<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> rockies]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/rockies Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:25:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Big decisions loom for Rockies after 1st playoffs since '09 ]]> http://gazette.com/big-decisions-loom-for-rockies-after-1st-playoffs-since-09/article/1612622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-decisions-loom-for-rockies-after-1st-playoffs-since-09/article/1612622?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Drenched in bubbly the night the Colorado Rockies clinched a playoff spot, general manager Jeff Bridich soaked up the scene.

Revelries like this haven't come along all that often in Rockies history. Predicted by many to be mediocre this season, the team earned its first postseason appearance since 2009 behind bearded NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon, slick-fielding , heavy-hitting third baseman Nolan Arenado and a young rotation. Asked if his team was ahead of schedule, Bridich pondered the question as he wiped sparkling wine from his eyes.

"Whose schedule?" Bridich said. "We felt like we could be playing meaningful games and postseason games this year. That's



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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:30:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado Rockies season ends with Wild Card loss to Diamondbacks — and ends as an overall success]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-season-ends-with-wild-card-loss-to-diamondbacks-and-ends-as-an-overall-success/article/1612577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-season-ends-with-wild-card-loss-to-diamondbacks-and-ends-as-an-overall-success/article/1612577?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — When it was over — the game, the season, the shortest Rocktober yet — Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story hunched over the dugout steps and watched the party unfold.

Get a good look, fellas. The Rockies aren’t far off from throwing one of their own.

This is supposed to be where you rip the Rockies. They lost to the Diamondbacks, 11-8, late Wednesday night in front of 48,803 transplants in the National League wild-card game. Toss a truckload of dirt on Jon Gray’s career, the whole shebang. Lament a whiffed opportunity in the postseason, at least. Right here, in this space, a proper epilogue to a baseball season.

Can’t do it.



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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:09:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies fall short in wild-card loss to Diamondbacks ]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-fall-short-in-wild-card-loss-to-diamondbacks/article/1612576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-fall-short-in-wild-card-loss-to-diamondbacks/article/1612576?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — The Colorado Rockies had been resilient all season, scraping their way into the postseason after the best start in franchise history fizzled.

The Rockies were able to summon some of that resolve again the NL wild card, but never could fully dig their way out of an early hole in a wild, 11-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

The Rockies had an up-and-down regular season and their first playoff appearance since 2009 followed suit.

Colorado fell behind 6-0, roughed up one of baseball's best pitchers and rallied to pull within one twice.



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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:27:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee's Rapid Reactions: Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 8]]> http://gazette.com/klees-rapid-reactions-diamondbacks-11-rockies-8/article/1612575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klees-rapid-reactions-diamondbacks-11-rockies-8/article/1612575?custom_click=rss

Three observations from Gazette columnist Paul Klee in Phoenix:

Jon Gray will have better days. He’s never had worse. The Rockies’ No. 1 starter was chased after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of his young career? No team in baseball wins a playoff road game when the moment proves too big for the starter. The first pitch of Wednesday’s game arrived at 5:08 local time. MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt — aka “Goldy,” aka “M-V-P! M-V-P” here in the Valley of the Sun — uncorked a three-run homer at 5:20. Buddy Black took the ball from Gray at 5:51. (Yes, I thought the skipper could have moved on earlier.) No, Arizona ace Zack Greinke wasn’t much better. But if the Rox



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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:10:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Homegrown Colorado Rockies enter wild-card game with a message — Make 'em believe]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-homegrown-colorado-rockies-enter-wild-card-game-with-a-message-make-em-believe/article/1612468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-homegrown-colorado-rockies-enter-wild-card-game-with-a-message-make-em-believe/article/1612468?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — It’s a sports tactic old enough that it remembers real bulletin boards, freckled with pinholes, chunks of cork scattered across the shag carpet below: nobody believed in us.

Between guzzles of champagne and soggy man-hugs, the Rockies repeated the phrase over and over late Saturday night, their spot in the postseason clinched. Nolan Arenado said it. Greg Holland said it. Trevor Story pounded a Coors — Banquet style, not the blah stuff — and said it.

For once, it’s true. For the Rockies, it’s always been true.



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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:42:19 -0600
<![CDATA[4 D-backs starters on wild-card roster, Rockies go with 3 ]]> http://gazette.com/4-d-backs-starters-on-wild-card-roster-rockies-go-with-3/article/1612542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-d-backs-starters-on-wild-card-roster-rockies-go-with-3/article/1612542?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have put four of their five starting pitchers on the roster for Wednesday night's National League wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies.

In addition to the game's starter Zack Greinke, left-hander Robbie Ray, a 15-game winner, will be in the Arizona bullpen along with fellow starters lefty Patrick Corbin and right-hander Zack Godley. Taijuan Walker was the only Diamondbacks starter not on the roster.

The Rockies will have two starters in their bullpen — left-hander Tyler Anderson and right-hander Antonio Senzatela.

Both teams went with 10 pitchers. That means nine relievers and seven reserve position players for each team.



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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:42:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Familiar foes Diamondbacks, Rockies vie in NL wild card ]]> http://gazette.com/familiar-foes-diamondbacks-rockies-vie-in-nl-wild-card/article/1612492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/familiar-foes-diamondbacks-rockies-vie-in-nl-wild-card/article/1612492?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks and Rockies share a spring training facility and played each other 19 times this season.

They know each other very well.

Now comes game No. 20 on Wednesday night, the biggest one of them all, an NL wild-card matchup with Arizona's Zack Greinke facing Colorado's young Jon Gray.

"There's no secrets here," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "We know what they like to do. They know our players. ... They know our tendencies, they know our hitters' tendencies, they know our pitchers' tendencies. And we know theirs."

It's a matchup of under-the-radar franchises in the NL West that had turnaround seasons under first-year managers. The Rockies are in the playoffs for the first



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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 20:21:37 -0600
<![CDATA[A well-rested Carlos Gonzalez leads Rockies into postseason ]]> http://gazette.com/a-well-rested-carlos-gonzalez-leads-rockies-into-postseason/article/1612419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-well-rested-carlos-gonzalez-leads-rockies-into-postseason/article/1612419?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Rest assured, Carlos Gonzalez is a different player since August.

Turns out, the Colorado Rockies ' charismatic outfielder just needed a good night's sleep.

Struggling at the plate early in the season, Gonzalez tossed and turned each night before finally visiting a sleep specialist about two months ago. Now, it's his bat that's awake as he and the Rockies are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2009. This is better than a dream, too, for the only holdover player from that '09 squad.

"It's just special," said Gonzalez, whose team travels to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks in the NL wild-card game Wednesday. "I went through a lot of struggles, losing



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Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:41:46 -0600