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Rockies fall as bullpen, offense again stumble

Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani struggled through 5 1/3 innings Sunday, but somehow allowed only one unearned run and left with the Rockies leading 3-1. Unfortunately Colorado wouldn’t score again, while the Angels rallied for a 5-3 victory at Coors Field.

Castellani allowed just one hit, but walked six and hit a batter over the course of 96 pitches. In all the Rockies walked 10 batters as they lost the three-game series against Los Angeles.

Had the offense managed more than three runs the bullpen’s inability to keep the Angels bats in checked might not have mattered. Instead Colorado is now 21-25 on the season and dropping further behind the Giants (23-24) in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

“We’ve talked about it all season. We need the big hit with runners in scoring position. We’ve got to break through, keep the line moving and string hits together, more than just a couple — and (we) can’t rely on one grand slam.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of his offense’s inability to come through when it mattered most on Sunday.

Pujols makes history

On the other side of the diamond Sunday was one of the all-time greats adding another achievement to list of accomplishments. Albert Pujols hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time home runs list.

The two-run homer off Colorado’s Carlos Estévez in the eight inning put the Angels ahead for good.

“For it to be the game winner on top of all that, it was kind of like a perfect moment for him. And for us. We’re still not out of this thing, mathematically, and to get a big knock like that, it could help get our spirits (up) for the next couple days.”

Angels manager Joe Maddon said after the game.

Highlights: Angels 5, Rockies 3

Extra bases

  • Colorado’s Nolan Arenado didn’t play Sunday as he continues to deal with soreness in his left shoulder.
    “It’s something that I’ve had for some time, and I’ve tried to play through it,” Arenado said before the game. “It’s flared up sometimes, then gone down. It’s flaring up again. Trainers are helping me through it, but it’s frustrating.”
  • Outfielder Raimel Tapia was replaced by David Dahl in the fifth inning after suffering from dizziness after hitting his head on a diving catch earlier in the game.
  • The Rockies are off today before opening a two-game series against Oakland at Coors Field on Tuesday. Righty Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 3.69 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener for Colorado.
  • The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders made a to-do list for the Rockies to check off in order to make the playoffs this season.
  • While this weekend TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke answered readers questions.
  • In other MLB news on Sunday Cubs right-hander Alex Mills no-hit the Brewers in a 12-0 Chicago win.

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Rockies swept by Padres, nine-game homestand on tap

The Rockies-Padres series mercifully came to a close for Colorado, as San Diego finished off a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win.

Colorado lost in walk-off fashion Monday (1-0) and got routed Tuesday (14-5) before dropping another close game to finish out the series Wednesday.

The Rockies are off today before starting a nine-game homestand Friday, with a three game series against the Angels. After that Colorado has a short two-game series vs. Oakland and then a four-game set vs. the Dodgers.

The homestand is the last one of the season for Colorado. After the series finale on Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. L.A. the Rockies play four games each vs. the Giants and Diamondbacks on the road to finish the year.

Chances for Rocktober?

Despite sitting at 20-23, the Rockies still have a legitimate chances at making the playoffs this season, assuming they can start winning at home. Colorado is 9-12 at Coors, including going 4-10 over the past 14 games there.

As it stands heading into Thursday’s games, the Rockies (20-23, .465) trail the Giants (23-21, .523) and Marlins (19-19, .500) for one of the final two playoffs berths.

Remember, this season, due to games being canceled over COVID-19 outbreaks, there’s a chance not all teams will play a full 60-game season. In that case winning percentage will determine who gets in.

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No fans, no fun for Nolan

The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders wrote about how Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado might miss having fans at games more than anyone else.

“It’s nice to have that energy, that little pick me up. Sometimes it’s hard to find, within yourself, when you are going day-to-day. So it’s fun to play in good environments because that gets you going.”

Arenado said before Wednesday’s game.

Dahl returns

One bright spot Wednesday was the return of outfielder David Dahl for Colorado. Dahl had been on the 10-day IL due to lower back soreness and last played in a game on Aug. 17.

He didn’t play Wednesday, but manager Bud Black is hoping Dahl is able to contribute down the stretch for the Rockies.

“It looks as though he’s healthy, he’s ready to go, he’s in a good frame of mind. We’ll try to get him in there as we get to the weekend and as we get to this homestand. But we need David to be ready.”

Black said.

