Three in a row for the first time on the year, and how about Jamey Wright? The game began with the news that Shawn Chacon was going on the DL. Threats of Wright's demotion to the bullpen have been in the air since his last start. Where, you have to ask yourself, were the Rockies planning on acquiring two major league starters? No, BK doesn't count. For five innings yesterday, Wright made it look like he belonged.
After a brutal first where four Reds scored and two of the outs came on the basepaths, Wright awakened, keeping Cincinnati off the board and not walking a soul. He did give up six more hits (eleven total), but we are talking about Jamey Wright here. What's important is after looking like he was going to roll over and die in the first inning, Wright managed to keep the Rockies in the game until the inevitable Coors Field Rec League Softball inning, where Todd Helton and J.D. Closser came through big in giving the Rockies the lead.
Aaron Harang, who looked like the anti-Wright for five solid, inexplicably melted down in the sixth. Clint Barmes singled twice in the inning, once off Harang to lead it off and again off reliever Todd Coffey. The late innings belonged to the Rockies' no-name bullpen, with Jay Witasick's solo homer to Rich Aurilia (bet he wishes he could play at Coors more often) the only damage done. Brian Fuentes, hiding the ball terrifically, struck out two on his way to a perfect ninth and his fourth save.
Closser's double was the highlight, but let it not be forgotten he also pegged Felipe Lopez stealing in the first. Desi Relaford was 2 for 4 with a double. Other than Barmes, no one else on the Rockies had a multihit game as the offense was mostly limited to the sensational 6th. Matt Holliday's double and Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice fly provided a much-needed insurance run in the 8th. In short Colorado is playing as well as they have all year, and they're going to need to keep it going with the White Sox heading into Denver this week. Let's go for four in a row against Brandon Claussen today.