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The Colorado Rockies fans got a treat on Tuesday night when SP Jamie Moyer pitched 7.0 innings with one strike out and two walks, earning his first win of the season. In addition to breaking his two-game losing streak, Moyer also broke the record for oldest MLB pitcher with a win.
At age 49 -- going on 50 this November -- Moyer now boasts yet another entry in the MLB's record books. His historical win puts him at 689 wins and 631 losses for his career and a total of 4038 innings. Moyer recently spoke with the KKFN radio station and reflected on his win and some of the highlights of his career:
"I’ve always been the guy on the short end of the stick when it comes to velocity or stuff, but it’s what you have in your heart, what you have in your belly, the fire that you have, the passion that you have. Being around younger players, we have a lot of young players on our team here in Colorado, but the one thing they’re missing is experience. The only way they can gain that is on-the-job training. If I can help them cut some corners, in the correct way, in the learning process … I just love it."
Moyer also took time to discuss the present Rockies team, saying the team needed greater consistency moving forward:
"We haven’t created any consistency yet. As a starting rotation, I think we could be far better. I think the talent that we have has not shown its ability quite yet. Offensively, we’ve either done really well or we’ve struggled. I’m really surprised at the defense. I think this is a way better defensive team. What the reasoning is for our inconsistency with defense, I don’t know, but I think this will all get worked out. We are young, but you can only say that so many times. Pretty soon we’re not going to be young."
The Rockies will have a chance to find some consistency on Friday night, when they look to extend their winning streak to three games against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Colorado Rockies picked up and 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to win the three-game series. Starter Juan Nicasio picked up his first victory of the season with six-plus innings, allowing three runs on a solo home run and a two-run home run, both by Chase Headley. He was charged with a fourth run after he left the game when Esmil Rogers threw a wild pitch on a strikeout with the bases loaded. Nicasio picked up his first career RBI when he singled in Chris Nelson during the sixth inning, scoring the team's eighth and final run.
Jonathan Herrera, starting at second base as a result of Marco Scutaro moving over to shortstop for the resting Troy Tulowitzki, had the most unlikely of events happen, for him at least, during this game: He hit a two-run home run in the second inning. That homer was part of a five-run frame that included a two-run double by Chris Nelson and an RBI double off Dexter Fowler's bat.
Michael Cuddyer, who left the game in the sixth inning after a toe injury (that appears minor), belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning for the other Rockies runs. He fouled a ball off his foot during that at-bat, prompting the later exit.
The Rockies (6-6, 5-4 home) are off on Thursday before they start a three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday evening.
The Colorado Rockies enter Wednesday's rubber game against the San Diego Padres on the heels of a 5-3 victory on Tuesday evening, but they'll need to this night's game without star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He's not sitting out due to injury or anything like that, but due to his recent adventures in the infield manager Jim Tracy has apparently decided to see if some rest will do his shortstop good.
Tulowitzki has committed six errors in 11 games so far this season -- equaling the total number of errors he had in 2011. To make this move, Marco Scutaro will move over to shortstop while Jonathan Herrera moves from the bench to second base.
Here is the complete Rockies' lineup:
And for the Padres:
The Colorado Rockies saw Jamie Moyer become the oldest major league pitcher to win a game with the 5-3 victory on Tuesday night. It was a nice rebound from Monday's loss to Cory Luebke, but a rubber match-up awaits on Wednesday night for the Rockies, who will place Juan Nicasio on the mound.
Nicasio started off the season strong with seven innings of one-run ball against the Houston Astros, striking out four. However, his Coors Field opener didn't go smoothly against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He labored throughout his 2.2 innings by throwing 91 pitches and allowing six runs on five hits and five walks. But that was the game in which Todd Helton doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to win the game, 7-6.
The Padres counter with Clayton Richard, also making his third start of the season. After allowing two unearned runs over seven innings in his first start of the season, Richard had problems with the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road. He allowed eight runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks. Richard, like many of the Rockies pitchers, has had sloppy defense behind him this season.
Game time/date: 6:40 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO
TV/Radio: Root Sports/850 KOA
The Colorado Rockies scored two in the third inning, one in the fourth inning and two in the eighth inning to earn a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Coors Field. Jamie Moyer did the rest. Moyer went seven innings, allowing six hits, two runs (neither earned) while striking out two and walking one. The win was rather significant for the veteran lefty.
