Francis Hammered

Jeff Francis (1-1, 5.87) not only didn’t wash away the stink from Tuesday, he brought his own steaming bucket of doggy-dew down to AT+T Park on Wednesday afternoon, where the San Francisco Giants swept the Colorado Rockies into the bay 10-0,  and on down the coast.  As it turns-out it was over after the 1st, when the Giants took a 2-0 lead.  Barry Zito (2-0, 0.00) added 7 additional shut-out innings to the 7 he delivered last Saturday in St Louis, continuing his dominance over the crew from Colorado.

Francis had nothing.  Angel Pagan singled leading-off the game and after 1-out came around on a triple by Buster Posey.  Joaquin Arias knocked Posey-in after Francis had struck-out Hunter Pence, his 2nd K of the inning.  Zito disposed of the Rockies in the top of the 2nd in-order, and Brandon Crawford led-off the bottom with a double.  Zito laid-down a bunt, which Francis fielded and threw to 3rd, where Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario had directed.  The throw was late, leaving Crawford at 3rd and Zito at first.  Wilin’s bad.  To celebrate, Francis walked Pagan, then our old homeboy Marco Scutaro delivered a sacrifice fly.

Next was Posey, this time with a double that plated Zito.  Hunter Pence followed with a shot at Chris Nelson, who made a nifty grab, then yanked the throw home to the right of Rosario, Pagan scoring.  Arias was walked to set-up a double-play chance.  After Brandon Belt popped-up to Nelson, Andres Torres ended Francis’ horror-show with a 2-run single.  7-0 SF.

Edgmer Escalona came on and pitched 2-1/3 shut-out innings, aided by Colorado’s lone highlight of the afternoon, Eric Young Jr’s over-the-shoulder catch of a gigantic fly-ball by Pagan in the 3rd.  Escalona gave way to Chris Volstad in the 5th.  He surrendered 2 in that inning and another in the 6th.  Adam Ottavino, yesterday’s hero, contributed an inning and a third scoreless, and Rex Brothers handled the 8th, escaping 2 walks and a single.

Zito baffled the Rockies through 7, and another of our old buds, Javier Lopez, shut us down in the 8th.  Chad Gaudin finished the white-wash.

Colorado heads south to San Diego, which it swept last weekend, seemingly a century ago.  Thursday is a day-off, then Jon Garland (1-0, 3.00) and Tyson Ross (0-1, 4.50) face-off for the second time in less than a week.  Game time is 8:10 pm MDT.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Thanks, Jeem. Francis: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K Volstad: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K 14 hits off those guys in a combined 3.1 innings. The Giants only got 2 hits total off the other guys. Think about it: 14 hits (16 men reached based) while recording only 10 outs. And Volstad is supposed to be the starting pitching depth if (when) one of the initial 5… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So dump Volstad,send Nicascio to bull pen in Volstad’s role,and fill Volstad’s spot with Harang in the rotation.Regardless of fly ball issue he is a veteran professional pitcher,who has won in the bigs and eaten innings.Could be this years Millwood.What the hell-he’s on our team for now and Volstad is already toast.Use Harang until the trade deadline and then trade him to a contender for some decent prospect[s].

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I’m going to be the first to predict Rox win 96 games. My thinking is they win Friday and will be 6-4. If they go 6-4 every 10 games they will win 96. So there you have it. Totally being serious.???…???..??.?.?!!!!!

All they need is to never play SF again home or away and never play another road game the rest of the season.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Your passion deserves 5 stars. Cameo, if they win 96 it’s McCormick & Schmick’s or Shanahan’s Steakhouse for you. Seriously.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

What happened Jeem, wasn’t able to see the play? I may not want to know however cuz I will prolly get mad if it was Cargo being lazy.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Red Sox nation is rejoicing. The Red Sox have no interest in Aaron Harang. “John Lackey is on the 15 day disabled list, but the Red Sox have no interest in turning to Aaron Harang to fill that hole.”

lwesche
lwesche
7 years ago

This could be the last day Rockies are above 500. Hope not, but could be.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

Hey Roxnsox I saw you note on pitchers getting credited for runs they left on base but scored off another pitcher. Like anything regarding a rules change, and that would be a major change, nothing will happen with it until some of my SABR brethren (I’m not a stats inovator) come up with a reliable way to make reliever’s accountable, other than Inherited Runners Scored. Personally, I think runs should be divided in to quarters for ever base the runner… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Thanks, Sabr. A little too brain-twisting for me, your proposal, but maybe it would work out to be fairer!

