The Colorado Rockies play the final game of a tough road trip tonight in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. After a decisive win Monday night, the team fell 6-2 last night to bring their record to 2-4 on the trip. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:
Two of their most important players are healthy and will soon resume their starting roles. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, injured Sunday on an awkward slide at the plate, hit in the batting cage Tuesday, leaving little doubt that he will start in the series finale against the Dodgers…
Jhoulys Chacin, the opening-day starter and ace of the staff, threw six innings Tuesday in an extended spring game in Scottsdale, Ariz. The back spasms that landed him on the disabled list never resurfaced. He has cleared every hurdle, leaving manager Walt Weiss to say the right-hander should return to the rotation Sunday against the Rays at Coors Field.
The Sky Sox opened up a 4-0 lead after the first inning and never let the game get close after that. Greg Golson‘s RBI double, Charlie Blackmon‘s RBI single, and Charlie Culberson‘s two-run double provided the offense in the first inning.
Blackmon, who went 3-for-5, drove in his second run of the game on a double in the second inning, but it was Golson who had the big blast of the game. He hit a two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning, extending the Sky Sox’ lead to 7-0.
Drew Pomeranz won his fourth game for the Sky Sox with six innings of three-hit, one-run ball. The lone run came on a fourth-inning home run. He struck out seven, walked three, and had an 8-0 GO-FO. Rob Scahill allowed a two-run homer in the eighth.
Dante Bichette, the Colorado Rockies’ rookie hitting coach, was endeavoring to explain how Wilin Rosario reminds him of Manny Ramirez, how innate bat speed meets God-granted power meets some other mystical denomination.
Rosario himself sat 20 feet away, rolling the handle of a bat from one hand to the other.
These are elastic conversations, given the length one must travel to see one of the great right-handed hitters of his generation – maybe the greatest before Miguel Cabrera came along – in a 24-year-old, 5-foot-11, 220-pound catcher whose hero growing up in Bonao, Dominican Republic was, indeed, Manny Ramirez.
While it goes without saying that the present site is required reading for all of baseball’s most progressive front offices, it’s also the case that no post at the site today will be read more hungrily or with such hunger as this one — which post is a very urgent scouting report on Skip Schumaker, who both (a) is a middle infielder for the Dodgers and (b) threw a scoreless inning for that same team on Monday night (box).