Clint Barmes is still costing us games

We are working really hard to dispel the rumor that home runs can’t be hit in San Diego.

The two guys at the bottom of the Padres lineup – Clint Barmes and Austin Hedges – both did damage in a 5-4 Rockies loss.

Austin who? 2nd round draft pick in 2011 from San Juan Capistrano. A year younger than a guy from just up the freeway in Lake Forest who plays 3B for the Rockies. (Someone get Jenny to check if they knew each other.) Tonight was his 22nd major league game. .143, 1 HR, 4 RBIs going into tonight. He opens the scoring in the 3rd by putting Chad Bettis in the left field seats.

And then there’s that guy in the 7th, Clint Barmes, who we know can’t hit a right-handed slider down and away to save his life. But we have Tommy Kahnle, who can’t throw a 96mph fastball anywhere over the plate most of the time. Hundley decides on the changeup, but Kahnle leaves it high and center cut (look at that yellow dot and look at Clint follow through). Even Clint Barmes can still put that ball in the 2nd deck in LF at Petco.

What really hurt was the game was tied, and Christian Friedrich had just walked Melvin “don’t call me BJ” Upton in his one batter of work.

Lost in more TOOTBLANing was a good night from Brandon Barnes, 3-for-4 and a triple.

The meaningless Tulo homer came in the 8th, of course with nobody on.

Bettis put in a short outing – 6 innings, 80 pitches, but capped by 2 walks and a Kemp double and another walk before getting a ground out. His fastball velocity had fallen 3mph and his control was gone, only 10 strikes in 24 pitches in the 6th.

Well, that’s our two best pitchers in this series, folks. We can turn just about any lineup in any park into Murderers’ Row.

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Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Wow – Donny. Are you blaming Tulo for hitting a homer to get us within one run? Yes, he hit a homer with no one on in the 8th. There was no one on, that’s not his fault. Now we’re down by one. If Cargo, Arenado, so on and so on hit a homer with no one after that we would have tied the game. But you want to blame Tulo? Maybe you’re not blaming him, maybe you are? I… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Rockies team batting vs. righties: .277/.325/.459 (784 OPS) vs. lefties: .257/.312/.356 (668 OPS) Rockies OPS by position in the batting order: 1st: .832 2nd: .692 3rd: .886 4th: .811 5th: .857 (all stats through yesterday’s game) Let’s set aside for the moment our whole “blow up the Rockies” debate. Let’s also set aside the whole home vs. road hitting thing. (And, of course, this has nothing to do with tonight’s game) Let’s focus instead on what a manager and GM… Read more »

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Wouldn’t Stubbs or Barnes (or Parker or McBride) produce better against righties than Blackmon would? I agree that having Descalso, Ynoa and Rosario on the roster is suboptimal. At this point, we can hope that some other teams wants Rosario and Descalso, and we can unload their salaries and promote Parker or McBride and Adames. I think that we’d get better performance at a lower salary. It’s too bad that Morneau has been out practically all season. Had he stayed… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Donny D., I disagree that it is better playing Blackmon against lefties than playing Stubbs. Stubbs got off to a terrible start. It made sense to send him down so he could try to get some semblance of timing back. It did not make sense to keep him down for — what was it, 6 weeks? — while guys like Ynoa played LF and Blackmon started against lefties. I have to assume Harvard guy Bridich knows a thing or two… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Bettis to DL.

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