Quick Hits

May 22, 2009 | 8:40 pm | 5  

–The Rockies are 2-21 in games where the opposing team scores first.

–With a DH in the lineup, and Seth Smith in that role, Garrett Atkins batted eighth for the first time this season and went 0-for-2 with a walk and got hit with the first pitch he saw from Joel Zumaya. Atkins has three hits in his past 44 at-bats, his average falling to a season-low .187. Atkins was 10-for-36 in 13 previous games in his career batting eighth.

Clint Barmes went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. His single in the fifth extended Barmes’ hitting streak to seven games. He’s 8-for-22 during his streak and has walked in consecutive games for the first time this season; indeed, Barmes, who has six walks and a .306 on-base percentage, had three walks in 108 bats before Thursday’s game at Atlanta. He has hit safely in seven of eight games on this road trip.

Chris Iannetta failed to hit the ball out of the infield while going 0-for-4, leaving him hitless in his past 11 at-bats.

–The Rockies, who are visiting Detroit in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history, have lost five of their past six games against the Tigers. The win ended Detroit’s six-game losing streak in interleague games.

Ubaldo Jimenez has pitched seven innings in four of his past five starts, going 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in those games, three of which the Rockies lost.

–Jimenez began the season by not allowing a home run in 42 1/3 innings before Pittsburgh’s Nate McLouth ended that streak Sunday. He worked 3 2/3 innings after that hit and another 3 2/3 innings Friday before yielding his second homer of the season to Brandon Inge.

Troy Tulowitzki‘s single in the second broke a string of nine hitless at-bats.


  • Dan | May 23, 2009 | 9:28 am

    The Rockies are going nowhere this year with Hurdle and company running things. What few fans they have left are rapidly leaving. Atkins is the most overrated player on the team. Too bad we didnt trade him over the winter, at least for a peanut vendor or something like that. It would have been addition by subtraction! I have only been to 2 games so far and dont plan on seeing many more.Can you say “wait till next year”?

  • Marc | May 23, 2009 | 11:02 am

    Baseball fan:

    It’s Marc with a c, not a k.
    George will be back on Monday…he took some time off to see his son pitch.

    Thanks for watching FSN. Marc Stout

  • Bud | May 23, 2009 | 11:09 am

    I’m onboard with everything said here. I’ve been to 4 games this year, sitting behind the Rox dugout, and the look of boredom on the faces of the players as they come off the field is enough to make me stay away for the rest of the season. It’s only May, and they have given up. I resent being charged 11 bucks for a dog and a beer, esp. when the team I am supporting looks like they don’t even want to play baseball anymore.

  • Bob | May 23, 2009 | 11:46 am

    I think Carmelo Anthony described the Rockies when he said after game 2 against the Lakers that “last year the lead would have gone from 10 to 20 and I would be sitting here talking about a loss.” That’s exactly what the Rockies are doing. They fall behind and think here we go again, we are going to lose another one. They just don’t seem to have the “oomph” to get back in the game. The talent is there, they have the ability. They just don’t have it mentally. I think that is what Carmelo was referring to, the Nuggets didn’t believe they could win last year. Now they do and look at what is happening!!!!

  • Karl | May 23, 2009 | 1:37 pm

    I still believe in the team and perhaps they won’t do better than .500. Just a tough schedule to start with and then on the road a lot thru July 1st. After that it flips and they are home a lot more where they will play better. Which members are around then we shall see.