<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> rockies]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/rockies Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:10:38 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Woody Paige: To stop Roxslide, Rockies must spend money, give prospects]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-to-stop-roxslide-rockies-must-spend-money-give-prospects/article/1606046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-to-stop-roxslide-rockies-must-spend-money-give-prospects/article/1606046?custom_click=rss

Over the past weekend, while driving north near Raton Pass and the New Mexico-Colorado border, I abruptly became aware of a colossal mound of boulders spilled onto Interstate 25.

The unsightly mess reminded me of the local baseball team's current plight.


The Colorado Rockies have hit a major bump in the road.

On June 10 the Rox led the National League West by 2½ games over the Dodgers and three over the Diamondbacks.

On June 27, before the game in San Francisco, the Rockies had slid to third place in the division 4½ games behind L.A. and three behind the Snakes.

A six-game losing streak has transformed the Rockies from the team with the best record in the league to a club on a

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:41:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies place Gonzalez, Anderson on 10-day disabled list]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-place-gonzalez-anderson-on-10-day-disabled-list/article/1605975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-place-gonzalez-anderson-on-10-day-disabled-list/article/1605975?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has gone on the 10-day disabled with a strained right shoulder that had kept him out the past three games.

Manager Bud Black said Monday, ahead of the series opener against the Giants, that neither the training staff nor Gonzalez were sure he would even be ready by the start of a weekend series Friday at Arizona, so this was the best decision. Gonzalez is expected to return next Monday.

Colorado also placed lefty starter Tyler Anderson on the DL with inflammation in the back of his left knee near the hamstring. He felt it during his Sunday start at Dodger Stadium in what had been described as a cramp, but the Rockies thought that could become a strain and made the

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:57:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies acquire lefty Rosscup from Cubs for righty Carasiti]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-acquire-lefty-rosscup-from-cubs-for-righty-carasiti/article/1605976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-acquire-lefty-rosscup-from-cubs-for-righty-carasiti/article/1605976?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — The Colorado Rockies have traded for another left-hander, getting Zac Rosscup from the Chicago Cubs for righy Matt Carasiti.

The Rockies made the deal Monday. They also put lefty starter Tyler Anderson on the disabled list.

Colorado said Rosscup would be optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. He was designated for assignment Thursday after making one appearance for the reigning World Series champions, getting two outs in a game May 22 against the Giants.

Carasiti had been at Triple-A. He made 19 appearances last year in the only major league time of his career, going 1-0 with a 9.19 ERA with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. At Albuquerque this season, he was 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 27 outings.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:56:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Goldschmidt homers as D-Backs rout Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/goldschmidt-homers-as-d-backs-rout-rockies/article/1605741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goldschmidt-homers-as-d-backs-rout-rockies/article/1605741?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Zack Godley got off to a rough start, quickly recovered and turned in a gem for the surging Arizona Diamondbacks.

Godley shook off a leadoff home run to throw well into the eighth inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings hit three-run homers, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Thursday.

Goldschmidt finished with three hits and four RBIs to increase his season total to 64, tops in the majors.

Arizona took two of three in the NL West matchup and is now tied with Colorado for second place in the division behind the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks have won 12 of 14 and are a season-high 19 games above .500 after a 7-1 road trip.

"We came in here and did what we needed to do," Godley

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:22:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Sky Sox move stinks — and makes sense]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-sky-sox-move-stinks-and-makes-sense/article/1605664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-sky-sox-move-stinks-and-makes-sense/article/1605664?custom_click=rss

They’re still going to have Two-Dollar Tuesdays.

For $2 you get a parking spot, game ticket, or a beer. Sox the Fox isn’t going anywhere; neither is Princesses and Pirates Night, a favorite with the kids. 

But Triple-A baseball in Colorado Springs?

Going, going, gone.

This move stinks and makes sense at the same time.

