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Colorado Rockies’ Juan Nicasio Shuts Down San Diego Padres in 8-4 Win

April 18th, 2012 at 10:04 PM
By Mark McIntosh

Colorado Rockies Juan Nicasio pitched six and one-third innings giving up four runs and getting his first win of the season. His neck injury didn't seem to bother him while giving up seven hits and striking-out five in the Rox 8-4 victory at Coors Field.

His only down fall was giving up two home runs but registering no walks which proves he had great control and picked his spots in situational pitching. Nicasio is a solid three or maybe two in the rotation and will impress manager Jim Tracy with his high velocity fast balls and good control. 

Rox had 12 hits and scored eight runs while posting no errors in the field. All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had the night off and has been struggling in the field with six errors already in the first month of play. 

The Rox are at .500 winning percentage and their record is 6-6 looking to move up the standings in the NL West. The Arizona Diamondbacks are 7-3 while the Los Angeles Dodgers are surprising everyone with a 9-2 record leading the NL West.

Chris Nelson had a great game at the plate going 2-3, scoring twice and picking up two more RBI's adding to his total of four for the season. Nelson had a two-run double in the second and Jonathan Herrera hit a two-run homer to open up the inning with five total runs.  

There was another hero for the Rox in tonights win and that was Michael Cuddyer hitting another two-run bomb picking up two more RBI's and going 1-3, scored and lead the way for another Rox victory. 

Cuddyer has seven doubles, six RBI's and is batting .372 for the season. He is a hitting machine and with a .651 Slugging Percentage is giving Hall of Famer Todd Helton some good pitches to hone in on and produce more RBI's. They can not pitch around Todd to get to Michael because he is hitting so well. 

The only Padre to do anything against Nicasio was Chase Headley with his two home runs. Padres starting left-hander Clayton Richard pitched five and one-third innings, gave up eight runs on ten hits and yielded two homers. 

Richard, seen above, pitched his way into a loss by giving up eight earned runs but most of all letting the Rox launch two homers, and five runs in the second inning. 

Rox have a six-game road trip, starting Friday, to Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. This home stand they were 5-4 with some up and down run support and sloppy fielding. Tulo has to play better at shortstop and start hitting the ball better because his batting average has slumped to .244 to go along with those six errors. "Let's go TULO!"

Tags: Baseball, Chris Nelson, Colorado, Colorado Rockies, coors field, Juan, MLB, Nicasio, Padres

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