Winning Players: The offense... again
The offense continued sizzling on this night against the surprisingly effective 2012 version of Chris Capuano. The boxscore was pretty to look at with Dexter Fowler contributing three more hits (two runs, two RBI), Michael Cuddyer touching the plate four times (home run included) and Wilin Rosario delivering the knockout punch with a three-run 6th inning homer.
There wasn't a single hole in the lineup among position players, and that was ultra-important given the piggyback pitching plan going into this game.
Josh Outman's Line: 3 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 55 pitches (37 strikes)
Couldn't ask for much more out of Outman under the circumstances. A very effective line.
The Bullpen's Line: 5 2/3, 3 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K
The walks and two runs belonged to Carlos Torres (two innings). Adam Ottavino (1 2/3 - 0 R), Matt Belisle (1 IP - 1 ER) and Esmil Rogers (1 IP - 0 R) closed it down efficiently.
The big downers from the weekend were obviously the left knee injury suffered by Juan Nicasio in this game and Jorge De La Rosa's second minor setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery . You don't need me to tell you how thin the reinforcement line for starting pitching is, yet we're forced to dig just a bit deeper with Jamie Moyer officially out of the picture and these two developments. Not to mention the extra strain it put on the bullpen with Josh Roenicke, Matt Reynolds and the returning Rex Brothers forced to throw multiple innings.
That strain on those guys is not likely to be relieved any time soon, and the revolving door will continue spinning as we await the return of Drew Pomeranz and maybe even Jeff Francis, who was released by Cincinnati on Sunday.
Winning Player: Alex White
I never expected to name a Rockies pitcher with five walks the winning player, but Alex White worked well enough around his misfires to give Colorado a very solid outing and earn the title.
Alex White's Line: 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 101 pitches (58 strikes)
Not only did Alex White work into the 7th inning, he brought a shutout with him to that point, only to lose it after a James Loney walk and A.J. Ellis home run. That almost blows my mind. The low number of strikeouts also worked against Alex, but the 13 groundball outs will save your ass every time, and White got the sinker on target when he needed to.
Highlight of the Game: Watch D.J. LeMahieu kill a Dodgers rally with this webgem
Final Thoughts: Very happy with the Rockies results over the weekend. Any time you can take a series from a division rival, you feel good about it. That's especially true when it's the hottest team in the division and the one you've struggled with the most over the past few years. Damn good weekend. Even better homestand.