If replacing the Triple-A club with a Rookie League outfit didn’t make sense, it would be easy to blast the Elmore Sports Group for moving the Triple-A team to San Antonio. If Security Service Field was at or near the top of the Pacific Coast League in attendance, more emotion would be packed into the somber end of a 30-year run for Triple-A baseball in Colorado

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:42:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Elevation and the Sky Sox: Why did it work in the past? Why not now? Why will it in the future?]]> http://gazette.com/elevation-and-the-sky-sox-why-did-it-work-in-the-past-why-not-now-why-will-it-in-the-future/article/1605661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elevation-and-the-sky-sox-why-did-it-work-in-the-past-why-not-now-why-will-it-in-the-future/article/1605661?custom_click=rss

It's the elevation, stupid.

OK, D.G. Elmore wasn't quite that blunt and didn't quite rework the classic political phrase, but that was the emphasis in Wednesday's press conference.

The Sky Sox owner made it very clear that altitude was the driving force behind the decision to move the Triple-A team to San Antonio and replace it with a Rookie League team from Helena, Mont.

He likened it to the Sky Sox being a supplier, and the customer - in this case the Milwaukee Brewers - needs their product to be tweaked. At some point, you have to listen to those demands or the relationship will no longer work.

But if the altitude in Colorado Springs is such an issue now, why was the team able to survive for 30 years, and why

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:47:05 -0600
<![CDATA[D'back's 10-run 4th keys win over Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/dbacks-10-run-4th-keys-win-over-rockies/article/1605671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dbacks-10-run-4th-keys-win-over-rockies/article/1605671?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Taijuan Walker pitched six solid innings and slapped an RBI single during Arizona's biggest inning ever on the road — a 10-run fourth — and the Diamondbacks went on to beat the Colorado Rockies 16-5 on Wednesday night.

Shaking off Tuesday's tough loss in which Colorado rallied late for a one-run win, the Diamondbacks sent 14 men to the plate and pounded out nine hits, including a two-run double and RBI single by Brandon Drury in his two at-bats in the inning. Drury finished with four hits and career-high six RBIs and the Diamondbacks established season highs in run and hits (20).

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:34:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Vote early and often for Nolan Arenado to start All-Star Game]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-vote-early-and-often-for-nolan-arenado-to-start-all-star-game/article/1605571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-vote-early-and-often-for-nolan-arenado-to-start-all-star-game/article/1605571?custom_click=rss

Vote now for Nolan Arenado. Vote often.

NoDo performed his Mojo in LoDo again Tuesday night, slamming a two-run triple off the right field wall in the eighth inning to give the Rockies a 4-3 comeback victory over the Diamondbacks. On Sunday afternoon all Nolan did was crush a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Rox over the Giants, 7-5. Move over, Roy Hobbs and Joe Hardy. Except they are fictional baseball heroes, and Nolan Arenado is as real as it gets, and the Rockies have won six straight.

Nolan for All-Star starter, MVP and Colorado governor.

A buffoon for some silly sports website claims that the Rockies' third baseman trails the Cubs' Kris Bryant by "3 million votes'' in the All-Star

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:46:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Nolan Arenado provides more late-inning heroics, lifts Rockies past Diamondbacks]]> http://gazette.com/nolan-arenado-provides-more-late-inning-heroics-lifts-rockies-past-diamondbacks/article/1605589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nolan-arenado-provides-more-late-inning-heroics-lifts-rockies-past-diamondbacks/article/1605589?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Nolan Arenado came through with another big swing for the Colorado Rockies.

Arenado hit a two-run triple off Zack Greinke in the eighth inning, and the streaking Rockies rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night in the opening game of their NL West showdown.

Carlos Gonzalez homered and saved a run with a diving catch to help Colorado win its sixth straight. The NL West leaders extended their advantage to two games over third-place Arizona, which had won seven in a row. Second-place Los Angeles remained a half-game back of the Rockies after routing the New York Mets.

"I wish the Dodgers and Diamondbacks weren't playing that good. I wish we were leading the division by more games," Arenado said. "But these are the cards we're played. We've got to enjoy it and compete."

