|Joe Saunders rules Rockies|
The Arizona lefty had a career 4.10 ERA entering Tuesday night. His peripheral numbers would indicate he's not even that good. Yet, he looked like an All Star against the Rockies, as he has before (3.32 ERA before Tuesday), allowing just two runs on three hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts.
Michael Cuddyer homered twice and the only other hit came from, yes, a pitcher - Josh Roenicke.
Rookie shortstop Josh Rutledge has hit splendidly but struck out three times against the Diamondbacks.
Cuddyer's 14 homers tie the amount he hit two seasons ago at Minnesota (in 157 games). He still can surpass last season's total of 20 with the Twins although he needs to pick up the frequency of those yard balls.
Sometimes you have no choice but to pitch to hitters but the Rockies just don't seem to get it, as in how to waste pitches, get batters to hit bad pitches because certain players just keep hurting them, like Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and Arizona's Miguel Montero. Montero drove in two runs and has 51 RBI in 57 career games against Colorado.
Trevor Cahill and Jeff Francis oppose one another Wednesday in the finale of the series. Francis has a 7.68 ERA in his last seven outing against the Diamondbacks.
Rockies' Prospects Spotlight
Reliever Coty Woods' ERA in 38 games at Double-A Tulsa was a spectacular 0.76 but in six games at Triple-A Colorado Springs, it's 4.50. Woods was a 33rd-round pick in 2009 so his outstanding work through the minors shows excellent scouting and scouting decision making.
Tyler Chatwood allowed only two runs over seven innings for the Drillers, striking out seven. In seven games in the majors this season, Chatwood's ERA was 7.62. At Triple-A, it was 5.79 in nine contests. Now all the way down in Double-A, he has posted an ERA of 1.89 in three starts and looks like an interesting prospect again. He should spend the rest of the season where he's at working on his pitches and consistency but you know the Rockies will call him up again for another MLB beating.
Trevor Story hit his 28th double and Will Swanner (#13) homered and had three hits to raise his average to .333 at Low-A Asheville.
Grand Junction reliever Shawn Stuart now has an ERA of 2.33 in 19 1/3 innings. He has a 25/3 Strikeout-to-walks ratio. The three home runs allowed show he has to miss a little more of the plate.