Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When Colorado Rockies offense gets it going, they are tough to beat

The Rockies offense slugged, but Tyler Chatwood was impressive.
The Colorado Rockies are built to score runs. They proved that on Monday night in Los Angeles.

Taking on Ted Lilly, who has owned the Rockies, going 7-1 in his last eight starts against the purple pinstripes. Lilly lasted three innings, getting battered around for five runs, four earned, on eight hits. Dexter Fowler started the scoring with a long home run to left-center field, then Wilin Rosario capped the first inning scoring with a home run of his own, this one to the opposite field.

The Rockies scored four in the 1st inning, then one more in the 3rd and made a joke of the game by putting up five runs to make it 10-0. After years of watching the Rockies struggle at Dodger Stadium, many Rockies fans were probably wondering if the team had scored 12 runs in an entire season in LA, let alone one game.

In the win, Nolan Arenado notched his first, second and third Major League hits. The second hit of the night was also a first for Arenado. The third baseman launched a home run deep to center field off of Josh Wall. In a touching moment, the cameras panned to Arenado's friends and family, who were celebrating the first career homer for the prospect that has an extremely high ceiling.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Colorado Rockies make a bold statement by calling up Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado made his much anticipated debut on Sunday.
The Colorado Rockies lost another sloppy game on Sunday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping three of four in the desert.

However, Rockies fans everywhere should be smiling.

Early on Sunday morning, it was announced that the Rockies had made a move that had been anticipated by the fan base for the past two years. Nolan Arenado, the club's top prospect, and probably the most highly touted minor leaguer in the club's 20 year history, was finally on his way to the big league club.

There have been rumblings for Arenado since he led the entire organization in RBIs in Single-A Modesto in 2011. In just 134 games he had 122 RBIs. He followed up that performance by winning the Arizona Fall League MVP. That award was no small accomplishment, as both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were participating.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sloppy baseball, lack of hitting dooms Colorado Rockies in Arizona

Michael Cuddyer had a tough night at the ballpark on Saturday.
Old habits die hard.

The Colorado Rockies looked more like the team that took the field in 2012 than the team that has started off April with a sense of urgency.

On Saturday night, in an extra innings loss to the Diamondbacks, the Rockies failed to hit with runners on base, played sloppy defense, and ran themselves off of the bases on several occasions. The poor baseball spoiled a good outing from Jeff Francis, and another solid performance from the bullpen.

The Rockies had four base runners in the first inning. None of them scored. The Rockies had two runners on base in the third inning, neither of them scored. The Rockies started the 5th inning with two base runners, including Dexter Fowler at third base with no one out. Carlos Gonzalez popped out, Troy Tulowitzki walked to load the bases, then Michael Cuddyer hit an 0-1 sinker to Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington who started the 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Colorado Rockies get good all around baseball in road victory

Matt Belisle was key to the Rockies victory on Friday night.
The story for the 2013 Colorado Rockies was supposed to be their starting lineup.

Most agreed coming into the season that the Rockies, if they were able to win many games, were going to win them by slugging their way to victory and overcoming mediocre pitching in doing so. On Friday night in Arizona, the Rockies showed that they are more than just a slugging baseball team.

Make no mistake, the offense played a large role in the victory. With two outs in the 5th inning, the face of the Rockies franchise stepped to the plate in the form of Troy Tulowitzki. The shortstop has taken plenty of heat for his lack of clutch hits. In 2013, Tulo is quickly shedding that reputation. One night after roping a double to score a run, Tulowitzki lathered a first pitch fastball deep to left-center field. The double scored three runs and turned the tide for the Rockies.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Colorado Rockies offense spoils great outing from De La Rosa in Arizona

De La Rosa has been very good.
It is a common theme. The Colorado Rockies get on an airplane and forget to bring their bats.

On Thursday night in Arizona, the Rockies did it once again, dropping the first of a four game set with the Diamondbacks 3-2. The lack of offense, coupled with an early error and some weird baseball, spoiled an otherwise really good outing from Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.

The Rockies had several chances to win the game. In the 5th inning, with Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill pushing 100 pitches, the Rockies loaded the bases with only one out. On a 2-2 count, Michael Cuddyer swung through a sinker out of the zone, then newly-called-up Ryan Wheeler hit an easy grounder to  second base to end the threat.