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

The only good part of the game was that Jeem got to use the phrase “steaming bucket of Doggie-dew” in the recap.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

ESPN is reporting that the Rox have traded Harang to Mariners for minor league pitcher. Interesting that the Mariners would trade for Harang, but let go of Garland. Does that mean that they value Harang more than Garland?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

CRAP!!! One of the Red Sox nation said last night Harang was going to Seattle but no one believed him. All he said was it was going to happen. wow Amazing how some of these radio show hosts know things.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Umm, yeah … as would anyone with a brain (unless there’s some inside info about Harang’s health, etc. that we don’t know about). An even better question: why wouldn’t they value him more than Volstad? But look at the bright side: Dan O’Dowd, that silver fox, managed to: – sign Ramon Hernandez for 6 million bucks over 2 years – get exactly 196 plate appearances of .217 hitting out of him in the best hitting park ever – recover (from… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Comparing 2013 to 2012? Your a stats guy so how many times did the Rockies start 5-1 and how many times did they make the playoffs when they started 5-1?

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yeah Cisco it does kind of appear like that may be the case. But there could be other factors we don’t know about either. Like maybe when Seattle let go of Garland they thought they had 5 solid starters with no injuries. That may have changed??? I don’t know and I’m not going to spend the time to look into it any further but something like that could have happened. Agbayani, nobody in professional sports ever admits failure so why… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Wow Cameo, you have to be one of the few DOD supporters still left out there. I’m sure that if you all got together you can all fit inside a phone booth. Unfortunate there aren’t any phone booths to be found anywhere. Did you attend the Dick Monfart school of identifying the best GMs in BB?

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

LOL. Not trying to be a supporter of O’dowd, nor am I trying to run him out of town. I just don’t feel that small market teams can win consistently year in and year out. The Rox had a good 3 year run, now are trying to build it back up. Minnesota had a great run of good teams in the 2000’s, but look at them now. Oakland is off and on. TB is on a great run right now.… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

The Rox traded Harang to Seattle for Steven Hensley, a 26 year old pitcher 2008 4th round pick of Seattle. Don’t know much else about him. Any enlighten me with some info on him?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

RMH, I pointed out a couple very underwhelming facts about Hensley a few posts up in this thread. Bottom line: he’d generally be called a “nonprospect” or “organizational guy.” Don’t expect to ever see him at Coors unless it’s a late season/expanded roster thing. Cameo, you make a good point, and I agree with you. That’s why I’d like to see full rebuilding mode now, not a patched-together Garland-Francis (or Harang) thing. Before the trade deadline, I’d like to see… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You pointed out the 26 year old prospect but didn’t give a name so that’s why I didn’t make the connection.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yeah I can see what you are saying about going into full rebuild mode. And I also agree that Cargo would have a ton of value, but I was one that thought the Ubaldo deal was brilliant at the time. I mean we all thought Pomeranz and White were going to be really good. I remember seeing the fans of Cleveland hating the deal at the time. Now look at it, looks like it was much to do about nothing.… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

A basebrawl just broke out! Carlos Quintin charged Zack Greinke. That’s what the Rox need to do the next time they face the Giants.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Grienke with a broken collarbone!!! Tough deal for the Dodgers, but I still like to see the excitement. LOL

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

RMH, we could use a little fire like that. As for Harang v. Garland, Renck just put up a summary that’s pretty interesting: “The deal is odd on a few levels. The Mariners would not have needed Harang had they just kept Garland in spring training. But they decided he was throwing too many breaking balls and not enough sinkers in his last few outings, so they let him opt out of his contract last month instead of adding him… Read more »

konaman
konaman
7 years ago

Rox small market team…yes..200 mil in revenue and a 75 mil payroll, very questionable imo about devotion to win from ownership…St. Louis small market team…239 mil revenue and 115 mil payroll…dedicated to win and that is what they do..Another point, do any of the rox have the nerve to charge the mound like Quinten did??? Just my 2 cents

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  konaman

The only guy that comes to mind is Yorvit. Everyone else would be to scared to charged.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I’m sorry but Q leaned into the pitch. Anybody charging the mound for this type of situation and injuring another pitcher should be suspended w/o pay for up to 60 days or until the injured player comes off the DL which ever is shortest. If the part of body hit had been inside the batter’s box, I could understand charging the mound, but….Pitcher’s need to pitch inside. That being said, I hate the Dodgers but going down this way is… Read more »

elrodvt
elrodvt
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

yeah, there was no excuse for charging the mound there.

