I can buy getting no-hit by Clayton Kershaw. When the guy is on, he’s the best pitcher in baseball today, with both great stuff and location. I also remember the 2nd half of the career of Greg Maddux. He rarely ventured over 85 mph, but had pinpoint control and pitched backwards keeping hitters off balance.
Then, there’s Josh Collmenter. Great guy. Nice story. Good pitcher, but never going to win a Cy Young. Unless, of course, he pitches against the Rockies every start. His average velocity this year is down to 84 mph. When asked about it tonight, Bob Brenly characterized the difference between 84 mph and 88 mph as “infinitesimal” for major league hitters.
In eight innings during tonight’s 9-1 loss, Collmenter kept the Rockies to 5 hits with 0 BBs and 6 Ks. There was only one back-to-back hit sequence. In the 6th, Corey Dickerson doubled, then ran a half-stop sign from Stu Cole after a Tulo single, getting thrown out at the plate.
Jordan Lyles regressed, but the 1st was the result of some hard luck – the box score and Descalso-hating Tweets don’t really tell the story. Ender Inciarte and Paul Goldschmidt singled. Inciarte broke for third, Lyles pulled an inside move throwing to Descalso at second, who then hit Inciarte in the back of the helmet on the way to third. The ball got away, allowing Inciarte to score. Trumbo then singled driving in Goldschmidt, which would be all the Dbacks needed.
Lyles created a huge problem in the 5th, issuing walks to Inciarte, Goldschmidt, and Peralta before a single from Yasmany Tomas and a 3-run blast from ex-Rockie Jordan Pacheco. That’s exactly the type of high leverage situation Lyles has created for himself, then imploded in all year.
The Dbacks offense romped with all starters getting a hit. The Rockies fair-weather offense fired almost nothing back outside of a two-hit night from Tulo. They seemed baffled at the plate. more like a getaway day way out of the race in August than in a contest in late April. It was lethargic, and embarrassing. People are pointing to the Lyles start and the Descalso error, but an allegedly league-leading offense should put up more than 1 run on Collmenter. The game was over in the 1st inning for all practical purposes.
Back-to-back nights of a Rox pitcher giving up tacos (it’s 5 runs, 3 tacos at participating Taco Bells in Arizona) is bad, but the offense and its suddenly sporadic run scoring is unexpected.