The Rockies blasted the Cincinnati Reds 12-4 last night to snag a tough series win on the road. Since a very disappointing series against the Houston Astros last week they have won four of their last six games. Their overall record stands at 32-28 and they are 2.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league.
The Rockies enter the Major League Baseball draft Thursday with the third overall pick. Their selection is expected to be a power hitter or a front-line pitcher, should one fall in their lap. The predraft consensus is that the Rockies will pick University of San Diego power-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant.
When Jon Garland served up a three-run homer to the Reds’ Xavier Paul in the first inning Wednesday night, I’m sure two names popped into the heads of Rockies fans. One was Drew Pomeranz, the other Roy Oswalt…
…Word from Tulsa, Okla., where he’s pitching for the Double-A Drillers, has been encouraging. He pitched seven innings Tuesday night in the Drillers’ 5-3 victory over Northwest Arkansas. Oswalt (2-1) allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. He gave up two homers, but threw 63 of his 89 pitches for strikes.
Diamondbacks 10, Cardinals 3: Paul Goldschmidt is a friggin’ beast. He hit his second grand slam in five days and ups his season line to .336/.417/.608 and is on pace for 36 homers and 146 RBI. Arizona has won four of five. It was the first time the Cards lost back-to-back games since the end of April.
No discipline is imminent. Baseball officials continue to try to gather and confirm evidence as well as construct a timeline of events, which in the cases of Rodriguez and Braun, could determine whether they face the possibility of a 50-game suspension or a 100-game suspension. Baseball will interview players about the latest allegations before deciding any discipline. None of the named players have been interviewed yet as part of any disciplinary consideration.