Friedrich Fans 10 For No Decision

Christian Friedrich did more than his part to give the Rockies a chance tonight.  He accomplished several feats, in only his second major league game, that have been elusive from the Rockies starters.  Friedrich struck out 10 batters, a team high, while going seven innings.  He only gave up one walk as well as one run, a solo shot to Blanco in the sixth.

He left the game with the score tied 1-1, the equalizer coming from a monster shot thanks to Wilin Rosario, hoping the team would pick him up for the lead and eventual win in the top of the eighth.

Not only would the Rockies fail to score, but bad luck would strike yet again and again.

First it would be a foul ball smashed into the dugout hitting Troy Tulowitzki in the leg that would signal the beginning of the end for the team.  They would fail to score, ending the hope of a win for Christian.

The bad luck would continue in the bottom of the eighth as Rex Brothers came into the game to replace Friedrich.  He only faced one batter, and he made his pitches, but a slapped ball to Scutaro was just outside of his range to allow him to throw out Blanco in time.

Belisle replaced Brothers and he also pitched very well, but things did not go his way either.

First was a bunt up the first base line that danced just to the left of the chalk.  Rosario fielded it at the last possible minute but made a poor throw to Herrera who was covering first, tossing the ball over his head.

Blanco moved to third on the Rosario error.

Belisle did get Cabrera to fly out to Gonzalez for the first out, but Posey singled up the middle to score Blanco and break the 1-1 tie.

The damage could have been minimal after a Pagan fly-out, but again a ball found a hole between Nelson and Scutaro to score another run.

The inning finally came to an end on a ground-out, but not after the Giants put two on the board.

The Rockies would rally in the ninth with a Johnny Herrera one out single and a walk to Giambi.  Scutaro would double on an error by Arias, bringing home Herrera and putting pinch runner Alex White at third.  But a strikeout by Dex and a ground out by Nelson sent the team packing and putting another loss their column, their 12th loss in their last 15 games.

The only good news is that Tulo’s x-rays were negative.  He thought he broke it after the shot hit off his left fibula:

When I went to the on-deck circle, I was sure it was [broken] because I couldn’t feel anything…I guess you have a nerve in there like the elbow and that’s what caused it to go numb. I know I am going to be really sore tomorrow. I don’t know after that. I am not a doctor. But I’m glad that it’s not worse.

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Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Freidrich is a stud!! That is all I really feel like saying right now.

Rocky
Rocky
8 years ago

“Freidrich is a stud!! That is all I really feel like saying right now.” ditto

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

The really good news is that Christian Friedrich is pitching SO much better than his last two seasons in AA Tulsa would lead to you to believe was even possible (at AA let alone MLB). However the bad news is that his MLB success is now blowing some huge holes in the evaluating technique for starting pitchers based on the Tulsa stats theory. Will the league catch up to him and figure out his stuff? I honestly don’t know the… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Better fix my errors: Josh Outman was a 10th rounder originally drafted by Philadelphia, and Nick Schmidt was drafted in the 1st round by San Diego.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

GREAT POST

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

With Guthrie being activated tonight, the question is who will be removed from the roster to make room? My guess is that E. Rogers may be DFAd. You hate to lose an arm like his, but I hope they try to sneak him through and no one claims him so he can go down to CS. We’ll see.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Witha that 96 mph heater there is no way that Rogers clears waivers!

