Back To Their Old Tricks, Rockies Lose

One night after snapping the Reds six game winning streak and handing one of the best pitchers in the game this year a loss, the Colorado Rockies were back to the basics of losing: poor pitching and foul fielding.

Friday nights win was an impressive collection of excellent pitching (Friedrich 5 ip, 7h, 3r, 1bb, 6so) , relentless hitting (six runs on 13 hits, 7-12 RISP) and perfect fielding (no errors).

Saturday night was almost the antithesis, with pitching anything but excellent as Guthrie struggled to put hitters away after getting ahead in several counts.  He only gave up two earned runs, but the 10 hits against him were squared up and hit hard.  Guthrie allowed two to leave the yard, a three-run shot in the first with two outs and a solo shot to Mesoraco in the fourth.  Rogers and Reynolds also looked pretty bad with Esmil Rogers giving up two runs and two walks in one inning of work and Matt Reynolds giving up a three run shot in the sixth.

While the hitting wasn’t as bad as it has been this season, the team put up 10 hits, it was the key at bats that failed. The team was 3-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight stranded.

Errors once again reared their ugly head and Jordan Pacheco was again the man without the plan.  Pacheco made a throw even Todd couldn’t reach in the first that made the four runs scored unearned.

Todd had his share of poor play, although not seen in the E column, his base running in the third was completely suspect, verging on the unbelievable.  With two outs Helton walked and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Cuddyer hit a ball sharply at Cairo and, doing his best Pacheco impression, Cairo airmailed it to Votto at first.  The ball didn’t travel too far, because Cuddyer didn’t turn for second, but Todd tried to score from second on the error and was gunned out at home, the throw beating Helton by a good 10 feet.

The base-running blunders by this team must be addressed if they are to have any shot at all of salvaging their season.  Errors in the field allow runs, errors on the base-paths subtract runs, plain and simple.  There have been many an ugly inning of running from just about every player on the team, save EYj, and he even makes some questionable moves in the paths, but he is so fast he can outrun the ensuing tragedy.

Whether it is Jim Tracy’s call, the base coaches or the players themselves, somebody must be held accountable for the terrible terrible base-running that kills momentum and, as was the case Saturday night, innings.

While the evening wasn’t all bad, Colvin went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and Pacheco went 3-4, the feeling that the team took two steps backwards after a big step forward Friday night, wasn’t easy to shake after the game ended with the Reds celebrating their win.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I read several articles in today’s Denver Post basically talking about what went wrong this year. After reading them, I’ve jumped on the “fire DOD ” bandwagon. Woody Paige ‘s column was an article that needed to be printed in public to put a heckuva lotta pressure on the Montforts. His article detailed DOD’s history and why he is one of the worst GMs. Also printed draft history under DOD’s regime. It looked downright awful.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Woody for some reason felt the need to bash the Rocky Mtn News for its ownership stake in the Rockies, inherited by the Post. I guess whatever caused Woody to change employers back in 1981 still lingers. The Rocky was a fine newspaper + is sorely missed. The Post is a piece of crap + gets worse daily. Woody’s rant will have no more effect on the Monforts than anyone else’s. They’re like that boxer in the Monty Python skit… Read more »

Rocky
Rocky
8 years ago

To have a realistic shot at the playoffs this year, an NL West team needs to win at least 90 games. For the rockies, that means winning 73 out of the remaining 117 games. That’s a .624 winning pct. If the rockies go on a tear right now, and say win 10 in a row, they would still be a game under .500. It’s only May and the Rockies season is really pretty much over, barring a miracle. Way to… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Rocky

I doubt the Dodgers will have much of a problem winning 90 games and the NL West unless they pull a Braves/Red Sox

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I think we are missing a developing story related to the media and the ROX.The lifetime deal for Tracy was in the winter and only Renek gave it much question.But I believe the clueless comments from Monfort,coupled with the obviously bad off season signings two straight years,has enraged and engaged the “wretches”in the local media.Universally,across all media genres,the poor play coupled with the asinine comments by Monfort,has brought out criticism seldom seen in recent years.As RMH points out,and I’m sure… Read more »

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