PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 2009— The Colorado Rockies bounced back from a 5-1 loss on Wednesday night, winning
Game Two of their NLDS series. Colorado controlled the game from the start, thanks to pitcher Aaron Cook, who
shut down the potent Phillies lineup in 5 strong innings. The Rox offense roared to life against Cole Hamels, with
the big blow coming on a two-run homer by catcher Yorvit Torrealba, which gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead in the 4th
bailed reliever Jose Contreras out of a sixth-inning jam. In that inning, with the Rockies sporting as 4-0 lead, the
Phillies struck for 3 runs, with Ryan Howard‘s RBI double ending Cook’s day. Following Howard’s two-bagger,
Contreras struck out Jayson Werth, but right fielder Raul Ibañez blooped a two-run single to center to cut
Colorado’s lead to 4-3. But with Carlos Ruiz at the plate, Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes, and Todd Helton turned the
aforementioned double-play, and the Rockies lead was still intact heading into the top of the seventh, where the
Rockies attempted to end the scoring for the day with a Dexter Fowler sacrifice fly.
the Rockies lead back to one run. Luckily for Colorado, Huston Street was able to retire the Phillies in the ninth to
preserve the win.
Manuel (Phillies), both never hesitated to go to their bullpens. Colorado used 6 pitchers, and Philadephia used 8
hurlers, including the two starters who Manuel was considering to start Game 3, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ.
Cook was the winning pitcher for Game Two, Hamels took the loss, and Street recorded the save.
Before the 2009 season, the Oakland A’s made a win now move. They acquired superstar left fielder Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies. They gave up three players,
- Previously untouchable OF prospect Carlos Gonzalez
- Closer Huston Street
- LH starting pitcher Greg Smith
Gonzalez hasn’t hit well in the majors yet, but he has been destroying pitching at Class AAA Colorado Springs to the tune of a .339/.418/.630 line, and is still only 23 years old.
Street is having a renaissance season in Colorado, his numbers closely mirror his numbers in his fantastic 2006 season.
Smith is a nobody. He has bottomed out in the majors, and has been bombed at Triple-A. He has found some sucess at Class A+ Modesto, but that seems to be the extent of his abilities.
In his three months as a Oakland Athletic Holliday hit for a .286/.378/.454 line. Solid, but no spectacular, and nowhere near his production from 2006-2008. More importantly perhaps, Holliday gave A’s fans hope. Hope increases ticket sales, Holliday provided a valuable marketing boost. He also took pressure of prospect Aaron Cunningham, who was set to take over in left field.
When Oakland flipped him to St. Louis, they received three players,
- top infield prospect Brett Wallace
- Class AA 1B/OF Shane Peterson
- RHP Clayton Mortensen
- No compensation draft picks
Brett Wallace, the Cardinals’ first-round selection in the 2008 draft is the kind of hitter that the Oakland front office loves. A patient hitter who draws his walks, and hits his 20-25 homeruns and 35 doubles. He isn’t the best defender, but should fill the gaping hole that Oakland has had at third base ever since Eric Chavez met the injury bug.
Shane Peterson is a power/speed guy with good defense in the outfield and at first base. His tools profile best as a center fielder. If he can stick in centerfield he will be a valuable starter, if not, a top bench player.
Clayton Mortensen, another former first-round draft pick is a starting pitcher with okay rate stats who could develop into a fifth starter. Think of him as Greg Smith+.
In acquiring Matt Holliday, Oakland received a much needed marketing boost, and was able to get rid of a horrible pitcher, and a pitcher they didn’t need, really, all the gave up was Carlos Gonzalez, who still hasn’t proved himself in the majors. After falling out of contention, Holliday was flipped for another top prospect, one that fills one of Oakland’s most glaring needs, a promising versatile outfielder, and an extra 50/50 risk player. St. Louis adds a threatening bat to the lineup to go with the game’s best player, Albert Pujols. But will it push them to the playoffs, right now I don’t think so. Right now this trade is a win for the A’s, but the Cardinals could even it out with a playoff drive.
…that Jason Marquis is this good.
- Rockies 6 Padres 1
- Rockies fire Clint Hurdle, Jim Tracy new manager
Sometimes firing a manager can spur a team onward, but is it Clint Hurdle’s fault that the Rockies aren’t good? If the Rockies were losing with the Red Sox’s pitching staff, or the Yankees’ offense, then fine; but you can’t blame Hurdle for Colorado’s performance. It’s true that Hurdle’s job was only riding 2007’s Roctember and Rocktober, but this won’t fix the Rockies. Colorado first basemen Todd Helton summed up the situation nicely with this quote, “He didn’t have any bad at-bats, he didn’t throw any bad pitches. He’s the same manager he was two years ago. So, we realize that ultimately we’re the reason he got fired.” Thanks for being honest, Mr. Helton. On a brighter note for the Rockies, Jim Tracy’s a good manager, but no one will be able to turn the Rockies around.