With JJ Putz on the mound, the Rockies had another chance in the 9th inning. With two outs, Dexter Fowler worked a walk, representing the tying run. That allowed Carlos Gonzalez to step to the plate with a chance to do something big. However, the struggles continued for Gonzalez, who swung wildly at two splitters that were well out of the strike zone, ending the game with a strikeout.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

These Colorado Rockies don't quit, come from behind and beat Braves

Yorvit Torrealba came through in the clutch on Wednesday.
When it is still snowing, it is too early to tell what kind of baseball team a fan base will be watching as spring turns to summer. The Colorado Rockies are not exempt from this rule.

Over the course of time, in the history of this great game, there are countless examples of teams that started out hot in April, only to fizzle in the heat of the summer. The Rockies certainly could fall into that category once the fireworks explode over Coors Field on Independence Day.

However, there is something that is certain. This Rockies team is a far different team than the guys who wore purple in 2012. This team has an attitude. They aren't intimidated by anyone, and they aren't going to quit.

In a flashback to 2009, Yorvit Torrealba came through in the clutch, plating Wilin Rosario on a single to left field. Rosario had started the bottom of the 12th inning off with a double, and Torrealba brought him around to win it.

The Colorado Rockies 15 Games In: A Look at Their World Series and NL Pennant Odds

While the baseball season has just started, baseball bettors are always looking for lucrative futures wagers.  Especially intriguing is a nice price on a team that many aren’t expecting to contend this year.  The Rockies are off to a hot start and certainly fit that bill.  But, how good is Colorado?
Dexter Fowler's power has been impressive.

We can pretend to have an idea after almost three weeks of play, but it is anyone guess where the Rockies will be in the standings come the end of September.  Currently, Colorado is listed at 25/1 to win the 2013 NL Pennant and 50/1 to win the 2013 World Series.  These future odds have not changed since they opened, despite the Rockies hot start.

We’ll take a look at the players that need to make an impact this season for the Rockies to have a chance to get themselves to the postseason and make a run in the playoffs.

Dexter Fowler Must Continue His Power Surge

Dexter Fowler has started off the season on a torrid pace and seems to have found a new power stroke.  It is likely the 27 year old outfielder is merely on a hot streak, but perhaps Fowler’s recent changes to his swing and new contract have provided move power to his approach and given him added motivation to improve.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colorado Rockies find out what it is going to take to be a complete team

Jeff Francis might be pitching for his job in May.
Much like the month of April in Colorado, the Rockies are getting a dose of cold and snow, something much different than the sun and heat they got to open the season.

The Colorado Rockies got off to the best start in franchise history.

Following a season in which the team lost 98 games, the quick start helped to revive a deprived fan base. The winning was fun, but it came with a cautious optimism. Fans had long been eager for some sign of hope from a franchise that looked like it still had a ways to go before hitting rock bottom after a terrible 2012 season.

Many fans were basking in the glow of a fast start, knowing that reality would set in at some point. Others believed whole-heartedly that this team had turned the corner and was on their way to the playoffs. Many others, however, brushed off the quick start and allowed their bitterness to take root.

Early snow could take it's toll on Colorado Rockies longterm

Coors Field will be cold in the coming days.
Apparently winter woke up late.

After a warm, dry winter in Colorado, the snow is finally starting to fall. Unfortunately for baseball fans, it is coming when the Rockies are at home, and in the midst of their best start in franchise history.

The Rockies, for the second time in this home stand, will play a doubleheader. This time it will come against the Atlanta Braves, who visit town after being swept by the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Braves come to Denver with the luxury of being able to activate certified Rockie-killer Freddie Freeman from the disabled list, just in time to hit in his favorite ballpark, Coors Field.

Colorado residents know that snow comes every April. That is no surprise. However, the snow that typically comes to Denver is a very heavy, wet snow that is accompanied by temperatures in the 40's, which helps to quickly melt the spring snow. The problem now is that the temperatures are staying in the 20's and low-30's, which means a winter feel.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bullpen falters as Colorado Rockies miss a chance to sweep Diamondbacks

Wilton Lopez continued his disappointing season on Sunday.
The stage was set for the perfect ending possible on Sunday for the Colorado Rockies. Eric Young, Jr. was at the plate with the tying run at third base and the winning run at first base. With the Rockies giving away Eric Young, Sr. bobbleheads, and having Young, Sr. throw out the first pitch, it almost seemed like it was meant to be.

