Saturday Night Fever – 4/7/07

So Wednesday was get out of town day for the Rocks, and they definately came through with an offensive explosion to end the series with a bang. The game was fairly close, with the Rockies up 4-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. A huge offensive inning followed, and we ended up going into the ninth with a an 11-2 lead. Fuentes was warming up, and we were thinking he’d have his first save opportunity of the season, but he ended up sitting down after the runs started pouring in, and Rockies fans got to see Taylor Buchholz in action for the first time this season. He gave up a couple of cheap runs, but at that point the game was pretty much already in hand.
A few quick observations from the game:
– Rodrigo Lopez looked very solid. He had a 6 pitch first inning, and made probably one bad pitch all day, which Eric Byrnes took deep .
– The offense finally put together a good inning and showed the type of threat the should pose night in and night out. If I’m a pitcher (especially one from the National League West) that has to go against that lineup on a night when they’re on, I might pee my pants.
– Hawkins didn’t scare me the whole inning he pitched for the first time in three games.
– Carroll looked solid, and hopefully while he’s playing the super utility role he’ll get to start every few games.
– I hope Ianetta will be able to keep it together and play well. but if he struggles for more than a couple days it looks like Torrealba will definately be able to fill in and hit well.
– Lastly, Baker has a chance to go for a pinch hit cycle the next game he gets into. (Baker just plain looks awesome at the plate, and I definately don’t mind having a backup outfielder who can mash as well as the starters.)

I’d like to take a moment now to touch on last night’s game. I didn’t get to see a whole lot of it, (The restaurant I was at had one small tv at the end of the bar, but they decided Braves-Mets was a whole lot more worthwhile. I mean we are still in Colorado after all. Makes total sense to me…) but Hirsh definately had a strong season debut. His final line was something like 6 2/3 innings, 8 strikeouts, 6 hits, and one bad pitch which Termel Sledge took yard in the fifth.

Hirsh struck Adrian Gonzalez out on an absolutely filthy change in the top of the fourth. He looked really solid tonight. I can’t say how well he’ll pitch the rest of the year, (being as this is the first time he’s gotten lots of playing time in the bigs) but if he throws close to how he threw last night we will definately have a have a very solid rotation. Both Hirsh and Lopez located very well in their first starts, threw first pitch strikes, and really didn’t mess around. It’s only been one start for both, but I’m very psyched on both decisions as it currently stands.

– Taveras can’t get a hit to save his life, but when he gets on he looks: probable to steal a base, and virtually a lock to score a run.
– Holliday is definately hot right now, and he’s showing the form that made him an All-Star last year.
– Matsui went 3 for 4 on the night, and his first three hits were two infield singles and a triple. He’s definately bringing the speed on the basepaths we need from our early hitters, and unlike Taveras, he’s making contact and getting on base every game.
– Hawkins is starting to look like he might be able to set things up for Fuentes without blowing too many games in dramatic fashion, like opening day. (I’ve still got my fingers crossed on this one, and I definately need to see him pitch some more, but the last two games he’s looked solid.)
– My last observation on the game concerns T-Rex, or as he’s known to baseball fans outside of Colorado, Brian Fuentes. My roommate told me when I walked in today that the reason he ran in on Mike Cameron and hit him, and gave up the two run homer to Khalil Greene, was that three runs was much too easy for him. He needed to give himself a challenge, and he definately settled down and put down the last three batters in a row. I know I was definately never worried after the home run, because he has shown over the past two years that he is a monster in the ninth inning.

Anyways, to wrap up tonight’s entry, game time is in about 30 minutes, and I’m super excited. Will Fogg be able to keep pace with the two new entries in rotation? Will our offense be able to get to Wells? (We know he won’t be drunk since he has been recently been diagnosed with diabetes.) The word’s just coming out that Baker will be making the start in right in place of Hawpe, and I’m definately excited for his first start of the season.

Next post hopefully coming soon.

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