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Rockies 3, Marlins 2: Rox eek out first one-run win of 2009

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New bullpen combo shuts the door

Record 12-18
Pyth Rec 15-15
Pace 65-97
Last Year 11-19

It had to happen eventually.  The Rockies (12-18) were 0-8 in one run games coming in but pulled out a win Sunday 3-2 over the Florida Marlins (17-15).

Aaron Cook (2-1) pitched six innings and allowed both runs in his final inning.  He allowed four hits and four walks and committed a throwing error which led to an unearned run.

Clint Hurdle turned to a 7-8-9 combo of Matt Daley, Alan Embree and Huston Street.  They threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one base-runner despite some anxious moments.  Embree allowed two warning track flyballs, and John Baker doubled off Street with one out in the ninth.

For the second straight day, the Rockies' offense was led by a trio with two hits.  For the second straight day, Troy Tulowitzki and Seth Smith were part of it.  Tulowitzki homered to right in the first inning and singled to right.  Todd Helton followed that with a towering triple off the scoreboard and scored on a sac fly by Brad HawpeAaron Cook scored on a Todd Helton double to center for the winning margin.  All three runs were scored off Florida starter Chris Volstad (2-2).  Box Score

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WPA Heroes:
Huston Street (.168), Aaron Cook (.151), Troy Tulowitzki (.114), Todd Helton (.090), Seth Smith (.082).

WPA Zeroes:
Dexter Fowler
(-.068) and Omar Quintanilla (-.062)


Notes

Rockies hitters finished just 2-for-28 with RISP in the series, 1-for-7 today...

Garrett Atkins went 0-for-4 with a K, 5-3, 6-3 and L5.  As he has done in every career slump, he is pulling the ball way too much.  In a related note, the only Rockies hit that was pulled today was Todd Helton's near home run off the wall in the first.  All other hits, including Brad Hawpe's sac fly, were hit to center field or the opposite field...

Troy Tulowitzki had two hits in his third consecutive game and has a 1.234 OPS since being moved to the two-hole last Wednesday.  He also tweaked his left quad late in the game.  With the off day tomorrow, he may not miss any games.

Hanley Ramirez finished the series 9-for-13 with 5 runs and 4 RBI...

After Omar Quintanilla got his first start today, only three MLB players have yet to get a start that have been on their MLB roster since Opening Day - John McDonald (TOR), Brett Carroll (FLA), and Greg Norton (ATL).   Omar was 0-for-3 with a BB and K.

The team wearing black won all three games of the series.  Luckily, our next opponent doesn't wear black...


Forecast

The Rockies have an off day tomorrow and then will face Houston Tuesday at Coors Field.  Russ Ortiz has been pulled from his start, so Ubaldo Jimenez' opponent will be Felipe Paulino

 

Rowbot Roll Call

pierzynskirules, mkorpal, fantasyfencing, Silverblood, coolopotamous, Rockie4Ever, The Lodo Magic Man, RockiesMagicNumber, djmbluemoon, Rox Girl, WolfMarauder, RdRnnr, TuLoRocks2008, Jabberwocky, Foxhole Atheist, nodakroxfan, FlyAway, holly96, FooMan, Redhawk, befizzle, frightenedinmate#2, TehChamp, GoRoxGo and myself are all witnesses.