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Padres hammer Rockies, González 14-5

A night after getting shutout by San Diego things started off well for Colorado. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, his first on the road this season, in the top of the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, then the bottom of the first happened. Colorado starter Chi Chi González walked three and […]

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Padres hammer Rockies, González 14-5

A night after getting shutout by San Diego things started off well for Colorado. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, his first on the road this season, in the top of the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, then the bottom of the first happened.

Colorado starter Chi Chi González walked three and hit a batter while recording just one out before he was removed for José Mujica who came on for his major league debut. It was not one he’ll want to remember. The first batter he faced, Wil Myers, hit a grand slam. When the inning ended Colorado trailed 5-3.

By the time the second inning was over the Padres’ lead had ballooned to 10-3. And when all was said and done San Diego rolled to a 14-5 win on Tuesday night in San Diego.

“So, 3-0, especially after last night, when only one run was scored … and we jump right out against a very good pitcher. We gave Chi Chi an opportunity to go down there and have a shutdown innings. Then things got away from Chi Chi.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said after Tuesday’s loss.

Season finale vs. Padres

Tonight marks not only the final game of the three-game series between Colorado and San Diego, but their final meeting of the season unless they play each other in the playoffs.

Righty Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.33 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against righty Zach Davies (6-2, 2.23 ERA) for the Padres.

Extra bases

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Padres walk off Rockies 1-0 Monday night

Kyle Freeland threw six shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres won 1-0 on Jurickson Profar’s walk-off double in the ninth inning Monday night in San Diego. With the loss Colorado is now 20-21 with 19 games left in the season.

As it currently stand the Rockies are on the outside of the playoff race, trailing both the Giants and Marlins, who are both .500.

Freeland returns to form

Freeland, still looking to prove his struggles in 2019 were a one off, was facing San Diego for the third time in the past month and was coming off back-to-back rough starts.

After beginning the season 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his first six starts he struggled in his last two outings earning two no decisions despite an ERA of 11.37. As for Monday, Freeland changed up his approach against San Diego.

“It was a different plan of attack. It was the third time I had faced them in the last (few) weeks. In my second start against them, they sort of sat soft on me and I could see that. So we changed up the game plan and got them back off balance throwing with hard action (inside) to get them off the soft stuff away.”

Freeland said.

Rockies manager Bud Black likes what he’s seeing from the Colorado lefty.

“Kyle has that capability to do some things, to change his game, which I think is the mark of a developing young pitcher.”

Black said after the loss.

Extra bases

The Rockies managed seven hits in the game, including two each from Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado.

  • Padres starer Dinelson Lamet threw 7 2/3 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. It was the deepest he’s pitched in a MLB game in his career.
  • The two teams square off again tonight at 7:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Chi Chi González (0-0, 5.00 ERA) starting for Colorado against Mike Clevinger (1-2, 3.14 ERA) going for San Diego. González is taking the place of injured starter Jon Gray, while Clevinger is making his second starter since the Padres traded for the righty.
  • Colorado signed former All-Star reliever AJ Ramos and assigned him to the team’s alternate training camp.
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Rockies blanked 6-0, add OF Pillar via trade

On a day when the Rockies traded for Boston outfielder Kevin Pillar Colorado’s bats were silent as San Diego blanked the Rockies 6-0 at Coors Field to take the four-game series and drop Colorado a game below .5oo (17-18).

Rockies starter Germán Márquez wasn’t sharp, but with Colorado’s offense MIA it didn’t really matter. Márquez labored through six innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

“His stuff is fine, he’s just not hitting spots. I’m not worried about the arm. Right now it’s about location. He’s not making enough good pitches at the most critical times.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Márquez after the game.

Márquez has now lost a career-worst four decisions in a row and is 2-5 with a 4.88 ERA on the season. During his past five starts he’s 0-4 with a 6.83 ERA.

“My fastball location wasn’t good today,. I missed with a couple of pitches but I have to hang in there and keep working.”

Márquez said.

Offensive woes

On the offensive side of things third baseman Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, but that’s about the only good news for the Rockies. Colorado finished the game with seven hits, all singles, save for a double by Daniel Murphy.

When asked after the game if he thinks the offense can get things turned around Arenado had this to say:

“I believe so. We just haven’t been consistent at all. That’s kind of our thing this year. We just haven’t been consistent throughout the lineup, and you see the Padres over there and they’re on fire — all the hitters over there.”

Rockies add OF Pillar

Before the game the Rockies traded for Pillar from the Red Sox in hopes that he can help offensively as well as defensively. But the fact is Pillar likely will help more patrolling the outfield, than he will at the plate.

