August 11, 1951 - WCBS of New York City broadcasts major league’s first color baseball game,[...]
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Well, this game tonight was about the polar opposite of the previous series opener just last week against the San Francisco Giants. In that game, the Rockies had terrible pitching and shaky defense. In tonight's contest, the pitching was great, the defense was solid, and the hitting was timely in a great all-around effort by Colorado. It was only the 3rd shutout of the year for the Rockies, who improved to 24-8 when allowing 3 runs or less in a game.
Tyler Chatwood had a very encouraging start with 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. The best escape of the game came in the bottom of the fifth, when Chatwood got a strike out, throw out double play with runners on the corners to end the best San Francisco threat. Chatwood only threw 71 pitches in the game, but his five innings were enough to get the win (2-2). Adam Ottavino had two scoreless innings of relief, while Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt closed it down.
On offense, Colorado got two-out run-scoring singles by Dexter Fowler in the 3rd and Tyler Colvin in the 4th to acquire a slim 2-0 lead, while Chris Nelson's sac fly in the 7th provided the final margin of victory. Both Colvin and Wilin Rosario had two hits for the Rockies.
41 - 69
This game marks three excellent pitching performances in Colorado's last 4 games. In a 41-69 season, that's some pretty welcome news. Let's keep it up in the last two games and pay back the Giants for the beating they delivered to the Rockies in Coors last week. Or at least let's not get anybody else hurt this weekend.Graph:
We Salute: Chatwood (.234 WPA), Colvin (.111)
We Are Disappointed In: Nobody, I'm in a forgiving mood.
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Luis Durango picked up his 40th steal of the year, Joey Terdoslavich, Joe Leonard, and Todd Cunningham led a potent Mississippi attack, Edward Salcedo filled up the stat sheet, Levi Hyams extended his hitting streak to 8 games, and Johan Camargo continued his torrid hitting since the All-Star break.
Gwinnett Braves 2, Louisville Bats 3
Jair Jurrjens made a rehab start for Gwinnett, allowing 2 run, 1 earned, in 6 innings of work. This was Jurrjens' first appearance since July 31st, when he pitch a scoreless relief inning for Atlanta. Peter Moylan made his second straigt scoreless appearance, allowing 1 hit in an inning of work. In his last 7 appearance, Dusty Hughes has allowed 1 earned run in 7.1 innings. Luis Durango had his third straight 2 hit game, and in his last 10 games, he's hitting .324 with a .425 OBP. He also stole his league leading 40th base, giving him a healthy lead over Indianapolis' Chase d'Arnaud, who's in second with 30 steals. Felix Pie extended his hitting streak to 5 games, and he's gone 6-19 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI in that stretch. Rusty Ryal has a 4 game hitting streak, going 6-15 during that span.
Mississippi Braves 13, Birmingham Barons 6
M-Braves batters took advantage of a wild Barons pitching staff that walked 13 and hit 3 batters, scoring 13 runs on the night. Evan Gattis didn't record a hit, but walked 3 times, easing the pain of his 0-8 mini-slump. Todd Cunningham reached base 3 times, and his .317 batting average is still leading the Southern League. Joey Terdoslavich reached base 4 times tonight, with 2 walks, a double, and a triple. In his last 9 games, he's gone 14-35 with 5 doubles, a triple, a homer, 4 RBI, and 8 walks. In his last 2 games, Keenan Wiley has gone 5-11 with 2 RBI and a walk. Joe Leonard was 1-12 in his last 5 games, but he had 2 hits tonight and drove in 4 runs. In his last 10 games, Alden Carrithers is hitting .417 with a 1.083 OPS, 4 doubles, and 3 RBI. Matt Kennelly has a 5 game hitting streak, going 8-16 with 4 doubles and 4 RBI in that span. Jason Christian is 3-7 with 3 RBI and 3 walks in his last 2 games. JR Graham didn't have a great start, allowing 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings, but he picked up his first AA win. In 24 innings at AA, the 22 year old righty has a 4.13 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, and walks have been an issue for him, as he's allowed 13 free passes after only allowing 17 walks in 102.2 innings with Lynchburg.
Gary Moran will take on the Barons Saturday night.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Carolina Mudcats 3
Edward Salcedo filled up the stat sheet today, with 2 hits, including a double and a homer, 2 RBI, a stolen base, and 2 errors. He now has a 6 game hitting streak, going 7-23 with 3 doubles, 3 homers, 7 RBI, and 2 walks, though he's struck out 8 times in that span and has also committed 5 errors. His errors always seem to come in bunches, and, oddly enough, they always seem to coincide with a hot streak at the plate. In his last 10 games, Chris Garcia is hitting .438 with a 1.204 OPS, 4 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI. Ryan Weber made his first start with Lynchburg, striking out 6 over 5 scoreless innings. The 21 year old righty has allowed 1 earned run in 7.1 innings over his last 3 appearances.
Mike Lee will face the Mudcats tomorrow.
Rome Braves 2, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3
In his last 5 games, Kyle Kubitza has gone 6-17 with a double, 4 RBI, and 2 walks. AJ Holland had allowed 3 earned runs and 4 walks in 16 innings over his last 4 appearances, but he allowed 3 earned and 4 walks in 6 innings tonight. In his last 10 appearances, John Cornely has a 1.59 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 17 innings. For the year, the 23 year old is striking out 13.8 batters per 9 innings.
David Filak will start against the Grasshoppers on Saturday.
