marlins lineup. No need, either. They are red hot and not about to cool off before Colorado leaves town. 

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Still 121 Chances To Write A Perfect Recrap

Marlins 7, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: The Rockies scored four runs in the first thanks to four consecutive hits. Jordan Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez both singled. Michael Cuddyer cracked a two-run double off the left field wall. Troy Tulowitzki crushed a two-run homer over the left field wall.

They didn't record their next hit until the 8th inning.

It was a truly futile offensive performance that included a five-pitch 3rd inning, an eight-pitch 4th, and a nine-pitch 6th. It's like they got their hits out of the way early and then flushed the gameplan down the toilet, or they had no gameplan and got lucky in the 1st.

Just pathetic.

Turning Point: Well, aside from the offense disappearing, the game-changing moments came in the 4th inning. That's where Mark Buerhle doubled hard off the right field fence (missed a homer by three feet). Jose Reyes followed that with a single to center that Dexter Fowler overran, allowing Buehrle to score from second.

Then things completely unraveled as Moyer walked Hanley Ramirez and Austin Kearns ahead of a Giancarlo Stanton Grand Slam.

4-1 lead to game over in the a matter of six hitters.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Marlins 5-21-12

Note: I got so excited about by Nolasco-Nicasio line last night that I moved the pitching matchup ahead by a day. Tonight's pitching matchup is actually Jamie Moyer (2-3, 4.20) vs Mark Buehrle (3-4, 3.17). I swear I'm starting to blog like the Rockies run the bases. Unacceptable!


Colorado Rockies (15-25)
  1. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  2. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  6. Todd Helton (1B)
  7. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  8. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  9. Jamie Moyer (P)
So Michael Cuddyer is the Rockies new cleanup hitter (for now), with Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton each moving down one spot. I'm fine with that. They have to find offense somehow, and having Jordan Pacheco, Carlos Gonzalez and Cuddyer (three hits Sunday) hitting right together might be their best bet for the immediate future (next six hours). Now if we could only get Dexter Fowler back in that mix at the top, because love him or doubt him, he's giving the Rockies good, productive ABs. 

Miami Marlins (22-19)
  1. Jose Reyes (SS)
  2. Bryan Petersen (CF)
  3. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
  4. Austin Kearns (LF)
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
  6. Logan Morrison (1B)
  7. John Buck (C)
  8. Donnie Murphy (2B)
  9. Mark Buehrle (P)
Of all of the kicks in the guts Rockies fans have received over the years, the one that still stands out to me is Donnie Murphy going opposite field on Huston Street to walk-off on the Rockies in July 2010. It's like a nightmare. And then to see his name in their lineup tonight. I can't take this. He's not supposed to be it anyone's lineup. He's awful.

But he won't be tonight. Just watch.

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