Sunday, June 30, 2013

Drew Pomeranz struggles in 2013 debut for Colorado Rockies, offense not much better

Drew Pomeranz was unimpressive in his 2013 debut. 
It is ok to give credit to an opposing pitcher every now and then. But when a team with the offensive capabilities of the Colorado Rockies scores a total of eight runs in a three game series, it constitutes an offensive issue. On Sunday the Rockies lost to the Giants 5-2 on Larry Walker bobblehead day.

The Rockies didn't get a great start from Drew Pomeranz in his 2013 debut, but he would have had to be nearly perfect if he was going to pick up a win.

The left-hander, relegated to Triple-A to work out his command issues, showed exactly why he wasn't at the big league level, despite a rotation that was in desperate need of help from the get-go. On Sunday he only lasted 4-1/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He struck out five, but walked four and gave up two home runs.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Colorado Rockies gain more ground with walk-off winner from Nolan Arenado, Jorge De La Rosa gem

Jorge De La Rosa continues to dominate, despite a bruised thumb.
Nolan Arenado lined a single back up the middle, scoring Josh Rutledge from second base in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Colorado Rockies their fifth consecutive victory over the Giants at Coors Field.

On Saturday Arenado came through in the clutch, but when a team wins a game 2-1 at Coors Field, the star of the game isn't anyone who is paid to swing a bat.

Once again, as is becoming common place in 2013, Jorge De La Rosa was phenomenal on the mound. Maybe De La Rosa should make sure the bruise on his left thumb doesn't go away. He seems to be nearly unhittable when he is dealing with it while on the mound.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Jhoulys Chacin continues to be the pitcher the Colorado Rockies need

Chacin was brilliant again.
For the third straight outing, Jhoulys Chacin looked like a pitcher who no one in the National League is excited to face. He looks like a legitimate ace for the Colorado Rockies.

In a 4-1 victory, Chacin was an inning away from a complete-game shutout. He wasn't given the opportunity to pitch the 9th, perhaps because that move backfired on Walt Weiss two starts ago against Philadelphia, or perhaps because the Rockies don't want a pitcher to go over 100 pitches. Chacin fired 95 pitches in eight innings, 60 for strikes.

Rex Brothers came in with a four run cushion and closed out the victory, but not without allowing the tying run to step to the plate. With 38,000 fans holding their breath--and undoubtedly Chacin in the dugout looking on--Brothers induced Brandon Crawford into a game-ending ground ball to second base, giving the Rockies the win.

The pitching performance from Chacin was a fun one. It is one that Rockies fans haven't been treated to very often at Coors Field. A park known for runs, it is rare to see a pitcher slice and dice an opposing team. On Friday night, Chacin did just that. He induced 11 ground ball outs, while striking out three.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's desperation time for Colorado Rockies after loss to Mets

Belisle has struggled since Betancourt went down.
Enough with the talk that it is only June.

This homestand is crucial for the Colorado Rockies--and they started off on the wrong foot on Thursday, dropping the first of seven games at home to the weakest opponent that they will face, the Mets.

The Rockies have six more games before they hit the road, three against the San Francisco Giants, followed by three with the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. After a tough homestand, the Rockies hit the road for 10 games against their division rivals. They start in Arizona, then head to San Diego, then to Los Angeles for four games before finally hitting the much-needed All-Star break.

What that means is that the Rockies season is currently hanging in the balance. After their 2-7 road trip that could easily have been an 0-9, this team is falling back into old habits on the road that don't usually lead to many victories. If they don't change the momentum while they are at home, odds of them figuring it out on the road are slim-to-none.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Colorado Rockies struggles continue as Michael Cuddyer remains on fire

Michael Cuddyer deserves an All-Star appearance.
No one is more excited for a plane to touch down in Denver than the Colorado Rockies.

The baseball team that formerly looked like a contender ended a nine-game, three-city road trip on Wednesday after winning just two of the nine games in which they played. They now sit one game below .500.

