Arizona Schools Rockies in Base Running 101

For the second consecutive game, the Rockies beat themselves, this time by a score of 4-2. With the loss they dropped to 15-10 overall, 3-4 vs. the D-backs, and 6-7 on the road. Arizona moved into a tie for first with the Rockies.

In the first inning, the Rockies had a double and two singles, yet had nothing to show for it. After his double, EY tried to cross over a grounder to shortstop and was easily out at third base. Tulo tried to score on a line drive to left field from second after being surprised by coach Stu Cole waving him home. Tulo intended to stop at third base on a very hard hit one hopper direct to the left fielder. Cole clearly had cost Tulo a couple of steps. To make matters worse, Tulo got dinged on his left shoulder at the plate.

In the third inning, EY had his second double of the game with one out. However, he was picked off when he tried to steal third on an inside move by pitcher Corbin. That was EY’s umpteenth time in his career that he got hung up on a steal attempt on the throw over from the pitcher. Jon Herrera came out in Tulo’s place at shortstop in the bottom of third. Tulo’s preliminary diagnosis was mild sprain in left shoulder and probably happened on slide at home plate in the first inning.

With two in scoring position and two outs by Arizona in the bottom of 3rd, Rosario took a ride in the time machine back to 2012 and allowed two runs to score without a batted ball via a passed ball and a wild pitch. Gerrardo Parra had a great lead and moved halfway down the line to score easily on a partially blocked wild pitch.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Arizona showed the Rockies how to be aggressive and smart. Paul Goldschmidt was on the move in a hit and run play and took away a tailor made double play grounder. That got him in a position to score on a two-out single to extend Arizona’s lead to 3-0. The D-backs added another run in the fifth on a triple and single to make it 4-0.

The Rockies passed the base running pop quiz by scoring two runs with smart base running. EY had his third double leading off the top of the sixth inning. Fowler brought him home with an RBI single. He moved up to second on the throw home. Herrera followed by placing a nice bunt to move Fowler to third base. Eventually Fowler scored on a wild pitch. The bunt play proved that progmatinee was right in his debate with Troy Renck on Twitter about bunting. Renck hated giving away outs and basically said I don’t have time to continue the discussion. Prog was arguing that the Rox need to bunt more to scratch out runs. Way to go, prog!

The Rockies ran out of time in an attempt to rally from a 4-2 deficit in the last three innings. With two outs and runners on the corners, EY swung at the pitch that could have grazed his jersey for a feeble pop out to catcher. In the ninth inning, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs, slumping CarGo was called upon to pinch hit. He looked overmatched as he swung at a pitch above his letters for a strike out to end the game.

The Nolan Arenado show began today. He went 0-3 with a walk. In his third plate appearance he hit a liner to center field that was barely scooped up by Parra. On the field, he looked natural at third base making a couple of tough plays look routine.

The Rockies will try to move on from the Rocky Horror Picture Show by flying to Los Angeles for a three game series against the Dodgers. The plane ride will be turbulent. Ted Lilly and Ryu are the next two lefties the Rockies will face. They will need to take two out of three at Dodger Stadium to meet the goal of a 3-4 road trip before returning to Coors Field.

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pooter
pooter
7 years ago

The rockies play like JR Smith. They look very at times and other times look very stupid

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Yeah very disapointing series. I thought ATL was the better team in that last series and I didn’t feel so horrible after those losses. But it just feels like the Rockies beat themselves with horrible baseball in this series. From baserunning to defense to horrible AB’s in clutch situations, the Rox just gifted these wins to AZ. The good thing is the pitching really hasn’t been the problem, so maybe that bodes well for the future. I really feel the… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Considering how badly Ruttledge is slumping, was anyone else surprised WW didn’t use one of the lefty bats (Brignac or Wheeler) to PH for him.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

yes

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

The Renck is alleging Tulo’s injury to be no big deal. Just when I thought I was wrong about him and being injured this season he gets pulled out of the game. On the flip side EY dives at home plate with reckless abandon … gets up and brushes himslef off … and keeps playing.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

