Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Medlen overpowers Rockies and Arenado hot

Tyler Chatwood was awful. So awful. Awfulness to an exponential degree. But it didn't matter much.

Kris Medlen blows through Rockies' lineup
Chatwood walked five in three innings, gave up six runs, five earned, in a terrible effort but he would have had to be nearly perfect to help his team anyway.

Braves' starter Kris Medlen was overpowering as he confused and embarrassed Rockies' batters by striking out 12, walking none and giving up just one unearned run in a complete-game domination.

Once Chatwood was yanked the Rockies threw five innings of scoreless baseball, striking out seven, walking none and giving up just two hits.

The Rockies traditionally struggle with the Braves. Depending on how you look at it, they either have three more opportunities to beat Atlanta at home or three more dreaded trips to the diamond.

Today it's Drew Pomeranz against Tommy Hanson, two talented pitchers taking the mound. Neither is yet pitching up to their capability.

Rockies' Prospects Spotlight

Triple-A outfielder Matt McBride doubled twice and now has 42 of them on the season. His season batting average - .344. He's played at a high level all season and even saw the field with the Rockies.

Nolan Arenado
Third baseman Nolan Arenado doubled twice for Double-A Tulsa and has 36 now for the Drillers. He finished with three more hits as he continues his strong rush to the end of the season.

Just how hot is the Rockies' top hitting prospect? He smoked Texas League pitching in August, hitting .358. In September he's elevated that effectiveness, hitting .429.

Arenado will be remembered more for how he finished than his overall year, which was not quite as productive (12 homers, 56 RBI) as expected.

Grand Junction pitcher Jayson Aquino, a 19-year old Dominican, allowed three runs, two earned over 6 2/3 innings. His ERA rose to a still-impressive 1.87. He walked one, struck out six. He knows how to pitch, having excelled in the Dominican Summer League and making the early transition to the United States very well.

Grand Junction outfielder Max White was a second-round draft pick in June out of a Florida high school. As good as first-rounder and fellow prep outfielder David Dahl (.373 average) has been, White has been that bad, hitting under .200 and looking entirely lost at the plate. On Monday, however, he tripled twice, went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs.

White bumped his average to .201 with his stellar day.


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