Cuddyer Hurt in Ugly 5-4 Loss

Rex Brothers had suffered Brandon Crawford’s walk-off homer on Sunday night, and he was right back out there in a one-run contest in San Diego in the 8th inning on Monday.  He walked Xavier Nady.  He walked Seth Smith.  Jedd Gyorko flied to center.  Chase Headley lined to center.  Yonder Alonzo walked.

Bases loaded.  2 out.  Yasmani Grandal hitting.  2 balls, one strike.  And Brothers drills catcher Wilin Rosario in the right foot with a wild fastball.  Nady scores.  Smith scores.  Game over.

Huston Street retired the side in the 9th inning for his 4th save, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Monday evening at Petco Park in San Diego.  Brothers (1-2, 3.18) took the loss. Dale Thayer (2-0, 1.50) snared the victory with a 1-2-3 8th.

Colorado had led the contest 4-0 going into the 5th.  They snuck together a run in the 3rd on consecutive bad throws by Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and starting pitcher Eric Stults.  They missed-out on a chance to break the game open in the 4th.  Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu hit back-to-back-to-back singles, Morneau scoring, but Rockies’ starter Jordan Lyles failed to get a bunt down, and hot-hitting Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez popped-up to short.  In the top of the 5th Troy Tulowitzki singled leading-off, then Rosario took Stults deep to left-center for a 2 run homer.

But San Diego roared back.  Alonzo singled, then Lyles got Grandal to fly-out and struck-out Will Venable.  2-out disaster struck as pinch-hitter Tommy Medica doubled to score Alonzo, Cabrera doubled to score Medica, and Alexi Amarista drove-in Cabrera with a triple that sent Michael Cuddyer crashing into the right-field wall, banging-up his right elbow and leaving the game.  Cuddyer is “day-to-day.”

Lyles got Smith, and left with a one-run lead after 5.  Colorado held-off the Padres in the 6th and 7th. Tommy Kahnle walked Gyorko but got Headley to ground into a double play.  Matt Belisle worked around a one-out Venable triple in the 7th on a nice run-down at the plate between Tulowitzki, Rosario and Arenado.  But Brothers threw it all away.

The Rockies, who lead the world in finger and hand injuries, announced that starting pitcher Brett Anderson had broken a finger in the 4th-inning at-bat Saturday that ended his night.  He is on the Disabled List, out for 6 weeks minimum.  Outfielder Corey Dickerson rejoined the team, which seems to be averaging a roster move every other day.

The second game of a 4-game set is tonight, 8:10 MDT at Petco Park.  Juan Nicasio (1-0, 3.75) goes for the Rockies against San Diego’s Robbie Erlin (1-0, 1.35).

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Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

Brothers certainly at this time needs to come in earlier, if not to be offered a trip to Colorado Springs. I know we are trying to keep the pitcher’s confidence up, but the managers glacial reaction to a sinking ship is pretty awful.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Almost all of our lost games were winnable and the bullpen cost them a win just about every time. Time to assign roles permanently; Zero in 8th, Hawk in 9th, Boone as needed in 8th or 9th. Everybody else 7th or earlier.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

As noted for a while now (ST) – I think Brothers is hurt. He’s not getting K’s because his velocity is 90 instead of 95. So he’s “getting cute” and throwing more off-speed pitches and nibbling around the corners – hence the walks. He doesn’t need a trip to AAA – I’d look for a DL trip instead.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

sdcarp, I agree completely. Guys at Rex’s age who suddenly lose velocity and the ability to miss bats are almost always injured. I was going to break down Rex’s decline here, but I see that a guy over at purplerow has just said everything that needs to be said about it. RMH, I also agree with your bullpen roles. As bad as Rex is (and Wiltin’ was), that’s how good Zero’s been. And Zero and Boone would make a nice… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I saw on Twitter that a Rockies seamhead said something like, “Book it. Rex is going on the DL.”

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Glad I didn’t watch this one, scanning through the highlights and lowlights later was torture enough. That wild pitch by Arby’s (not a spell check, Ag, just my attempt at throwing in another nickname) and the subsequent Little League handling of it was excruciating. I mentioned before that the unexpected is bound to happen and that is why we can’t possibly predict the outcome of the season. Lucky guess, yes, accurate prediction, no. So far the disappointment to me has… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

No way NoDo would have had those two doubles that went down the line unless he was positioned right on the line or a step from it. That no-name pinch hitter got lucky to get his RBI double – one more inch and it’s foul ball. Everth Cabrerra’s double was Lyles’ fault. The pitch was way up near letters and on the outside part of the plate making it easy to hit ball hard down the line. As we say,… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

The MLB injury parade continues – Matt Moore (TB) headed for TJ surgery. Interesting note about Brothers…..I’ve heard some experts say his mechanics are different. To this I say “chicken or egg.” His mechanics may in fact be different – but ask the next question – WHY are his mechanics different. Best guess…….something in his shoulder or elbow is hurting and he’s compensating. Finding a “slot” that doesn’t hurt. So it’s extremely possible his velocity is down because of mechanics,… Read more »

JMN
JMN
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

WW flat denied “mechanics” in his post-game interview (for what THAT’s worth), instead mumbling about confidence. But I agree with the others: Arby may be concealing pain, such as Betancourt tried to do with his looming appendicitis, and Chacin with his spring-2012 tendonitis. I’m hardly an expert, but when every other pitch is in the dirt in front of the plate, it isn’t lack of confidence, it’s mechanics. Surely WW, Wright, Runnells aren’t ALL in denial.

JMN
JMN
6 years ago

“Brothers drills catcher Wilin Rosario in the right foot with a wild fastball” That wasn’t the case. It was certainly wild and dirt-high, but after going thru the entire play multipe times in DVR-slo-mo, I clearly saw that ball was IN THE MITT, but it was so far off the plate that Wilin’s momentum-induced arm-swing (compounded by his chronic inability to hang onto a caught ball, IMO) kinda flipped it back out to keep on going to the wall. His… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Quite a bit has been written as to the decisions made or not made in the 8th inn. cost the Rox this game. But in my opinion this game was lost in the 6th when WW chose to not allow Lyles to come out for the 6th inn after only 84 pitches. I realize his turn to bat came up in the top of the inn., but who cares? They were still up by a run. If Lyles pitches the… Read more »

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Don’t forget Lyles failure to get the bunt down which could have changed that inning.ST two weeks past and the pitcher can’t bunt?

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