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Carlos Gonzalez had an amazing May for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 4 June 2012 at 12:27 pm

26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had a huge month in June for the Rockies. Gonzalez played in 28 games for the Rockies in May and he was 40 for 114 (.351 avg, 1.145 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 11 doubles, 10 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 50 games for the Rockies and he is 67 for 202 (.332 avg, 1.031 OPS) with a major league leading 45 runs scored, 14 homers, 45 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The Rockies are really going to be leaning on Gonzalez with Troy Tulowitzki now on the D.L.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, Colorado Rockies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by admin on Tuesday 13 October 2009 at 10:04 am

What a incredible baseball game last night at Coors Field. Cliff Lee pitched an excellent game again yesterday but he wasn’t the winning pitcher. Ryan Madson followed Lee in the game and that’s when everything turned sour. He gave up a single to Jason Giambi which drove in the game tying run. Then Yorvit Torrealba came to the plate and hit a 2-run double to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th innings. With Rockies’ closer Huston Street on the mound the Phillies rallied to take the lead. Ryan Howard came up with 2 runners on base and 2 outs when he ripped a double into the right field corner driving in Shane Victorino and Chase Utley to tie the game. Jayson Werth then followed Howard to the plate and he got a single to knock him in with the lead run. That wasn’t the end of the game though as lefty Scott Eyre got two outs in the 9th inning but he left two runners on for Brad Lidge. Lidge then came on and struck out Troy Tulowitzki to win the game.

The Rockies played hard in this game and they had some hitters that really stepped up in this game.  Jason Giambi came up big time in this game as a pinch hitter as he singled in his only at bat driving in the game tying run.  He also scored on Yorvit Torrealba’s double.  Mr. October for the Rockies (Yorvit Torrealba) came up big as usual in this game as he was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs which gave the Rockies the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Carlos Gonzalez had another solid game as he was 2 for 4.  Todd Helton was only 1 for 4 in this game but he did score 2 runs and he knocked in 1 run. 

Ubaldo Jimenez was very solid in this game working the first 7 innings in which he allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs while whiffing 7 batters.  But, Huston Street blew the game pitching 2/3 of an inning in which he allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs.  He was the losing pitcher.

The Rockies lose this series 3 games to 1 to the Phillies.  So maybe the Rockies will do better next year but 2009 was a good year for them regardless of the outcome of this series.

Game #4: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:58 am

This is a rematch of Game #1 which was won by the Phillies as Cliff Lee pitched a complete game against the Rockies. The Rockies were said to have problems against lefty pitchers this season but they have smashed every lefty not named Lee of the Phillies. Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Scott Eyre are a combined 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP in this series. It will be interesting to see if this hot hitting carries over today against the Phillies and Lee. Ubaldo Jimenez will be starting this game for the Rockies who will probably have a quick hook with him if he gets into trouble in this game. He was the losing pitcher in game #1 working the first five innings and allowing 9 hits and 5 earned runs. The Rockies need this game or they won’t play again until March in Arizona.

The Colorado Rockies need this trio to help out on offense

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:54 am

Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton appeared to wake up with the bat last night but the Rockies need that to continue. Fowler is 2 for 10 with 2 RBIs in this series while Helton is 2 for 12 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. But starting 2B Clint Barmes has been truly awful so far in this series as he is 0 for 10. The Rockies need all hands on the deck as they face elimination tonight so these three guys need to step up.

Philadelphia Phillies 6, Colorado Rockies 5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:37 am

The Rockies lost a heartbreaker last night at home as Ryan Howard knocked in Jimmy Rollins in the 9th inning to break a 5-5 tie and then Phillies’ closer Brad Lidge worked a scoreless 9th inning to finish off the Rockies. Jason Hammel got pummeled by the Phillies in this game working the first 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed 4 hits, walked 3 batters and gave up 4 earned runs. But the bullpen kept the Rockies close until the 9th inning when the Phillies got to closer Huston Street. Street pitched the 9th inning and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1 batter and he allowed 1 earned run. He was the losing pitcher. The Rockies had quite a few batters swinging a good stick last night. It all starts with Carlos Gonzalez who was a beast in the leadoff spot for the Rockies. He was 3 for 4 with a double, homer, stolen base, 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Dexter Fowler followed him in the lineup and he was 2 for 4. Todd Helton had a solid game also as he was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Despite his bad year Garrett Atkins continues to swing a solid stick as he was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. The Rockies are now down 2-1 in this series with Game #4 later today.