Danville Braves 5, Kingsport Mets 6
Levi Hyams extended his hitting streak to 8 games, and he's gone 12-33 with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 6 RBI, and 2 walks during that stretch. In his last 3 games, Casey Kalenkosky has gone 5-8 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a walk. In his last 2 games, Nick DeSantiago has gone 2-6 with a double, 2 RBI, and a walk. Frank Lafreniere had a rough start, allowing 13 hits and 6 runs, 4 earned, in 6 innings of work. In his last 4 starts, he has a 6.43 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP in 21 innings after posting a 2.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 25.2 innings in his first 5 starts.
The D-Braves and K-Mets will face off again on Saturday.
CGL Braves 1, GCL Blue Jays 4
Luis Merejo's record dropped to 0-5 as the 17 year old Dominican lefty allowed 3 runs, 2 earned in 4 innings of work, striking out 6. While he has given up some runs this year, with a 4.61 ERA, he's kept his WHIP pretty low at 1.15, kept his walks down, with 2 BB/9, and kept his strikeouts up, with 11.6 K/9 and 5.9 K/BB. Patrick Scoggin has struck out 9 in 7.2 scoreless innings this year. In his last 2 games, Cody Livesay has gone 3-9. Mike Dodig is having a rough year overall, hitting .183 with a .528 OPS, but in his last 10 games, he's hitting .333 with a 1.014 OPS, 3 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, and 8 RBI. In his last 10 games, Eric Garcia has gone just 6-31, but he's collected 10 walks, giving him a .419 OBP in that span. In his last 3 games, Hector Garcia has gone 4-11.
Abraham Espinosa will face the Blue Jays tomorrow.
DSL Braves 13, DSL Tigers 0
Johan Camargo has been on fire since the All-Star break, as the 18 year old Panamanian is hitting .456 with a 1.152 OPS, 4 doubles, 2 homers, 10 RBI, and 4 steals in 68 at bats. Gerald Chin was 4-26 in his last 8 games, but the 19 year old Panamanian was 4-6 today. In his last 10 games, 18 year old Panamanian Ibrahim McKenzie is hitting .294 with a .973 OPS, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 homers, and 6 RBI. In his last 10 games, 17 year old Venezuelan Victor Reyes is hitting .333 with a .901 OPS, 1 double, and 9 RBI. Jose Rosario allowed 5 earned runs in 7.2 innings in his last 2 starts, but the 18 year old Dominican righty tossed 6 shutout innings today. Miguel Conception, a 17 year old lefty, made his professional debut today, striking out 1 in a perfect inning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Lincecum’s modest win streak is over, the Giants are struggling to hit at home and now their lead in the NL West is gone.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rookie sensation Mike Trout tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer and a rare two-run sacrifice fly, and pinch-runner Peter Bourjos scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
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PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over six innings and Ryan Zimmerman homered to help the Washington Nationals rout the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.
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Wesley Wright is a prophet.
Just days ago, he lamented the fact that he hadn't gotten to be a part of any "jumping around" walkoff celebrations. After the game, he said (via text to one of the Astros' PR guys) that there was no way he was going to miss it when Brian Bogusevic came through with his single up the middle.
Man, that pile just kept moving and moving and moving, didn't it? It ended up almost in center field, and, sure enough, some of the relievers in the bullpen did get to run in and be a part of it.
How perfect, too, for Bogusevic to be the man to deliver the hit. He's been so maligned (sometimes rightly so) for his offense, and yet, he's come up clutch more often than anyone else on this roster. If you believe in things like "clutchiness."
Tyler Greene got to show off his stolen base chops, like we talked about all yesterday, swiping his first bag as an Astro before scrambling to third on a wild pitch. It was a crazy play, and you could just see things breaking badly for this snakebitten team. But, it didn't. Greene got to third and scored on Pearce's single later on.
Crazy, crazy game, starting with the no-hitter that almost was, broken up by Scott Moore's bunt. Do you want to hear some insider baseball on that? I asked Moore after the game if the bunt call came from the dugout or if he threw it down himself.
He said he couldn't completely take credit, as there were other guys on the team telling him how far back Aramis Ramirez was playing him and that it was open. When he took the first ball, he saw Ramirez creep in before moving back out and knew he had a chance. Bing, bang, boom, he reached on a hit with a bunt and Houston wasn't no-hit. Out of all the things I've been able to do with this press pass, getting that little tidbit has to be my favorite so far.
Anyways, this was a very, very good win for a team in desperate need of them. With the way Houston has kicked around the Brewers bullpen lately, they might even end the weekend with another one...
Source: FanGraphs Game MVP: Paul Maholm, 86 game score Least Valuable Brave: Martin Prado, -.081 Most Valuable Met: Matt Harvey, 58 game score Least Valuable Met: Andres Torres, -.106 Big plays: 1st – (ATL) Jason Heyward two-run homer for a 2-0 Braves lead, .160 8th – (ATL) Dan Uggla two-run homer for 4-0 Braves lead, [...]
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Saturday, Aug 11, 2012, 2:05 PM MDT
Nov 22, 1988
Oct 01, 1984
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.
Keep that positive momentum rolling, boys.
Lineups after the jump..
1. Eric Young (S) CF2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF4. Ramon Hernandez (R) C5. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B6. Tyler Colvin (L) 1B7. Matt McBride (R) RF8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P
1. Angel Pagan (S) CF2. Marco Scutaro (R) 3B3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF4. Buster Posey (R) C5. Hunter Pence (R) RF6. Brett Pill (R) 1B7. Ryan Theriot (R) 2B8. Joaquin Arias (R) SS9. Matt Cain (R) P