2 in a row, I smell a streak coming!
Position: T-4th NL West
Games Back: 3.5
Elimination Number: 96
Great game tonight for the Rockies. Josh Fogg was solid in his 6 IP, allowing only 1 run while striking out 4. Scott Dohmann allowed the second run, and David Cortes and Ray King pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th.
The bats came through tonight. The Rockies rallied for 10 hits, scoring 9 runs. Holliday, Helton, Barmes, Torrealba, and Choo Freeman combined to bring all 9 runs across the plate. The only player in the starting 9 who did not have a hit was Josh Fogg.
After 4 innings of shutout ball, both teams drove a run across, bringing a 5th inning standoff at 1 run apiece. The Rockies then unleashed all hell, driving in 8 more runs in the next 2 innings, while completely disheartening the Nationals - namely Alfonso Soriano, who threw back run-scoring singles with a dejected face.
Tomorrow night, Byung-Hyun Kim (3-4, 4.84) will make his 9th start of the year against Tony Armas (6-3, 3.48). Kim is averaging almost 5 strikeouts a game, Armas less than 4. A big point for Kim tomorrow will be to limit the number of bags he gives up on walks. Kim is notorious for walking himself into dangerous situations, but, more often than not, also getting himself out of those situations. Armas has a history of getting roughed up by the Rox (7.48 ERA in 7 games), and the Rockies' bats have been hotter as of late. Here's to hoping that the recent tear will continue.
In other news, Luis Gonzalez has been optioned to Colorado Springs after being brought off of the DL, and he will work on his batting skills and rehab himself into a solid infielder, ready to relieve Barmes or Carroll at a moment's notice.
On a down note, Mike DeJean will be receiving season-ending shoulder surgery this week. DeJean has been experiencing tightness and pain in his shoulder, which just won't seem to go away. So rather than risk career-ending injury, DeJean will go under the surgeon's knife in hopes of a better 2007.
So for now, this writer will sign off, in hopes of another glorious Rockies victory in our quest to take back the NL West. So until then, Good night, Good Luck, and GO ROCKIES!!!!!