Roy Oswalt, hailed as a hero to a struggling rotation, had his second consecutive less-than-impressive outing for the Rockies. It is early, and far too small of a sample size to make judgments from, but the veteran righty hasn't provided the boost that the Rockies have needed. With some definite signs of the old Oswalt, there is hope, but on Wednesday the results weren't there.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Juan Nicasio makes his case for the bullpen in Colorado Rockies loss in Boston

The Rockies have to act quick if they want to contend. 
The Colorado Rockies cannot afford to have Juan Nicasio continue to search for his stuff on the mound.

There are times when a pitcher doesn't have it. A bad night at the office, a bad game. Everyone is allowed those bad days. Every team is going to have games when their starting pitcher simply doesn't show up. Teams that have postseason aspirations, however, cannot afford to allow one starting pitcher to continue down that path time and time again.

The Rockies were shelled on Tuesday night, dropping the first game of a two-game mini series in Boston 11-4. They were doomed from the outset, Nicasio couldn't finish off batters and the Rockies couldn't dig out of a hole that continued to get deeper.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bullpen nearly blows big Colorado Rockies lead as Cuddyer stays hot

Michael Cuddyer should be in the All-Star conversation.
A win is a win. Especially considering the Colorado Rockies record on their nine-game road trip. On Sunday, the Rockies held on for a 7-6 victory over the Nationals after holding a 7-0 lead in the early innings.

Jorge De La Rosa, a bright spot in the Rockies 2013 season, worked six innings and gave up two runs. After walking the first Nationals batter of the game, it was clear that De La Rosa didn't have his best stuff. In years past that may have been a concern. The De La Rosa that the Rockies have had the pleasure of witnessing in 2013 has learned how to be a pitcher, regardless of having his best stuff.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jhoulys Chacin dominates again as Colorado Rockies end losing streak while wearing batting practice jerseys

The Rockies used their BP jerseys to bring some luck on Saturday.
Apparently the problem for the Colorado Rockies was their jerseys.

Baseball is a weird game, played by very unique people. No greater example of that can be seen than the superstitious beliefs that players hold.

On Saturday, with the Rockies mired in a five game losing streak that has seen them dive to fourth place in the National League West, starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin made an interesting decision.

In an effort to change the team's luck, Chacin decided that the Rockies would wear their batting practice jerseys in the game, instead of their traditional road grays or their purple tops in an effort to shake their bad luck at the plate and score a bunch of runs. Of course, as luck would have it, the Rockies offense scored three runs before Chacin took the mound.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Colorado Rockies offense remains MIA as losing streak grows

Tyler Chatwood was phenomenal again on Friday.
Call it a June swoon, call it what you will, the Colorado Rockies are in a heap of trouble.

On Friday night, the Rockies couldn't get out of their offensive funk, losing to the Nationals for the second night in row. This time they lost 2-1. The loss extends their losing streak to five straight games, planting them four games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League West lead.

The Rockies blew yet another phenomenal pitching performance. This time it was Tyler Chatwood who dazzled on the mound. The right-hander went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four. His only hiccup came in the 6th inning, where, with two outs he allowed a base hit to Anthony Rendon, then a run-scoring double down the right field line to Ryan Zimmerman.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Roy Oswalt shows some good, but some bad, in Colorado Rockies 4th straight loss

Roy Oswalt was better than his line showed in his debut.
The Colorado Rockies continued down the wrong path on an east coast road trip that is becoming a trend at least once a year for this franchise.

The Rockies lost to the Washington Nationals 5-1 in Roy Oswalt's Rockies debut.

With the anticipation of Oswalt, many will look at his line and point to him being a bust. The problem is, his line didn't tell the whole story of how he pitched. He went five innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. He struck out 11 and walked none.

The four runs and just five innings isn't great. However, focus more on the last part of that line. Oswalt struck out 11 without walking a single batter. The concern was whether or not he would have his velocity. He was living around 93 MPH, with the ability to get a little higher than that, and his command was phenomenal, walking none.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Canadian blues continue for Colorado Rockies as Blue Jays complete sweep

Roy Oswalt could provide the boost the Rockies need.
The last time the Colorado Rockies won a game in Canada, it was against the Montreal Expos.

The Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies on Wednesday, winning 5-2. The series that starts the longest road trip of the season for the Rockies might be a bad sign for this club moving forward.

No one would dare say that the Rockies haven't exceeded expectations in 2013. The fact that they sit just 2-1/2 games out of first place in the National League West is far  better than anyone ever could have thought at this point in the season.

However, despite the strong start, most Rockies followers have been wondering when the other shoe is going to drop. It is easy to wonder. This is a team that lost 98 games a year ago and did little to improve their starting pitching rotation. The lineup was going to be good, but the starting rotation was supposed to be brutal.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Colorado Rockies are simply pretenders until they lose loyalties

The Rockies are a better team if Jeff Francis is part of the past
not a part of the future.
This Colorado Rockies lost their best player last week. However, that didn't stop them from finishing the week just one-half game out of first place.

The prevailing feeling among Rockies fans is cautious optimism. Everyone wants to believe that the team that was 1/2 a game out of first place going into Tuesday's game is for real. However, something about this team makes even the most ardent supporters wonder if they are going to slip out of the race and take the position that they have become so accustomed to, dead last.

With a few exceptions, the Rockies have performed extremely well at the plate. They haven't been a product of Coors Field, they have been able to take their performances on the road, when compared with Rockies teams of the past.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Colorado Rockies get strong performance from Jorge De La Rosa in loss

Jorge De La Rosa was phenomenal on Monday night.
When your team is 1/2 a game out of first place, there is no such thing as a positive loss. However, if there was such a thing, it happened to the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

The Rockies left the country for the first time in six seasons, and in the process, accomplished something that feels like hasn't happened in another six years.

Jorge De La Rosa, following up a phenomenal performance from Jhoulys Chacin on Sunday, pitched nearly flawlessly in Toronto, shutting down the Blue Jays potent lineup for seven innings worth of one-hit baseball. The lefty looked like a dominant ace, making huge pitches when it mattered most.

The only problem with the game on Monday? The Rockies lost. De La Rosa was done after seven innings, giving way to Matt Belisle, whose workload may have finally got the best of him. Belisle gave up a bloop single to Maicer Izturis with runners at second and third, scoring both runs and giving Toronto all they will need.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chacin the Machine: Colorado Rockies get exactly what they need with performance from ace

Jhoulys Chacin gave the Rockies exactly what they needed on Sunday.
Look around Coors Field at the start of the 9th inning on Sunday and there were certainly long-time Colorado Rockies fans rubbing their eyes, wondering if they were being deceived by what they saw.

Jhoulys Chacin, the Rockies starter on Sunday, walked to the mound looking for the first Rockies complete game in nearly two years.

The righty didn't get his complete-game shutout, missing it by literally two inches as right fielder Michael Cuddyer couldn't reach a flyball off the bat of Jimmy Rollins. The double scored Ben Revere and ended the Rockies hopes for a shutout. After another single, which scored Rollins, Chacin's day was over. Rex Brothers sealed the win, finishing out the 5-2 Rockies victory.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

No doubt about Colorado Rockies being resilient, pitching still in question

Wilin Rosario broke out in a big way against the Phillies.
The Colorado Rockies have a message for everyone who has written them off since the Troy Tulowitzki injury.

Stop it.

A night after blowing a 7-2 6th inning lead, the Rockies didn't just come back strong, they came back with a vengeance, dropping six runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 1st inning and giving some wiggle room to starter Tyler Chatwood, who was pitching for the first time in 13 days.

The Rockies came back from a miserable night, one in which the team blew a 7-2 lead, and instead of wallowing in their sorrow, they came out with a point to prove.

Colorado Rockies blow another big lead in loss to Phillies

Juan Nicasio can't be trusted with any lead.
Welcome back to 2012.

The Colorado Rockies saw another large lead evaporate in front of their eyes on Friday night, something that is becoming all-too-common for them in 2013. This time, a 7-2 lead heading into the 5th inning turned into an 8-7 Phillies lead by the time the Rockies came to the plate in the 7th.