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:57:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Poll: Who should be the starting third baseman for the National League in the All-Star Game?]]> http://gazette.com/poll-who-should-be-the-starting-third-baseman-for-the-national-league-in-the-all-star-game/article/1605576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poll-who-should-be-the-starting-third-baseman-for-the-national-league-in-the-all-star-game/article/1605576?custom_click=rss

Who would you vote for to be the starting third baseman for the National League in the All-Star Game?

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:50:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Nolan Arenado stakes early claim to MVP as Rockies sweep Giants]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nolan-arenado-stakes-early-claim-to-mvp-as-rockies-sweep-giants/article/1605443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nolan-arenado-stakes-early-claim-to-mvp-as-rockies-sweep-giants/article/1605443?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The big mystery afterward: Whodunit?

Who put the two-inch gash above Nolan Arenado’s left eyeball? In the video room positioned across the hallway from a giddy Rockies clubhouse, the coaching staff replayed the dogpile like a never-ending GIF, over and over, to locate the source of the blood that caked Arenado's jersey, right alongside splotches of blue Gatorade and dirt. “Right there!” a coach shouted. “It was a helmet.”

Charlie Blackmon’s helmet, to be exact, is what sliced Arenado at ground zero of one of the craziest celebrations Coors Field has ever hosted. But what their stealth reconnaissance also unearthed is of far more importance:

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:37:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Freeland pitches 6 solid innings, Rockies beat Giants 5-1]]> http://gazette.com/freeland-pitches-6-solid-innings-rockies-beat-giants-5-1/article/1605391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/freeland-pitches-6-solid-innings-rockies-beat-giants-5-1/article/1605391?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Kyle Freeland tossed six solid innings, Tony Wolters drove in two runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants again, 5-1 on Saturday.

The Rockies are 9-1 against San Francisco this season and have won the last eight against the Giants.

Freeland (8-4) pitched with runners on base in every inning but held the Giants to one run and eight hits. The rookie right-hander left with a 2-1 lead and pumped his fist after striking out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to end the sixth with a runner on second.

Nolan Arenado made it 3-1 with a single in the sixth and Wolters and pinch-hitter Pat Valaika had two-out singles in the seventh to stretch the lead to 5-1. All six runs in the game were scored with

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:38:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Senzatela gets 9th win as Rockies beat Giants, 10-8]]> http://gazette.com/senzatela-gets-9th-win-as-rockies-beat-giants-10-8/article/1605343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senzatela-gets-9th-win-as-rockies-beat-giants-10-8/article/1605343?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Ian Desmond picked a good time to get his first home run at Coors Field as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

Desmond hit a game-changing three-run homer in the fifth and finished with four RBIs to help the Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 10-8 on Friday night.

Colorado rookie Antonio Senzatela battled through six innings to tie for the major league lead in wins, and DJ LeMahieu had four hits for the second straight game for the Rockies, who have won seven straight over the Giants.

Desmond, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract in the offseason, hasn't showed much power after starting the season on the disabled list. Friday's homer was just his fifth but it gave the Rockies a lead they never

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:29:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies quiet Pirates to end 3-game losing streak]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-quiet-pirates-to-end-3-game-losing-streak/article/1605206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-quiet-pirates-to-end-3-game-losing-streak/article/1605206?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH — Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the season and rookie German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Marquez (5-3) gave up one run and four hits in five-plus innings as the Rockies avoided being swept for the first time this season. Raimel Tapia went 4 for 4 and scored three times for Colorado. Jake McGee bailed the Rockies out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh. Colorado picked up its major-league best 25th road win.

The Pirates managed just one extra-base hit and left eight men on as their season-high four-game winning streak came to an end.

Chad Kuhl (1-6)

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:57:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Jaso's pinch-hit homer powers Pirates by Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/jasos-pinch-hit-homer-powers-pirates-by-rockies/article/1605107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jasos-pinch-hit-homer-powers-pirates-by-rockies/article/1605107?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH — John Jaso hit a pinch-hit two-run homer off Colorado's Adam Ottavino in the seventh inning to break a tie and Andrew McCutchen homered twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled away from the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Jaso sent the second pitch he saw from Ottavino (0-1) just over the fence in center field for his second pinch-hit homer of the season and fifth of his career. Gerrit Cole (4-6) broke out of a funk to allow just one run in seven strong innings.