Black said he expects Pillar to play center field for the Rockies and bat in the lower half of the lineup, which has been another sore spot for the Rockies.

Another reason Colorado acquire Pillar is due to the fact David Dahl remains on the IL and it’s not clear when he will return. The Rockies will trade either a player to be named or cash considerations, as well as international amateur signing bonus pool space for Pillar.

Rodgers goes back on injured list

On Monday the Rockies also placed infielder Brendan Rodgers on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain. Colorado is hopeful the injury is minor.

Since being recalled from alternative camp on Aug. 19 Rodgers has played in seven games hitting 0.95 (2-for-21) with a double and two RBI.

Extra bases

The Rockies welcome in the Giants for a quick two-game series starting tonight (6:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet). Colorado righty Jon Gray (2-3, 5.45 ERA) will take the mound for the Rockies, while the Giants have yet to name a starter for the game.

  • MLB.com ranked all the trades made on Monday. The Rockies acquisition of Pillar ranked seventh overall. Unfortunately for Rockies fans, the Padres trade for Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger ranked No. 1.

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Rockies fall again, but trade for O’s reliever Givens

On Sunday the Rockies got hammered by the Padres 13-2 in the third game of the teams’ four-game series at Coors Field. Before the game Colorado made what could prove to be a fairly major move by trading for Baltimore right-handed reliever Mychal Givens.

Givens, who primarily uses a fastball that sits in the upper 90s and a hard slider, has been stellar as a setup man for the Orioles this season. He currently sports a 1.38 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

“He’s a proven big league relief pitcher who will definitely help us. We’re excited to have him. I know the guys in the clubhouse were excited to see the name. He’s a good one. We’ll use him in the back end of the game to help us win. He’s done that in the past.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Givens.

Whether Givens steps into the Rockies’ closer role remains to be seen, but Colorado clearly needs help in its bullpen. Wade Davis (shoulder strain) and Scott Oberg (blood clots) were projected to be Colorado’s closer and setup man to start the season and both are on the IL, with Oberg being out for the season.

The rest of Rockies pen has been fairly shaky aside from the surprise emergence of Daniel Bard.

“This isn’t the first time that we’ve actually asked on Mychal Givens over the past few years. What he has done in the past fits into our later innings. There’s a lot of experience there, a lot of production.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said of acquiring Givens.

As for whether Colorado will make any more moves before today’s trade deadline Bridich had this to say:

“We certainly have other conversations that are somewhat ongoing. We may or may not be done, I’m not sure. There’s typically a lot of action on the last day of the Deadline.”

Sunday, not fun-day for Rockies

As for the game on Sunday, things started poorly and didn’t get any better for the Rockies. Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani gave up five runnings in just two innings of work and all four relievers who followed gave up at least one run in the loss to San Diego.

As for Colorado’s offense the only real positive came from Nolan Arenado going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in the loss. Arenado’s average is up to .268 as he continues to try and work his way out of a season-long slump.

Series finale tonight

The Rockies and Padres finish off their four-game series at Coors Field tonight on a game that will be televised on ESPN, only available out-of-market unfortunately, and AT&T Sports Net. Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.50 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against San Diego’s Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA).

Padres continue to load up

On Monday morning the Padres traded for Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger in a blockbuster deal. The trade is the fifth the Padres have made since Saturday.

Along with Clevinger, San Diego has acquired first baseman Mitch Moreland, catchers Austin Nola and Jason Castro, and closer Trevor Rosenthal.

While it would seem like the Padres are going all-in on this season, the fact is a lot of the players they’ve acquired are under contract for multiple season, so they likely will help them in the coming years as well.

Extra bases

TheAthltic.com’s Nike Groke wrote about why the Rockies acquired Givens. And within the piece there was a telling quote from Arenado that I found fairly telling of the state of the team right now.

“Urgency is at an all-time high. We have to find a way to win series and find a way to sneak in.”

Arenado said.

It’s always hard to tell tone, but it sounds almost desperate from the Rockies star.

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Rockies reach halfway mark at 15-15 after win

Nolan Arenado picked up his first extra base hits on the road this season and Daniel Bard made things exciting in the ninth as the Rockies held on to bead the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night in Arizona. Colorado is now 15-15 at the halfway point of this truncated MLB season.

Arenado has struggled for seemingly most of the season so far, but his RBI double to score Trevor Story in the seventh inning gave the Rockies the lead 4-3 lead and his run scored later in the inning on a passed ball proved the difference in the game. His RBI double in the first inning, also scoring Story, was his first extra base hit of the season away from Coors Field.

