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Updated: 2017-08-19T21:28:12-06:00


Greg Holland allows three in the ninth, Rockies lose to Brewers 6-3



Greg Holland has allowed nine runs in the last two weeks

The Colorado Rockies lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3, despite a strong starting effort from Chad Bettis. When you consider that there was a runner on in every half inning except for two frames of the first seven innings, the top of the fifth and the top of the seventh, there was very little scoring. Every Rockies position player in the starting lineup had a hit, but the team only managed three runs. Meanwhile, the Brewers scored three runs off Greg Holland in the top of the ninth, continuing the Holland’s August struggles.

Bettis was very effective in his second start since returning from his cancer treatments. He got touched up in the fourth inning when he gave up a hit to opposing pitcher Brandon Woodruff. He scored on a triple to center field from Eric Thames. Thames was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Braun. Travis Shaw then hit a home run to make the score 3-0 Brewers. Those were the only runs Bettis allowed as he went seven innings, giving up eight hits and a walk versus six strikeouts.

Brewers starter Woodruff was a bit wilder than Bettis but only gave up one run. Jonathan Lucroy hit a single against his former team to drive in Gerardo Parra. However, Woodruff didn’t make it through five innings, throwing just four and two thirds while allowing five hits and three walks. Josh Hader came on in relief of Woodruff and threw one and two thirds of an inning, getting pulled after running into trouble in the bottom of seventh when Trevor Story hit a double. Story scored on a single from Charlie Blackmon, nudging the Rockies to within one run of the Brewers.

Righty Jacob Barnes was brought on to stop the rally, but Blackmon was able to steal second base, then scored the tying run on the single Barnes gave up to DJ LeMahieu. Though Barnes gave up a single to Nolan Arenado, putting runners on first and third with one out, he got Parra to strike out and Mark Reynolds to fly out, stopping the rally with the score tied 3-3 after seven innings. In a little statistical quirk, this was the first time all season that Hader had more than one run charged to him in an appearance.

Pat Neshek came on in the eighth inning to relieve Bettis. He worked through the heart of the Brewers order without allowing a baserunner, getting Braun and Shaw to fly out and striking out Brewers right fielder Hernan Perez. Of course, not all fly balls are created equal, as LeMahieu displayed catching Shaw’s flyball.

Colorado Rockies option Jeff Hoffman, Ryan McMahon



The Rockies have called up Scott Oberg and Mike Tauchman to take their place

The Rockies have optioned rookies Jeff Hoffman and Ryan McMahon, the team announced. Scott Oberg and Mike Tauchman will replace them on active roster.

Hoffman has struggled lately. The right-hander has only been able to pitch six innings in two out of his last six starts. His last two starts have been particularly rough: In 913 innings pitched, he’s allowed eight runs and given up five homers while striking out just two batters. Let’s hope he can get some rest and get right with a stint in Triple-A. He could be incredibly valuable out of the bullpen in a possible postseason run.

To the frustration of fans, McMahon, one of the Rockies’ top prospects, only got into four games and made two starts since being called up on August 11. It seemed like the Rockies brought him up for reasons other than getting regular major-league playing time.

Oberg returns to the Rockies after the Rockies sent him to Triple-A on August 4. He has a 5.91 ERA in 49 relief appearances for the Rockies in 2017. Because he was in the minor-leagues for fewer than 20 days, Oberg will keep an option year, for now at least. Tauchman is up for his second stint with the Rockies, as he served as the team’s fourth outfielder in late June and early July.

