Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Obviously The Dodgers Need More Help

That, or the Rockies are inexplicably locked in right now or the Dodgers have terrible timing. These first two games have not even been close.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 4 (boxscore)

Winning Player: Wilin Rosario (3-for-4, 22nd home run., three RBI)

He's officially no longer a rookie hitter. He's a professional hitter and he's getting better all the time. Exciting!

Andrew Brown also contributed three hits for the Rockies, which establishes a new career-high for him. Josh Rutledge, Jordan Pacheco and Charlie Blackmon each had two hits in the attack.

Turning Point: The Rockies jumped out 4-0 and never looked back in this game. However, the Dodgers did have one opportunity in the 4th where they loaded the bases with no outs against Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood responded by getting a double play ball off the bat of Adam Kennedy. Then, after an intentional walk to A.J. Ellis, Chatwood blew away Chris Capuano to kill the rally. That's how you prevent a turning point!

Tyler Chatwood's Line: 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 80 pitches (51 strikes)

Chatwood worked in the strike zone frequently and again found success because of it. His work in the Kennedy at-bat mentioned above was especially impressive, and the young righty appears to be getting more comfortable dealing with traffic (Miami start aside) and confident in his ability to pitch around it. I remain convinced he'll be a solid contributor in 2013.

What's Next: The Rockies can sweep with the Dodgers with a win on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05. Left-handed Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.78) will hope to follow in the footsteps of Chatwood and Jeff Francis and make it a complete sweep for the starting rotation as well. He'll be opposed on the hill by Joe Blanton (8-12, 5.02).

Final Thoughts: Congratulations to Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu for tying an MLB record for his position with 12 assists. He became only the 10th second baseman to reach that number and is the first to do so since 1986. Damn cool, and further evidence of how good Chatwood was in this game (8-1, groundball-flyball ratio).

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