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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Back after such a long absence

Date: 5/17/2006
Position: T-2nd NL West
Games Back: 0.5
Elimination Number: 123

Bob Apodaca made an early trip out to the mound tonight.

Byung-Hyun Kim started tonight's matchup by walking Rafael Furcal, letting him steal 2nd, walking Kenny Lofton, and then walking Nomar Garciaparra to load up the bases with no outs, and then gave up the game's first run to JD Drew right after that.

And interestingly enough, that was the only run the Dodgers could manage.

7 innings, 5 strikeouts, and no further runs later, the Rockies led 5-1.

Hawpe had a career-tying night with 4 RBIs (1 on a single, driving Holliday in in the 2nd, and the other 3 on a homer that scored Holliday again and Helton), and Matt Holliday went 4-4 with 2 runs scored.

The Purple Glove has started getting his groove back. He pitched a strong 8th, striking out one, and giving up one hit on a double to Aybar. Scott Dohmann finished the 9th in similar fashion, giving up a deep triple to Martin, but not allowing him to reach home.

And they only left 5 on as a team.

An interesting, if not decent, start from BH Kim, and some good batting to complement it.

As many of you may be asking as well as I, When did Coors Field become a pitcher's park? The trend is seeming to be big pitching duels, and that is very very strange for the thin air of Colorado.

As a down note, Clint Barmes' batting average has dropped to .208. Clearly unacceptable for a starting SS. Suggestions? Bench him, start Jamey Carroll. Also, utilize Smith more at 2nd. Hell, bring up Stewart, see how he can handle SS.

As a preview, tomorrow Jason Jennings (2-3, 5.05) will start the third game against Dodger no-neck ace Brad Penny (3-1, 2.66) in this back-and-forth series. Look for Penny to walk 3, strike out 4, give up 6 hits and 2 ER. Expect Jennings to strike out 5, walk 2, give up 4 runs on 8 hits. I'm banking on the LA bullpen to tank.

Well, it's late, and I hate the computer I'm using. So for now, Good night, Good Luck, and GO ROCKIES!!!


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