The Philadelphia Phillies change starting pitchers for Sunday’s game

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 11 October 2009 at 8:16 am

The Phillies have decided to go with lefty J.A. Happ instead of Pedro Martinez in this game. Happ pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has been kryptonite to Rockies’ hitters this season. He has pitched in 2 games (1 start) against them and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP. He has only allowed 5 hits to the Rockies in 11 innings while whiffing 11 batters and walking only 2. Rockies’ hitters have a .139 batting average against Happ this season. It appears that the Rockies will have their work cut out for them today.

Saturday’s playoff game has been postponed until tomorrow

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 11:23 am

Game #3 of the Rockies/Phillies playoff series has been postponed until tomorrow due to rain. This might hurt the Rockies as the Phillies will likely bump Pedro Martinez and start lefty J.A. Happ. Despite beating Cole Hamels the other day the Rockies have had issues with lefty starting pitchers.

Game #3: Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 10:43 am

This is the pivotal game in this series with it all tied up at one game apiece. Righty Jason Hammel will start for the Rockies against Pedro Martinez of the Phillies. Hammel pitched in 34 games (30 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has pitched 2 games against the Phillies this year (1 start) and he was 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Hammel will have to tread lightly in this game as a few Phillies run up to the plate when he is on the mound. Raul Ibanez was 3 for 4 with a solo homer against Hammel this season so he will have to be very careful with him as he is already having a good series. Jimmy Rollins is 2 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBIs and Shane Victorino is 3 for 5 with a double this season against Hammel and they bat in front of the big boys on the Phillies so he must keep them off the bases somehow in this game. Finally, Pedro Feliz is 2 for 4 with a RBI against Hammel. Basically, the Rockies better have everyone ready in the bullpen in case Hammel gets off to a rough start. The Rockies will have to deal with a well rested Pedro Martinez in this game. Despite his age the man can still pitch. He started 9 games for the Phillies this season and he was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He did not pitch against the Rockies this season which likely benefits him. Brad Hawpe has had success against Martinez as he is 2 for 4 with a solo homer. The only other Rockies player who has had much success against Pedro is Udaldo Jimenez who is 2 for 3 against him in his career. Chances are very, very unlikely that Jimenez will bat against Pedro in this game. This game should be very interesting.

The Colorado Rockies have a couple of players really swinging good sticks right now

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 8:06 am

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and catcher Yorvit Torrealba have really been swinging hot sticks for the Rockies. Gonzalez has been really jump starting the offense from the top of the batting order in this series. He is 5 for 9 (.556 avg, 1.223 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base. The rest of the Rockies have to do a better job of bringing Gonzalez around the bases as he always seems to be on base. Veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba really stepped up with key hits the last time the Rockies were in the playoffs and he’s doing it all over again. He is 3 for 6 (.500 avg, 1.667 OPS) with a double, homer, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Torrealba’s clutch bat will likely keep backup catcher Chris Iannetta nailed to the bench. Still, Gonzalez and Torrealba are going to need more help with the bats if they are going to bounce the Phillies in this series.

Colorado Rockies 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 9:16 pm

The Rockies walked on the highwire in this game but they came out on top. Aaron Cook was just good enough to earn the win in his game as he worked 5 innings allowing 7 hits and 3 earned runs. Jose Contreras, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt and Franklin Morales got the game to closer Huston Street by working 3 innings and allowing 1 run (Betancourt gave up a homer to Jayson Werth). Huston Street make it exciting walking a batter and giving up a hit before slamming the door shut on the Phillies to earn the save. Yorvit Torrealba led the way for the offense as he was 2 for 3 with a run scored, homer and 2 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler were flip flopped in the lineup and they made manager Jim Tracy look like a genius. Gonzalez who led off the game for the Rockies was 3 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base. Dexter Fowler was 0 for 2 but he knocked in two runs. This series is now tied 1-1 as it shifts to Coors Field.

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