DeaLeR Dealin’ It, Helton Not Feelin’ It

For the second game in a row the Rockies starters shut down the naysayers, those thinking the team has no ace. Chacin made a bid for being the team ace last night with an amazing performance, almost throwing a complete-game shutout. Tonight Jorge De La Rosa answered with his own masterful performance. His first two pitches were perfectly placed at the bottom of the strikezone and both were called balls. Thankfully he wasn’t flustered because he went seven innings and only gave up one hit. He struck out four and walked three and left the game after throwing 95 pitches (57 for strikes). He took a no-hit bid into the sixth.

Unfortunately for De La Rosa, Josh Johnson was also on his game. He seven and 1/3 and only gave up five hits with no runs. His 10 strikeouts dwarfed De La Rosa’s four and his ability to pitch out of trouble is what ultimately won the match and robbed the DeaLeR of a win.

The Rockies were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and they had several excellent opportunities. Runners on first and third with no outs in the second inning: Rosario, Colvin and Arenado all come up empty. Helton comes up empty in the top of the sixth with runners on the corner. Helton also came up empty in the eighth with bases loaded, grounding out to end the inning. Two big chances for Todd and he couldn’t cash in.

Matt Belisle came in the bottom of the eighth with the score still 0-0 and ended up giving up a leadoff single to Rajai Davis. After Davis stole second Matt ended up walking Rasmus. He did get groundout, but the play moved the runners to scoring position and a bloop single scored the pair. Final score 2-0.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Good news is that the lowly Miami Marlins beat the mighty Dbacks. Still 1/2 back.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

I had the game on but was busy with the family and couldn’t pay close attention….was DLR’s pitch count up there? Why did he get pulled in the middle of a 1 hitter?

Nothing makes me more mad than poor hitting with RISP….frustrating.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

95 when he came out and his thumb was numb.

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Good ballgame but a little frustrating. Johnson has always been tough on the Rox and last night was no exception. Belisle seems like he either coasts through an inning very easily or it looks like it did last night. Betancourt needs to return!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Got to admit there was also a bit of plain old bad luck last night. Second and third and one out and Cargo hits a screaming liner that the first baseman snares to save the day for the Jays. Second and third and one out for the Jays in the bottom of the inning and a bloop hit scores the only runs of the game. It just wasn’t meant to be. Scary that the Jays have now given up just… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Things that suck. 1) Blowing a great pitching performance like De la Rosa’s. 2) Back to watching the Rockies on tv and listening to that crap

I wish there wasn’t the big gap between radio and tv otherwise I would have Jack and Jerry on with the video.

Quite possibly the last few seasons are catching up with Belisle.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

We should no longer be surprised by the Rox anemic offensive output on the first game of a road series. Not counting opening day in Milw., here’s what the Rox have done on the first game of a road series so far this season: L 4-2- SF L 3-2- AZ L 3-0- STL W 5-0- SF L 3-0- Cin L 2-0- Tor That’s a 1-5 record with 9 runs scored in 6 games. Take the 5 runs scored in their… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

Possibly the worst thing in the 8th was the call to have LeMahieu sac but with men on 1st and 2nd and no outs. He did his job, so lost an out so that 1st was open, runners at 2nd and 3rd. Then Cargos screaming out. With first open it’s an easy decision to walk Cuddyer. Last out by Helton followed. Had LeMahieu hit away and singled, all would have been a different story. The sacrifice was a big sacrifice.… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Disagree DRH.
The bunt was the correct play there. As long as we’re playing “what if” what if DJLM swings away and hits into a DP?

Bottom line is the Rox need to play small when on the road. It’s the one thing that drove me nuts about Tracy. He absolutely refused to bunt runners over.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I side with the bunt. Wild pitch, sac fly, misplayed grounder, soft blooper, etc you have the lead if there is a runner on 3rd.

I would even go so far as to say with a 0-0 game in the 8th inning they should have called for the squeeze with Cargo batting.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I may lean to much towards small ball, but I agree. In a game like yesterday I’d take the bat our of Cargo’s hands (so to speak) and try to squeeze him in. Take any run when you can get it. Then of course we get 1 run in and Toronto scores 2….uggh

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