Home Cookin’ Bland

As miserably as it had suffered, the Colorado Rockies offense remained on the road Tuesday night, fizzling against Chase Anderson (4-0, 3.32) as Colorado fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 in the opener of a 3-game set at Coors Field in Denver.  The result took somewhat of a back seat to the news right-hander Eddie Butler, late of the Tulsa Drillers, will get “the call” later this week, and slide into the rotation spot previously manned by ineffective Frankie Morales, getting his first start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In the meantime, Carlos Gonzalez, pulled in the 6th with a flare-up of the swollen right finger that’s dogged him the past several weeks, appears headed to the Disabled List.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 3.68) took the loss for the Rockies.  Battling through his own nagging ailments, DLR was off a tick early, dodging trouble in each of the first 3 innings and benefitting greatly from quality Colorado defense, in particular that of 3rd-baseman Charlie Culberson.  But De La Rosa’s luck ran-out in the the 4th, when there was no defense for solo home runs by Nick Evans and Chris Owings leading-off the inning.  Ender Inciante followed the homers with a single, and came-around on a sacrifice bunt, a wild-pitch, and a ground-ball off the bat of Gerardo Parra for a 3-0 Arizona lead.

Colorado’s offense was limited to lead-off solo homers by Zero Improvement Guy DJ LeMahieu, the “poor hitter” who apparently personifies everything amiss with the Rockies, and Troy Tulowitzki.  It got bad breaks in the 1st when Charlie Blackmon lost sight of Justin Morneau’s line-drive through the setting sun and was forced at 2nd on what should have been a base hit, and in the 3rd Wilin Rosario led-off with a single and came around on a Culberson double, only to be ruled-out via video-replay. Tulowitzki was stranded after leading-off the 4th with a single, as was Rosario after a double in the 7th. Corey Dickerson, who replaced Gonzalez in left, followed Tulo’s 9th inning blast with a single, but home-plate ump Jerry Laine called LeMahieu out on a fastball 3 feet off the plate after outs by Rosario and Culberson.

De La Rosa regrouped and made it through 7, throwing 99 pitches, 59 strikes.  Rex Brothers could not follow-up his strong inning Sunday, allowing a run in the 8th on doubles by David Peralta and Owings.
La Troy Hawkins turned-in a 1-2-3 9th.

But the post-game talk centered around Butler, a red-haired, blue-eyed apparently skinny likeness of Aaron Cook, and Gonzalez, whose discussion with reporters was glum, at best.  Butler was 4-4/2.49 in 11 starts for Tulsa.  He pitched Saturday against Midland, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 4-2/3.  Cargo had the finger examined at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, and there were no suggestions other than rest, with no notion of how much.

The Rockies have lost 5-straight, and will look to break-out of it tonight when the two squads go at it again at Coors at 6:40 MDT.  Jordan Lyles is up for the Rockies and Josh Collmenter will go for the Dbacks.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem – thanks. I’m seeing a baseball wide trend these days where teams are really beginning to protect their good players and being very proactive with DL moves. TB just DL’d Wil Myers for what “might” be a tiny stress fracture or “hot spot” on a bone in his wrist. Look at what the CWS just did with Freak Abreu. Bum ankle (remember – they have the DH), but instead of playing through it, they DLed him, he comes back… Read more »

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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem – here’s another thing I would do if I were a GM at the moment (related to my comment about things changing and staying current) – I would assign a junior staffer to monitor everything the Oakland A’s do. Full time job – I’m not joking. I would expect a report every morning. That organization is doing more with less and taking sabermetrics to a whole new level with their platooning. The John Jaso/Derek Norris catcher platoon is better… Read more »

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Nice write-up, Jeem. Another example of the straw stirring the drink. O’Dud loads up with back ups and then can’t sit a “star” .

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

CarGo needs to go on the DL. They need to get him as healthy as possible in the hopes that they can unload him at the trading deadline. I think that when CarGo goes on the DL they should bring Ryan Wheeler up and do a platoon at 3B. The question is who goes down when Butler comes up? Given the constraints, would it have to be either Masset or Brothers?

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Who gets DFAd when Butler gets added to the roster? I vote for Scahill.

Also, Bergman pitched a decent game yesterday: 2 runs in 6 innings, and he was able to work through a bunch of traffic on the bases and avoid more damage He (along with Winkler) is worth keeping an eye on as a potential 5th starter candidate. He’s not on the 40 man roster either.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Last night’s loss was another coulda, shoulda, woulda game. Tying run at the plate in the 9th and Weiss lets Culberson and DJ hit while Stubbs and Rutledge are saved for.. Whatever. I understand that both Culberson and DJ had an extra base hits in the game and DJ even hit it out. But that’s about their limit for the game. You gotta use all your bullets when you have a chance. DLR wasn’t great last night but still if… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

I will be attending a game this weekend! Unfortunately, my friends and I chose the Saturday game instead of the Friday night game. Now I get to watch Chacin instead of the rookie sensations!

jaredean
jaredean
6 years ago

game was pretty hard to watch, but the 9th looked like we might get a little rally going and pull off an RWO…and then that horrible called third strike to end it…hate when an umpire ends a game on something like that…i know they aren’t perfect, but that was extremely obvious from all viewpoints…

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

When Barry Bonds on steroids can’t hit a pitch you know it was a bad call. That pitch to DJ was nearly half a foot inside.

sabrchip
sabrchip
6 years ago

I think CarGo to the DL frees the spot for Butler. There’s too many OFrs on this team to give them enuf time to get in a groove. I’d off Stubbs, too many Ks.

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