Boom Like That

AJ Pollack homered on Jeff Francis’ sixth pitch of the 3rd inning, and just like that, the Arizona Diamondbacks were done scoring for the season.  DJ LeMahieu dumped an 89 mph Ian Kennedy fastball into right-field in the top of the 4th, plating Jordan Pacheco, and the Colorado Rockies went-on to defeat Arizona 2-1 Wednesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix to close-out a dismal 2012.  Francis and six Rockies relievers held the Diamondbacks in-check for the distance.

Colorado had erased Pollack’s homer earlier in the 4th.  Charlie Blackmon was hit with a 4-seam fastball leading-off, moved-up on Pacheco’s single, and scored from 2nd when Dbacks 3rd-baseman Chris Johnson booted a grounder off the bat of Wilin Rosario.  Pacheco moved-up to 3rd on the error and came home on Le Mahieu’s chip-shot.

Francis was solid in his final start on his current deal with Colorado.  He’ll look to re-sign for 2013.  He allowed the one run on 5 hits, walked one and struck-out 3.  Joshes Roenicke and Outman handled the 6th, Edgmer Escalona took the 7th, and Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle split the 8th and 9th.  Belisle got his 3rd 2012 save out of the appearance.

Arizona finished the campaign 81-81 a year after taking the NL West by surprise.  They fielded a competent squad but never got on a sustained enough roll to seriously contend.  The Rockies in contrast followed abysmal starting pitching into a bungling mire by mid-May and rode it to the worst record in the franchise’s 20 year history.  To the dismay of its fans, Colorado Ownership stuck behind its long-tenured management team, and prospects for reform are ambiguous.  Manager Jim Tracy, a year remaining on his deal, is to meet with Senior VP Bill Geivett over the weekend amid mixed signals from both men.

Many young players proved themselves to be major leaguers for the Rockies; none were starting pitchers.  Where there were springtime holes in the lineup, they’ve been filled.  The gaping holes in the rotation remain.  There are assets to deal, but what was thought to be a firm foundation for future success was rattled and rocked by 2012’s dismal results.

Wait ’til next year.

 

A’s, Yankees Prevail; Cabrera Wins Triple Crown
The Oakland A’s defeated the Texas Rangers Wednesday night, completing an Odyssey that took them from 13 games behind to the AL West Division Championship.  They’ll match up with Central Champ Detroit at 4:00 MDT Saturday in the Motor City.  The New York Yankees pounded the Boston Red Sox, holding-off the Baltimore Orioles, who lost to Tampa Bay, for the AL East title.  The Orioles head to Arlington, Texas to take on the Rangers at 6:30 Friday for the 4th spot in the AL tournament.  The winner will take-on the Yankees at home Sunday.

World Champion St Louis travels to Atlanta for the 3:00 Friday NL Wild Card contest against the Braves at Turner Field.  The winner gets the Nationals Sunday at home.  The Central Champion Reds go to San Francisco for a 7:30 MDT match Saturday with the West winning Giants.

The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera became the first Major Leaguer since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win baseball’s Triple Crown, leading the American League in batting average, home runs, and RBI. Cabrera played 3 1/2 innings and went 0 for 2 Wednesday, finishing .330, 44, 139.  Mike Trout of LAAo’A was the BA runner-up.  He went 2 for 3 in the Angels 12-0 loss to Seattle for a mark of .326. Texas’ Josh Hamilton was second in homers with 43 and RBI with 128.  He singled to no effect in the Rangers’ devastating loss to Oakland.

 

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jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Quick append to the story above: Curtis Granderson of the Yankees had 2 homers last night to tie Hamilton at 43, one behind Cabrera.

sabrchip
sabrchip
8 years ago

Curious about Cabrera’s Triple Crown. The Denver Ghost (Post), sorely lacking any credible baseball reporters, published the report of the Cabrera’s accomplishment as the 15th player to win this title. Sadly, the AP wire report was incorrect. There’s only been 13 player achieve this. Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby won it twice which makes 15 times a Triple Crown has been gained. Glad to see your account of the game Jeem. At least there’s someplace I can go to get… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Sabrchip your thoughts on the Post echo mine. The sports section was in my opinion 2nd rate compared to the Rocky. Now, without competition, it’s horrible. They don’t have fact checkers or proof-readers and I gave up counting how many “small errors I find everyday. I’ve seen the losing pitcher listed as the winning pitcher and vice versa. A week or so ago I saw (and not for the first time) the starting times of MLB games listed for the… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I cancelled the post,mainly because of money,but secondly for the very reasons you espouse.Those of us who read box scores,stats,golf results as part of our understanding and enjoyment of sports,and who have been doing it for decades,can only mourn the late,great,sorely missed Rocky Mt.News and its wonderful sports section!