However, the perfect story line wasn't meant to be. EY, Jr. grounded out harmlessly to J.J. Putz, the Diamondbacks closer, to end the game with the Rockies losing 5-4.

Despite the Rockies taking two of three in the series, they played with fire in all three games and finally got burned on Sunday.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Attitude change goes a long way for the Colorado Rockies

Jorge De La Rosa looks like he is back.
Many people in baseball believe that a manager is the most overrated position in baseball. Tell that to the Colorado Rockies and be prepared to be laughed at.

The Rockies, winners of eight straight and dominating at home, have made a complete 180 degree turn in attitude from 2012 to 2013.

On Saturday the Rockies held on, fingernails missing, to a 4-3 victory. Every run ended up mattering as closer Rafael Betancourt made things scary before wiggling off the hook with the bases loaded and one out in the 9th to record his seventh save of the season.

Those who watched the entire 2012 Rockies season knew one thing, the team played selfishly. They didn't move runners over in key situations, they didn't hit the ball on the ground when they could score a run, they would swing for the fences when the should have looked for a pitch to simply put in play.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Jhoulys Chacin injury will bring the Colorado Rockies their first test

The Rockies might get a big test if Chacin is out for a while.
Seven wins in a row and the talk isn't about how this Colorado Rockies team is defying the odds.

If the noise the Rockies are making wasn't muffled enough by the Denver Nuggets heading into the NBA Playoffs, it was completely muted when starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin reached for his back in pain after throwing his 100th pitch.

The Rockies ace, the pitcher who everyone forgot was so good, was in the midst of one of his most dominant outings, when what looks like a strained oblique got in his way, and might set the club back significantly.

Chacin had been phenomenal. He didn't allow a Diamondback base runner until the 4th inning, and was sailing along when the oblique injury occurred. His slider had the same bite that he displayed in the minors and showed briefly in the big leagues. It was more like a curveball with a 12-6 break than a true slider. Whatever the pitch, it had a ton of movement and was fooling Arizona batters.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Colorado Rockies continue to defy the critics

Jon Garland has been a great pickup so far for the Rockies.
Six. That number is significant for the Colorado Rockies.

On Thursday, in 28 degree weather, the Rockies won their sixth straight game. In 2012, a year ago, the Rockies accomplished that feat exactly zero times. They won five straight, but never six.

On April 18th, the Rockies also reached another milestone. They achieved their 11th win of the season, putting them at exactly one-sixth of their overall win total in 2012. To say that the Rockies have started off hot would be a huge understatement.

The Rockies lineup did it again on Thursday, bashing out 17 hits, three solo home runs, and a total of 11 runs to notch the victory, giving the club a sweep, even if the four game series won't technically conclude until sometime later in the summer, when the temperatures are much more conducive for baseball.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Early conclusions on the job that Walt Weiss is doing for the Colorado Rockies

Has Walt Weiss been up to the task so far in 2013?
The high school coach with a one-year contract to be the manager of the Colorado Rockies has come out of the gate with a 10-4 record.

Walt Weiss came out of nowhere, almost literally, to be the manager of the Rockies in October after Jim Tracy resigned after a 64-98 record that was due, in large part, to his incompetence and excuse making.

Tracy clearly had issues with the front office in Colorado. In fairness to Tracy, they had handcuffed the manager. In June, general manager Dan O'Dowd instituted a 4-man rotation where each starter was limited to 75 pitches. A "piggyback" starter was designated before the game to come out of the bullpen and throw 50 pitches in an effort to get the game to the back end of the bullpen.

The idea was crazy. It didn't work, and frankly, was never accepted. No one faulted the Rockies for thinking outside the box. The issue that most had with the club wasn't that they were trying something different, but that they were doing so to make excuses for their lack of talent on the mound.

Cold can't stop the Colorado Rockies in sweep of Mets

Is it time to start believing in the 2013 Colorado Rockies?
Call them gritty, call them resilient, call them relentless, call them anything in that you want, but the time has arrived to quit calling them a bad team.

On April 16th, late into the night, the Colorado Rockies became just the third team in all of Major League Baseball to record their 10th win in the 2013 season.

