Depleted and Defeated

The Colorado Rockies’ miserable 2012 morphed legitimately into the Shameful classification Saturday night in Los Angeles, when with eight roster spots available they went with a one-man bench (Jonny Herrera) and were shut-out for the second night in a row by the Dodgers and Matt Kemp 3-0.  Tyler Colvin (elbow) and Jason Giambi (you name it) ran the number of unavailable “active” position players to five (out of 14).  Kemp had two lead-off solo homers, but the one in the 4th off Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood was sufficient to send the Rockies to their record-setting 96th defeat, leaving 100 losses within reach with 4 games to play.

Hanley Ramirez followed Kemp to the plate after Adrian Gonzalez struck-out in the 4th and singled. Chatwood walked Shane Victorino then got Luiz Cruz with a second strike-out, but AJ Ellis grounded a single to right scoring Ramirez before Chatwood struck out pitcher Joe Blanton and the side.  Kemp’s second homer came in the 8th off Josh Roenicke to run the score to 3-0.

Chatwood only went 4 innings, allowing 5 hits, and adding a strike-out of Andre Ethier in the 3rd. Roenicke was one of 6 Colorado relievers to see action.  Blanton pitched 6+ scoreless frames for LA. Ronald Belisario, Kenley Jansen, and Brandon League each held the Rockies at-bay for an inning.

Colorado had 7 hits and stuck-out 10 times.  They were retired in-order in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th.  Charlie Culberson and Tommy Fields are available to be activated from the 40-man roster, but Rockies’ management fears the cost of a table-dance at Coors Field would have to rise to $25 for 2013 to cover the expense.

The final 2012 match with the Dodgers is Sunday afternoon at 2:10, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Jorge De La Rosa goes for Colorado against LA’s Josh Beckett.

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8 years ago

Jim has a depleted bench? How is that possible? I thought the roster expanded to 40 in September. Did Dick get even more cheap, and don’t want to call a few guys up?

p.s. what a powerful lineup, no runs in their last two games, man these guys suck

8 years ago

Yeah…I don’t get it either. Interesting that the DP guys are also mentioning it. NO ONE understands what’s going on. Maybe with the split of duties even BG and DOD have no clue who is supposed to be managing the roster.

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