Francis Fantastic but Rox Still Fall

Ah, the other side of a walk-off.  When it is your team doing the “walking” you feel the elation of having earned a win in the most dramatic fashion.

The other dugout holds the antithesis of excitement.

The Rockies entered Friday nights game against the Phillies looking to put runs on the board.  After two straight 1-0 shutout’s it was time to let the bats do their work.  It would be difficult against Cliff Lee, but the first inning elicited two runs and even CarGo was getting hits, so optimism was on deck.

Especially with the work of Jeff Francis.

Francis kept the Phillies in check through 5 2/3’rds of no-run ball.  He left having struck out seven and only walking one.

After the first inning, where the Rockies scored two on an RBI double by CarGo and RBI single by Rosario, Lee settled down and also struck out seven over 6 1/3rd and left without relinquishing another run.

The bullpens took over and if Josh Roenicke had been able to make his pitches with two outs and bases loaded the Rockies might have held the lead.  But Roenicke, the third pitcher of the inning after Torres allowed two singles and Reynolds walked the third baserunner, wasn’t able to get out of the inning and pinch hitter Lance Nix doubled to right to score two and tie up the game.

Papelbon came into the game in the ninth to try and hold the score at 2-2,  and after walking Giambi on an excellent 10 pitch at-bat from the Giambino, it looked like the Rockies might be putting something together.

But pinch runner Andrew Brown was put into motion in what appeared to be a hit-n-run situation and was thrown out at second, effectively extinguishing the rally.  Charlie Blackmon, who was 4-4 last night against the Braves and extended his streak to five straight after a single in the seventh, popped out harmlessly to end the assault.

Hindsight, or perhaps logic proved that Andrew Brown was not the right tandem for the “run” half of hit-n-run.  Why it was called is anyone’s guess, but DJ was glad he had the chance:

I appreciated [Tracy’s] confidence in me to do that, and I was excited to get that call. I just missed it.

DJ LeMahieu

The difference between a walk-off and extra innings seemed to lie in the Ying to Rosario’s Yang.  His monster ability to crush balls to the farthest seats can usually make up for his less-than stellar work behind the dish.  Belisle walked Rollins and then intentionally walked Will Harris after Rollins was moved to second on a sacrifice.  With one out, and runners at first and second, it was possible Belisle could induce a double play to get out of the inning.  But a wild pitch (that could have been stopped by Wilin) allowed the runners to move up and with the infield pulled in a shot through the right side ended it all.

 

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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Why didn’t MFL Tracy order Harris to intentionally walk Schielholtz after the WP? This would have set up the DP with the right handed Mayberry up next. JT may be a very nice guy, but his game time decisions leave a lot to be desired. Tony LaRussa is one of my least favorite persons in all of baseball, but his in-game strategy can’t be denied. I can’t see him making the kind of moves that MFL made in the 9th… Read more »

Doc
Doc
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

What? You’re under the impression that winning is the goal? No way. We’ve got to remember that this is a learning situation–extended Spring Training, as it were. We’ve got to see how these guys react to stressful situations. We aren’t concerned with developing a winning attitude, only if finding core players. Just look at Cargo’s body language–why try? It’s only practice.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Our pitching has been close to sensational on this trip!Still losing,but not being humiliated,nor setting all time records for futility.Maybe BIB GM[sort of]should get GM of the year award for the 4 man rotation and starters turn around.Since I was one of the first to call for Apodaca’s dismissal was I a visionary,or was there no where to go but up?Would you all stay with the current pitching coach[s].Getting Marco Scutaro was a great move————for San Francisco!Guess he only plays… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Chatwood, Pomeranz, + White have still been lousy. Our “luck” has turned around 180 degrees. We’re dodging a lot of bullets in these 3 inning 75 pitch starts. In July all of the bullets were tearing flesh. Pomeranz in particular is not a major league pitcher. He can’t pitch out of the stretch + can’t hold guys on even when he does. And did you see how Michael Bourn made a fool of him with that lead-off bunt Tuesday the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Wow, Cisco/Doc/Gary/Jeem — all very good points. Cisco/Doc: obviously winning in September and finishing strong is of little interest to Rockies management. 49 innings all year and Betancourt sits in the bullpen while Will Harris gets some work in. Gary: I hadn’t noticed how good Scutaro has been. 811 OPS, 131 OPS+ (that’s about as good as Cargo this season) as a Giant. He finished strong last year, and he’s doing it again. Who did we get for him? I… Read more »

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