Thank heavens for Justin Morneau.
The slugging first baseman is proving to be one of the most valuable signings of the off season as he hoisted the struggling Rockies upon his shoulders and delivered a six RBI game. A three run homer off a left hander in the bottom of the fourth inning vaulted the Rockies into the lead, 6-4, and a two run, bases loaded, two out single provided necessary breathing room in the seventh inning. At the end of play, the Rockies put ten markers on the board, cruising to a 10-5 lead.
Jorge De La Rosa was the victim of some bad luck and his own missed play, but powered through seven workmanlike innings. He gave up five runs, but one run was unearned (his own throwing error), and another was a total screw-job as the umpires botched a call when a baseball nicked Matt Holliday on the basepaths. Holliday scored when he should have been out.
Jorge earned that Peralta home run though. That was crushed.
Still, DLR gave the Rockies' 'pen some much needed length, and his last two innings were his best of the game. Good job Jorge.
Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson are proving to be quite the dynamic duo at the top of the lineup, reaching base seven times in twelve trips. Wilin Rosario continues to heat up with a couple base hits. Even Ryan Wheeler produced a couple knocks and two RBIs. The only Rockie who can be said to have a bad game was Brandon Barnes, who was struggling to catch up to fast balls, but at least he produced a highlight reel catch in the ninth inning (another solid frame for LaTroy Hawkins).
Drew Stubbs his a pinch hit dinger that almost cleared the Rockie Mountains.
It was a little obnoxious that our two best relievers, Rex Brothers and Adam Ottavino, had to white-knuckle the eighth inning with a three run lead. No one seems to have the shut down stuff anymore. Regardless, Otto produced the key strikeout with the bases loaded to preserve the game.
Good game to get off the slide, the Rockies showed good heart here. Gotta love Justin Morneau.
DICK WATCH: 2014