The Pirates have won a season-high four straight following a four-game losing streak that dropped them to last in the NL Central.

Tony Wolters had two hits and an RBI for Colorado. Trevor Story drove in a run and scored for the

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:34:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Desmond, Rockies slam Padres 10-1, stop San Diego streak]]> http://gazette.com/desmond-rockies-slam-padres-10-1-stop-san-diego-streak/article/feed/466216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/desmond-rockies-slam-padres-10-1-stop-san-diego-streak/article/feed/466216?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyler Chatwood rebounded from his worst start of the season and ensured San Diego would not get its first six-game winning streak in four years.

Nolan Arenado hit his 14th homer, Ian Desmond added a grand slam and the Rockies beat the Padres 10-1 Saturday.

Chatwood (5-7) allowed four hits in eight innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. Chatwood also had a pair of hits as the Rockies won for just the second time in six games.

"Through his mannerisms and his body language, he exuded confidence and I think it showed up in his pitching," Rockies manager Bud Black said.

In his previous outing, Chatwood gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Seattle.

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]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 20:25:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies end Padres’ winning streak with 10-1 rout]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-end-padres-winning-streak-with-10-1-rout/article/feed/466239?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-end-padres-winning-streak-with-10-1-rout/article/feed/466239?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO — Jhoulys Chacin hung a slider. Then he hung his head.

A drive rocketed off the bat of Nolan Arenado. The baseball touched down 428 feet away, in the second deck of Petco Park’s left-field seats. As far as home runs go, this was rare territory.

The Colorado Rockies, a team Chacin once pitched for and one he had never faced, invaded his new home Saturday, turning a safe haven into the site of a blowout.

Aside from a few mistakes, Chacin gave the Padres a chance. Their bullpen did not, crumbling shortly after the starting pitcher’s exit. San Diego’s five-game winning streak went with it, ending in a 10-1 defeat.

Tyler Chatwood outdueled his former teammate, limiting an offense that scored eight tim

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]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 20:20:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies Padres Baseball]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-padres-baseball/article/feed/466043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-padres-baseball/article/feed/466043?custom_click=rss San Diego Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe, right, picks up the ball after second baseman Yangervis Solarte (26) missed the catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 3, 2017, in San Diego. Padres center fielder Franchy Cordero is at left.

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Sat, 03 Jun 2017 18:21:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies-Padres Runs]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-padres-runs/article/feed/466059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-padres-runs/article/feed/466059?custom_click=rss Rockies fourth. Nolan Arenado strikes out swinging. Carlos Gonzalez reaches on error. Fielding error by Yangervis Solarte. Ian Desmond grounds out to shallow infield, Cory Spangenberg to Wil Myers. Carlos Gonzalez to second. Gerardo Parra singles to right center field. Carlos Gonzalez scores. Trevor Story flies out to center field to Franchy Cordero.

1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left on. Rockies 1, Padres 0.

Rockies fifth. Tony Wolters grounds out to second base, Yangervis Solarte to Wil Myers. Tyler Chatwood doubles to deep center field. Charlie Blackmon strikes out swinging. DJ LeMahieu singles to right field. Tyler Chatwood scores. Nolan Arenado homers to center field. DJ LeMahieu scores. Carlos Gonzalez flies out to right cen

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]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 18:17:45 -0600 <![CDATA[APTOPIX Rockies Padres Baseball]]> http://gazette.com/aptopix-rockies-padres-baseball/article/feed/466211?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aptopix-rockies-padres-baseball/article/feed/466211?custom_click=rss San Diego Padres shortstop Allen Cordoba can't reach a hit for a single by the Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in San Diego.

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Sat, 03 Jun 2017 18:07:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Surging Padres beat Rockies 8-5 for fifth straight win]]> http://gazette.com/surging-padres-beat-rockies-8-5-for-fifth-straight-win/article/feed/466055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/surging-padres-beat-rockies-8-5-for-fifth-straight-win/article/feed/466055?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres haven't been pushovers of late. Not after knocking off three of the National League's top teams.

