Monday, April 13, 2009

Colorado Rockies Review: Lilly One-Hits Rockies On Rainy Day In Chicago

The Colorado Rockies were looking to bounce back from an ugly loss in the cold weather at Coors Field on Sunday.

The weather must have followed the team plane, as the Rockies dropped their third in a row to the Cubs 3-0.

The game was delayed for one hour and 12 minutes as the rain came down onto Wrigley Field. When the game finally started, the conditions were no better, 38 degrees with a slight rain and high winds.

The Rockies seemed doomed from the out set.

Ted Lilly took advantage of the weather and dominated the offense that had been averaging over five runs per game. The Rockies were held to one hit, which did not come until the seventh inning, when Garrett Atkins lined a ball into the outfield. Chris Iannetta worked a walk in the 3rd inning, and those were the only two baserunners for the Rockies all day.

Ubaldo Jimenez, who baffled the Diamondbacks last Wednesday, could not find his location throughout his day. He tied a career high with six walks. He lasted only 3-2/3 innings.

Several times Jimenez worked himself out of jams, but things blew up in the 4th inning when a tailor made 6-4-3 double play ball was misfired by Jeff Baker and skipped past Todd Helton at first base, scoring a run.

After that, Jimenez was called for a balk by first base umpire Tim McClelland which moved a runner to second base. When a base hit scored the run, Jimenez's day was done after throwing 104 pitches.

Immediately after the inning manager Clint Hurdle was ejected for the first time this season. McClelland headed over to the first base dugout and Hurdle could be seen pointing to his eyes and yelling. Apparently Hurdle was arguing the balk call on Jimenez that cost the Rockies a run.

Hurdle was ejected twice last season, once in San Francisco and once in Arizona. It was the 22nd time since Hurdle became manager in April of 2002 to be ejected.

Brad Hawpe left the game after the 5th inning after striking out looking. He was clearly disappointed by the call and it was thought that he may have been ejected. That was not the case however, as Hawpe felt the hamstring that had given him problems in the spring tighten up.

The have an off day tomorrow, then conclude the series with the Cubs on Wednesday before heading out to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers.

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