The Rockies pulled out a big win in the first game of the doubleheader. They overcame two home runs by David Wright, a mediocre start from Juan Nicasio, and temperatures more fitting for a Broncos game than for the boys of summer.

Game two was even colder, the start from Jeff Francis was even less dominating, and the deficit the team had to overcome was even greater. However, the Rockies didn't shrink in the weather, they ignored the cold and meticulously whittled away at the Met's lead and made it happen.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Todd Helton homers to give Colorado Rockies a sweep of the Padres

Todd Helton led the Rockies to victory.
There are plenty of quiet critics on Sunday afternoon.

Todd Helton stepped to the plate in the top of the 7th inning with the game still scoreless. Jorge De La Rosa had done his job, giving the club glimpses of what they had seen in 2009. The lefty gave up just two hits, while walking two and striking out seven.

Go back through the Twitter timelines to Friday night. Following a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, many angry fans took to Twitter to criticize the Rockies grizzly veteran. Helton had started the season 2-for-21, an .095 batting average, through the team's first nine games. Frankly, his at-bats warranted the criticism. Helton looked like a guy who was had seen his best days end long ago.

However, follow Helton throughout his career and one thing is very evident. When Helton falls into a slump, he doesn't come out of it in a small way, he collects a bunch of hits all at once. On Friday he looked more comfortable at the plate, going 3-for-4, and continued on Saturday going 2-for-4. Sunday Helton, as expected, was given the day off. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning, Walt Weiss decided to send Helton to the plate with one out and Chris Nelson on second base to hit for De La Rosa.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Colorado Rockies, Wilin Rosario smash their way to victory in San Diego

Wilin Rosario has shown immense improvement in 2013.
Who says Petco Park is a pitcher's park? Wilin Rosario and the Colorado Rockies begs to differ.

On Saturday night, the Rockies continued to be the Padres nightmare, putting up nine runs in a park that is more accustomed to 2-1 games than 9-5 games. However, when the Rockies high-powered offense rolls into town, the ballpark doesn't seem so big.

Rosario drilled a two-run home run that landed in the first row of the second level deep into left-center field. At Petco Park, very few balls go that far in batting practice, let alone during a game. The bomb was the first hit in a big night for Rosario. The catcher notched four hits to go along with three RBIs.

The Dominican catcher quickly showed in his rookie season that he was a good enough hitter to be a regular at the big league level. However, much like many young hitters, Rosario lacked patience at the plate and got himself out on many occasions. So far in 2013, Rosario's growth has been incredible. He is not only working the count better, but he is also hitting the ball where it is pitched. His home run on Saturday night was pulled, but his single in the 5th inning was a hard smash to right field. He also knows when he needs to simply get the bat on the ball and drop in a hit. He did that twice on Saturday.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Colorado Rockies ride Dexter Fowler to comeback victory in San Diego

Fowler has been a huge surprise.
Who is this guy?

Dexter Fowler, suddenly a guy more fitting of the cleanup role, launched two home runs on Friday night, both of which came when the game was tied, helping the Rockies to a 7-5 victory at Petco Park in San Diego.

It defies reality. Fowler has always been talented. He was one of the most highly touted prospects in Rockies history. However, he wasn't highly thought of because of his power. The skinny center fielder was known for his speed, for his defense, and overall athleticism. He was never thought of as a guy who would hit for power.

Both home runs were absolutely crushed. The 9th inning home run off of Huston Street was to the deepest part of the park, well into the night when it is nearly impossible to hit a ball out of Petco Park. In fact, the ball was hit so hard, there was no doubt that it was leaving the yard.

What is baffling is that Fowler's power is coming from the left side of the plate. Less than two years ago, there were plenty of Rockies followers (myself included) who believed that Fowler should give up switch hitting because he struggled so mightily from the left side. He hit better from the right side, and frankly, he looked lost from the left side. His swing was loopy and the inside slider got him seemingly every time.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GUEST POST: Dexter Fowler's hot start helps bring hope back to Colorado Rockies fans


The beginning of a fresh baseball season inspires hope in just about everybody: fans, coaches, players, agents, managers, and owners. Everyone peripherally involved feels hope towards April baseball games in a way that very few aspects of life can equal.