Austin Hedges, Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers homered, leading San Diego to an 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

The Padres followed their sweep of the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs by beating the Rockies, who have a share of the NL West lead. This winning run, the Padres' longest since 2015, stated with a road triumph over the Washington Nationals.

That's quite an accomplishment for the Padres, who were among the majors' worst clubs before their turnaround.

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]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 01:33:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies use pair of homers to outlast Mariners 6-3]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-use-pair-of-homers-to-outlast-mariners-6-3/article/feed/465714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-use-pair-of-homers-to-outlast-mariners-6-3/article/feed/465714?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — With the count in his favor and Colorado struggling to score runs in recent days, Mark Reynolds figured getting a high fastball on a 2-1 pitch was a good time to swing for the fences.

No fence — or park — was going to contain that swing.

"You've got to pick your spots where you try to hit one far," Reynolds said. "I figured 2-1 count, first at-bat there, was a pretty good spot to take a chance."

Reynolds and Nolan Arenado homered to back Kyle Freeland, and the Rockies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Colorado closed out four straight games against the Mariners in interleague play by jumping on Yovani Gallardo (2-6) with four runs in the s

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]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:34:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Segura, Cruz exit early as Mariners fall to Rockies, 6-3]]> http://gazette.com/segura-cruz-exit-early-as-mariners-fall-to-rockies-6-3/article/feed/465718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/segura-cruz-exit-early-as-mariners-fall-to-rockies-6-3/article/feed/465718?custom_click=rss SEATTLE — All the good vibes, all the positive momentum, from the Mariners’ four-game winning streak were wiped away during one short stretch midway through Seattle’s 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Safeco Field.

First, shortstop Jean Segura had to be helped off the field with a right ankle injury after his hard slide into second base during the fourth inning.

Then in the fifth, designated hitter Nelson Cruz was lifted for a pinch hitter, a move necessary after Cruz had been earlier hit in the left hand by a Kyle Freeland fastball.

There was no immediate word on the severity of the injuries, but they continue what has been a hard-luck season for a club that has been riddled with injuries.

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]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:40:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies Mariners Baseball]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-mariners-baseball/article/feed/465422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-mariners-baseball/article/feed/465422?custom_click=rss Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, right, watches as a trainer talks with Nelson Cruz (23) after Cruz was hit on the top of his left hand with a pitch from Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Seattle. Cruz remained in the game but was replaced with pinch-hitter Boog Powell in the fifth inning. The Rockies won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ted S.

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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:40:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies-Mariners Runs]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-mariners-runs/article/feed/465451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-mariners-runs/article/feed/465451?custom_click=rss Rockies second. Carlos Gonzalez walks. Mark Reynolds homers to center field. Carlos Gonzalez scores. Gerardo Parra doubles to deep left center field. Ian Desmond out on a sacrifice bunt to shallow infield, Yovani Gallardo to Danny Valencia. Gerardo Parra to third. Trevor Story singles to left field. Gerardo Parra scores. Tony Wolters singles to right field. Trevor Story to third. Charlie Blackmon out on a sacrifice fly to Kyle Seager. Tony Wolters to third. Trevor Story scores. DJ LeMahieu grounds out to third base, Kyle Seager to Danny Valencia.

4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rockies 4, Mariners 0.

Mariners second. Kyle Seager flies out to deep center field to Charlie Blackmon. Guillermo Heredia homers to left field. T

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]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:20:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Paxton, Valencia lead Mariners past Rockies, 5-0]]> http://gazette.com/paxton-valencia-lead-mariners-past-rockies-5-0/article/feed/465448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paxton-valencia-lead-mariners-past-rockies-5-0/article/feed/465448?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — Despite missing almost a month, James Paxton picked up where he left off.

Paxton and three relievers combined on a four-hitter to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Paxton (4-0), activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, retired 16 of the first 17 hitters he faced, allowing only a two-out infield single in the third inning. Paxton, making his first start since May 2, struck out Pat Valaika to open the sixth, but then allowed consecutive singles to Tony Wolters and Charlie Blackmon, ending his 74-pitch outing.