After the game the Rockies third baseman talked about how bizarre it feels to already be entering the second half of the season.

“It’s weird being at the end already. I think that’s something none of us are used to. It feels like we just started, and now we’re almost done. That’s the disappointing part about playing a 60-game season, but at the same time, it’s better than nothing, so we’re just happy to be back out here and trying to get in that playoff.”

Arenado said.

Pitching dicey, but gets the job done

Rockies right Germán Márquez was not sharp for his second straight start as he labored to get through five innings while allowing six hits, three walks and striking out five. But when he left the score was tied 3-3.

“My fastball didn’t have its good command, but I battled. I gave us a chance to win.”

Márquez said after Colorado’s 5-4 win.

Colorado manager Bud Black could tell that his No. 1 starter didn’t have his A stuff on Tuesday.

“With Germán, it was like his last start, he looked just a little bit uncomfortable. He just couldn’t get in a rhythm of repeating pitches, repeating his delivery. And some balls were elevated up in the strike zone.”

Black said.

In the ninth inning Bard came on with the Rockies leading 5-3 and he picked up his third save of the season and second in as many nights, but the road to getting there was much more harrowing.

Bard walked Kole Calhoun to lead off the inning and had two outs before things got interesting. David Peralta then singled to bring Arizona to within one. Bard next hit Christian Walker with a pitch, then walked Eduardo Escobar to load the bases.

Out came pitching coach Steve Foster to check on Bard, who proceeded to strike out Nick Ahmed on three straight pitches to end the game.

Extra bases

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Nuggets try to stave off elimination vs. Jazz

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Márquez roughed up as Rockies skid hits four

Colorado’s offense finally came alive on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, unfortunately No. 1 starter Germán Márquez had his worst outing of the season as the Rockies lost 10-8 to the Astros.

Márquez gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in five innings of work as his record dropped to 2-4 on the season. The Rockies are now 13-12 as they begin a seven-game road trip, with three games against the Dodgers starting today (7:40 p.m., AT&T Sports Net) and then a four-game series against the Diamondbacks beginning on Monday.

On the offensive side of things Ryan McMahon, Nolan Arenado and Sam Hilliard all had big games for Colorado in the series finale against Houston. McMahon homered twice and drove in four runs, Arenado went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double and Hilliard went 4-for-5 in the losing effort.

Arenado has been working hard to attempt to break out of his slump and maybe Thursday’s game will be the start of the turnaround for Colorado’s All Star third baseman.

“Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. We have only like [35 games] left. Not a lot. I just have a hard time going home not trying to figure it out.”

Arenado said about how he’s been dealing with his inconsistent hitting so far this season.
  • Righty Jon Gray (1-2, 5.74 ERA) takes on the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.21 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series tonight at 7:40 at Dodgers Stadium.
  • Rockies’ top prospect Brendan Rodgers is confident that he’ll be able to make a quality impact with the big league club now that he’s getting the chance to play again.
  • TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke wrote about how the Rockies’ TV crew has been rethinking its broadcasts this season as they all deal with working in makeshift studios and everything else that has changed this season.
  • Before Thursday’s game the Rockies played utility man Chris Owings on the 10-day IL and recalled infielder Josh Fuentes. Colorado also reinstated catcher Elias Díaz from the restricted list.
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Avs rout Coyotes, advance to semifinals

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Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, Nazem Kadri added two goals of his own and Philipp Grubauer stopped all but one shot as the Avs ousted the Coyotes with a resounding 7-1 win Wednesday in Edmonton.

Colorado won Games 4 and 5 of the first-round series by identical 7-1 scores, contests that were much different than the tight opening three games.

Next up for the Avs is a matchup with either Dallas, St. Louis or Vancouver in the Western Conference semifinals. If Dallas wins its series with Calgary, the Stars will be the opponent. If the Flames win then Colorado will face the winner of the Blues-Canucks series.

Dallas currently leads Calgary 3-2, while St. Louis and Vancouver are tied 2-2.

As for Wednesday’s game, it marked the first time in team history Colorado has scored seven goals or more in back-to-back playoff games and the 22 total goals is the most for the Avs in a five-game playoff series.

“Our time has arrived. We haven’t won anything but it’s definitely a different feel after winning this series. We’re a hungry group.”

