It was supposed to be cold and snow during the Pirates’ three-game series in Colorado, but it wasn’t supposed to start until tomorrow.
No such luck. There was a little rain/snow mix early in the game but by the eighth inning it was flurrying. Not to say it was threatening to accumulate any, but still. By the ninth inning the temperature was 45 degrees with a wind chill of 30.
Now onto Ronny Cedeno. The embattled shortstop was back in the game for the first time since Monday, scratched in each of the last three games for newcomer Brandon Wood. Before that, he was hitless in his last three games, going 0 for 8 in three-plus games before hitting a triple – the first one for the Pirates this year – and driving in Pedro Alvarez to make it 3-0. The Pirates were the only team left in the majors without a triple.
“What a game Ronny Cedeno had. Big time,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It shows you what he’s capable of doing. We’ve just got to continue to work with Ronny and the rest of our guys on consistency. We’ve got a few guys who’ve fallen into that category. But he got the opportunity to get back out there today, first two at-bats weren’t what he wanted (a ground-out and a strikeout) then he squares the ball up big time.”
Cedeno also made some good plays on defense, including one in the ninth inning where, on a hit by Troy Tulowitzki after Carlos Gonzalez got on base with a bunt single, Cedeno calmly flipped the ball to second base to get the force out instead of trying to create something extra.
“And he made a backhand play in the first inning as good as you’re going to see,” Hurdle said.
• One note about Rockies’ starter Jhouyls Chacin: Tonight was the first time this season that he didn’t walk a batter. He struck out eight, giving up three runs on six hits. The eight strikeouts were the most since he also had eight on Sept. 24, 2010, versus San Francisco.
• The Rockies did not move a runner past second base all night.
• The Pirates are now 4-3 in their last seven games at Coors Field. The last time they shut the Rockies out was July 24, 2005, at PNC Park.