The Rockies may have had their future ace on the mound, but you wouldn’t know it from the game highlights which were limited to Johnathan Herrera and the fact that the team didn’t commit an error. Other than that there was little to rejoice in Sundays performance, as the team sleepwalked through another Sunday.
While many a reporter might make an excuse for the line-up being filled with bench players, stating the late rain-soaked game the night before, those that follow the team closely will have no trouble recognizing the lack of starters as a continuing trend, disturbing in its consistency as well as troubling in its complete lack of effectiveness.
Pomeranz looked as uncomfortable on the mound as we’ve seen him, making over 30 pitches to get out of the first inning with a 2-0 deficit thanks to a Chris Young home run. His line showed his struggles: 4 1/3 innings, five runs, nine hits on 100 pitches. He didn’t get the benefit of some obvious strikes that were called balls, possibly the way they were received by Rosario, or maybe because he was new to The Show. Either way he struggled with command and keeping runners at their bases and left the game with bases loaded in the fifth with the team down 5-0.
The Rockies had a mini-rally in the eighth. After taking back two runs to bring the score to 5-2, Ramon Hernandez came to the plate with bases loaded and proceeded to ground out to first, ending any sort of momentum before it really started.
After the game Pomeranz offered this explanation as to his struggles:
Most of those hits — the home run the first inning — were fastballs away that were kind of coming back middle of the plate up…They weren’t down. They’re a good fast-ball hitting team, and when you’re missing down the middle [and] up, they’re going to hit it. I didn’t throw a lot of changeups today, so I didn’t have a good mix of three pitches…They weren’t swinging at my curveball. It was like they were sitting on it waiting for fastballs.
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