Colorado Rockies Saturday Shout-Outs: The Two Most Unlikely Lefties Shine
By Bobby DeMuro
Aug 16, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher C. Rusin (52) reacts to the win over the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies are fading fast (will they lose 100 games? Is anybody still paying attention to this team?) but somehow, some way, there are a few good things still happening.
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The Colorado Rockies may not have had the very best week in terms of wins and losses on the field, but despite losing each series so far this week, there were actually a number of remarkable personal achievements that happened along the way.
As such — and because the Rockies have been out of contention for four months, so we’re searching for something good — here are a few notable and recognizable feats accomplished over the past seven.
Saturday shout-outs go to…
- Yohan Flande, who had the game of his life on Thursday night against the Washington Nationals. He tossed seven innings, literally had one bad pitch (which resulted in a two-run homer) and only allowed three hits and three walks in beating Max Scherzer. Did you have Flande out-dueling Scherzer? Of course you didn’t.
- Yohan Flande, who had the game of his life on Thursday night against the Washington Nationals — at the plate! Flande got two hits, a run, and an RBI in what turned out to be a very close 3-2 win. Without Yohan’s bat, even his outing on the mound is spoiled.
- Chris Rusin, who himself had the game of his life this week, tossing a complete game shut out this past Sunday against the San Diego Padres. It’s the first CGSO of the year for the Rockies, and, oh yeah — Rusin even got himself a hit in that one.
- Helmis Rodriguez, for nearly tossing a no-hitter for the Asheville Tourists this week. And when I say nearly, I really mean it; he lasted 8.1 innings before giving up the first hit of the game, but unfortunately would take a no-decision despite all his hard work (the Tourists did win in ten innings that night).
- Chad Bettis, Brooks Brown, and Tyler Matzek. The three big leaguers combined on a seven inning, four-hit shut out of the Nashville Sounds when playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday evening, and at least two of the three (Brown, Bettis) will likely return to Denver quite soon.
- Dustin Garneau, for making his big league debut, hitting a double in his first at-bat against Max Scherzer, and catching Flande’s gem. Not a bad big league debut!
- Ben Paulsen, for shaving off his beard (an “accident,” you say?) and then delivering with an RBI knock in the tight 3-2 win on Thursday night.
- Jorge De La Rosa for tossing six scoreless innings against the Nationals this week. It was entirely predictable what the bullpen did to his game after JDLR left, but he threw it well enough to win.
- Patrick Valaika, who tripled, homered, and got two runs and two RBIs on Thursday for the New Britain Rock Cats in an 8-7 loss to the Erie SeaWolves.