Somebody like the Royals or the Twins will take that gamble.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Hey, i’m willing to try the all lefty thing. Whatever it takes. Offense is again our main concern, as it always seems to be when we’re on a road trip. 20 runs scored on this west coast trip over 7 games. Less than 3 runs per game, and that’s including the relative “offensive outbursts” of 6 runs in the final SD game and a shocking 5 runs against Ted Lilly. And with the possible exception of Volquez in Game 1… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago

This is how predictably bad this club has become: I turned off the tv after the top of the 8th. I knew it was over. I agree that Friedrich looked tremendous. At least they couldn’t hang a loss on him. Like Agbayani points out, we changed the team and yet we end up with the same results. We changed the hitting coach and we get the same results. I’m not a Jim Tracy fan, but I don’t think changing the… Read more »

sam
sam
8 years ago

What i find confusing is the fact that the rockies were not expected to map the playoffs this year. So when tracy took over in 2009 we made the playoffs, playoffs were expected in 2010 and 2011 (which we did not make and underachieved those years) so we have steadily got worse and worse since tracy has taken the reins and expectations have decreased! the way the players were managed and taken care of was quite abysmal in some part.… Read more »

DL
DL
8 years ago
Reply to  sam

My only cavaet to my thoughts is this: I like these guys. I really do. From O’Dowd on down to Justin the Bat Boy. For 81 days of the summer, I can take my boys to 20th and Blake, point to any Rockie, and say “There is nothing wrong with striving to be like him”. So, yeah, for me…there is some currency in having a quality character team. And the same comment about Tulo trying hard can be said about… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  DL

BOOM!

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

On the rare occasion when Dexter makes contact he hits Tulo with a line drive. Sad.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I’m curious. If you look at say Helton’s stats and look at say Tulo’s stats and look at say Fowler’s stats … are Fowler’s that bad compared to the others or are they reasonably close?

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

stewart made a nice play:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21456745&topic_id=29461918&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_21456745&v=3

Chris has actually been pretty good at defense lately, although he still can’t throw it accurately to first, but as long as Todd is there (and the 1st base blue is in the wrong spot) he will get his outs…

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Raysfan, excellent question. When I have some time I’ll figure out by what percentage key players are over or under performing our reasonable expectations for them. I think that gives us a much better sense of where the problems have been than simply saying Cargo’s been awesome” or Fowler’s sucks.”. I say stuff like that all the time on the game chats, but if we’re trying to figure out what’s gone wrong it isn’t very enlightening. As a starting point,… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Interesting. Does this take position into consideration? How about payroll or batting order? I bring this up, because without looking in up, I would pose that almost every team’s 8th or 9th hole hitters are “killing them”, otherwise they wouldn’t be hitting in those respective spots, would they? How many teams can 3, 4, 5 players that score highly on the charts? Do many catchers really score as high as Hernandez? IMO you have to cross reference this by “expectation”.… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Seth Smith: 123
I’m just sayin.

But seriously Ag, awesome post.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Prog, things like batting order and salary don’t factor in. They do in other measures, and I’ll poke around some to find interesting metrics that take those things into account. You’re right: catchers don’t hit much. So relative to his position he hasnt been that bad. To see how a really great hitting team compares, here’s the Rangers starters: Napoli 126 Moreland 104 Kindler 121 Andrus 121 Beltre 121 Murphy 103 Hamilton 240 (not a typo) Cruz 100 Young 89… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Of course, the poor start to the season is really frustrating. But what is doubly frustrating is that I don’t see where help comes from. I can see some help coming in the starting rotation with DLR, Pomeranz, and Chatwood, and later on with Cabrarea and Bettis. I can seem some bullpen help coming from CS and Tulsa. But position player help seems a long way off. We have talked about Arenado taking the job at 3B, but after a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Yeah, Johnny is off to a really nice start … for him. That 90 is, of course, only 90% as good as an average player, and the average STARTER is even better. But I’ll take his hitting and his glove over Nelson. At the start of the season I said that I’d bet that Iannetta-Smith-Stewart would outperform Hernandez-Cuddyer-Nelson. Now, other than Smith none of these guys is off to a particularly good start. But guess what? The old Rockies ARE… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

And Julian, I’m all for Colvin getting his chances, but I’d use him to spell Helton more than anyone else. Todd’s history is that he can’t make it through the season, and he’s the only one of CarGo-Fowler-Cuddyer-Helton that really shouldn’t figure in our plans beyond this year.

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