Dexter Fowler helped propel the Rockies to a hot start.
It’s another chance. No matter how putrid a team was the previous year, by the time Opening Day arrives everyone forgets about it and moves on. The slate is wiped clean.

This isn't to say reasonable expectations aren't placed on every single franchise, and that pressure is nonexistent. But for the many teams projected by common sense to fall on their face, the new season is a time to play fearless ball. There’s no anxiousness, only excitement.

This is how the Colorado Rockies have approached the 2013 season, and it shows. Microscopic sample size and elementary strength of schedule aside, they’re playing phenomenal baseball, fifth in the entire league in run differential (+2.0 per game) after the first week, after many believed they’d struggle.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Colorado Rockies fail to show up for finale in San francisco

Jeff Francis got shelled on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Welcome back to earth, Colorado Rockies fans.

After a heartbreaking loss on Tuesday night, a game in which the Rockies had a chance to build off of, the team suddenly looked much like the 2012 Colorado team that was hardly watchable. Jeff Francis looked like the guy who couldn't get a big league job a year ago, and the offense let Barry Zito continue his dominance against them.

The result was a 10-0 drubbing from the World Champions. It was an example in what a good, well-refined team can do. It was also a reminder to the Rockies and their fans of just how far away they are.

With a 5-1 start, there was no reason for anyone who cheers for the Rockies to not be excited. They were playing with a different sense of urgency. It looked like things were going to be different. The offense was so good, coupled with the starting pitchers throwing better than advertised, and a downtrodden fan base was suddenly revived with hope.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Colorado Rockies blow big lead, big opportunity in San Francisco

The Rockies have lost eight straight at AT&T Park.
It looked like the Colorado Rockies had finally broken through.

The Rockies put up five runs in the 2nd inning of Tuesday night's game against Tim Lincecum and the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants. That isn't a typo. The Rockies, who in year's past have scored five runs in an entire three game series at AT&T Park, were well on their way to a victory.

That victory was snatched away from them as they played a game that was all too reminiscent of a team that lost 98 games a year ago. With a 6-2 lead, the Rockies pitchers walked hitters, their defense failed to turn routine double play balls, and their manager made questionable late-inning decisions.

The result was a 9-6 loss, extending the Rockies San Francisco misery, making it eight straight contests they have lost by the bay.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Different year, same story in San Francisco for Colorado Rockies

De La Rosa was good, but made one big mistake on Monday.
If you've seen the Colorado Rockies play in San Francisco once, you've seen them play there 100 times.

Different years, different teams, same results. Over and over again.

The story essentially writes itself. A pitcher's duel where the Giants take an early lead followed by the Rockies scrapping a run or two across to get close, followed by an inning where the Rockies have a chance before the meat of the lineup waves at bad pitches and either strikes out or grounds out weakly. The Giants then add a run late, making the runner that the Rockies get in the 9th inning less important than he would have been an inning prior.

Who needs to stay up late to watch the end of another west coast game when the result is the same?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Colorado Rockies continue to impress in series sweep of the Padres

Jhoulys Chacin was phenomenal on Sunday for the Rockies.
It might be easy to forget, but at one point, Jhoulys Chacin was an extremely highly touted prospect coming up through the Colorado Rockies system.

Chacin made his debut in July of 2009 and showed potential. He had a biting slider and a changeup that dropped off of the table. Chacin struggled with command, but those who watched him knew what his potential was.

After showing signs of brilliance, while being overshadowed by the success of Ubaldo Jimenez, Chacin somehow managed to slip off of the radar for most baseball fans. He showed up to spring training in 2012 with a chance to be the ace. However, those chances were deflated when general manager Dan O'Dowd made comments that Chacin had gained too much weight in the offseason and didn't work hard enough. Eager to prove O'Dowd wrong, Chacin tried to pitch through a hurt arm. After struggling early, the Rockies discovered nerve damage in Chacin's right pectoral muscle. His season was basically shot.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Colorado Rockies continue early season roll. defeat Padres 6-3

Jon Garland made an impressive Colorado Rockies debut.
So far, so good for the Colorado Rockies.

The team is officially done with the first time through their starting rotation. Who would have guessed that the Rockies would be 4-1? The interesting thing is that none of the Rockies wins have featured the offense climbing back into it. Every win has come, in large part, because of a strong effort from the starting pitcher.

