Bettis Blasted

The progress Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) had accomplished over three major league starts took a horrifying setback in the 3rd inning Saturday night, as the Baltimore Orioles scored 7 runs off the rookie, going on to defeat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 at Camden Yards in Baltimore.  Only 2 of the runs were earned, but the right-hander surrendered 5 hits and walked a batter in the inning, putting the Rockies in a hole they were unable to dig out of.

Colorado had taken a lead in the 1st when Dexter Fowler led-off with a walk, advanced to 3rd on a Corey Dickerson single, and scored when Troy Tulowitzki grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.  The Orioles tied it in the bottom of the inning when Bettis walked lead-off hitter Nate McLouth, Manny Machado singled him to 3rd, and Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right-field.

Bettis got through the 2nd unscathed, but after Wilin Rosario left Tulowitzki, who had doubled with two out, and Michael Cuddyer, who singled, on 2nd and 3rd, big trouble broke-out for Colorado.  Davis led-off with a double to center and moved to 3rd on a Rosario passed-ball.  Adam Jones singled on a ground-ball to 3rd base when Nolan Arenado fielded the ball behind the bag but was unable to make a throw before dodging Davis, who had to stay on the bag.  Nick Markakis then popped-up to left, ruled a single when the ball escaped from Dickerson’s glove after what appeared to be a diving catch, scoring Davis.  Matt Wieters grounded-out, but Steve Pierce reached on an error by Tulowitzki, Jones scoring on the boot.  Ryan Flaherty popped-out, but Brian Roberts doubled to knock-in Markakis and Pierce. Bettis then walked McLouth again, and after a fruitlss visit by pitching coach Jim Wright, Machado doubled-in Roberts, McLouth at his heels.  Adam Ottavino relieved Bettis, wild-pitched Machado to 3rd, walked Davis, and allowed a single to Jones, the inning’s 11th batter, Machado scoring to make it 8-1.

The Rockies got a run back in the 4th when Fowler singled-in Charlie Blackmon with two out.  It got a bit interesting in the 6th when Arenado led-off with a triple and scored on a Blackmon ground-out. Jonny Herrera followed with a single and scored when Fowler blasted what was ruled a single over the head of Jones in deep right-center, but after Dickerson walked Tulowitzki struck-out to quash the threat.

Edgmer Escalona pitched an inning and a third, Wilton Lopez delivered a 1-2-3 7th, and Rafael Betancourt returned from the Disabled List to retire the three batters he faced in the 8th.  Manuel Corpas was returned to Colorado Springs to make room for Betancourt.

It’s a rubber game Sunday afternoon.  Jhoulys Chacin (11-6, 3.18) gets the start for Colorado against Baltimore’s Scott Feldman in an 11:35 am MDT brunch call.

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

To be fair to Bettis the defense in the inning was atrocious.Basicly 3 errors and a passed ball.Of course Bettis threw gas on the fire with the walks.

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

It’s tough for pitcher’s 3rd game in majors confidence with what occurred in that inning. I am hoping for him to improve a bit in his next game.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

is it just me, or does Tulos’s play lately seem listless? As though he’s uninterested. The lack of clutch hitting, the lackadaisical defense, the constant whining with umps. It’s not the sort of example you want your so called “leader” to set. I may be in the minority here, but I’d like to see what kind of package they can get for him in the off season.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I have such a love hate with Tulo. He can be a great player when he truly wants to. He can also appear a little childish, with his plate antics, haircut, walk up song, etc. Its time to grow up a bit Tulo. Stop turning your shoulder away from pitches before the catcher even grabs it. Watch it all the way through so you don’t look like a prick showing up the umpire, not to mention you might actually learn… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

Glad I’m not the only one worried about Tulo. Back on the 13th I asked Jared for a new poll regarding Tulo’s funk–see below. Maybe his superlative play in the past spoiled us, but IMHO his current attitude sucks, and I’d like to know what’s going on. 1) He’s afraid he might hurt himself again. 2) He’s still hurting. 3) Why bother, this team will find a way to lose. 4) Just realized Holiday was right about the Monforts, and… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Doc

I agree with #1-3. His defense looks pretty ordinary, very unlike him, and I’m chalking it up to the rib. I think his perceived bad attitude is mostly frustration (and agree, also a need to grow up about it).

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Renck reported at the start of the season that Tulo had cleaned out his locker during the off-season in the belief that he was going to be traded. Maybe he asked to be traded? And is sulking because he wasn’t?

Several weeks ago a non-regular Rockies reporter wrote that he sensed some resentment in the peanut gallery (those without multi-million dollar contracts). So Mr. Megabucks’ immature antics can’t be doing much for the all-important clubhouse culture.

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Doc, sorry I didn’t get that poll up for you…I’ve been out of town for about 3 weeks now and just am getting back into the swing of things (if my 3 kids starting school this week is the “swing”)…I’ve let the site suffer with lack of post-game for quite a few games, so hopefully many of you won’t run to another site to get your fix before I can get back into some sort of watch/posting schedule again once… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

This time I’ll come to Tulo’s defense. He had a bad month. He probably rushed back from the broken rib (when I heard about I said “we won’t see him till August” but he came back before the ASB), and he’ll have a good month before too long. Probably September (yeah, it won’t count for anything, but isn’t that more management’s fault?). He’s still an elite player at his position. To put that in context, the Wall Street Journal (really!)… Read more »

arthur
arthur
7 years ago

Then much more friends can talk about this problem

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