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.
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.