Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Eight Run 10th Was A Thing Of Beauty

Rockies 12, Tigers 4 (boxscore)

I'm admittedly running out of gas after writing six posts for Big League Stew in a little over 24 hours, but how could I not muster up the energy to write about the Rockies snapping their eight-game losing streak overall, and their nine-game losing streak in interleague play.

Winning Player: Chris Nelson

Nelson was the pacesetter for the offense with his RBI triple in the 3rd and his two-run homer in the 4th. Both hits gave the Rockies a lead, the second of which came right after the Tigers had scored three in the 3rd to take the lead themselves. Those are big time contributions from a guy I've honestly been ready to give up on for a while now, and may not even be here this weekend had Troy Tulowitzki returned as scheduled.

Good for you, Nelly. Hope you stay hot and keep earning your spot.

Turning Point: The entire 10th inning was gorgeous. Every damn person in the lineup did something to contribute, including laying down good bunts, drawing walks, productive outs, and then it was all capped by the back-to-back home runs from Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

I'm telling you, when this offense clicks, it's a fun thing to experience.

When this offense clicks and the pitching doesn't embarrass themselves, it's even more fun.

Highlight of the Night: Watch the Rockies 8-run outburst in highlight form

Jeff Francis' Line: 5 1/3, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 94 pitches (55 strikes)

If you get this line or better out of Francis, you have to feel pretty good about your chances to win. We know he's not going to step in and clamp down a spot atop the rotation (or even a spot at the bottom if the Rockies were to even get healthy) but if he can consistently represent himself as an upgrade over the Jamie Moyer's and Guillermo Moscoso's, he's filling his role and a plus signing.

Bullpen's Line: 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 K

Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle (2 IP) and Rafael Betancourt were marvelous.

Screengrab of the Game
I get it. Cokeheads. Phil Coke. Wooooo... Detroit.
And there's Carney Lansford enjoying a... coke?
What's Next: It'll be Christian Friedrich (4-2, 5.85) against Doug Fister (0-3, 3.15), who returns from the disabled list after a month long absence. First pitch comes your way at 4:05 in Detroit, 3:05 at the Townsend residence and 2:05 in the mountains.

Final Thoughts: Tired. Sleep. Let's win two in a row.

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