MacKinnon said after his team’s 7-1 win.
GameResult
Game 1Colorado 3, Arizona 0Box score
Game 2Colorado 3, Arizona 2Box score
Game 3Arizona 4, Colorado 2Box score
Game 4Colorado 7, Arizona 1Box score
Game 5Colorado 7, Arizona 1Box score
Colorado wins best-of-seven series 4-1

Nuggets

Utah blitzed Denver from deep Wednesday, to the tune of 20 made threes, as the Jazz waltzed past the Nuggets 124-105 and evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Not only did the Jazz make a ton of threes in the game, they did so at an alarming rate of 45%, which unfortunately is the same percentage the Nuggets gave up during the eight seeding games.

“I think it’s a matter of executing the game plan, knowing who you’re guarding, understanding the flow of the game, communication. I’m sure when we watch the film it will be all of the above, to your question.”

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said when asked what his team can do to slow the Jazz’s three-point shooting barrage.

Utah was once again led by Donovan Mitchell who finished with 30 points on 6-for-7 shooting from deep. Denver was led by Nikola Jokić and Michael Porter Jr. who each finished with 28 points. The only other Nuggets who scored in double figures were Jamal Murray (14) and Monte Morris (10).

The teams are off today before Game 3 on Friday at 2 p.m. (TNT, Altitude).

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1
DateTime (MT)Channels
Fri., Aug. 212 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Sun., Aug. 237 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Tue., Aug. 25TBDTBD, Altitude
*Thur., Aug. 27TBDTBD, Altitude
Sat., Aug. 29TBDTBD, Altitude
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando

Rockies

The Rockies returned home Wednesday, but the results stayed the same as the Astros beat Colorado for the third day in a row, this time by a final score of 13-6.

Colorado has now lost eight of its past 10 games and third baseman Nolan Arenado saw his average fall to .225 after going 0-for-3 Wednesday.

  • Colorado and Houston finish their four-game, home-and-home series this afternoon (1:10 p.m., AT&T Sports Net) at Coors Field as Germán Márquez (2-3, 2.25 ERA) will try to end the Rockies skid against Houston’s Cristian Javier (2-1, 2.91 ERA).
  • In other news Wednesday the Rockies placed outfielder David Dahl on the 10-day IL due to lower back soreness. To take his place on the roster Colorado recalled top prospect Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers didn’t start, but did come on late and went 1-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs.
    My thoughts: The Rockies need to play Rodgers as much as possible. Put him at second base in place of Ryan McMahon who’s hitting .208 and see what he can do. The season is quickly slipping away, so see if Rodgers can provide a spark. It also would allow the club a chance to see how good Rodgers can be at in the majors.

Broncos

Tight end Jake Butt spoke to the media yesterday and talked about how his recovery from his third ACL tear has gone. Among other things he spoke about how he debated coming back at times during his recovery, but he’s now motivated to earn a spot on the Broncos roster.

  • I wrote yesterday how in the battle for the starting center job Austin Schlottmann has gotten the bulk of the work with the first time. Well, yesterday Schlottmann did start with the first team, but rookie Lloyd Cushenberry got his first chance working with the No. 1 offense later in practice.
  • TheDNVR’s Zac Stevens wrote about how rookies other than Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler are starting to step up.
  • Head coach Vic Fangio has been happy with what he’s seen from rookie linebacker Justin Strnad.

Around the globe

Forbes.com released its list of the high-paid female athletes for 2020, amazing the top nine women on the list are all tennis players. Surprisingly, at least to me, Serena Williams checked in at No. 2 on the list behind Naomi Osaka.

The only non-tennis player in the Top 10, at No. 10 is soccer’s Alex Morgan.

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Late-game scoring barrage leads Avs to 3-0 Game 1 win

Avalanche

Colorado dominated Game 1 of its first-round playoff series against Arizona on Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton, but the game was still scoreless more than halfway through the third period and then the floodgates opened. Nazem Kadri scored a power-play goal at the 13:05 mark, 10 seconds later J.T. Compher put the Avalanche up 2-0 and Mikko Rantanen added the final goal just over a minute later as the Avs won 3-0.

In all Colorado scored three goals in span of 1:23, the third fastest three-goal barrage in Avs’ playoff history.

“It is just a momentum builder, I think. We have seen games in the playoffs before – a team dominates and the opposition still be in the game and able to scrape out wins. It was just a matter of time. Their goaltender played great and gave their team an opportunity to win, but that being said, we just stayed relentless, stayed on the puck and we knew it was going to come sooner or later.”

Nazem Kadri said after the game.

