Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: A Rare Sunday Recap!

That's not to say there wasn't some of the usual Sunday crap on display, but the Rockies overcame it! 

Here's how. 

Rockies 4, Brewers 1 (boxscore)

Winning Player: Jeremy Guthrie needed a good outing this afternoon after struggling through his first two starts at Coors Field.

Needless to say, he came through.

Guthrie's Line: 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 101 pitches (55 strikes)

The ball-strike ratio wasn't sparkling by any means, nor was his groundball-flyball (7-5), but Guthrie somehow managed to avoid a significant threat all afternoon and notched his second victory of the season.

I'd provide more analysis but I'm not exactly sure how to explain his success today. And sometimes it's better to not over analyze and just accept results. So there they are. Good enough.

Turning Point: Jim Tracy avoided using Matt Belisle in last night's loss. I didn't quite understand the thought process in that situation, but at least it paid off this afternoon as a fresh Belisle was able to clean up the mess — 1st and 2nd, no outs — left by Rex Brothers in the eighth.

And we're not talking about cleaning up at the bottom of Milwaukee's order here. Belisle had Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart staring him down, and he retired all three to keep it a 3-1 game. Just a beautiful piece of pitching to shut down a potential game changing inning.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Brewers 4-22-12

Saturday night's Recrap: Tracy, Bullpen fall apart in seventh

Colorado Rockies (7-7)

  1. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  2. Tyler Colvin (CF)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Jason Giambi (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  8. Jonathan Herrera (3B)
  9. Jeremy Guthrie (P)
This Sunday lineup is fine. Dexter Fowler still hasn't found himself at the plate despite his early home runs, so why not run Tyler Colvin out there? Chris Nelson is hitless on the road in 14 ABs and was an easy to predict sit today. And Todd Helton is Todd Helton. I think Tracy has handled him very well early on.

Milwaukee Brewers (7-8)
  1. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  2. Nyjer Morgan (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  5. Corey Hart (RF)
  6. Mat Gamel (1B)
  7. Alex Gonzalez (SS)
  8. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
  9. Yovani Gallardo (P)
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