Guiness
Guiness
7 years ago
Reply to  konaman

Check the figures. Forbes for 2013 just did this analysis. Cards have $240m revenue and payroll of $134m. Rox have $200m revenue and $96m of payroll. I’m not a fan of DoD or the Monforts, but I also realize the reality in that they can not cover up mistakes with more money. We are not even 2 weeks into the season and the write offs are already happening. They are doing better than I expected, and that’s all I know… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Guiness

I’ve always wondered where Forbes get’s their info from. Certainly its not from the Rox so how do they know the revenue stream? What about administrative costs? Player development costs? Costs of operating Coors Field? Travel expense? That 75M doesn’t include per diem which is well over $100 per day and bonuses. I know that the Rox get half from everything Aramark sells, but how much do they sell and how does Forbes know that? The problem with putting faith… Read more »

Mike in FTC
Mike in FTC
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

The thing about Forbes, they might not have the exact numbers, but they are probably pretty directionally correct. The costs will be similar for all the clubs, so on the whole it is a pretty good apples-to-apples comparison.

The stadium deals and debt for buying the teams is the biggest variable, which really should be beneficial financially for the Rockies.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike in FTC

Exactly. If they got it wrong for the Rockies they get it wrong for everybody. You may not have faith in the exact numbers, but their relativity to each other is probably pretty good. While I don’t expect the Rockies to be a large market team, I do expect them to make up for the difference by being more intelligent and frugal. Overpaying for guys like Jose Lopez, Ty Wigginton, Roberto Hernandez, Guthrie, etc isn’t smart for a poor team.… Read more »

Mike in FTC
Mike in FTC
7 years ago

Okay- here is my take on all of the above, and I haven’t posted here in a while because I was so despondent about the Rockies in the offseason. The Rockies finally righted the wrong of letting Yorvit go. Now- I think he should have been backing up Ianetta for a little while longer (the whole Ianetta, Smith clubhouse purge boggles my mind) and they wasted a lot of money on Hernandez in the meantime. That money could have been… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike in FTC

Small market team or mid market team, the point is the same in my opinion. Rox can’t spend their way out of losing teams like the big market teams do. I’m not doing any research here, but I just don’t see any small-mid market teams winning consistently year in and year out. Also, comparing STL to Col is not a good comparison imo. STL is a HUGE baseball town and always has been. If you take all 30 owners and… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike in FTC

Mike, Seth Smith, bad clubhouse: contributor on a playoff team last year, outhit his replacement Cuddyer at less than half the cost, so far this year: .500/.560/.909.

Mike in FTC
Mike in FTC
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, was not saying Seth Smith should be gone. It completely confounds me that we got rid of him because he wasn’t a good clubhouse guy. And Cameo, completely agree STL is a fantastic baseball town. And you are right- the Rox can’t spend their way out. Like I say in the post- when they should be ready to compete they should supplement their cheap developed prospects with solid veterans to take them over the top. The only players they… Read more »

Guiness
Guiness
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike in FTC

I don’t know why, and maybe it’s stupid, but when you said “EXECUTE a strategy”, for some reason I thought of Peyton Manning. It’s almost like every year of the Rockies is equivalent to only one of Manning’s audible/movements at the line of scrimmage….everyone in place- now move this guy, wait around a bit, go under center, back off, then finally the HUR-RY/HUR-RY shout that you can hear on the TV. Drives me crazy sometimes…they just need to fight. And… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, you get 5 stars for your Smith remarks. I wish he was still in Colorado. When he was traded, I was disappointed (but not surprised, given the wisedom of BIB DOD) but I felt good that he was going to get more regular playing time. Unfortunately for him he is still a platoon guy and DH. Maybe the Rox could bring him back too.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Miketober, expect Seth Smith back here in 2015 or 2016 … by then we’ll have moved on to nostalgia for 2009. Right now we’re still working our way through 1995 nostalgia (Dante, Weiss) and 2007 nostalgia (Yorvit, Francis, Cook). Maybe Iannetta will come back with Seth. Or Ubaldo to take over the Volstad role.

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, that made me laugh out loud!

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Days off suck, well I guess maybe a good thing after the SF debacle. But can’t wait til 8pm gets here so we can start watching another darn game. Get back to good baseball Rox, you beat SD handily in 3 straight, carry that over to SD.

rockymountainhigh
Admin
rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

” (the guys that are good starters that end up making $6-7M a year holding down a position at above league average level but not superstar level). You can’t do this as a mid-market team. ” Mike FTC, I strongly disagree with this comment. We have two of eight position players labeled as superstars. Tulo, who was named #1 shortstop in the MLB on the MLBN Show for best players at each position. CarGo, there is no ceiling to his… Read more »

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