Gopher Ball!

OBERG BACK, BLOWS NICE START BY BETTIS

Chad Bettis (2-1, 3.77) ran out of gas with 2 out in the 7th.  Gregory Polanco led off the inning with a single and moved around to 3rd on a fly ball and then a ground-out.  Bettis walked pinch hitter Jason Rogers, then uncorked a wild pitch to John Jaso to bring Polanco home, and finally walked Jaso.  Colorado Rockies’ acting manager Tommy Runnels turned to Scott Oberg, Gopherg as he is affectionately know to the RWO, and 3 pitches later, one wild, sure enough Matt Joyce had taken Oberg deep, running the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lead to 5-0.  They would cruise to defeat Colorado 6-1 Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.

There were a number of sideshows.  There was a cloudburst in the 2nd that resulted in a 30 minute delay, and home plate umpire Lance Barrett had a rotten night, regularly ruling off-the plate-pitches strikes, and repeatedly calling Rockies out on them. Nick Hundley had an issue with Barrett early, getting manager Walt Weiss run, and later Ryan Raburn got an equivalent screw job and expulsion.  Runnels did his best to follow Raburn to the showers, but Barrett, undoubtedly as embarrassed as anything, was subdued enough by colleagues to spare him.

But the real game story was a pitching duel between Bettis and left-hander Jeff Locke (1-2, 5.03), the Redstone Rocket.  Locke held Colorado scoreless over 6 innings on 6 hits.  He walked 2 and struck-out 8.  Bettis meanwhile got nicked for a run in the 5th when he hit Josh Harrison leading off, and Harrison moved around on a Jordy Mercer single, Locke sacrifice, and ground-ball by Jaso.  Bettis threw an otherwise clean game until the trouble in the 7th.

The Rockies got their run in the bottom of the 7th  on singles by DJ LeMahieu and Cristhian Adames and a ground ball by Gerardo Parra.  AJ Schugel finished up for the Pirates. Gonzalez Germen followed Oberg to the hill and covered the final 2 for Colorado.  He surrendered a run in the 8th on a Polanco double and Harrison single.

It was a dismal loss because you could see it coming.  Bring back Jeremy Guthrie.  Does Oberg own a bike?

Game 2 of the 4-game set is tonight down at the old ball yard.  It’s Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies against Gerrit Cole, 6:40 pm MT.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Jeem, you’ve rounded into midseason form. Gopherg: I’m gonna need to start charting pitches. Does this guy hang about 50% of his sliders? It’s a good thing even MLB hitters don’t square up most of those, but really, why do they keep thinking he’s ready for big league action? He’s Scott “D’oh!” (hand slap to forehead) Dohmann all over again.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Honestly – the BSCS has been on a nice, refreshing streak of making personnel decisions based on merit recently. But I think we’re at the end of those possibilities working within the framework of the current 40 man roster. Hence Oberg. Ironically yesterday I commented that maybe we can take a couple of games of this series because the Pirates, while very good, haven’t (or hadn’t) hit their stride yet. Of course the corollary to that is the Rox are… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Here’s a pet peeve of mine (WARNING – it’s based solely on observation): I’ve never liked Walt’s demeanor in his post-game Press Conferences (or virtually any Press Conference for that matter). He tends to be totally unenthusiastic. He typically slouches horribly when sitting. Never really volunteers or adds anything to the conversation. You get the drift. Now…..I totally understand these Press Conferences are probably a real drag. It’s not nearly as important as “X’s” and “O’s” late in a close… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I totally agree

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

My favorite manager in all of baseball is Mike Sciosa.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

One name really high on my list is Phil Nevin. He’s currently managing the Reno Aces (DBacks AAA). Of course former player. Tyler Nevin’s father. Been managing in the Minor Leagues for about 5-6 years. Highly thought of as an up-and-coming Manager. Here’s the kicker – does the current DBacks Manager Chip Hale make it the entire year in Phoenix? Nevin is the type guy that if you want…..you need to get him now. I don’t the BSCS can think,… Read more »

NOCOgary
NOCOgary
4 years ago

Well the new site saw fit to let me in after another piss me off night of frustration so I will try to say something stupid to remind all that it is I the poster formally known as Gary.That run on sentence should prove it is indeed moi.Was going to suggest the Rusin-Lyles move so I like it. The Goberg move no so much.Afraid the purple rain has started to fall on the Rox. Reynolds has been amazing at first… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Oberg–another call up caused by a weird 40 man roster situation. Here’s guys using up 40 man slots now: – Matzek. On the 15 day DL. I’m not sure when they’ll be ready to move on – Ynoa. Because one Adames just isn’t enough – Tyler Anderson. Also on the 15 day DL. You don’t use up a 40 man roster slot when you’re moved to the 60 day DL. So apparently someone thinks Anderson will throw a baseball again… Read more »

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