Rockies Magic Number

Friday, May 12, 2006

Definitely NOT one for the record books.

Date: 5/12/2006
Position: 1st NL West
Games Back: --
Magic Number: 127

Matt Holliday extended his hitting streak to 7 games, and drove in the first run of the game.

Luis González hit a solo shot in the 9th.

And those were all the runs the Rockies scored.

Jason Jennings pitched 5 2/3 of excellent ball, only allowing 3 hits and 1 run (solo shot by Craig Biggio).

And then hell broke loose.

After a Biggio single and a Berman single, Jennings worked his way to a 2-2 count against a fighting Morgan Ensberg, Jennings threw a fastball in that barely missed the outside corner. Thinking he had gotten the strike, Jennings jumped off of the mound, only to realize that the ump hadn't called anything, and the count was now full. Hoping to catch the corner this time, Jennings threw a nice pitch to the outside of the plate...

And Ensberg rocketed it to left.

Jennings then gave up another run on 3 straight hits before Hurdle pulled him in favor of Scott Dohmann. Dohmann finished the inning, grounding out Adam Everett, but the score was now 5-1.

Dohmann then proceeded to give up 2 more runs in the 7th.

In the 8th, Mesa gave up 2 more before being pulled himself, and left one aboard for Mike Lamb's 2-run shot off of Tom Martin.

Despite giving up a solo shot to Luis González, Trever Miller was able to preserve the remaining 10-run lead to get a win for the Astros.


This was not a game where the Astros simply outplayed the Rockies. The Rockies simply stunk.

Nevermind Jennings' 5 earned runs. Jennings was DOMINATING Houston batters until that Ball 3, and then it was over. I sincerely believe that had Jennings struck out Ensberg to finish the inning, he would have pitched into the 8th.

Not that it would have done any good.

The Rockies left 11 stranded today.

5 of them belonged to Barmes.

The Rockies could have blown this game open by the 4th, but poor batting resulted in only 1 run scored in the first 8 innings. The pitching of Fernando Nieve was merely good enough to close down the 2-out batter. Which, really, is all you need. No, this was a case of poor, poor batting.

And tomorrow, it doesn't get any easier.

Aaron Cook (3-3, 3.51) squares off against Roy Oswalt (5-2, 3.62), in what should prove to be a well-fought battle.

Cook, in his last outing, went 8 innings, giving way to Fuentes with 2 aboard in the 9th.

Oswalt was lit up, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) in 4.2IP.

Here's to hoping that he repeats his performance.

As for now, it's time to cut this update short. Good night, Good Luck, and Go Rockies!


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