Helton Grand Slam Wasted in Loss

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.

Helton's Wasted Grand Slam Celebration
Helton's Wasted Grand Slam Celebration

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.

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GARY
GARY
8 years ago

This team will lose 100 games in the year of the fan.I,for one,am glad Smith’s gone.He was a butcher in the outfield last year,miserable against lefties,and not fast enough to play Coors field.Note the A’s have used him alot at DH in the weirdo league they play in.Accept for Bettencourt,the veterans[old guys]really stepped up and tried to play for pride.As an old guy who prides himself on declaring the team done for the season,long before the purple koolaid wears off… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago

And to think I paid $119.95 for the opportunity to watch this all summer. Anyone who questions whether I am a true fan need look no further than the fact that I will continue to watch this mayhem the rest of the summer. This is absolutely painful. So now we have a “rebuild” year for 2013, although I don’t know exactly what it is we are rebuilding from. I will continue my subscription next year as I watch the 2013… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob you probably paid $179.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Mike, it was $114.99 for the year with mlbtv.com. I’ll bet you are thinking of the DirecTV package. The mlbtv.com package is down to $99 now. That is a great deal since you save 15 bucks AND would have avoided the first three months of Rockies baseball.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Hi Bob. LOL!!!

I was think about Extra Innings. I think I pay $179 a season for it.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

So these losses are 56% more expensive for you!

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

It makes sense that one of the few people with a little value on this team start stinking it up. (Betancourt) Maybe they could trade EYJ for something if they gave him this time to show that he can play second base!! Why the hell not!! What do they have to lose? Maybe they could end up with a pretty good second basemen out of the deal!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

It was a total team effort to lose this one. From BIB DOD’s decision to trade Smith, to Outman’s fabulous outing, to the bullpen gradually pissing away the Rockies’ lead, to a costly throwing error by Scutero that eventually helped choke up a run, to Nelson misplaying a double down the line even though he was guarding the line, to the Rockies batboy who apparently put away and locked up the bats after the 4th inning and threw away the… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

I forgot to add MFL Jim Tracy’s mishandling of the bullpen in the 7th. He started playing the left/right match-up game which ended up setting up perfectly for the A’s: with Smith facing Belisle. Fortunately for the Rox Nelson made a great play to rob Smith. But that’s the kind of routine mis-management from the Skipper that costs us ballgames.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I haven’t written much lately cuz I’ve run out of patience. I’ve gone from being an optimistic fan and being an active RWO writer to a zombie. I’m just at a point where I’m basically a zombie watching reruns of “The Bad News Bears”. I’m just watching the games hoping against hope that something will happen soon enough to shake up the coaching/management staff. While I bide the time watching the reruns, I’m just rooting for the future all stars… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

This is 2012 and the Year of the Fan here in Colorado, so we all should be thrilled that the Rockies have had great weather and no rain outs at home as best that I can remember. There that’s it – that’s all you get – for it being the Year of the Fan. The long list of mistakes (my fingers are still tired from blogging them) made by DanO and J Tracy along with the buzzard injury luck have… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Year of the Fan is perfectly appropriate as far as it goes, because it does not specify whose fans they are honoring.
Year of the Opponents’ Fans is the more exact phrasing.

Wyorox
Wyorox
8 years ago

I don’t know what else to do, other than to continue to demand change. Are there enough baseball fans in Denver to matter? Or is the crowd at Coors mostly there to do the wave and buy concessions? We who love the game, rather than the “ballpark experience” must make ourselves heard.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Wyorox

DEAD ON …

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Wyorox

Wyorox and Mike, I agree 100%. I was there last night. Twice the fans tried starting the wave (once successfully) while Rockies relievers were on the mound trying to work out of jams. Another thing that amazed me was that after Todd’s GS, when he came out to bat in the 2nd, I stood up to give him another standing ovation. Everybody else in the stadium: near silence. I wonder if people are paying attention to the ebb and flow… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Last night didn’t bother me so much. Not sure if its because I’m used to the losses or because I can forgive Rafael struggling once in a while, considering he hasn’t really pitched in a save situation in a while.

Still would be nice to see this offense spread out the runs a little. Just because you score 3,4,5 runs in the 1st doesn’t mean you can pack it all back up for the rest of the game.

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