For the fourth straight game, a starting pitcher went at least six innings. Eddie Butler grew up in a hurry last night after going six innings giving up three runs. The first three runs were produced by the first three batters of the game after two walks and a three-run homer by Justin Turner. It looked like Butler wouldn’t even get out of the first inning and JDLR was already up and warming up. Then he flipped the mental switch and dominated the Dodgers over six innings after three runs were scored even before the first out was recorded.
The Rockies dropped the game 4-3 last night on a walkoff HR by Trayce Thompson with two outs on a FB by Carlos Estevez after he came in the game to replace Boone Logan who pitched well to keep the score tied at 3-3. The Rockies once again struggled to make the big hit to get some extra runs. Three straight times NoDo came to the plate in a RISP situation and popped up. All three times no runs were manufactured. Dan Descalso did come off the bench pinch hitting Butler to hit a solo shot in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3.
The Rockies dropped to 2-3 on the current journey out in Southern California. A victory tonight would give Colorado a 3-3 trip returning home for a make up game with Pittsburgh. Is it just me or are the RWOers feeling the same way? I usually look forward to playing losing teams after being competitive against likely post-season teams. But not anymore; I think we need to find a new manager who will light the fire under their butts when they play scrap heap teams. No excuse to play good against quality teams and then stoop down to bad team’s level.
Keep the six plus inning starts going as Colorado is in the middle of a month long (27 games?) without a day off. Chris Rusin on the hill against Maeda tonight at 8:10 MDT. The key is first inning which has been the bugaboo of the SPs lately.