If the last two nights have taught us anything about the Rockies' season thus far, it's that you don't turn off (or leave) the game early. You just don't. As I wrote in the Purple Row game recap, these come-from-behind victories are becoming all too common, but they're still as exciting as ever.
-Brad Eldred made his Rockies debut and went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. He will play first in Todd Helton's absence.
-Clint Barmes, surprisingly, has a 14-game hitting streak, which started on June 23 against the Red Sox.â†µ
-Dexter Fowler, contrary to those who want him to stop switch-hitting, can hit as a lefty. Evidence: yesterday's game-tying three-run homer.â†µ
-The last two games have definitely shown that Chris Iannetta knows how to hit still.â†µ
-Check out InsideTheRockies.com for more highlights from this game.â†µ
-The Broncos were awarded OL Kirk Barton off waivers yesterday. Offensive line depth/competition in training camp is always a good thing.â†µ
-Aaron Cook surrendered five runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings. Let's be reactionary and kick him out of the rotation for Jhoulys Chacin. Actually, that might not be a bad idea. But it is clear that Cook isn't worth what the Rockies are paying him right now ($9 million this season, $9.25 million next year).â†µ
-Todd Helton went on the DL. As the Mark Kiszla article in the Starting Lineup ponders, it's time to prepare for the post-Helton era.â†µ
On Tap For Todayâ†µ
-The Rockies look to complete the sweep against the Cardinals this afternoon. Chris Carpenter faces Ubaldo Jimenez at 1:10 p.m. MT.â†µ
-Voting for the last spot on the All-Star teams ends today at 2 p.m. MT. Vote Carlos Gonzalez!â†µ
-The Decision (or whatever ridiculous name they're calling it) gets made tonight at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN. Find out where LeBron James is going in the first 10 minutes and then turn it off.â†µ