With the win tonight Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest player in MLB history to win a game (49yrs,150days). Previous: Jack Quinn (49yrs,70days)— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 18, 2012
The win also ties him for 34th on the MLB all-time wins list with Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer at 268 career wins.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 18, 2012
Center fielder Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer to right field to get the scoring started for the Rockies in the third inning. Catcher Wilin Rosario would give Colorado another run when he doubled to right center to score Michael Cuddyer in the fourth. Cuddyer would double in the eight to make it 4-2 Colorado. Rosario would add the final run of the game for the Rockies when his sacrifice fly scored veteran Todd Helton.
Catcher Nick Hundley homered in the ninth for the Padres to reach the final score.
After missing the last few games due to strep throat, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is back in the lineup for the Colorado Rockies against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. This is a mild surprise after manager Jim Tracy hinted that he was leaning toward not having CarGo back in the lineup until Wednesday. Here is the complete lineup for Tuesday night:
Rookie Wilin Rosario gains the starting spot on Tuesday night over Ramon Hernandez.
And for the Padres:
Colorado Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has missed several games with a sore throat, and although he was available to pinch hit during Monday's 7-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, he isn't a lock to make the starting lineup on Tuesday. Gonzalez has been suffering through strep-like symptoms and is on antibiotics, and he told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he is feeling better and wants to play on Tuesday:
"I want to be in there. I am feeling a lot better," Gonzalez told The Post. "It depends on how I feel when I wake up. But I want to play."
Gonzalez admitted he lost weight and was weak from his illness. At one point over the weekend, his fever approached 105 degrees. Antibiotics have helped, but his strength remains an issue.
However, Rockies manager Jim Tracy may want to play it safe with his middle-of-the-order stud, as he told Renck "it might be another day." Tyler Colvin started in place of Gonzalez on Monday.
The Colorado Rockies lost on Monday night, 7-1, to the San Diego Padres, giving the road team its first road win of the season. Cory Luebke was spot on and held the Rockies to a Tyler Colvin RBI single. Will the Rockies follow a similar path on Tuesday night?
Anthony Bass draws the start after joining the rotation on April 12. He allowed one run on three hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out five. Rockies fans will remember Bass as the pitcher who made his major league debut on Jun 13 in a spot start. At Coors Field, Bass held the Rockies to one run in five innings for the win.
Jamie Moyer makes his third start for the Rockies, losing in his first two tries. He has allowed eight runs in 10.2 innings so far. While he used 69 pitches to get through his season debut against the Houston Astros, Moyer battled and lost to the San Francisco Giants with 112 pitches in 5.2 innings.
Game time/date: 6:40 p.m. MT, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO
TV/Radio: Root Sports/850 KOA
The Colorado Rockies followed Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a series-opening 7-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday night at Coors Field. Padres starter Cory Luebke breezed through the Rockies for the most part during his seven innings on the mound. He allowed the Rockies' only run on a Tyler Colvin RBI single in the second inning while limiting the entire team to just six hits.
The team threatened in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second, but Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer went down in order. Colvin, Marco Scutaro and Chris Nelson each had two-hit nights, but that was the most impact the bats had on the night outside of Michael Cuddyer's double that set up Colvin's RBI single.
Jeremy Guthrie battled through early struggles to pitch seven innings, helping spare a depleted bullpen, but two doubles in the first inning and a sac fly in the second inning had the Padres up, 3-0, early on. Troy Tulowitzki's error on a Cory Luebke ground ball in the fourth inning allowed the fourth run to score. Yonder Alonso had started that inning off with an infield single and then advanced to third on a Jason Bartlett double. After the run-scoring error, Cameron Maybin drove in his second run of the night.
In the seventh and ninth innings, Chase Headley picked up his second and third doubles of the night and crossed home plate on Nick Hundley singles each time. The Padres had seven doubles in the game, six off Guthrie.
The Rockies (4-6, 3-4 home) host the Padres in Game 2 of this series on Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m. MT.
The Colorado Rockies trail the San Diego Padres 5-1 after five innings at Coors Field. The Padres have scored two runs in the first inning, a run in the second, and two runs in the fourth. Colorado's lone run came in the second inning when Tyler Colvin single to right field to score Michael Cuddyer.
Chase Headley got San Diego on the board early when he doubled to deep center to score Will Venable. Two batters later, catcher Nick Hundley would double to deep right to score Headley. Center field Cameron Maybin has a one and two RBI on the day for the Padres.
The Colorado Rockies will once again miss the services of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez due to a sore throat. He is not in Monday's starting lineup against the San Diego Padres. This is the third straight game he has missed, last playing on Friday. Here is the Rockies' lineup for Monday night:
And for the Padres:
The Colorado Rockies remain at Coors Field for a three-game series against the San Diego Padres?