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Rockies 4, Padres 2: Rockies follow their calling card (pitching) to win first home series

The Rockies bullpen has been sneaky good this season.
The Rockies bullpen has been sneaky good this season.

For having a quirky wind-up and electric stuff, Ubaldo Jimenez (2-0) can be remarkably consistent.  

In the Season Opener Monday, the Rockies' ace tossed up six innings, 6 K's, 8 hits, 1 walk and one earned run.  Today, Jimenez tossed up six innings, 7 K's, 7 hits, 3 walks and one earned run.  That'll do, Chief.  Jimenez' ERA stayed steady at a glittering 1.50.  

Miguel Olivo also turned in a repeat performance, hitting a home run off of Tony Gwynn's glove in center in the fourth for his second home run.  His first came Wednesday, a deflection off of Ryan Braun's glove in left.  The scoring opened in the third inning, when Troy Tulowitzki roped a bases loaded single to right-center off Jon Garland (0-2).

3 - 3


Won 1

Pyth W-L:  4-2


The bullpen relieved Jimenez and continued their sterling work.  Manuel Corpas, Randy Flores, Matt Daley and Franklin Morales (Save 2) combined for three hitless innings, capped by Morales' 1-2-3 save in the ninth inning, his second save in as many chances.

A couple quick points:

  • For all of you bellyaching about the Rockies bullpen - they have allowed just one run in their last 14.1 IP.  That isn't a misprint.  The bullpen has a 2.23 ERA this season so far.
  • The rotation's ERA is 3.74, and the overall staff comes in at 3.16.  There's been a lot of negativity in Game Threads.  Let's not dismiss the positives.
  • Carlos Gonzalez left the game with a tight left hamstring after scoring on Tulowitzki's single in the third.  There is no word yet on what his status is for Tuesday's game.  Dexter Fowler replaced him, tripling and scoring in the fifth.  The hit was of particular note, as it came from a slider down and in from the left side, his greatest weakness.
  • Troy Tulowitzki dropped a groundball in the 5-6 hole for an error that led to San Diego's second run.  Melvin Mora committed an error on a routine ground ball to second.  We are on pace for 162 errors.  Yay!
  • Ubaldo Jimenez in the postgame:  "It wasn't pretty today.  I was behind in the count and battled all day."  Uball has a 1.50 ERA and is 2-0, and we haven't seen him even close to his best yet.  National League beware.
Roll Call and WPA after the jump.



WPA Heroes:

Ubaldo Jimenez (+.135): 6.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 K, 3 BB: 0-for-2, R, K.
Troy Tulowitzki (+0.073): 1-for-4, 2 RBI
Miguel Olivo (+0.056): 2-for-4, HR, RBI, R

WPA Zeroes:

Ian Stewart (-0.074): 1-for-4
Seth Smith (-0.015): 1-for-3, RBI

Row Call

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