Rockies Magic Number

Monday, June 26, 2006

Delayed Rejoicing

Date: 6/22/2006
Position: 3rd NL West
Games Back: 2.0
Elimination Number: 86

At the time of this writing, the Rockies are at 38-37, and 2.0 back from the Dodgers in the NL West. The Rockies, thus far, have comprised a 31-35 record against the NL, and 7-2 against the AL. So far in interleague play, the NL is losing pretty badly, something to the tune of maybe .400, while the Dodgers and Rockies and Padres are playing downright decently against the AL West (And the Rockies against the AL East).

Game 1 against the Rangers showed a bit of a pitching collapse. After having a 4-1 lead heading into the 6th inning, Francis and Scott Dohmann combined to allow a total of 8 runs in 7.0 IP. The Rox managed another 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th, which proved fruitless, as the Rockies lost 6-8.

Game 2 showed a complete turnaround. Before a 30 minute rain delay, the Rockies tallied 6 runs in the bottom of the 1st, including a 3-run shot from Choo Freeman. I said it, Choo Freeman! Anyhow, Fogg allowed 5 in 5, and the Rockies added another 5 for insurance. The Rangers scored one more on a solo shot from Teixeira in the 9th off of Jose Mesa, but aside from that, it was a thourogh trouncing.

Game 3 wasn't televised in NM, so I'll give you the highlights. BH Kim pitched a solid 7 innings, scattering 5 hits, allowing no runs while striking out 7 (this is his 2nd start without allowing a run). Mesa and Fuentes preserved the shutout, taking another series from the AL West.

It should be noted that the Rockies had 3 shutouts against the A's/Rangers over the past 6 games.

Coming up tonight, Jason Jennings (6-6, 4.02) will continue the interleague divisional matchup against John Lackey (4-5, 3.31). The Rockies have a less-than-stellar history against the Angels, losing 11 of the last 12. After such success against the A's and Rangers, this will be a good way to overcome follies of prior years.

Until then, Rockies fans, enjoy the game, Good Luck, and GO ROCKIES!!!


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