The uncertainty provides charm. Spring training brings optimism. Then predictions create fools of all of us. The Washington Nationals aren't looking terribly sexy as a World Series pick. The Pirates have more wins than the Giants. And the Yankees' David Robertson has as many saves this month as Mariano Rivera? Really. In a sport that is routinely hard to figure out one thing has followed suit this season. The Rockies crush Edinson Volquez. It's a pretty safe bet that he'd rather floss his teeth with barbed wire than pitch another game at Coors Field after getting soaked in a 14-2 loss Monday night. The right-hander was an easy victim in the Rockies' fourth straight win as they try to cleanse the memory of their recent road trip. Even without all-star outfielder Michael Cuddyer available because of an illness even with Troy Tulowitzki knee deep in a slump Colorado ambushed Volquez. By the sixth inning every Rockies starter including pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had a hit run or an RBI. Volquez absorbed the damage as the Rockies improved to 6-2 against San Diego at home. Persistent rain and a scary lightning show provided the setting though it was unclear if the waterfall was simply Volquez's ERA sobbing uncontrollably. He has worked 12 innings at Coors Field this season allowing 29 hits and 21 earned runs for a tidy 14.92 ERA. The Padres have lost all five of his starts against Colorado this year. He surrendered eight earned runs on Monday leaving his career ERA in Denver at 8.39. Nothing happened early to inspire his confidence. Not his pitches or a sloppy defense (the Padres had three errors through seven innings before the game went into a rain delay). The Rockies scored a pair of runs on a Corey Dickerson double and Wilin Rosario's single. Rosario has hit as well as any catcher since June 15 lifting his numbers back on pace to his breakout rookie season. Three runs followed in the second. DJ LeMahieu who was in the middle of everything Monday homered and center fielder Will Venable misplayed a single into a double that threw accelerant on the rally. LeMahieu provided damage with his second home run in the second inning. A three-run fifth hastened Volquez's exit.
Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin turns in gem in victory against Padres
Denver Post | Aug 13