So Tulo has gone from no big deal to “day to day”. He is being re-evaluted today. “If he goes on the IR” will they platoon Herrera and Brignac at SS? Start Brignac at SS? Move Rutledge over to SS and bring up LeMahieu? I guess I could include moving Rutledge to SS and have EY at 2nd BUT I happen to whole heartly agree with Ed.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

I sure hope you are right RMH. I think he should be up here now.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

EY’s offense is putting Cargo to shame.Unfortunately his recent base runner gaffes have negated most of the upside.Despite the excellent input from many on the earlier threads,I am mystified by the past weeks personel moves.Wheeler makes no sense to me with LeMathieu’s output at the Springs.Didn’t LeM..fill in at first a couple of innings last year,and/or in ST? Keeping both Brignac and Herrera also seems redundant.Rutledge was rushed,showed he has a great upside,and now needs some time at AAA.I see… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Rutledge had a fantastic start last year and won our hearts. Trouble is, he slacked off later in the year and has not been able to replicate his initial success this year. Many a player has done this and disappeared into oblivion. Hopefully that is not the case here, but he does need to go to CS to reload. I agree with others that DJ should be promoted and started at second base regularly.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

It won’t be long for Rutledge with his current output, just have to let it play out a bit longer. I do however agree that bringing up Wheeler doesn’t make any sense. Lemahiew(sp) should have been the guy. The only thing I can think of is maybe they didn’t see the consistent playing time they want for Lem so that’s why they brought up Wheeler. I do think they still want to give Rutledge a little more time. But if… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

Hey Jared, I checked out RWO last night on my phone, and I love the “mobile theme.” That was one of the coolest things about ITR, and now we have it too. Cool. I completely missed the last 2 games (watching *real* baseball – kids 11U tournament in west Denver). It looks like I missed nothing but frustration and empty swings. I don’t understand how a team could manage 4 walks, a double, 2 singles, and 0 runs in 2… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

I do like that the Rockies are play aggressive baseball, but they need to learn to be smarter with that agression.

Here is the lineup I would like to see someday soon:

EYJ 2B
Fowler CF
Cargo LF
Tulo SS
Cuddyer RF
Rosario C
Aronado 3B
Pacheco 1B

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

pooter… not a bad idea except you have one glaring mistake…EYj cannot and never will play 2b…that was his position earlier in his career and he couldn’t “cut the mustard”…no arm strngth for the DP or long throw behind 2B… the Rox have tried him there and it just didn’t work out… i agree that that would be a very formidable lineup, but unfortunately will never happen… on another note, even though EYj’s hitting is indicating a new maturity, his… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

“no arm strngth for the DP or long throw behind 2B”…So where do the Rockies put him? In RF where the strongest arm in the OF plays! Hahahaha! This damn team.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

OT – MLB Trade Rumors is currently running a fan poll to see who is the best GM in baseball.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/04/whos-the-best-gm-in-baseball.html

It just blew my mind that 5 people actually voted for Bill Geivett as the best GM in baseball.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I swa that too and would have replied, but the MLBTR site is run by fascists who censor almost any criticism.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I voted for Friedman although some of the more recent moves made me scratch my head. Geivett actually has 7 votes LMAO! What is confusing me is Dierkes response to others about titles as why certain people were not on the list. If his list is based on *title* then why is Geivett on the list as a GM? Makes me laugh. I don’t get it. Mr. O’Dowd : Executive Vice President/Chief Baseball Officer & General Manager Geivett: Sr. Vice… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Stu Cole is no 3rd base coach. Just because you want him somewhere on the major league coaching staff doesn’t mean any old place is suited for him. His decision making is awful and sending Tulo home just caused injury. How about a simple switch of Lachmann to 3rd and Cole to 1st?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

