Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Charlie Blackmon Homers, Helps Rockies Preserve 7th Shutout

Rockies 6, Cubs 0 (boxscore)

Winning Player: Charlie Blackmon

Blackmon had solid day at the plate with his third career home run and another run scored.

He also had a key play in left field where he threw out Joe Mather at third base trying to advance on a flyball, which kept the Rockies 7th shutout intact as the tag was applied before Josh Vitters could touch home. Really a fantastic throw that almost had you wondering if Carlos Gonzalez was out there.

Honorable Mentions: The entire Rockies pitching staff.

Drew Pomeranz's Line: 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 84 pitches (51 strikes)

The opponent has to be taken into consideration, but this is still a pretty solid performance for Pomeranz. Granted, the three walks are a bit high, but to see him work a little deeper and put up nothing but 0's overrides that. And really, any step that isn't directly backwards is a positive for Drew as he wraps up this highly disappointing season.

Bullpen's Line: 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Alex White handled the 6th and 7th, striking out two while allowing two hits. That qualifies as his best outing/appearance since shutting out the Dodgers for four innings back on Aug. 7. Rob Scahill then maintained his spotless ERA with two scoreless frames. He allowed two walks and had a runner reach on Andrew Brown's error, but induced two double plays to keep things clean. He's looked very impressive in five appearances.

What's Next: The home finale comes your way at 1:10 on Thursday afternoon. Well, that's assuming Mother Nature cooperates, because she's made her feelings about the Rockies and Cubs pretty clear through these first two games.

Anyway, if there's baseball we'll get one final home look at Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.73). He'll be opposed by Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.22), who you'll recall broke a 24-start winless streak by defeating the Rockies in August.

Fun Fact: The Rockies are bad... Thank God they aren't this bad.
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