On Saturday night it was newcomer Jon Garland's turn. If Garland was even slightly intimidated by pitching at Coors Field, he didn't show it. The former All-Star, making his first start since June 1st of 2011, pitched six strong innings. He gave up two earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Colorado Rockies open Coors Field with a bang

Jeff Francis sliced and diced his way through the Padres.
Don't tell Jeff Francis that pitching at Coors Field is impossible.

The crafty lefty showed during Friday's home opener at Coors Field that his dominant spring training was no fluke. He used his 85 MPH fastball and his slow, big-breaking off-speed pitches, to lull the San Diego Padres to sleep.

In all, Francis pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked only one. His six innings of work came on 97 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. The only run Francis gave up came in the 1st inning after Evereth Cabrera reached on an infield single, stole second base, then scored on a soft single to left field from Jesus Guzman.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fans swarm to Coors Field for Colorado Rockies Opening Day 2013

There is nothing like Opening Day.
It is a celebration that never gets old. It is the unofficial end of winter and beginning of spring.

Regardless of what the Colorado Rockies record was the previous season, fans flock to Coors Field to be a part of the Opening Day celebration. It is the most accepted day to play hookie from work and head down to the park. It is the day when everyone wants to be there to see the rosters announced, the flag unfurled and the National Anthem sung as fighter jets streak across the sky. There is simply something special about Opening Day that cannot be described.

The restaurants and bars around LoDo do a great job of helping keep the atmosphere festive. Even though only 50,000 fans can go to the game, at least twice that number head down to the restaurants to take part in the atmosphere. In recent years, the weather has done it's job, bringing blue skies and temperatures in the 70's for the past six years.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Colorado Rockies win series in Milwaukee by playing home run derby

Wilin Rosario launched his first home run of 2013.
The Root Sports camera panned to Dante Bichette at the perfect time. The brand new Colorado Rockies hitting coach was laughing as he watched Dexter Fowler trot around the bases in the 9th inning.

The Rockies centerfielder had just hit his second home run of the season, both off of Brewers closer John Axford. The solo shot, immediately following Michael Cuddyer's two-run pinch hit bomb, gave the Rockies a four run cushion and secured the series victory.

Fowler's home run was also the eighth home run that the Rockies hit in the series. Had Carlos Gomez not robbed Carlos Gonzalez of a solo shot in the 6th inning, it would have been the club's ninth home run in three days. The Rockies also logged 41 total hits in the first three games.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Colorado Rockies notch first win of 2013 behind dynamic duo

Troy Tulowitzki homered for the 2nd time in as many days.
The Colorado Rockies picked up their first win of 2013 with an 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The win came in the fashion that the Rockies are going to have to make routine in order for the season to be successful. Despite struggles from Jorge De La Rosa, the Rockies lineup continued to hit, piling up runs and giving the pitchers enough cushion to work with.

Tuesday night gave the Rockies a glimpse of what they were missing from May 30th on in 2012. For the second consecutive day, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez both deposited home runs deep into the seats. Tulowitzki's home run came in the 3rd inning, with Gonzalez's coming in the 5th inning.

Tulowitzki's home run came after the Brewers had scratched across their second run of the game, giving them the lead. Gonzalez's home run answered a Ryan Braun home run to give Milwaukee a 4-2 lead that tied the game up.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Colorado Rockies begin 2013 with heartbreaking loss

Despite a no-decision, Jhoulys Chacin was good on Monday.
As many positives as the Colorado Rockies had on Opening Day, the result was the same that the team saw 98 times in 2012.

Jonathan Lucroy sent the festive crowd home happy, sending an Adam Ottavino pitch deep enough to center field to score Rickie Weeks from third base, giving the Brewers their first win of the season in exciting fashion.

The result was a loss, something this franchise has become so accustomed to. There were plenty of mistakes to go around, starting with Chris Nelson not picking up his third base coach as he ran through a stop sign and got caught between second and third base when Wilin Rosario was held at third base on Dexter Fowler's 4th inning single.

Walt Weiss made his first questionable decision, removing Matt Belisle after he threw one pitch to get out of the 7th inning and going to Wilton Lopez, who gave up a game-tying double to Aramis Ramirez, in the 8th inning.