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

O mourn ye the late great Rocky Mountain News! Can’t feel bad for HS kids though. They’re the ones who don’t read newspapers. It’s sad to witness the death of the Post in public. They need to just give-up on the charade of the print edition + move-on. There is obviously still a need to report the local news, in the the more “measured” manner of the written word (versus the sensationalized, scandal-obsessed manner of TV). Sad thing is you… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I found it ironic that all of Arizona’s runs came on HRs in the ENTIRE series (except 13th inning of the first game. It put a spotlight on the Rox pitching staff leading the majors (check me if I’m wrong) for most HRs given up. For those research experts: It would be nice to have all 30 MLB teams stats showing how many percent of the runners whom scored came aboard via BBs and errors by the team. My guts… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Yea the OFF SEASON is finally here!

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago

Hey guys, i don’t want you to think I dropped off the face of the earth. We have a major convention this week out of town that I am in charge of a major portion of, so I been very busy with that. I’m bummed that it coincided with the end of the season, but once this is done I will have time to focus on posting a lot more thoughts and an analysis over this failed season as well… Read more »

Doc
Doc
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

“…hopefully the signing of five Ace pictures!:

LOL! I’m thinking that even the SMIB can find 5 Ace pictures, Jared. Whether he can trade the farm for 1 Ace pitcher is another story. Have a good convention and look forward to you thoughts and analysis down the road.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Interesting thought I had looking at the final records: in both leagues only two guys each had 20+ wins. Maybe the emphasis on an ace is overrated. If we can get two quality 15 – 17 win guys, a solid 3, 4, and 5 plus good relief (something we seem to be able to do) maybe we can make the one game play in.

I’m a dreamer, I know.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I used to hate the Braves, and Chipper was my most hated Braves player. I still don’t like them, but I find myself rooting for Chipper to come through and knock the Cards out. One final run for the old guy …

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I don’t like the Braves, mainly because I hate that Tomahawk chop, but haven’t been a Cards fan for many years. I saw the first 6 innings or so when the Braves gave the game to St. Louis. I did not see it live but I’ve seen plenty of replays and I thought the infield fly rule call was horrible although Harold Reynolds on the MLB network went to great pains to say it was the right call. (Does MLB… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I am a Braves fan + was outraged by the call. It was CA– USED by the extra ump,who existed to ensure accurate officiating + instead insinuated himself when he shouldn’t have, as Ag notes. But here’s the thing: the guy was under the ball and about to make the catch, but pulled-off when the call was made. Had the call not been made the catch would have. Same difference + tough luck for the ATL. They blew the game… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Where’s Ed the Ump these days? Ed, what do you think about the infield fly rule call? My take: I’m no expert, but I think Ron Darling (I think that’s who it was) had the best observation. The IFR was called by the LF line ump, a guy who has a different perspective on the action than what we’ll see in an ordinary game. I think there’s no way the “regular” (2B or 3B umps) make that call when the… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, you make good points. The thing that bothers me about the call is more times than not when I see a 2B or SS ranging out that far the results is the same, he veers off at the last minute because he hears the outfielder’s footsteps. And we’re not talking Ozzie Smith or Rafael Furquel at SS. We’re talking a rookie SS. Frankly I had never heard of him until tonight. I understand it’s a judgement call and you… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Truthfully,with the difference it their final W-L records,I think the 2 out of 3 would be fairer.

DRH
DRH
8 years ago

Just thinking of the guys who are very happy not to be in Denver anymore:
Matt Holiday
Seth Smith
Jason Hammel

The last two have obviously gotten their ‘attitude’ corrected. Perhaps the attitude was because they were here on a team that the front office doesn’t care about. So why should they?

