Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Rockies Bats, Bullpen Carry The Load

Rockies 6, Braves 0 (boxscore)

Winning Players: The Bullpen 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K

Another dominant performance from the Rockies bullpen with Carlos Torres leading the way again in the piggyback role. He allowed three hits over three innings while striking out three and continues to be, along with Adam Ottavino, the most pleasure surprises on the pitching side this season. Torres then gave way to Rex Brothers, who was flat filthy in two innings, striking out four and walking one. Matt Belisle put the finishing touches on Atlanta with a strong 9th.


Turning Point: Well, since only one team scored, I'd say the first run of the game was very important. That was produced by the bat of Carlos Gonzalez, who connected for his 22nd home run.

One inning later, Jordan Pacheco would hit his 4th of the season to make it 2-0. That was also very important.

Then again, you could easily argue the disastrous double play that killed a potential rally for Atlanta in the 6th inning was the most important of all important plays.

I think Fredi Gonzalez stole a page from the Jim Tracy playbook with that call. What in the blue hell was he thinking?

Drew Pomeranz's Line: 3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 72 pitches (43 strikes)

Not sure what you can say other than Pomeranz was fortunate Atlanta didn't touch him up for 3-4 runs early, and 72 pitches is way too damn many for three innings. At some point I just want to see this kid allowed to pitch every fifth day with no pitch count restrictions and see what developments from it. Unfortunately, that's just not going to happen this season, and apparently it won't be happening next season, either, which is sad.

Highlight of the Night: We've seen the Rockies at their worst far too often this season, so every once in a while it's nice to see the opponent at their worst. That was certainly the case for Atlanta in the 8th, as they turned  this D.J. LeMahieu single into a two-baser error and a run for the Rockies.

What's Next: Tuesday was a good day for the Rockies. I wonder what Wednesday will bring? This much we know for sure. The game will again start at 5:10. And the pitching matchup will be Alex White (2-7, 5.58) against Mike Minor (7-10, 4.79). Kinda looks like a crapshoot to me.

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