Saturday, June 18, 2011

Put the Tigers Back in the Cage

Rockies 13, Tigers 6

Just a few quick notes this morning.

Brilliant:

1. Carlos Gonzalez. He's on a 10-game hitting streak and last night he went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs. He also hit the Rockies' first home run in the lead-off spot this season. When he hit it, he let go of his bat the way he always does when he's sure it's going to go. I'm so relieved to see that confidence returning!

2. Chris Nelson. Just 1-for-5, but that 1 was a 3-run home run in the Rockies' big 2nd inning. It was his first major-league home run. He's hitting .306.

3. Charlie Blackmon. 4-for-4. Hitting .410. And one of his hits last night was a bunt that would have made Dexter Fowler cower in shame. I never want to see this man on the bench. Ever. For all eternity.

4. Ty Wigginton. He only went 1-for-3 but he also walked and reached on an error, and he scored every time he got on base. Way to hustle around the bases big guy.

4. Matt Belisle. He pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and worked around a pair of hits. He even came to the plate in the 7th and hit the ball pretty well. Magglio Ordonez caught it, but still. My favorite Matt of the day.


Got Away with Murder:

Jason Hammel: Hammel had one of his worst outings of the season, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks and only striking out 2 in 6 1/3 innings pitched. One of the hits he gave up was a grand slam to Jhonny Peralta. The bases were loaded by 2 singles and a walk. Those walks. Hammel also walked home the Tigers' first run in the 1st inning. No thank you Jason. However, he had a couple starts this season that he should have won, if the Rockies' offense had bothered to show up, so he can still have credit for this one. Also, he came to the plate with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 2nd, took 6 straight pitches, and walked to drive in a run. I admire him for being patient and not taking hacks at bad pitches. He could very easily have hit into a double play, and instead he kept the inning alive which ultimately allowed 5 more runs to score. And it erased the pain of walking in a run for the Tigers in the previous inning, because at least he didn't walk the pitcher.

Good job Rockies. Keep that interleague magic going!

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