Remember when CarGo had Arizona’s number? Back when it seemed he took the trade they made of him personally with each and every swing? Can’t remember that far back? Ok, how about when we had the potential to not go 1-11 with runners in scoring position? Or have to rely on Cuddyer to manufacture runs?
Not that it’s a bad thing, Cuddyer putting the pedal to the metal like he did in the top of the fourth to squeeze a single into a double, barely steal third and come home on a slow roller that was mishandled.
But to leave 10 on base, that is the difficult part.
It wasn’t like those 10 were stretched over all nine innings, runners stranded at first. The top of the fifth was especially difficult. Fowler single, CarGo walk, Tulo walk and Cuddy up to the plate with only one out. You can hand it to Cahill, who lived on the outside corner to get Cuddyer to chase on a 3-2 pitch, but you can also point out the eagerness of Wheeler as the reason the boys jogged in without a run. Cahill was obviously struggling, having walked two and almost walked Cuddyer, and instead of waiting a pitch Wheeler gifted an out at first and grabbed his glove for the next inning.
This being Wheeler’s first game as a Rockie, after being picked up in the Reynolds trade, it was understood that he would have some nerves. He didn’t look like it in his first at-bat, knocking a double down the line. But he sure looked uncomfortable in his first action with the glove. He took a grounder from Goldschmidt in the top of the 2nd and made an error on the throw to Cuddyer at first. The ball didn’t make it, even though Wheeler was close to the bag. He just weak-armed it.
Then Wheeler made another lapse in judgment call after a Cody Ross single brought Goldschmidt to second. Nieves hit a shot over his head to Carlos “gun for hire” Gonzales and, as he is want to do, CarGo came up firing at home. But, instead of moving aside and letting the ball go through, Wheeler put his hands up to stop the throw and then when it came flying at him, instead of moving he cut it off.
The body language of Torrealba said it all – Wheeler cut off a potential play at the plate. Yorvit threw his arms in the air at Wheeler, miming a “what’s the deal bro” and then went back to catching.
It was a shame that the only other run came on a Tulowitzki double with EYj on second after hitting a double of his own, because the Rockies arms, for the most part, were really good.
De La Rosa: 6IP, 7H, 2ER and the only (earned) runs he allowed were on a monster 2-run shot by Goldschmidt in the 5th that Goldschmidt just turned on and pulled down the line, hitting the foul pole.
Escalona pitched a perfect seventh and even Lopez pitched a great eigth, only giving up a Parra single before getting two pop-ups and a strike-out.