Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Josh Outman Starts Are Fun!

Rockies 11, Nationals 10 (boxscore)

Winning Player: Edwin Jackson

Only kidding. It's Tyler Colvin, who led the Rockies offensive attack with four hits (just a double shy of the cycle) and five RBIs. But he certainly wasn't the lone Rockie to have a productive afternoon. Dexter Fowler, Marco Scutaro, Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Nelson all contributed three hits apiece as Colorado pounded out an even 20 on the afternoon.

But I definitely will give Edwin Jackson an honorable mention. The Rockies absolutely brutalized E-Jax into submission during their glorified batting practice exhibition that would make even Jeremy Guthrie and Alex White cringe. But I guess we shouldn't be too surprised considering Edwin entered the game with a 13.91 ERA against the Rockies in SIX career starts.


Turning Point: The Rockies blew a 7-0 second inning lead and a 10-9 ninth inning lead because winning convincingly and on time apparently bores them. But it's OK, because Marco Scutaro sent the crowd home happy with a two-out, walk-off single in the 11th inning after a seven-pitch at-bat.

Way to go, Marco!

Highlight of the Night: Watch Marco Scutaro's game winner

Josh Outman's Line: 3 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 67 pitches (41 strikes)

Well, Outman should have no beef with the offense. They have staked him out to 11-1 and 7-0 leads over his last two starts, yet all he has to show for that is 7 2/3 innings of total crap, one unintentional shoulder bump with the manager and zero wins.

I vote we replace him with Drew Pomeranz soon, or maybe even one of the youth campers from Tuesday. Frankly, I'll take any replacement aside from Guthrie, White or Guillermo Moscoso.

Bullpen's Line: 8 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 9 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

I can't say enough about the bullpen. Especially the guys like Josh Roenicke, Adam Ottavino and Matt Belisle, who are seemingly out there every single day, and many times throwing multiple innings.

Today it was Ottavino getting the win, and he absolutely earned it by pitching scoreless 10th and 11th innings with five of the six outs coming on strikeouts.

What's Next: The National League East leading Nats are leaving, here come the cellar-dwelling San Diego Padres out of the National League West, led by former Rockie Jason Marquis (3-7, 5.67).

For the Rockies, it'll be Jeff Francis (0-1, 7.23), who I'll go and predict will get his first win of the season. First pitch is 6:40.

Final Thoughts: Robbing home runs isn't as easy as Mike Trout made it look last night. But it's pretty much impossible when you get yourself trapped against the wall and can't get more than a foot off the ground.


But hey, Rockies win!

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