Francis Finally Hit as Rox Struggle

Leave it to the Rockies to make Kershaw look like Kershaw.

While the Rockies have had a pretty decent spring from a hitting perspective, all things considered, it didn’t take too long for the Dodgers ace to make them look like they were out of their league, and wishing to be out of the NL West to boot.

Kershaw went five, only giving up two hits and one unearned run.  Kershaw had been struggling a bit, coming into today’s game, while the Rockies starter Francis was the picture of perfection. He came into todays game with a 0.00 ERA, going nine innings without giving up an earned run.  He extended that to 13, making it through the fourth inning without giving up a run.

And then he started the fifth.

RWO's Robba, RMH and EdTheUmp at SRF Enjoying the Game.
RWO’s Robba, RMH and EdTheUmp at SRF Enjoying the Game.

Castellanos, Amezaga and Kershaw himself all hit singles, with Kershaw’s driving in the first run given up of Francis’ spring.  Francis did get Gordon to ground out, but then Schumaker drove home another run with a single to left and it was time to pull Francis.  Parker Frazier came in and proceeded to give up a single to Kemp and a home run to Uribe.

Francis took the loss and saw his average jump from perfect to 2.70.

The Rockies combined for only five hits on the day (Fowler, Cuddyer, Nelson, Wrigley and Dickerson in the eighth).

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

It’s not panic time yet … but panic time is only a couple weeks away. So far this spring, the causes of last year’s starting pitching collapse are all in line for a repeat: De La Rosa has been erratic, Nicasio even more so, Chacin has thrown in a manner that makes me wonder why on earth they’d sign him to a 2-year deal, Pomeranz and Chatwood haven’t shown any signs of progress, Volstad hasn’t stepped up with a good… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I think you summed it up pretty well for me. I can only add that maybe I agree somewhat with the spin about ownership. They didn’t want to make player moves so they did the next best thing. Bring in some huge fan favorites as manager/coaching. Surely the fans won’t turn on the likes of Dante Bichette and blame him if things are bad by mid-season … or will they? I say bring in “Mr. Passion”, Larry Walker :>)… Read more »

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

We’re jumping the gun saying pitching is BAAAAADD! WW said next week is when it is no longer practice mode and we transition into serious business when the lineups start going 7, 8, and 9 innings. Like you guys, I’m a bit worried about the rotation but at the same time it’s still in practice mode. The answers will come out starting next week. My predictions: Dan Rosenbaum, Escalona, Nicasio/Outman (taking turns shuttling to Springs), Brothers, Lopez, Belisle, and Betancourt… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

RMH, Rosenbaum as a Rule 5 draft pick has to be kept on the 25 man roster or must be offered back to the Nationals. There is always the possibility that the Rockies and Nats could work out a trade but as things stand Rosenbaum will not be one of the players “shuttling to the Springs”.

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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I know, I said Nicasio and Outman would be taking turns shuttling to Springs.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

As much as we need starting pitching, does it make sense to have Nicasio start the year at AAA and work on his secondary pitches? Of course, it baffles me as to how a pitcher can be in the system as long as Nicasio has been in the system and not have secondary pitches. Our player development stinks. There’s no question in my mind that one, and maybe two of our starting pitchers in April will be players who are… Read more »

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