With the biggest question among most teams a day before the trade deadline is whether or not they will be buyers or sellers, the Rockies have come up with a completely different question: hitters or pitchers. With the weeks leading up to the current series the answer was “pitchers”, as in they were doing great on the mound but horrible with the bat. Then yesterdays game saw them switch to the column of “hitters” as the arms all but failed.
Today’s game agains the braves added a third category to the hitters/pitchers question: losers.
Yes, it is hard to win on the road. Yes, the Braves have the best home record in the league. Sure, the Rockies can’t win them all, but to actually go out there and not only dry up at the plate after three quick runs, but give up 11 runs on 14 hits is just asking to be sellers (and losers) come the trade deadline.
Nicasio was hit hard. He had a 3-1 cushion on the third and a 3-2 cushion in the fourth…and then the wheels fell off. The disaster that was known as the fourth saw Uggla double, Heyward single, Upton double, Freeman walk (intentionally) to load the bases, a two-RBI single and a HR later and it is 8-3. Nicasio’s final line: 4IP, 10H, 8R, 2HR was his worst since starting in Boston on 6/25 and getting pulled after 2.1 innings after giving up 12 hits and six runs.
Francis came into the game in a relief roll and went two and a third, giving up two runs on three hits. Then it was Escalona’s turn to continue to suck as he gave up a HR in 2/3 of an inning.
A day after Cargo could do no wrong at the plate he was 0-3. Cuddy was the only player with more than one hit, getting the ball in play twice. Arenado hit a 2 run home run in the second, he second home run in as many games.