Another Day, Another Shutout

What a strange series the Rockies just finished.  You would think that holding your opponent to one run, unearned, would be the recipe for a win.  You would also be safe in the assumption that not giving up a single earned run in two days would bring you at least one win.

Well, you would be wrong.

For the second day straight the Colorado Rockies allowed exactly zero earned runs and walked away with a 1-0 loss.  Yesterday the run scored against them came on an error by DJ LeMahieu on a botched double play.  It was understandable that the throw to first was pulled wide, LeMahieu had to deal with a sliding Freeman looking to take his legs out from under him.

Today’s error was anything but understandable.

With runners on second and third in the top of the 2nd, Wilin Rosario tossed the ball back to Chacin after a pitch.  The toss back to Chacin wasn’t high or outside by any stretch of the imagination, but Chacin was caught checking on Francisco at third and just missed the throw.  Francisco ended up scoring on a play that will for sure show up in the blunders reel around the league.  You can watch it below:

 

It was a tough way to give up a run and was even more difficult after the 27th out, knowing it was the only run on the board.

It’s inexcusable, I just missed it. It was really frustrating to lose the game because of that play.

Jhoulys Chacin

Chacin went on to say that he felt that he didn’t have the best command, but that he was still able to make good pitches.  He was able to get out of the third with the bases loaded and no outs.

Four games in Atlanta and the Rockies gave up exactly 5 earned runs.  ALL five came on the first day against Chatwood.  The bullpen haven’t given up a single run, earned or otherwise, over 19 innings and the starters only gave up five, and yet the Rockies walked away with only one win in four.

Oh, the humanity!

The only difference between going 1-4 and 3-4 would be a couple of key hits with runners in scoring position.  Over the two 1-0 losses, the Rockies were 0-13 w/RISP.

One player sure to take some heat would be Carlos Gonzalez.  While it is too soon to scream for a trade, knowing that when he is on there are few that can match him, it is frustrating watching him swing and miss at the same exact pitch over and over and over.  In the two 1-0 losses, CarGo went 0-4 with one walk, two strike-outs and he left four on base.  His value in both games was extremely high, coming up to bat in key situations, and both times his stock dropped dramatically.  Perhaps he is busy daydreaming about waxing his Ferrari.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Hilarious link, Jared … even though I can’t understand much Spanish.

Did Jim Tracy sit Cargo today because Atlanta in the daytime is hot? I guess Cargo is used to Venezuela, which is seasonably mild …

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I’m out of town on business and just watched the Chacin error. I’ve been watching baseball for 60+ years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. At least one that cost a team a game. Two straight 1-0 losses, no wonder everybody thinks the Rockies home stats are Coors field based.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Yep, Bill, that’s a first for me too. I’ve seen throws back to the pitcher dropped, and I’ve even seen the infamous Mackey Sasser mental block (catcher couldn’t get the ball back to the pitcher), but I don’t recall ever seeing a run score on a dropped toss back to the pitcher. Amazing how this team loses. Atlanta is a good team, and we can’t expect to win starting the AAA lineup. If Tulo can play for Tulsa, I’m not… Read more »

Tyler
Tyler
8 years ago

Honestly, at this point in the season I would rather lose 1-0 than win 9-8. Its obvious our teams weakness is pitching and to see our starters doing well and our bullpen improving greatly, this could be a sign of future success. CarGo has been mentally out of it since the all-star break so im not worried about his resurgence in 2013 when the team has something to play for again.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Tyler

Tyler, i agree with everything you said and would add that the impressive outting by our bullpen over the four games is a BIG win for the team – even if we walked 1-3 in overall – it isn’t like we are playing for a birth…

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
8 years ago

If the crystal ball told me before the last three games vs. Atlanta that they will score a total of two runs over the next three games, I would be screaming SWEEP! Yet we won only one of three. Frustrating season, but at least let it happen now instead of in the thick of pennant race.

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