As long as we accept substandard coaching staffs we really shouldn’t have any expectations of getting better. Better coaches is probably the cheapest and fastest way to increase wins for this team. I think bad coaching has easily cost this team 3 or 4 games already this year. From bad baserunning calls to failure to call for the bunt to bad bullpen management. Yet they carry on like nothing needs to change.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I have absolutely no problem with Cole sending Tulo home on that play. There were 2 outs and it took a good throw to get him. It didn’t have to be a perfect throw, but it had to be good. That is exactly what it was, a good throw to get him. Less than 2 outs you hold him, 2 outs you send him. And there is no way you can predict injury, so again absolutely no problem with sending… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

I pretty much disagree with your whole post here. IMO the bunt by Johnny was the single most intelligent play of the game from the Rockies. The chances Johnny gets on base is roughly .350. The chances he gets out .650. I’d rather him make a conscious decision to make his out useful, rather than not…especially considering the streak of consecutive fruitless baserunners we had the past game and a half. So he moves Dexter and Dexter is able to… Read more »

Ike
Ike
7 years ago

In the Rockies 10 losses the Rockies lost by 1 run five times, 2 two times, 3 runs once, 8 runs once, and once by 10 runs. In the 10 losses Offense scored 2 or fewer six times (2 runs five time, shutout once). 3 runs once, 4 runs twice and 6 runs once. Given expectations that most had, its tough to complain about 15 – 10. I still manage to though. Pitching has exceeded expectations and even defense has… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I guess we agree to disagree then. Down by 3 runs in the 6th or 7th inning is no time to play small ball. You can’t ask an offense to score 1 run every inning. Yes big innings are hard to come by too, but that is exactly what you need being down by 3 late in a game. When I say swing away I definitely don’t mean swing for the fences. I made that pretty clear that I hate… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Also, just another thing to think about in regards to the 1 run an inning approach. The deeper you get into the game the better the opponents bullpen arms become, therefore making it even harder to score that 1 run an inning.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

I’m having a hard time reconciling why you’d risk a 50/50 chance to record the third out of an inning at home, particularly when you also have runners on 1st or 2nd base too, but you wouldn’t sacrifice the first out to move a man into scoring position? Sending Tulo would have only been 1 run, but by having him out you just erased him and the other runners, and the next batter there by killing your big 3 run… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I like Pacheco in the two hole as well. Seems like a smart player too who wouldn’t take the bat out of Cargo or Tulo’s hands.

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Right now Cargo is taking the bat out of his own hands. I hope he snaps out of this slump soon.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Not sure why all the non love for Tulo by people not even Rockies fans. Or maybe by calling him a Vag they are expressing love???

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Where you seeing the non-love, name calling? Here? DP? Many will talk trash about a player when they have “too much” media presence, no matter how good they are…Tulo just happens to have the skills to compete at a very high level and his name is mentioned on MLBtv and ESPN with reckless abandon by many, cause it is fun to say! Personally, when both of them are on, 100% hitting on all cylinders, I’d take CarGo over Tulo because… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Jare it was on one of the national sites. Tulo out of the lineup tonight is no big deal to me. His numbers when facing Lilly are less than stellar.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

My take: First, bunting a runner over from 2nd to 3rd is almost always a bad idea with any non-pitcher hitting. It’s perfectly justifiable when the game is tied (or you’re up or down by a run) in the late innings. When you need 3 runs late in a ballgame it’s an awful decision. Quite simply you can’t trade an out for a somewhat better chance of scoring 1 run. It probably says more about their lack of confidence in… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Careful Ag, you’ll be accused of not showing any love for Tulo.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Prog, it’s all about situation situation situation!!!!! Down by 3 late in a game, you can’t play for 1 run. There were no outs, you can’t bunt over a guy playing for one run down by 3 and giving away an out. Not late in a game. The Tulo play was with 2 outs, it’s all about situation situation situation. Ag might have explained it better than me, look at his post cuz it makes total sense to me.

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