"It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I [decided to] play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo told MLB.com after the game.
Rizzo also said he felt it Friday, but does not expect it to be a lingering issue. He thinks he will be able to play in Sunday's game.Analysis:
"I still have to produce," Duda said. "If I don't produce, I won't play. If I don’t get the job done, someone else will."
Duda will likely continue to sit against most southpaws as the team looks to get at-bats for Josh Satin. Duda has hit .256/.333/.465 with three home runs and eight RBI in 43 at-bats.
The 30-year-old Ishikawa has slumped after a strong start. He has just three hits in his last 17 at-bats.Analysis:
Davis has arrived in a huge slump in which he has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats.Analysis:
Jones has received a decent shot to prove he can hit southpaws this season. He is 4 for 19 against them, but will sit against Elias in favor of Jeff Baker, who owns a .103 batting average this season.Analysis:
LaRoche has just one RBI in the last nine games and 4 for 21 in the last five, but he does own a three-game hitting streak and a fine .412 on-base percentage this season. His 11 runs and 10 RBI this year also show far greater productivity than what he managed in a highly disappointing 2013.Analysis:
Freeman didn't get going until late in the game, but managed to make a big impact. With one man on base in the eighth, Freeman homered on an 83 mph changeup from Gonzalez Germen. He also added a double in the ninth inning.
Freeman finished 2 for 5, with one run and two RBI.Analysis:
Adams only picked up one hit during the game, but made it count. After driving in his first run on a groundout, Adams stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. He clubbed a two-run single on a 96 mph fastball from Blake Treinen to center.
Adams finished the game 1 for 4, with no runs scored and three RBI.Analysis:
Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.Analysis:
Morneau was just about the only player to produce for the Rockies, putting together the team's lone multi-hit performance. He went 3 for 3 in the game, with his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. He added the team's only other run by way of a late sacrifice fly.
Morneau has started the season well for the Rockies, hitting .354/.396/.542 with five extra-base hits and five RBI in 14 games.Analysis: