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Saturday Night's Game
2007-04-07 19:00
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Well, I don't know about you folks, but I am completely ready to watch a Rockies game tonight. The rotation has been way better than advertised in the first several games, the lineup is exciting, and the bullpen comes to play. Colorado never had a streak of longer than four wins in a row for all of 2006; they have a chance to match that in their fifth game of 2007.

Can Josh Fogg follow on the heels of fine starts by Jason Hirsh and Rodrigo Lopez and beat David Wells and the Padres? The Rockies had their best road series of the whole year last season early in April against San Diego. Colorado seems to be able to hit at Petco Park for some unexplained reason. Well, I'll be checking in every few innings with my comments, feel free to join in.

Did anybody with Comcast order Extra Innings already? I can't figure out where they're hiding all the games, since the end of hockey season is taking up most of the channels baseball uses. Any help would be appreciated.

The Padres are wearing their military fatigue jerseys tonight. It seems like they slightly alter the design every year (maybe to represent different branches of the service, I don't know, you tell me) and every year they look ugly. The Rockies are wearing purple, again. If they keep playing this well, are they going to wear the purple jerseys all year? I hope so on both accounts.

2007-04-07 19:15:46
1.   Mark T.R. Donohue
With the lefty starting for the Padres, Clint Hurdle uses Jeff Baker and Jamey Carroll over Brad Hawpe and Kaz Matsui.

As for the San Diego lineup, boy, these guys have no power. Adrian Gonzalez is the #3 hitter and Mike Cameron slots in at #4. Brothers Marcus and Brian Giles hit one and two. Have there been a lot of other lead-off-with-dual-sibling lineups in baseball history?

2007-04-07 19:38:55
2.   Orly Yarly NoWai
1 This is the first since the Alou brothers in the 60's.
2007-04-07 19:44:16
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
2 Thanks.

Jamey Carroll puts the Rockies on the board first with a two-run single in the top of the third. Nice at-bats in the inning from Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Iannetta. Willy Taveras came up after Josh Fogg's successful sacrifice and flew out to center on the first pitch he saw.

2007-04-07 20:11:12
4.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Russell Branyan pokes an opposite-corner home run but Fogg narrowly avoids giving up any further damage. 2-1 Rockies in the fifth.
2007-04-07 21:05:55
5.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Josh Fogg pitched marvelously with runners on base for the whole game. Unfortunately, the bullpen wasn't able to pick him up, as Jeremy Affeldt allows an inherited Marcus Giles to score on an Adrian Gonzalez sac fly. 2-2 with the Rockies making another pitching change in the bottom of the seventh.
2007-04-07 21:36:39
6.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Uh-oh! Controversy reigns as Matt Holliday is clearly safe hustling down the line on the back end of a double play. The first base ump misses the call and we're on into the bottom of the ninth still tied at two.
2007-04-07 21:41:46
7.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Adrian Gonzalez wins the game for San Diego on an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. Guess I shouldn't have dissed his power, huh? So much for the Rockies' winning streak. They'll have their work cut out for them going for a series win tomorrow against Jake Peavy. Aaron Cook gets the start for Colorado.

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