It isn’t the first time the team has wasted a grand slam this season, and the way they are currently playing, it most likely won’t be the last. On April 29th Helton hit a grand slam that only succeeded in getting the team into extra innings, eventually leading to a loss.
Tonight’s first inning Grand Slam from Todd just proved that the Rockies may, at times, be great at opening a game, but keeping the lead is another matter entirely.
In a game that was more reminiscent of slug-fest days of yore, Cuddyer went 4-4 with two long balls and 3 RBI’s, while Scutaro surprised many by going 4-5. Helton only had the one hit, but his 4 RBI’s were half of the team total.
Colvin, the guy going absolutely insane at the plate lately, didn’t do so well in the three-hole. He was 0-5 while leaving five stranded. Perhaps the pressure of hitting third was too much for him.
Seth Smith continued to show why he was a poor trade choice, as he went 2-5 with a two-run HR in the first, and a double in the ninth. He was the difference maker for the A’s, crossing the plate in the ninth on a Brandon Inge double that became the go-ahead, and eventually the winning run.
Oh, and his home run was off of none other than left-handed Josh Outman. Those with medium to long memories will recall that Seth Smith was often benched with left-handed pitching on the mound because he “struggled” against south paws. The powers that be apparently didn’t feel that the best way to improve his average was to give him consistent exposure. Oakland has no such qualms, and it is paying off for them. Too bad Tracy didn’t have the faith in Smith necessary to start him everyday.
The hardest part of all? This game was actually very winnable. If it wasn’t for the rare meltdown of Rafael Betancourt in the ninth, the team would have broken the losing streak and perhaps given the fans something to cheer for.
As it turned out, Betancourt blew his second save of the season, giving up three earned runs in the ninth to give the A’s a 10-8 lead, and ultimately take the loss.