Unfortunately, it was all too predictable for the Rockies with starter Juan Nicasio on the mound. Even though he has been better in recent starts, his game starts to unravel after the 80 pitch mark, and particularly, the third time that a lineup see him.

On Friday night, the Dominican right-hander was doing great, giving up just two runs in the 4th inning, then settling down to get through a scoreless 5th. However, much like the last month, the wheels came off for Nicasio as he took the mound again in the 6th inning.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Colorado Rockies watch season go down the drain as Troy Tulowitzki goes down with broken rib

Troy Tulowitzki will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken rib.
The other shoe has dropped, Colorado Rockies fans.

For the better part of three months, Rockies fans have been thinking that something has to give. This was a team that struggled to beat the worst teams a year ago. They would routinely find new ways to lose in 2012, and they showed no signs of life.

It was baffling to Rockies fans when they made very few moves in the offseason, with the exception of having Walt Weiss fill the vacant managerial role that was left when Jim Tracy resigned, with very little persuasion from the front office to reconsider.

As good as it was early on for the Rockies, the feeling was always in the back of fans minds that the good start the team had enjoyed was a mirage. After struggling through the desert of despair for the majority of two seasons, it looked like there was a savory river to drink from, one that was oh so close. Instead, the reality that the river was a mirage set in on Thursday, and it came in the form of a swift kick to the gut.

What do Major League players do in the off-season?

How do baseball player spend their time off-season?

So from March to September every year Major League baseball players do nothing but train, eat, sleep and dream baseball. Training has to be kept up, regimes stuck to, team based activities aplenty, but definitely not time for letting off steam.

Doug Glanville, former Major League outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers has spoken about the down times in the offseason. The biggest difference, according to Glanville, is the sheer amount of time players suddenly have - plenty of time in which to think.

During the season there’s no time for anything and then off-season there’s way too much of it. He talks about players making random decisions and spending time doing totally different hobbies, like playing endless late night games of Texas Hold ‘Em and spending hours or days online playing canadian slots.

Boredom can be the enemy for players and they still have to maintain fitness levels so they’re ready to get back into full training come March. it wouldn't do much good to let themselves go entirely. Doug talks about how he used to move to Arizona or some other warm place during the winter and keep up the standard training routine. But even with that, it would leave plenty of time every day to do other things.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado offense flat in loss to Washington Nationals on day team says goodbye to Eric Young

Eric Young, Jr. isn't going to be easy to forget for many fans.
If Jim Tracy was still around he would have spent his five minutes with the media after the game tipping his cap to Washington Nationals starter Ross Ohlendorf.

The Colorado Rockies got owned by the Triple-A call-up on Wednesday night at Coors Field. The former Pittsburgh Pirate and former San Diego Padre gave up just two hits in six innings of work in his first big league start of the season. He went six innings, giving up only one run and paved the way for the Nationals to even out the series.

The offense couldn't figure out Ohlendorf's slider, which at times was very slow and very big. He kept the Rockies off balance and forced them to get under pitches, missing the sweet spot of the bat.

Tyler Colvin hits two home runs in first start of 2013 as Colorado Rockies gain ground in race

Tyler Colvin stated his case on Tuesday night.
Apparently Tyler Colvin knows how to make his case better than the guy he was traded for, Ian Stewart.

The Colorado Rockies outfielder, called up over the weekend after being optioned to Triple-A after a poor spring training, showed that he believes he should be at the big league level. On a hot night at Coors Field on Tuesday, Colvin made the most of his first 2013 start, launching two home runs, to help the Rockies win 8-3 over the Nationals.

Colvin's first home run came in the 5th inning, tying the game at two. It kicked off the scoring for the Rockies, who ended up putting five runs on the board in that inning, as Carlos Gonzalez added a three-run bomb to give the Rockies a lead.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fowler wins it with a walk-off again, Colorado Rockies have tools to make up for pitching

Dexter Fowler had his second walk-off hit in 8 days on Sunday.
Walk-off wins are fun. The Colorado Rockies are well-versed in those in 2013.

