Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Rockies Snap Losing Streak. Jim Tracy Just Plain Snaps.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 0 (boxscore)

The Colorado Rockies won a baseball game with pitching!

Holy crap!

Winning Players: The pitchers!

Drew Pomeranz's Line: 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 7 K, 84 pitches (48 strikes)

Pomeranz dealt with a ton of traffic (mostly his own doing) but worked around it nicely, especially in the 1st when Los Angeles had two on with nobody out. Pomeranz calmly struck out Matt Kemp with some high heat, retired Hanley Ramirez on a soft grounder, and then finished it off with a strikeout of Juan Rivera.

I really thought at that point he would settle in and rattle off 5-6 good innings. Instead, he battled hard just to finish four scoreless. I guess if you want to bottom line it the scoreless part is the most important thing, along with his ability to dominate (good) hitters under pressure, but I still have a difficult time drawing real conclusions when he's being forced out there every four days.

Adam Ottavino's Line: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K, 46 pitches (30 strikes)

Ottavino's outings have been all over the place of late, but he really settled in nicely tonight and gets a win out of it. I'm happy for him. Now hopefully he ices his arm good for his next multi-inning outing.

Matt Belisle's Line: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Belisle's 97th appearance of the season was much better than his 96th on Sunday. He's such a pro.

Rafael Betancourt's Line: 1 IP and nothing but 0's.

Our weekly reminder that Betancourt's still on the roster and is still pretty solid.

Turning Point: When Eric Young Jr. gets on base and doesn't get picked off, he usually scores. He reached base twice tonight, including leading off the game with a single. He ended up scoring both Rockies runs and played like a professional pain in the ass and a difference-maker. Need more of this.

Highlight of the Night: HD-TV is LA? Guess not.

Screengrab of the Game

What's Next: The Rockies could win a series on Tuesday night... or Wednesday night even. But Tuesday comes first, so it'll be in Alex White's (2-6, 6.16) hands first. He'll be opposed by Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.76). Same time. Same channel.

Final Thoughts: I love Vin Scully.

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