A Buck Short

The Colorado Rockies had rallied to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 after five innings Saturday night.  Carlos Torres had pitched a clean fifth inning.  As Toyota Talk began to crawl, Torres lost it. Arizona shortstop John McDonald singled leading-off.  Pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs and Adam Eaton walked to load the bases.  Aaron Hill hit a fly-ball over the head of Rockies’ center-fielder Dexter Fowler for a 3-run triple.  Justin Upton walked.  Josh Outman relieved Torres and walked Miguel Montero.  Edgmer Escalona replaced Outman, and after he struck-out Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel hit a long sacrifice to center, scoring Hill, Upton to third.  Chris Johnson singled-in Upton and the Dbacks led 8-5.  They hung on for an 8-7 win in Denver, and while remaining 4 1/2 behind the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card berth, they picked-up games on all 3 teams ahead of them, Milwaukee, the Dodgers, and Philadephia.

Jhoulys Chacin started for Colorado and was back to bumbling, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks over four innings (84 pitches, 51 strikes).  Arizona came-after him straight-off.  Eaton led-off with a triple and scored on a Hill ground-out.  Upton doubled, but after Montero flew-out, Goldschmidt also doubled, Upton scoring, and then Kubel singled Goldschmidt home for a 3-0 1st-inning Diamondbacks lead.

The Rockies got after Arizona starter Patrick Corbin in the second.  Downtown Andrew Brown led-off with a Stantonian blast onto the left-field concourse that bounced up to the roof of Helton Burger and down into the players’ parking lot.  After Tyler Colvin grounded-out, DJ LeMahieu tripled over the head of Eaton, and scored when Chacin dumped a single in front of the center-fielder.  With Corbin wobbling, Fowler executed a sweet bunt-single that he followed up the first-base line, Chacin to second.  Josh Rutledge forced Fowler at second, Chacin to third.  Jordan Pacheco then smacked a sharply-hit double down the 3rd-base line, plating both runners.  The Rockies led 4-3.

Wilin Rosario made it 5-3 when he blasted an 80 mph change-up from Corbin into the left-center-field pavilion.  It was home-run no. 26 for Rosario, eclipsing Todd Helton’s 1998 rookie mark of 25.  The lead held until Mama Downs in Fruita composed her nightly 6th inning text.  Colorado would score single runs in the bottom of the 6th and 7th, but David Hernadez shut them-down in the 8th and JJ Putz closed it out with his 31st save in the 9th.

Arizona has 2 more with the Rockies in Denver before heading to San Francisco, which clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over San Diego.  The Diamondbacks send Ian Kennedy to the hill versus Colorado’s Jeff Francis in a 1:10 start Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

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Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

It was actually a pretty good game, except for the melt-down inning by Torres. (At least Chacin was throwing strikes in his bad inning.) I thought the Rox generally showed good hustle and fight and made some nice defensive plays. Not too bad for what is basically a AAA team plus Fowler and Colvin.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

What a garbage of an article by Renck in the Post this morning. Does he really believe that MFL Tracy is entirely blameless for this disaster of a season? He mentions that MFL did not have much to work with this season and makes excuses for him for the terrible year. Well, guess what Troy, good managers get the best out of what they’re giving. Quite a bit more than what we’ve seen with this team this year. All MFL… Read more »

TFFKAR
TFFKAR
8 years ago

Why did MFLJT let Chacin hit, and then pull him before he threw even one pitch in the next inning last nite?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  TFFKAR

YES, good question! Of all of MFL’s stupid tendencies, that’s the one that drives me the most nuts!

Supposedly MFL is saving all his position players – for God knows what I don’t know. But you’ve got Giambi on the bench gathering rust so that he is useless in those late and close situations. Why not put a bat in his hand and let him hit for Chacin in that spot and get some swings in?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Can you imagine if Jim Tracy was an American League manager? He would probably have a pitcher hitting in the DH spot.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  TFFKAR

MFL allows Scahill to hit in a tie game with a runner on second in the sixth inning.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

For that matter why take Chacin out in the first place? He was only at ~80 pitches and had just put 3 0’s on the scoreboard. The Rox were ahead and Chacin had an opportunity to get in line for the W.
Apparently MFL never got the memo that he didn’t have to hold to the 75 pitch limit anymore.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I truly think this team is fine with losing. Lower expectations the better for this ownership.

We should just be grateful to be able to watch the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Red Sox come to town.

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