This recap will attempt to prove that I have magical powers over Dexter Fowler.
Dexter Fowler got a hit! And drove in a run! TWO runs in fact. So how’s this for awesome: on Monday, when I was tweeting play-by-play, at one point I was so frustrated with him that I tweeted “Dear Dexter Fowler, GET A HIT AND DRIVE IN A RUN. PLEASE.” I did not use his handle (@DFowler24), because I think those guys get enough negative junk tweeted at them and I don’t need to add to it. However, I had used his handle at other times to report on good things he did, so he must have chased one of those mentions through to my timeline and seen what I said. So he decided to respond: “dear @rockieswoman1 , …ok ” I was a little bit mortified because I did not intend for him to see that one. Still, his response was nice and in good humor. And imagine my surprise when he came to the plate yesterday afternoon in the 3rd inning and hit a 2-run home run off Gavin Floyd. Moral of the story: tell these guys what to do. They will listen.
Wilin Rosario had a heck of a day at the plate, going 3-for-3 and scoring 2 runs. He’s really starting to come into his own with his bat, and I like the idea of him in the lineup on a regular basis, and I certainly prefer him to Ramon Hernandez. So let’s hope that that transition happens early on.
Edgmer Escalona showed us what a good long reliever he can be on the right day. He went 1 2/3 innings and allowed only 2 baserunners. He also struck out 3. That’s what he can do. I’m afraid he hasn’t done enough of it to earn a roster spot for opening day, but it was still good to see him return to top form.
Jamie Moyer finally had a tough start, but I’m not going to get too alarmed over this one. What Moyer brings to the table is the experience and repertoire necessary to work himself out of jams, and more often than not that’s what he’ll do. He allowed the first batter he faced to reach when he plunked him, but then he also picked him off. He may not have the stuff that our young guns have anymore, but he has a poise and a cool head that they don’t have. He struggled with his command today and allowed 7 hits and 3 walks en route 3 earned runs in 4 innings. So not his best work, but I’m still drinking the Kool Aid.
Esmil Rogers, I no longer have words for you. Go away.
The Rockies play the Indians for the first time this spring in an afternoon game today.