10 and Counting

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scored 3 times in the 8th inning against normally reliable Colorado Rockies right-hander Rafael Betancourt (0-1, 4.38), breaking a 2-2 tie to defeat the Rockies 5-2 on Tuesday evening at the Big A in Anaheim, California.  It was Colorado’s 10th consecutive loss, a feat of infamy not matched since 2005, which is actually kind of astonishing considering all the bad baseball we’ve had to sit through the past 10 seasons.

Kyle Kendrick started for the Rockies, and turned in 7 concise, professional innings.  He gave-up 2 runs in the 4th inning on 4 singles and a ground ball, and otherwise turned-in a line that included a single and 2 doubles by Kory Calhoun, along with 5 strikeouts, and most-notable, 0 bases-on-balls.  Kendrick threw 91 pitches, 63 strikes.

It was a crisply executed affair, lasting only 2 hours and 44 minutes.  Colorado eked-out runs in each of the 3rd and 4th against Angels starter CJ Wilson (2-2, 2.62).  Nick Hundley extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a lead-off grounded single up the middle in the 3rd.  After DJ LeMahieu was walked Charlie Blackmon sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd, and Hundley scored on a Troy Tulowitzki sacrifice fly. In the 4th Corey Dickerson doubled-in Justin Morneau, who had also doubled, with 2 outs to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

That was short-lived, with LAAofA tying it in the bottom of the inning against Kendrick, but then the contest went scoreless until Albert Pujols singled off of Betancourt leading-off the 8th.  Pujols stole 2nd as Rafael contemplated his strategy against David Freese, who struck-out, but the steal threw Betancourt off his rhythm, and he walked Erick Aybar ahead of a Johnny Giavotella single that broke the tie.  Matt Joyce followed with the coup-de-gras, a 2-run double to center.

Former Rockie Huston Street, who has quietly posted-up a most distinguished career, set Colorado down 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 11th save of 2015.

The interleague rivals go back at it tonight, again at 8:05 in Anaheim.  Jordan Lyles goes for the Rockies against the Angels’ Hector Santiago.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

No you did not mess up the chat. Nobody wanted tojwatch LL baseball.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

I love Betancourt for what he did, but he doesn’t have what he needs to face the middle of the Angels lineup. I think Hundley has to share the blame for the Pujols steal, seems like ALbert was 1/4 of the way to 2nd when he jumped.

Cargo needs to get a DH for himself.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

This has become an all-to-common Rox theme in recent years. Contribute to senior citizens. Betancourt, Hawkins, Moyer, etc. All of these are great guys…..but being a great guy doesn’t translate to wins.

One of the “fundamental truths” in baseball these days (post-PED) seems to be an earlier, and more pronounced player decline after age +/- 27.

This is one of many examples of Rox management not keeping up with trends.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago

Very revealing quote this morning in a story by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

“The Rockies’ need to trade Tulo — like, yesterday — seemingly is obvious to everyone but their owner, Dick Monfort.”

Now the national pundits are catching on to what we’ve known for years, that our owner is clueless.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

The Ray’s and Royals sort of started the new blueprint for (re)building a Club in the 2002-2007 range. Trade anything you have that can bring you a Prospect of a draft pick, commit to the Farm, be bad for a few years and accrue more high draft picks, etc. In both cases, it obviously worked. The Cubs and Astros have come along and refined that process a bit…..but it’s still essentially the same. Savvy national writers like Rosenthal are very… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Quick check around baseball reveals the Rockies, Indians, and Phillies have the fewest wins with 11 each (it should be noted the Rox have played fewer games). Milwaukee has 12, White Sox and Oakland each have 13. Cleveland is a better team than their record. The Phillies are bad. The Brewers are bad. Jury is probably out on Oakland and the ChiSox. Much to the chagrin of Rox fans, the DBacks are not awful, and seem to be trending better… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Congratulations to Pat Bowlen for his selection to the Broncos Ring of Fame. I think the Montforts should be selected as well… no MLB owner consistently directs their city’s attention to the NFL team so early in the summer (or spring) year after year after year.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Now comes the news that WW was taken to the hospital this afternoon. Perhaps this is his way out of the nightmare.

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