On Sunday, eight days after his last walk-off winner, Dexter Fowler delivered a big single back up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. It was the fourth hit of the day for Fowler, bumping his average up to .304.

The walk-off winner came after Carlos Gonzalez delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game. The double was a classic Gonzalez swing, drilling a pitch on the outer half of the plate down the right field line.

CarGo's only hit of the day was hardly his lone contribution. The left fielder flashed his leather on more than one occasion. He robbed a Kyle Blanks home run in the 5th inning, then in the 6th made another phenomenal catch with the bases loaded and two outs when Wil Venable hit a ball to deep left field, only to have Gonzalez drift all the way back, leap and grab the drive, saving Juan Nicasio and the Rockies at least two runs, and likely three.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Colorado Rockies fall just short, roster needs some shaking

Sorry Jeff, it's time for the Rockies to say goodbye.
The Colorado Rockies saw their chances at tying the game in the 9th inning on Saturday fade away with one quick grab by Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

Tyler Colvin, making his 2013 debut after a rough spring training landed him in Triple-A, hit a Luke Gregerson pitch as hard as he could with the tying run in scoring position and one out. However, Gyorko robbed Colvin of the hero honors. After Dexter Fowler looked over matched in a strikeout, the game was over and the Rockies were left hoping for a four-game series split on Sunday.

The Rockies fan base is going to have to be reminded of something several times throughout the 2013 season. Take a step back and view this team for who they are. This is a team that lost 98 games a year ago. They are making strides. They are a much better team, but there are going to be major speed bumps in the road to recovery.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Nolan Arenado caps incredible night with walk-off home run to beat San Diego

Nolan Arenado looks nothing like a rookie.
Jeff Cirilo, Chris Stynes, Todd Zeile, Garrett Atkins, Ian Stewart.

Those are some of the guys who held down third base for the Colorado Rockies. Some lasted longer than others. Some, like Stewart, had higher expectations than others. Some, like Atkins, had flashes of greatness, but suddenly fell off the map.

Regardless of the story, after Vinny Castilla departed Colorado, the Rockies were in constant search mode for someone who could hold down the hot corner long-term and play the game at a high level.

Nolan Arenado is making a case that he is that guy. On Friday night he looked nothing like a guy playing his 38th game in the big leagues.

With the Rockies pitchers doing their best to turn a laugher into a stunner, twice blowing six-run leads, Arenado saved the game. But he didn't do it just once. He didn't do it twice. Three times he made phenomenal plays at third base that saved runs, and helped the Rockies get out of jams.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Colorado Rockies lose in extras, but continue to battle

Wilin Rosario broke out on Thursday night.
These Colorado Rockies fight.

It doesn't always work out for the Rockies, as was the case on Thursday night against the Padres, as the Rockies lost 6-5 in 12 innings to start the four-game series on the wrong foot.

Despite the loss from the Rockies, this team displayed something that they have been consistently showing all season long. They don't give in. They don't quit fighting, and they believe that they can win every game that they play.

Rockies fans are still un-training themselves from the disaster that was the 2012 season. When the Rockies went down 4-0, those who have followed the Rockies in recent years are accustomed to them shutting it down and mailing in the rest of the game. Many times, that attitude dragged itself into the next day and resulted in back-to-back bad games.

Colorado Rockies may have gotten a steal with 1st round draft choice

The Rockies selected Jonathan Gray from Oklahoma with their pick.
Is it possible that there is a silver lining to a 98-loss season?

The Colorado Rockies may have found it on Thursday. Their horrible season afforded them the rights to the 3rd overall draft pick. The Rockies selected University of Oklahoma right-handed starting pitcher Jonathan Gray.

With the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs picking ahead of the Rockies, the top top pitchers in the draft, Gray and Stanford standout Mark Appel figured to be gone, leaving the Rockies to select 3rd baseman/1st baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki lead Colorado Rockies in home run derby, win in Cincinnati

Are CarGo and Tulo the best duo in the game?
Remember when critics of Carlos Gonzalez said that he was a product of Coors Field?

Try finding someone who will be critical of the talent that Gonzalez brings to the Colorado Rockies. They are nowhere to be found.

On Wednesday, the left fielder led the Rockies to a big win over a very good Cincinnati Reds team, helping them win a series in a park that is extremely difficult to win in. The Rockies head home for a 10-game homestand, the longest of the 2013 season.

The second home run that Gonzalez hit was a laser that landed 479 feet away from home plate near the top of the stands in right-center field. It is the longest home run hit so far in the big leagues in 2013, and amazingly, the longest home run of CarGo's career. Even longer than the walk-off blast he hit in 2010 against the Chicago Cubs to complete his cycle.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Troy Tulowitzki comes through in the clutch again, Colorado Rockies win in Cincinnati

Remember when Tulo wasn't a clutch hitter? He's one of the best now.
There isn't much to complain about when it comes to Troy Tulowitzki. Unless you are an opposing pitcher.

On Tuesday night in Cincinnati, the All-Star shortstop heaved the other 24 members of the Colorado Rockies onto his back and snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat. Tulowitzki tomahawked a full count fastball just over the left field wall in the 8th inning with Carlos Gonzalez on base to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead that would hold up.

It was another reminder of just how much the Rockies missed their best player a year ago. Those following the Rockies knew that things weren't looking good. The team had scored three 2nd inning runs, then couldn't buy a base hit. With Juan Nicasio on the mound, a three-run lead was almost certain to dissolve.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Colorado Rockies offense must live up to the spring training hype

The Colorado Rockies are hoping Chatwood's injury is minor.
It happens to every team, every year.

Good teams run into a good pitcher, or even a mediocre pitcher who has the night of his life, and that good team looks lost at the plate.

The Colorado Rockies had one of those nights in Cincinnati on Monday night. Eight innings of Bronson Arroyo and one inning of Aroldis Chapman was enough to subdue a lineup that had just seemed to find it's groove.

Make no mistake, Arroyo is a very good pitcher. He has more wins than any pitcher in baseball since he joined the Reds back in 2006. He has a parachute curveball that drops into the strike zone late, causing batters to lock up. His changeup is used properly, which compensates for his average fastball.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

De La Rosa overcomes Dodger blues with help of powerful offense

Dexter Fowler found his power stroke on Sunday.
Jorge De La Rosa had made 10 career starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his career. His team had never won a game against them. On Sunday, the lefty finally got over the hump, helping the Rockies to a 7-2 win.

That streak ended on Sunday as the lefty dealt seven strong innings, giving up only two runs. He gave up six hits and two walks, while striking out five. He threw 94 pitches, 58 for strikes. The two runs came on one bad pitch to Skip Schumaker, who barely squeaked a liner past a diving Carlos Gonzalez. Schumaker got greedy and tried to extend his two-run double to a triple, and CarGo promptly threw him out at third base.

The Rockies took advantage of the fact that they didn't have to face Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was scratched from his start, still dealing with a bruise on his ankle that he suffered in his last start. Instead, the Rockies faced Triple-A call-up Matt Magill, who was in over his head at Coors Field.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dexter Fowler comes through in the clutch as Colorado Rockies walk-off with win

Fowler delivered for the Rockies on Saturday.
It would figure that the Colorado Rockies would start the 10th inning with two outs before getting two runners on, when Dexter Fowler lined the first pitch he saw down the first base line, allowing Yorvit Torrealba to score from second base.

The Rockies have had a tough week at the plate. Since Monday they have seemingly had runners on base with less than two outs in every inning. The Rockies lack of success in those situations went from frustrating to maddening as the week went on and the losses piled up.

With a chance to win it in the 9th inning, the Rockies did it again, when DJ LeMahieu was given a gift by former Rockie Mark Ellis. The normally sure-handed second baseman dropped an easy ground ball hit by LeMahieu rigth at him. The error gave the Rockies a good shot as it gave Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer coming to the plate.

Three loud outs later, the Rockies were finished with the 9th inning and headed to the 10th.