Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Colorado Rockies win game, sweep series on Tyler Colvin walkoff

EY Jr continues his impressive play.
This Colorado Rockies team is the only team in baseball that gets a 4-0 lead and it feels like they are going to need three or four more runs to win the game. The Rockies walked off to sweep their second series of the season, winning 7-6 on a 2-run Tyler Colvin double.

As has been the case so many times in the 2012 season, the Rockies got off to an early start. Despite their struggles, the Rockies lead all of Major League Baseball in 1st inning runs. However, they also lead the league in most blown leads of three runs or more.

On Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field, the same familiar script looked like it was playing out. The Rockies got left the 2nd inning with a 4-0 lead, but before the game was halfway over, the Brewers owned a 5-4 lead. Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso, re-called from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, cruised through the first four innings, looking better than he looked in any of his previous appearances in a Rockies uniform.

As good as Moscoso looked in the first four innings, he looked just as bad in the 5th, when he left the game before recording an out. A walk, a single, a double and another walk spelled the end of the right-handers day.

The Rockies bailed out Moscoso, continuing to battle back over and over again. Finally, down by one, the Rockies had two on and one out in the 9th. Colvin pulled a pitch from Jim Henderson down the first base line. It was hit hard enough to get passed the first baseman Corey Hart and head into right field. Wilin Rosario scored easily from first, then, showing off his speed, Eric Young Jr. sped around third base and scored in a play at the plate that really wasn't that close to give the Rockies the victory.

On Sunday, the Rockies held a closed-door meeting with Bill Geivett, the assistant general manager who the club announced was taking on more of a role with the everyday operations of the Major League squad. Despite a heart breaker on Sunday, the Rockies have been playing inspired baseball since. The Brewers aren't a very good team, but the Rockies haven't played with this energy since April, when they thought they had a chance.

Is the move to have Geivett more involved paying off? Has it served notice to players that they can't just quit on a season because the team isn't going anywhere? Has he been an influence on the way Jim Tracy makes out his lineup card on a daily basis?

The other factor in the Rockies success that simply can't be ignored is the emergence of EY, Jr. He went 7-for-14 in the series against the Brewers with two home runs, two doubles. The man without a position heading into the season has emerged as someone who can't be left out of the lineup. The energy that Young brings to the top of the lineup is hard to match. His spark seems like it has energized the entire lineup and created far more scoring opportunities than the team was experiencing previous to him being in that role.

The Rockies are playing inspired baseball. Whether they are going to lose 100 games for the first time in their history or not, to see the Rockies play with passion and excitement has to be encouraging for Rockies fans.

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1 comment:

  1. EY Jr is adding a tremendous spark, no doubt about that. But the young guys are all playing great baseball. They have something to play for and if feels like a competitive situation again. With the older guys off the line-up or on the DL, it seems the team chemistry is once again dominated by the feeling that they are playing for something....not necessarily the post season, but at least a longer career in the majors. Could have something to do with Bill Geivett, but mainly this seems like a team that is hungry to prove itself and that it can perform when they need to.