Rockies 19, Astros 3
Well, good grief, just when I think the Rockies have fallen to the absolute depths of embarrassment, they do something like this. Namely, set a franchise record for hits in a game and runs scored in a road game. With the lineup still missing the three guys I declared this morning that they could not win without.
I stand gladly corrected. I'm not going to say a single thing about this game's implications for the future success of this team. I'm just going to enjoy it all on its own merits and be happy that it happened.
Specifically, I am very happy about the following.
1. Kevin Millwood. This guy is such a total class act. I desperately want him back in a Rockies uniform next year, whether he actually pitches or not, just so he can rub off on some of the other guys. What he did today is exactly what a starting pitcher should do following a tough outing. Don't make excuses, come back, do what you know how to do, and do it well. In Millwood's case, he did 7 innings, allowing 1 unearned run and 3 hits. He also hit a 2-run home run in the 6th. Considering that's his second home run this year and before that he hadn't hit once since 2002, I'd say being a Rockie agrees with him. And I agree with that.
2. Seth Smith. 3-for-5 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. And one of the outs he made was a long fly ball that allowed Eric Young to advance from 2nd to 3rd. I realize Smitty hasn't been perfect these past few weeks, but surely this makes up for it at least partially. The Free Seth Smith movement remains alive and well.
3. Kevin Kouzmanoff. 3-for-5 with a career-high 5 RBIs. Also, the man hit 2 home runs when previously he'd only had 5 on the year. Since he hit #5 in this series as well, clearly something about Minute Maid Park is working for him.
4. Jordan Pacheco. 3-for-5 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. You can't ask for anything more than that from him, and he's delivered something similar in nearly every game. He also played both first base and catcher and did very well at both.
5. Ty Wigginton. 3-for-5 with an RBI and 4 runs scored. He also had both the Rockies' extra-base hits that weren't home runs. AND he did not strike out, or for that matter make the final out of any inning. It was a very un-Wiggy-ish day, but I will take it.
6. Chris Iannetta. Just 2-for-5, but one of his hits was a 3-run home run. And it's kind of amazing that he can hit at all since Wilin Rosario has gotten all but a few of the starts at catcher lately.
7. Tommy Field. 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. And he's still playing a pretty mean shortstop. This kid is definitely the one who has most pleasantly surprised me this September. Not sure if he should make the 25-man in April, but he should definitely be considered.
The Broncos wish they'd had the Rockies offense today. They would have beat the Tennessee Titans, who only managed to put 17 points on the board. I don't know that a day will ever come when we can be proud of more than one of our sports teams at the same moment, but I am proud of my Rockies in this one.