DRH
DRH
8 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Sorry, add Marco Scutero to that list.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Who needs these guys? They would only ruin the wonderful clubhouse culture of the Rox.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

DP today says Jim Tracy’s fate has not yet been decided. If he’s staying on as manager, I can’t see why they wouldn’t announce that right away. My hunch is that they’re negotiating some kind of exit strategy/package for him. He’s under contract for $1.4 million next year, plus we have the “handshake lifetime extension” to deal with, so they can’t outright fire him without looking like the fools that they are. But Tracy can’t resign because then he’d have… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

According to some yesterday afternoon it may have more to do with the “roles” yet to be defined and if everyone is ok with them. What role does Bill Geivett play going forward and how will that affect the manager.

My congratulations to two pitchers that struggled in the NL West but have found themselves in Baltimore.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

All of us at RWO should gather outside of 20th & Blake and await the puff of smoke to come out of Coors, similarly to St. Peter’s square when a new Pope is elected.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

good one!

JulieG
JulieG
8 years ago

I would be looking for black smoke since the folks running the team seem to be so decisive.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

If the Monforts were in charge at the Vatican we’d have co-Popes …

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I also am interested to hear Ed’s interpretation of the IFR. Also, what was all that business about the Braves protesting the game and the umps drawing P’s in the air??

I’m pulling for the A’s to win it all.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Well, I guess we now know Terry Francona won’t be the new manager of the Rockies.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

No comments on JT??? Surprising. Rumors sound like maybe Runnels is in the running.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

This is from the AP story in the NY Times:

Geivett said he wanted Tracy to return next season.
“I mean, that’s how I started our meeting on Friday, that he was the manager of the club,” Geivett said. “Like I said, it was surprising.”

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I truely believe as long as Bill Geivett is running the show the Rockies will get worse. Yes worse. I think the biggest reason JT departed probably had to do with repsonsibilities and who would be doing what.

“In an interview, Geivett acknowledged that he didn’t expect Tracy to resign.

“I was surprised,” Geivett said. “Knowing Jim as long as I have it, it was not something I sensed would happen.””

source:DP

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
8 years ago

Comments on the ruling regarding the IFR call in a day or two…on the road with my chick, driving to South Carolina.

Suffice it to say, the call was correct, albeit, controversial to say the least.

No time frame for when an ump has to or should call it…he must call it right away? Nope, not even close. That should keep you guessing.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
8 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Thanks for the brief response, but it still leaves us with one burning question – that infield fly was a good 120 or so feet into the outfield grass; so the ump can still call it IFR?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
8 years ago

RMH and others regarding the IFR called in Atlanta… I’ll try and make this short and sweet and let the “reading umps” interpret my words. 1) As long as an infielder can turn and face the infield and make the catch(he doesn’t have to catch it)with ordinary effort it is to be called an Infield fly and the batter is out. Period. The amount of time he is “turned to the infield” is not a factor. 2) Distance from the… Read more »

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
8 years ago

Regarding the organizational changes; I still think the real issue in the front office is not replacing Kelli McGregor. I don’t think we have replaced him at all. This is what we need – a guy who knows what winning is about and what it takes. I nominate a perfect guy for the job – Steve Young, the QB of the 49ers. If you didn’t know, he has a lawyers degree and he has a passion to win.

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago

I agree that the loss of Keli McGregor was incredibly significant. With Keli, the team has a strong rudder, since his passing, not the case. However, with all due respect, the Rox need a solid baseball man running things, not a HOF QB or meat-packing trust fund babies. I’m sorry that Tracy felt he had to go, but I agree 100% with his decision. I don’t believe Geivett when he says he thought Tracy would stay… obviously a man of… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Iggy, couldn’t agree more with Mark Cuban…i wrote about it at the beginning of the season (when he was in the mix to buy the dodgers)…

http://jaredb17.sg-host.com/2011/12/28/mark-cuban-in-dodger-blue/

i love the guy as an owner and would love to have him buy the team – should they ever sell…

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
8 years ago

I’m two thumbs up for Rockies receiving permission to talk to Mark Wiley to bring him back to Colorado as the pitching guru for our organization. Reported on MLB.com.

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