Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rock Solid Recap: A Good Enough 10

I'm sure you'll read a number of "Perfect 10" headlines tonight and tomorrow. I would rather avoid such a cliched headline in favor of a more honest one.

Perfect? No.

Good enough? Times 10.

As Joey Nowak tweeted...

It’s the September #Rockies version of Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go right, will go right. Ten times in a row.

Jason Giambi (Highlight)

Unreal. He wasn't the most popular Rockie on this blog or anywhere around Denver the first portion of the season, but as we get deeper into this playoff chase, he shows his worth as an aging source of instant power and late inning production.

Whatever you're paying him... it all becomes worth it when he wins you not one, but two baseball games with walk-off home runs.

Jonathan Herrera

Alright... so he needed a Kelly Johnson error to reach base in the 9th inning. But the bottom line? He reached base in the 9th inning and ultimately scored the winning run. He's always in the middle of something good. That's what happens when you understand your limitations and just put baseballs in play.

Jhoulys Chacin & Esmil Rogers (Highlight)

Definitely a bump in Chacin's road to pitching stardom. He will get there, but we can clearly see what is holding him back right now. Command and efficiency. But it's nice to have another young, talented arm like Esmil Rogers ready to back him up. His two innings were the key to the Rockies stealing the win.

Rest of the Pen

Joe Beimel, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street = Splendid!

The Spilly Double (Highlight)

THAT right there is why Coors Field has high scoring games. All of these uninformed and whining writers/fans/players/windbag announcers for other teams need to learn that the humidor does what it's designed to do. It hasn't faltered once since it was put into service. What hasn't changed and what might never change (leaving open the possibility they move the fences in someday) is how large the outfield is.

Baseballs are going to drop in that you won't see at any other stadium. That's what adds up to more runs. Has nothing to do with the baseball itself. Please take the time to learn this!

The Crowd

Awesome.  You folks who were out there today were absolutely awesome.  Love that and I definitely appreciate that!  


The San Diego Padres visit Coors Field. The same Padres that had about a touchdown lead on the entire NL West two weeks ago come in now tied for first, with another hungry and red hot squad right on their tails.

Wonder who that team is?

Jeff Francis vs Cory Luebke

Lineup Card: Rockies vs Diamondbacks

Finish off the snakes!

Rockies Lineup (78-64)
  1. 2B  Young
  2. CF  Fowler
  3. LF  Gonzalez
  4. SS  Tulowitzki
  5. 1B  Helton
  6. 3B  Mora
  7. RF  Smith
  8. C    Iannetta
  9. P    Chacin
Nice to see Gonzalez is feeling better.  

Diamondbacks Lineup (57-85)
  1. SS  Drew
  2. CF  Young
  3. 2B  Johnson
  4. 1B  LaRoche
  5. C   Montero
  6. 3B  Reynolds
  7. LF  Allen
  8. RF  Parra
  9. P    Kennedy