Monday, December 12, 2011

Rockies Retread - April 27, 1993

The Rockies finished up their first month as a team with an 8-14 record, in 5th place and 6 games out of first. (Remember the days when you could be in 5th place and only 6 games out of first? Smaller divisions was definitely the way to go.) There was nothing of the little engine that could about them. Even though certain superstars were beginning to emerge (Andres Galarraga's OPS for April was 1.082), the team hadn't quite cohered yet in a way that was allowing them to win games.

That didn't surprise anybody though. That's what happens when you throw together a random assortment of mediocre players from other teams who protected all their best guys and give them over to the leadership of someone they may not have ever met before. The fact that the Rockies made it to the play-offs as early in their history as they did is something of a miracle. So the 1993 season isn't one we should judge too harshly.

They had some great games, though, in which their potential was clear. One of those occurred on April 27th, against the Cubs at home. Butch Henry earned his first win of the season with a complete game in which he allowed just 2 runs on solo shots by Steve Buchele and Candy Maldonado (I thought baseball players who went by names like "Candy" disappeared along with the '70s, but it appears I was wrong). Both of these occurred in the 2nd inning. After that, Henry gave up 7 hits and walked 1, but he kept anyone else from scoring.

In the meantime, the Rockies' offense was tearing Cubs' starting pitcher Mike Morgan a new one, taking him for an 8-run ride over 3 1/3 innings. They got going early, with a 2-run single by Dante Bichette and a 2-run double by Joe Girardi in the 1st. A 4-hit, 3-run 4th inning sent Morgan to the showers with only one out, at which point he was replaced by Jose Bautista (no, not that Jose Bautista). He gave up a 2-run home run to Galarraga on the first pitch he threw. By the top of the 7th, with the Rox up 10-2, their win probability was 100% and remained so for the rest of the game, which was won by a score of 11-2.

Every Rockie including Henry recorded a hit, except Charlie Hayes, who went 0-for-4. He still managed to drive in a run and score two, though, so I don't think we can single him out as the only unproductive one in this massacre.

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