Descalso beats five-man infield for win

In a fitting wrap to a night punctuated by the Wilin Rosario faithful badmouthing Rockies management after his optioning to AAA, two of the players who have to take up the slack delivered big, along with a badly needed starting pitching performance and timely power.

After a pitched battle, the Rox came up tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th facing Shawn Kelley. Nolan Arenado singled. CarGo continued his inability to cash in runners with a K. Michael McKenry, who we pointed out in our FirstLook had hit James Sheilds well and got the start tonight, singled to cap his 3-for-4 night. DJ LeMahieu received an intentional pass to load the bases.

Daniel Descalso, cast as the villain who hasn’t done anything in 2015 and now is the PH and tough-lefty 1B platoon, strode to the plate. The Padres huddled, taking more time than Philip Rivers to call a play. Wil Meyers was summoned in for the dreaded five-man infield (something Bud Black learned from Mike Scioscia). Descalso fouled off a pitch, then delivered a solid single to LF over Justin Upton’s head for the first RoxWalkOff of the year!

Besides the big night from McKenry (who even stole a base), Corey Dickerson provided the rest of the scoring with 2 solo HRs (#PorchDickerson). Concerns about his plantar fasciitis may have been overstated.

The Padres matched that effort with two solo shots off Kyle Kendrick, one by Yangervis Solarte and one by Wil Meyers. Kendrick, however, got the email about “throw more strikes” (or read our FirstLook) and pounded the plate all night. In 7 innings with 1 BB and 7 hits, he threw 61 strikes out of 86 pitches. He matched Big Game James, who wasn’t dominant.

Kendrick was spared more than once by his infield. Arenado and Tulo turned in another night of highlight reel footage. On the flip side, the Rockies ran into outs at 3B with nobody out – the cardinal sin, committed by LeMahieu and McKenry – twice, as well as an ill-advised attempt by Rafael Ynoa to advance on a squirter away from Derek Norris.

Many comments said Weiss left Kendrick in an inning too long, coughing up the lead. Maybe. I always try to evaluate: is the guy you want to bring in from the pen better than what the guy on the mound has left. It would have been Brown or Logan. The Rox pen needed an extra inning. Axford threw a clean 8th, and Ottavino threw a clean 9th.

It wasn’t a perfect night, but it was a team effort snapping a five-game losing streak. When pitchers throw strikes, the defense is more alert and makes plays, and the offense has a chance to deliver.

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RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Was at the game (bought a mini-plan for the first time this year, in a moment of sheer madness). Very well played throughout, but I’d be lying if I said I had any confidence when Descalso stepped up to the plate. Well, that’s baseball for you. Kendrick was very steady, other than the two dingers. Corey cost him a run by bobbling that double down the third base line, but made up for it with his shots. McHenry played well… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

The defensive shift is really working against him when he does make contact.He better start looking at Helton in his prime and learn to hit to left field because ever team is pounding him away,away,away.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

The 2015 Walk-Off Counter is officially live! Fun one tonight…GREAT to see Nolan back and looking sweet…

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I don’t know if that showed on TV, but like most of us, we were disgusted that we saw Descalso up to pinch hit. But right before that happened, Nick Hundley came running hard out of the bullpen to the dugout. I figured that was to switch the pinch hitter to Hundley when the Padres bring in a lefty. But that never happened and Descalso stepped up to the plate. I could tell right away that Descalso like a world… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Isn’t rather odd that McKenry leads the team in SBs? Moving Bull to get more time at 1B is a good move. When we hit the road, he may get a call back, depending upon what he’s doing w/’Topes in that time. Conversation about eating Stubbs $5.83m contract trying to pass him thru waivers so he can be reassigned to Alb (something I support) brought this to mind: Is it worth the money to keep a non-producer on the roster?… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Of course, Drew Stubbs could elect free agency but who would take that leap? I put out a reorg possibility a couple years back here which reduced the sked to 156 games, 3 conferences that involved playing every team all year long. Too involved to go into here but you get the idea. Open up a new system to bring the interest for the game along and engage the younger fans which seems to be the goal for the Manfred… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

I miss me some Cargo swagger! I hope it returns very soon. That was a HUGE, must win game last night.

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