Cubs drub Kendrick

There’s a thin line between love and hate – and Kyle Kendrick has quickly found both extremes with Rockies fans. He’s probably not as good as his previous outing in Milwaukee, and definitely not as bad as his first outing in a Rockies uniform at Coors Field tonight. It doesn’t grade out as a disaster a la Mat Latos in Miami a few nights ago, lasting 2/3rds of an inning, but the damage was too great for even the Rockies offense to overcome in a 9-5 loss.

Dexter Fowler got the night off to a bad start, tripling from his leadoff spot and scoring on a Jorge Soler sac fly (who looks like he is swinging a Manny Sanguillen-autograph telephone pole). Dex was back in the 2nd with another triple, this time driving in Jason Hammel and Arismendy Alcantara. Joe Maddon can declare his pitcher-hitting-8th obsession as justified.

As the night progressed, the walks piled up for Kendrick – 5 in all – and he got progressively higher in the zone. The higher he left pitches, the farther they went. Chris Coghlan hit a ball in the 3rd with a swing that shouldn’t have produced a HR, but did. Mike Olt followed immediately with a more convincing opposite field blast, paying for it later in the game when Adam Ottavino clocked him on the wrist. (Not like Cubs hitters crowd the plate or anything, Kendrick also hit Anthony Rizzo.) Starlin Castro completed the solo homer barrage in the 5th.

Jason Hammel was serviceable in his return to Coors, containing his damage to a Nolan Arenado HR in the 2nd and a Justin Morneau bloop scoring Troy Tulowitzki in the 3rd. He had the right idea for pitching at Coors – zero walks.

In the carnage, there were a few positives:

– Kendrick gutted it out taking one for the team, lasting 5+ innings and saving the bullpen.

– A sparkling 3-6-1 double play, with Kendrick hustling to the bag, kept the 4th from getting out of hand.

– The bullpen of Friedrich, Betancourt, and Ottavino held up, despite Friedrich allowing his inherited runners to score.

– Charlie Blackmon, who has been either striking out or hitting the ball right at someone, finally doubled in the 9th.

And, there’s this:

Yes, I’m talking to anyone who was expecting 162-0, or who piled on with “this is the Kendrick I knew we were getting.” He’s allowed a bad outing, and Cubs bats had to wake up sooner or later. Walks tend to score at Coors. Kendrick has to find his way back down in the zone, he has the repertoire to succeed and is a veteran who can deal with adversity.

This was the first time a Rox starter was really tested this season, and it didn’t go as well as hoped. It’s only April 11.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Blame me cuz I didn’t see the game as I was at the wedding. The first 4 games I saw the game on TV, they won.

Loved your write ups, Don add it gives us another perspective on the Rockies.

Please don’t go Jeremy Guthrie on us Kendrick.

We must win tomorrow to make it a two series win streak.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

So now Kendricks is right about at his MLB ERA average over the years.When he was down in the zone and/or off speed he wasn’t bad[not enough strikes though]but those high center cut fastballs won’t cut it at Coors.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

No need to panic, still 4-1. It did seem to me in this one that the Rox batters weren’t disciplined/patient once they fell far behind. Seemed like everyone wanted to get it all back at once. That said, they did score at least 5 runs on 10+ hits for the fifth straight game. Don, I agree on that DP, it was a thing of absolute beauty that few teams in MLB could pull off. That defense alone will determine a… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

“who looks like he is swinging a Manny Sanguillen-autograph telephone pole”

Love that line!

Kendrick Part 2 is all about “welcome to coots, walks kill”. In Milwaukee he was a strike striking machine.

No worries, spoiler alert: all part 2’s of movie trilogies usually have the good guys taking a loss or finding out Vader is their father. Let’s see what his next putting brings, shall we 🙂

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Hey everyone’s gonna a some clunkers. Like you said Bob, look at Kershaw’s and Bumgarner’s #s yesterday. Kendrick was way outta the zone in his 1st start as a Rox P at altitude. Adjustments need to be made so we’ll see how Foster and Holmes prepare the starters for that. Still no ERs for the bullpen. Blackmon’s E allowed that ninth run to get to scoring position. Talk in the stands wondered if that was the 1st E by the… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Oh, and an aside. The give-away at the park yesterday was a pretty lame 9 month calendar showing players recreating pictures from their youth. Blackmon in a clown suit was enuf to make me start fearing those types of circus performers. And as usual, a non-opening roster player, Rex Brothers was featured. No Tulo, Dickerson, Morneau but CarGo and Arenado were rather silly.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Guthrie immediately came to mind as I watched last night. Blame me as that’s the first game of the season I watched live. All others I listened to the radio or watched on replay.

DJ is impressing early. Blackmon and Morneau need to step up.

Crazy trade offer: Blackmon and Stubbs for Josh Hamilton with Angels taking on most of the salary.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

LeMatieu should bat lead-off until he returns to earth.Time for the FUC_ING “Hawk”discussion now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A team that will struggle to play .500 ball cannot afford blown saves at home.Why not Ynoa at short instead of over matched Descalso.What a waste of a Sunday afternoon.Thank god I kept switching to the Masters.The 0-2 pitch to Dex looked like freaking batting practice.Now off to an 0-6 roadtrip.Yes,I am off the band wagon till they get a closer! Are we going to have… Read more »

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