The Coors Effect

April 24, 2010 8:09 PM

Nolasco shuts down Rockies in first game

Ricky Nolasco continued his dominance over the Colorado Rockies today, pitching eight innings of one-run ball before handing it off to Leo Nunez in a 4-1 loss for the good guys.

Nolasco was clearly due some correction this season, as he had an ERA north of 5 last season despite excellent peripherals, and that seems to be exactly what's happening.  Nolasco struck out nine and walked none, and while he gave up seven hits, none of them went for extra bases.  Troy Tulowitzki scored the Rockies' only run on an RBI single by Ian Stewart.  But aside from that, the Rockies only managed to get one runner in scoring position all day, and that came as a result of a pair of two-out singles in the first inning.  No, the Rockies never really threatened to win this game.

The close final score was mostly a result of the bullpen doing some good work, as Greg Smith didn't have a good day: he allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings of work, taking the loss.  Smith's command, in terms of walks, wasn't really a problem, but the two solo homers by Brett Carroll and Dan Uggla were damaging enough with the offense providing no run support.  Smith's now given up five homers in 22.1 innings this season.

On to the nightcap of the doubleheader, where hopefully Aaron Cook will have more luck than he's been having of late.

Rockies Top Three

1.  Todd Helton
: 2-for-3, walk.  Helton did his job of getting on base; it's not really his fault that the hitters behind him couldn't bring him home.

2.  Manny Corpas: 3 innings, no runs, no hits, 1 BB, 2 K.  After Smith got chased after five innings, Tracy could have had to go through several relief pitchers.  Corpas' three shutdown innings prevented that.

3.  Ian Stewart: 1-for-3, RBI.  On a day like this, we're really stretching, so we'll go with the guy who drove in the Rockies' only run over Tulo, who went 2-for-4 but also GIDP'ed in the ninth inning.

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