The Coors Effect

April 7, 2010 7:40 PM

First inning not big enough as Rockies fall again

The Rockies' first inning had all the makings of a big one.  The first five batters all reached base before Doug Davis finally got the first out.  Davis issued three walks and threw two wild pitches before the inning was over.  Unfortunately, though, Ian Stewart, Melvin Mora, and Ryan Spilborghs couldn't come through with runners on, and Davis escaped the first inning having surrendered "only" three runs.

Early on, it looked as though that and a solo homer by Miguel Olivo in the third inning would be enough to hold up, but it wasn't.  Aaron Cook, after looking very solid early on, came unglued in the sixth inning and, though the bullpen actually did some fairly solid work, the Rockies were never able to score again after the third inning and lost 5-4.

From the Rockies' perspective, this wasn't that bad of a game as the team was essentially playing its "B" lineup: Todd Helton, Clint Barmes, Brad Hawpe, and Chris Iannetta didn't start.  In their places were Jason Giambi, Melvin Mora, Ryan Spilborghs, and Miguel Olivo.  Olivo did something to justify his inclusion in the starting lineup, but aside from drawing two walks, Giambi did nothing of note (committing an error and arguably responsible for what ultimately was the game-winning double by Jody Gerut, a play that most Rockies fans will agree Helton would have made), while Mora put up a nice 0-for-4 and Spilborghs, though he went 1-for-3, really not doing much to justify his inclusion, either.  Intuitively, some of these decisions made sense: sitting Iannetta and Helton for a day game after a night game is defensible, though Helton historically has hit Davis well while Giambi hasn't.  And playing Giambi and Mora on a day on which Aaron Cook started is not defensible.  Really, the Rockies should give Cook the best infield defense possible.  That shouldn't have to be said.

Anyways, 1-2 isn't the end of the world, and while the Giants are now sitting atop the division at 3-0, keep in mind that they won't be playing 162 games against terrible teams like the Astros.

Rockies top three for the day:

1.  Dexter Fowler: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.  The fact that he only scored one run says more about the hitters behind him, and Fowler really should be playing more than Tracy plans to play him.  It's just hard to see where he will get it.

2.  Troy Tulowitzki: 2-for-4 with an RBI double.  Tulo has typically been a slow starter, but this year (hopefully) could be different.

3.  Manny Corpas: Fishing for top performers in a Rockies loss isn't easy, but so far on the young season, Corpas has looked like the Corpas we saw in 2007.  Theoretically, the performance by him and Rafael Betancourt kept the Rockies in the game, though the offense couldn't uphold their end of the bargain.

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