Monday, March 24, 2008

Rockies 6, Brewers 5

A four-run first inning by the Colorado Rockies doomed the Brewers early in this one, as the Rockies beat them 6-5 Monday afternoon. Manny Parra gave up 5 runs in 3 innings, and Mota gave up one run as well. Torres, Gagne, and Turnbow all pitched scoreless innings.

The Brewers offensively performed well enough for the George Webb deal, but still weren't able to pull out the victory. Rickie Weeks, Alcides Escobar, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Joe Dillion each had two hits. Tony Gwynn Jr., who appears to be close to starting Opening Day, pitched in with an RBI single.

A couple points of interest in this game were, first off, a shot to left field early on that Ryan Braun leaped for but wasn't able to come up with. It was a tough ball to get, but it was very reminiscent of the efforts Bill Hall used to make in center a year ago. I've always felt that, at least early last season, Hall tried to be too flashy in the outfield, and that's how he ended up missing a ton of balls hit his way. Hopefully, Braun doesn't fall into the same trap.

Also, Kendall once again batted ninth in the order, something I have never been, nor will be, a fan of. Today there was an instance where with two men on and two out, Manny Parra struckout in the eighth spot to end the inning. So that's two men left on base because of Ned's little concoction. But then the next inning, when Kendall is the lead-off hitter, he gets on base and ends up being batted in. So was it the right move? At best, it seems like a wash. If that's the case, why even do it? This is going to be something that is going to bug me all year, and you can bet we'll be there to call Ned out everytime it fails.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Prince Fielder


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