Rockies vs. Brewers preview: Probable pitchers, game times, and analysis


What you need to know about the Rockies and Brewers series Coming off a disappointing split at home against the lowly Braves, the Rockies have a chance to bounce back in a big way this weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rockies have seen their Wild Card cushion shrink over the last few weeks and now sit 5.5 games up on these very Brewers. Fortunately for the Rockies, they find themselves tied for the top Wild Card spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have also struggled in the second half. The Rockies sport a 37-23 record at home for the year and have gone 11-5 at home since the All-Star break. Of course, the Brewers are not just fighting for the Wild Card. They are only a game back of the Chicago Cubs and a half game up on the Cardinals in what is shaping up to be a thrilling NL Central race. The Brewers are coming into Coors Field after winning their last four games, all at home. However, they have really struggled on the road since the All-Star break, owning a 4-11 record. In their only other meeting this year, the Rockies took three out of four in Milwaukee to start the season. Offensive Notes The Brewers are relatively mediocre in most offensive categories. They fall right about in the middle of the league in wRC+, wOBA, BB%, AVG, OBP and most other categories. Their strengths lie in their over-the-fence power and their speed. They lead the league in home runs and sit second in steals. Nine Brewers have double-digit homeruns, the most in the National League. The Houston Astros are the only team in baseball with more double-digit guys is the at ten. The Brewers also have five guys who have double-digit steals, tied for the most in baseball with the Texas Rangers. All of this is to say the Brewers are not a top-heavy offense; instead, they are well balanced. Although they excel in only two areas, the Brewers really focus as a team on those areas and maximize their advantage. Starting Pitching Notes The Rockies will get Matt Garza, Brandon Woodruff, and Chase Anderson this weekend. Garza has been around for what feels like forever. He has been his usual self this season, pitching to contact and not striking out a lot of guys. His profile is not an ideal fit for Coors field so the Rockies will hope to take advantage. Woodruff is the 4th ranked prospect in the Brewers system and 90th overall in baseball. He has a good sinking fastball that leads to a lot of groundballs and can get him a few strikeouts. This will be just his third Major League start. Anderson will be taking the mound for the first time since June 28, when he left his start with an oblique injury. Prior to that injury he had been their best starter with a 2.89 ERA and a 3.44 FIP. Anderson mixes his pitches well and has good command of his arsenal. Bullpen Notes The Brewers bullpen is headlined by Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel. The two pack a powerful punch on the back end and have combined for 26 saves and 25 holds on the season. Knebel set the single season record this year with 45 consecutive games with a strikeout. He has a 15.38 K/9, trailing only Craig Kimbrel and Dellin Betances for the league lead. Josh Hader, a rookie and highly ranked prospect, is the other part of the bullpen that should scare the Rockies. Lefties are hitting .130 against him in 69 ABs across his two levels this season. He currently owns a 0.71 ERA in 25 and a third innings in his major league career. Defensive Notes The Brewers are a top ten defense in terms of Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). They are led by catcher Manny Pina, shortstop Orlando Arcia, and super utility man Hernan Perez. The three have combined to produce 28 DRS for the team. This is an athletic and rangy group who make a lot of highlight reel plays. However, they’ve also had their share of struggles. While he has a positive DRS, Orlando Arcia has committed 15 errors this year, second most among shortstops in baseball. Jonathan Villar is currently sitting atop the league with 14 errors at second base. They may make a few spectacular [...]

Colorado Rockies prospect Garrett Hampson continues strong August in Lancaster win


The JetHawks infielder had 3 hits in an 8-2 win over San Jose. Lancaster JetHawks second baseman and 2016 third-round pick Garrett Hampson had three hits in an 8-2 win over the San Jose Giants on Thursday. It was the third time in five games that Hampson has had three hits, raising his batting average to .318 on the season for Lancaster. Overall, he is hitting .318/.378/.450 with 39 extra-base hits, including 10 triples and seven home runs. There were no extra-base hits for Hampson Thursday, but he did have a trio of singles, adding his 46th stolen base of the season and scored a run in the sixth inning to his performance. It was the continuation of a hot August for the Long Beach State product that has seen him hit .388 with a 1.034 OPS in 16 games this month. Game Recaps Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 5, El Paso Chihuahuas 2 Raimel Tapia (No. 4 PuRP): 0-for-4 Jordan Patterson (No. 15 PuRP): 1-for-4, R, RBI Tony Wolters: 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI Double-A: New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11, Hartford Yard Goats 5 Brian Mundell (No. 17 PuRP): 2-for-3, 2B, RBI Corelle Prime: 1-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI High-A: Lancaster JetHawks 8, San Jose Giants 2 Garrett Hampson (No. 13 PuRP): 3-for-5, R, SB Sam Hilliard (No. 26 PuRP): 0-for-4, BB, R Low-A: Rome Braves 7, Asheville Tourists 3 Tyler Nevin (No. 22 PuRP): 0-for-4 Vince Fernandez (No. 25 PuRP): 1-for-2, BB, RBI Short-Season A: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 14, Boise Hawks 5 Danny Edgeworth: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI Daniel Jipping: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 11, Missoula Osprey 5 Chad Spanberger (No. 30 PuRP): 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI Casey Golden: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB Friday Probables Triple-A: Zach Jemiola at El Paso, 7:05 p.m. MT Double-A: Ryan Castellani (No. 6 PuRP) vs. Reading, 5:05 p.m. MT High-A: Peter Lambert (No. 5 PuRP) at Inland Empire, 8:05 p.m. MT Low-A: Erick Julio at Lexington, 5:05 p.m. MT Short-Season A: Nick Kennedy at Salem-Keizer, 7:35 p.m. MT DSL: TBD at DSL Twins, 8:30 a.m. MT [...]