"Healthy, it felt great. It was good to be back out there," said Paxton, who had been sidelined with a left forearm strain.

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]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:55:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Paxton shines in return as Mariners blank Rockies, 5-0]]> http://gazette.com/paxton-shines-in-return-as-mariners-blank-rockies-5-0/article/feed/465450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paxton-shines-in-return-as-mariners-blank-rockies-5-0/article/feed/465450?custom_click=rss SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais had but modest ambitions for James Paxton, making his first start in nearly a month.

“My expectations are very tempered by the fact that I don’t expect him to go out there and shut somebody out, give up two hits and punch out eight or 10,” Servais said before the game.

OK, those were the expectations.

But these were the results: three hits, six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in the Mariners’ 5-0 win Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. That’s four straight wins for the Mariners, including three straight against the first-place Rockies, but this was as much about Paxton as the result.

The Mariners are in desperate need of starting pitching.

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]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:15:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Rockies player Ryan Spilborghs brings one of many 'big footprints' to Windsor youth sports facility]]> http://gazette.com/former-rockies-player-ryan-spilborghs-brings-one-of-many-big-footprints-to-windsor-youth-sports-facility/article/feed/465115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-rockies-player-ryan-spilborghs-brings-one-of-many-big-footprints-to-windsor-youth-sports-facility/article/feed/465115?custom_click=rss When Ryan Spilborghs was 10 years old, the future baseball player traveled to Palmdale, Calif., for one of the first tournaments he played in.

His native Santa Barbara didn't have much in the way of baseball infrastructure, and even that tournament was played on small, unkempt fields, nowhere near the vision for what the Rocky Mountain Sports Park is, but Spilborghs had the time of his life.

The RMSP will be, by acreage and number of fields, the biggest sports park in the world, according to its developers. It'll hold 65 fields across 413 acres in Windsor at the northwest corner of Colo. 257 and Weld County Road 74, which becomes Harmony Road as it approaches Fort Collins.

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]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 09:34:51 -0600 <![CDATA[List: 10 Rockies teams to emerge from Memorial Day with a winning record]]> http://gazette.com/list-10-rockies-teams-to-emerge-from-memorial-day-with-a-winning-record/article/feed/465200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-10-rockies-teams-to-emerge-from-memorial-day-with-a-winning-record/article/feed/465200?custom_click=rss This is the 10th time in Colorado's team history that it has emerged from Memorial Day with a winning record.

Here's a look at how this team compares with the others that were above .500 at this point and how they finished the season.

And one more interesting note: These Rockies entered Monday 33-19 through 52 games. The 2007 "Rocktober" team finished the final 52 games of the regular season with an identical mark of 33-19. That team was 24-27 through Memorial Day before its run to the NL pennant.


Top Rox through Memorial Day:

1. 2017

33-20 (.634) on May 29

Finished: ???

Manager: Bud Black

Top position player by WAR: Nolan Arenado

Top pitcher by WAR: Antonio Senzatela


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]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 06:35:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Seager homers, drives in 4 as Mariners beat Rockies 10-4]]> http://gazette.com/seager-homers-drives-in-4-as-mariners-beat-rockies-10-4/article/feed/465121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seager-homers-drives-in-4-as-mariners-beat-rockies-10-4/article/feed/465121?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A road trip that began with a whimper ended with a bang for the suddenly resurgent Seattle Mariners.

Kyle Seager homered and drove in four runs, Robinson Cano also connected and Seattle beat the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Tuesday for its third straight win.

"It definitely feels good," Seager said. "Nobody likes losing, so anytime you win some games you feel good."

The Mariners were scuffling while dropping seven of eight. After beating Washington to avoid a three-game sweep, Boston blanked them on consecutive days. Seattle then responded with 21 runs in the last three games to finish .500 on its eight-game trip.

"I said the other night in Boston I thought we hit rock bottom," manager Scott Servais sa

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