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There's nothing better than a blowout. Particularly one that allows Preston Wilson to pad his home run total, gives Jeff Francis an easy win, and kicks Clint Barmes' average up a few percentage points. What's not to like about a game where everyone 1-6 in the Colorado lineup had multiple hits? The only folks in the lineup without a hit were J.D. Closser, who at least walked and scored twice, and the pitcher.
The Rockies, to my disappointment, only managed one homer off of Eric Milton (Wilson's solo shot in the fifth), but they made up for it with an endless six-run sixth off the unsuspecting Ryan Wagner. This was one of those amusing Coors Pinball innings with three infield singles, a double off of Joe Randa's glove, and two outs at the plate. After that the Rockies were only a disappointing Byung-Hyun Kim stint and a dominant Marcos Carvajal appearance away from their easiest win since Jeremy Jennings went the distance against the Dodgers in April.
The hope now is that the psychic damage inflicted tonight upon the Reds' bullpen will roll over into tomorrow's contest against a much better starting pitcher, Aaron Harang. And that Derrek Lee will slow down for ten seconds so the world can notice how hot Matt Holliday is. It's lovely when the Rockies manage to win laughers, because I can breathe a little bit and appreciate the finer points of the game. For example: the way Carvajal turns his left toe inwards like a ballet dancer's at the top of his motion. Beautiful.
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