Loss moves Cards into two way tie
The Colorado Rockies hoped to continue their success after sweeping the San Diego Padres last week but the St. Louis Cardinals, playing for their playoff lives, managed to hold off the Rockies before taking the lead in the 4th inning when Carlos Martinez doubled in two runs.
The win moves St. Louis into a two way tie with the SF Giants for the second NL Wild Card spot.
“It really helped that I was helping my cause,” Martinez said through a translator. “Not only my cause but also the team. I knew that the minute that the game was tied, we were going to come back a lot more aggressive and a lot more positive to be able to have the outcome that we had.”
Tyler Anderson started out shaky giving up runs to Martinez and Randall Grichuk who slammed his 23rd home run but recovered by the fourth inning to strike out seven. He gave up eight hits and five runs, two of them earned with no walks.
“Tonight my focus was to try to get ahead, try to throw a lot more strikes than I did last time, and stay out of hitter’s counts,” Anderson said.
Game two kicks off at 7:40 at Coors Field. Taking the mound for your Rockies will be LHP Jorge De La Rosa (8-8, 5.22 ERA) while the Cards will send out Adam Wainwright (11-9, 4.51 ERA). Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Colorado Rockies!
Begin Series with Padres tomorrow
The Colorado Rockies became victims of the worst team in NL West as the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Rockies in three straight games with an astounding combined score of 34-19. It was the first series sweep of the season for the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
“Their offense shows up against us,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “Once they got rolling, it was tough to stop them.”
“It took long enough,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said in reference to finally getting a home sweep. “We’d have liked to have done it earlier, but the guys are playing hard. We talk to them a lot about keep playing nine innings, keep playing hard, and they’ve never stopped. Even during the tough times, the losing streaks, they’ve never stopped playing hard.”
The Rockies will have a day to lick their wounds before welcoming back the San Diego Padres to Coors Field. The last meeting between the two teams ended up splitting four games.
Tickets for the series, which begins tomorrow, are still on sale . Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still to be had so grab a friend and get out to help cheer on your Colorado Rockies in their last nine home games!
Bettis tosses first complete game for Rockies
Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis tossed the first two hit shutout for the team since June 2009, striking out seven batters (one short of his career high) with no walks via 103 pitches in a 6-0 win over the San Francisco Giants in his first complete career game.
“I think in the third or fourth is when I had a really good feel for my curveball and changeup,” Bettis said when asked when he realized he was in a groove. “I was just trying to do everything I could to give us a win.”
Carlos Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the 3rd against Matt Moore, the Rockies third in this home stand. The rest of the scores also came in the third.
“The boys looked a little flat,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We got to find a way to come out of this thing. We couldn’t generate anything. Their guy pitched great, I’ll give him that. But at the same time, we’ve been in this for a little while, and it’s time for us to wake up here.”
Game two of the three game stand kicks off tonight at 7:40 at Coors Field. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Colorado Rockies to victory!
The Atlanta Braves (33-63, 5th NL East) came north to take on the Colorado Rockies (44-51, 3rd NL West) looking for a little better luck than they had against the Cincinnati Reds but things have not worked out that way yet.
Led by Carlos Gonzalez’s three run home run off of starter Mike Foltynewicz in the sixth inning, the Rockies got four more runs between the seventh and eight innings to seal the Braves’ fate.
“We’ve been facing some pretty good arms, but not being able to score runs was frustrating,” Gonzalez said. “When I hit that home run, I kind of looked angry. But I was pumped up, because I knew (Chad) Bettis was doing a tremendous job. Not scoring runs, I took it personally — he was doing his thing, we’ve got to be able to do our things.”
“You can’t fall behind one of the best fastball hitters in the game, and you especially can’t pitch around him at that time because the bases would be loaded,” Foltynewicz said. “You’ve just got to tip your cap. He was waiting for the inside fastball and he turned on it.”
The Braves will look to draw even tonight in game two of four but will have to face SP Jon Gray (5-4, 4.33 ERA) who tossed seven scoreless innings against 29 batters in the last meeting against them. Gray will go up against Julio Teheran (3-8, 2.79 ERA) who also pitched seven scoreless innings in his last outing.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Colorado Rockies this weekend.
Rockies fall to Giants before heading home
The Colorado Rockies (38-46, 3rd NL West) were hoping to capitalize on their 7-3 win Tuesday night but the San Francisco Giants’ (54-33, 1st NL West) Brandon Belt had other plans, and he implemented them early, popping out an RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning. This allowed the SP Johnny Cueto to come out and calmly work his magic, shutting out the Rockies in nine innings.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game,” said Jorge De La Rosa, who lost both of his starts during the Rockies’ 1-5 road trip despite allowing just five runs in 14 innings. “I just had to keep the game close and wait until the guys start swinging the bats.”
The Rockies return home to face the Philadelphia Phillies in a four game series kicking off at 7:40 tonight. Chad Bettis (6-6, 5.85 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Rockies and will match up against Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.31 ERA). Bettis has gone 4-1 in his last five starts. Morgan is starting in place of Aaron Nola.
Tickets for the series are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Colorado Rockies!
After having missed the first 60 days of the season due to a domestic violence suspension, SS Jose Reyes made his return to the field with Triple A Albuquerque. He also made it known that Trevor Story was in his way.
“The only thing I control right now is being here and trying to get ready as soon as possible,” Reyes told a pool of reporters, “in the Isotopes dugout before a game against Fresno on Wednesday night. “I know Trevor has been doing an unbelievable job. That’s good to see. When you see a baseball player as a young man come to the big leagues and perform the way he is, that’s good to see.”
In an online poll to fans, 96% (909 votes) of 941 respondants wanted Story to stay as the starter.
The Rockies host the Cincinnati Reds one last game before heading out to West Coast to face the San Diego Padres. Tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Colorado Rockies.
Jordon Lyles to start today
The Colorado Rockies’ season opener is today and kicks off against the San Diego Padres at 3:10. Starting the game will be Jordan Lyles, who started only 10 times last season due to a toe injury.
Finally Rockies fans will be able to witness the newest MLB star, Trevor Story, who has blasted his way into the history books becoming the only rookie in the MLB Modern Era to homer in his first three games. His team is not too far behind with a total of 10 homers in the last three games. If Story gets even one home run in this series, he will be the fastest player to ever get there that fast. Hopefully the home crowd will witness history!
“Opening day is special it always is,” Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss told 9 News on Thursday. “We’ve been in the desert a long time — a couple of months — so touching down in Denver was quite sweet.”
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and be there to witness history in the making.