Overshadowed by the late-game scoring binge was Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer who stopped all 14 shots he faced to earn his second career playoff shutout. With the win he also moved into sole possession of second place on Colorado’s all-time playoff wins list with nine. He’s only slightly behind leader Patrick Roy who won 81 playoff games and two Stanley Cup titles with the Avalanche.

The best-of-seven series resumes with Game 2 on Friday at noon (NHL Network, Altitude, 92.5 FM).

  • TheDNVR.com’s Evan Rawal posted his Avs’ player grades, and despite the 3-0 win, there’s no doubt Colorado could play even better going forward.
  • The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote about how Colorado’s play in Game 1 shows that they have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.
  • The 14 shots allowed by Colorado was a playoff record low for the team.
DateTime (MT)Home team
Fri., Aug. 14NoonColorado
Sat., Aug. 151 p.m.Arizona
Mon., Aug. 173:30 p.m.Arizona
*Wed., Aug. 19TBDColorado
*Fri., Aug. 21TBDArizona
*Sun., Aug. 23TBDColorado
Remaining schedule in Avalanche-Coyotes first-round series.
*If necessary. All games played at Rogers Place, Edmonton.

Nuggets

On Wednesday night the Nuggets once again decided to rest their starters for the bulk of the fourth quarter and in doing so lost to the Clippers 124-111 and set themselves up with a first-round matchup against their division rival Jazz.

The Nuggets loss locked them into the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference meaning they’ll face sixth-seeded Utah in the best-of-seven first round series.

As for Wednesday night’s game, Denver clearly was more interested in keeping guys fresh for the playoffs as nine players logged more than 19 minutes, with Nikola Jokić and Jerami Grant leading the way with 28 minutes a piece. Grant led the team in scoring (25 points), while Jokić had 17 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

My thoughts: Not only did the Nuggets sweep the season series against Utah, but based on the other possible matchup I don’t think Denver could ask for a better first-round opponent. Had the Nuggets won their final two games and the Clippers lost both of theirs, Denver would have faced a Dallas team lead by Luka Dončić.

The Jazz are a tough team, and the Nuggets will have to play well to win the best-of-seven series, but they should. I’m not sure the same would have been true against the Mavericks.

  • Head coach Michael Malone is hopeful that Denver can get injured players Will Barton (knee) and Gary Harris (hip) back for the team’s series against Utah. Both Harris and Barton were starters before the break in the NBA season, the question is whether they’ll both remain so when the return. Doing so most likely would mean sitting down Michael Porter Jr. who has been stellar during the seeding games.
  • Only one NBA playoff spot still is up for grabs, with the Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzles, San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers all battling for the right to take on the top-seeded Lakers in Round 1 of the Western Conference playoffs. All four teams play today, so we’ll know the two teams who will face off in the play-in by the end of the night.

Rockies

Nolan Arenado homered twice, but it wasn’t enough to stop Colorado from losing its first series of the season as the Rockies’ bullpen got hammered in a 13-7 loss to Arizona on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.

Charlie Blackmon saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end as he went 0-for-4, his batting average is still a remarkable .472.

The score was tied at 5 going into the seventh inning, then reliever Tyler Kinley came on and gave five runs on four hits and a walk, while failing to record an out. Yency Almonte replaced him and give up three more runs, all unearned, before the inning ended with Colorado trailing 13-5.

The Rockies (12-6) are still in first place in the NL West, a half game ahead of the Dodgers (12-7).

  • Colorado is off today before welcoming in Texas for a three-game series starting Friday (6:40 p.m., AT&T Sports Net, 850 AM) when Ryan Castellani (0-0, 0.00 ERA) faces the Rangers’ Lance Lynn (2-0, 1.16 ERA).
  • Daniel Bard’s return to the big leagues this season has been well documented, but his stats this season are arguably even more impressive so far.
  • The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders answered readers questions including what the Rockies need to do to beat the Dodgers this season and the latest on prospect Brendan Rodgers.

Broncos

TheDNVR.com’s Andrew Mason wrote about how the Broncos will find leadership from both older and younger players alike this season.

  • Meanwhile, for you draft junkies out there, ESPN.com’s Todd McShay released his early first-round predictions for the 2021 NFL draft. He had the Broncos selecting Texas offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi with the 12th pick overall.

Colleges

Buffzone.com has tons of coverage about the Pac-12’s decision to postpone all sports until 2021. Their stories include CU athletics likely to layoff and furlough employees, but not cut sports, football head coach Karl Dorrell looking forward after the postponement and parents dealing with mixed emotions over the announcement.