Late Rally Falls Short

The Colorado Rockies managed 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning Monday night against a shaky Seattle Mariners bullpen, but pinch hitter Mike McKenry and Charlie “John” Blackmon, who was 4 for 6, failed to deliver with runners on 1st and 3rd to let the Mariners escape with an 8-7 victory Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.  Eddie Butler (3-8, 5.45) dug the Rockies a deep hole early in the contest, allowing 4 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, and 1 in the 3rd as Seattle ran-out to a 7-1 lead.

Christian Bergman, just back from a rehab stint in Albuquerque, came on for Butler in the 5th and delivered 2-2/3 innings of 1-run relief.  Gonzalez Germen added an inning and a third of scoreless work, and deposed closer John Axford turned in a clean 9th to give the Rockies’ offense room to draw within a run before falling short against Carson Smith.

Colorado got one in the 1st on a Blackmon double and single by Jose Reyes in his first Coors Field at-bat as a Rockie.  They added 2 in the 4th on singles by Nick Hundley, Kyle Parker, Drew Stubbs and Reyes. Blackmon knocked-in Hundley with his second double of the night in the 6th.  Then in the 9th Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez led-off with singles and scored after DJ LeMahieu struck-out on a Ben Paulsen double.  Hundley plated Paulsen with his third single of the night, and Parker singled pinch-runner Brandon Barnes to 3rd with one out, but Smith knucked-down to retire McKenry and Blackmon to end matters.

Butler was hittable in the in the middle of the plate from the start.  The Mariners battered him on 2 doubles, a walk,  and 2 singles for the 4 in the 1st.  From there it was the long ball that haunted the right-hander, who to be fair is only in the majors because 4 of the Rockies’ more credible 2015 starters are disabled.  Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz took Butler deep with solo shots in the 2nd, and Brad Miller matched them with one of his own in the 3rd.  Felix Hernandez (13-6, 3.13) went 6-2/3 and got the win for Seattle.  He allowed 4 runs on 11 hits and struck-out 9.

It’s a 3-game set, and game 2 is tonight, again at 6:40 MDT at the old ball park in LoDo.  Jon Gray makes his MLB debut for Colorado against the Mariners’ Vidal Nuño.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Eddie Butler – I keep waiting for the 6 inning/1 run start … something promising … nothing so far. DJ: 0-5, 5 Ks last night, batting 5th, 6 LOB. Ouch.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

sdcarp, Donny D. – reasonable minds can differ, but: Daniel Norris Tigers debut: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R. Norris is more of the bird-in-the-hand prospect, major league ready last week. carp, I’m sure, you’d say Hoffman better fits our competition window — if all goes well he’s a late 2016 call-up, maybe early 2017. Donny D., I know you’d say Hoffman has higher upside (and he was certainly a higher draft pick). But imagine if we’d taken Norris instead… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – I agree. In fact, I agree so much that I took Daniel Norris in our fantasy auction this past March and actually paid $5 (fantasy dollars) for him. I’m psyched to have him on my team with 2 more years of fantasy control. I certainly hope we asked for him first. But we needed (and still need) volume. Give me a choice of Norris and Tinoco OR Hoffman, Castro, and Tinoco and I take the latter due to… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Bottom line –

Regardless of Norris/Hoffman – I’m excited that we infused some pitching talent into the Farm as opposed to sitting on the 97M contract of a 30 year old SS.

That trade was one small step. But sometimes that first step is the hardest one to take.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Jon Gray will be on innings limit the rest of the year; Rox theory is not to bump up the IPs by more than 20 to 25% a year. Wouldn’t be surprised if Gray is done after five IP. PR had a chart of the pitchers drafted recently and fast tracked to the majors but most of them ended up injured and/or ineffective eventually. So it looks like Mark Wiley & Co. is finally developing pitchers the right way. I… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Oops – sorry RMH. I commented on Tinoco in my response to Ag prior to reading your comment.

One of my friends in Asheville was at that game – said he looked fantastic.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

RMH – one of my hopes is that there will be a large, raucous, free spending crowd at Coors tonight. Enough so that a light buld will click on in Monfart’s head and he’ll realize that promising new faces and a winning plan might sell tickets just as well as aging, past-their-prime heros.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Count me as the most boisterous fan tonight and wearing a Tulo jersey as a way of thanking him for his dedication to Colorado and bringing in a first haul of pitchers. I know where Mr. Montfart (too early to switch back to Montfort) sits and if I could print a tee shirt with a pic of Kendrick with a circle and slash thru his face and a neon flashing circle around Gray’s face I would show it off to… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Good for you. I would love to attend – but traffic between FoCo and LoDo has gotten so bad that it’s not as easy to buzz down there as it used to be.

BTW – my comments regarding being happy to have young pitchers as opposed to past-their-prime hero’s wasn’t meant to be derogatory towards Tulo per se. It’s a general statement. I very much appreciate what Tulo did for this franchise. He was the cornerstone of two playoff runs.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Carp, RMH — I’m operating under the assumption that we could have had our pick of Norris or Hoffman. Of course, that may be wrong. Could be that the Jays insisted on keeping Norris with the idea of calling him up if they hadn’t been able to make the David Price deal. They certainly needed another starter. Please, Jon Gray, turn in at least a promising debut tonite. I really can’t take anymore of this patched-together mediocre DLR + replacement… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – I feel certain Norris’s name came up in talks. I also feel certain the Jay’s were simultaneously talking with the Tigers and had to allocate their resources to make both deals. I like both guys.

I give a slight nod to Norris simply because he hasn’t had TJ surgery. The fact that his family owns a really cool 80 year old bicycle shop in Johnson City, TN (near my hometown of Asheville NC) doesn’t hurt his cause.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I didn’t realize Norris was traded from Toronto to Detroit in the David Price deal. I thought Detroit drafted him. As you can see, I’m not too good with other teams’ drafts. That’s why I thoroughly enjoy your (sdcarp) comments on prospects playing for other teams. Maybe you should have your own column (similar to Dr. C’s Musings columns) and call it the Carp Farm? Or Carp Fishery? 🙂

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

There’s not much difference between Carp and Crap.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Wow – Dave Dombrowski out in Detroit. That dude is a good GM. I guess he leaves Daniel Norris and Michael Fulmer to the Tigers as parting gifts (as wll as the 3.7M they don’t have to pay from Cespedes contract).

Surely he wasn’t forced out – he’s too good. Regardless, he can easily find another Front Office job if that’s what he wants to do. Best of luck to him!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Saw on Twitter that Dombrowski usually has another job in place when he leaves the old employer. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s somewhere else within a week.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Has anyone seen Dombrowski house hunting around Denver? Please Monfart, make it happen!!

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

At least 3 touted pitching prospects are making their debuts today and tomorrow. Our Jon Gray tonight. Boston lefty Henry Owens goes tonight against the Yanks, while the Yankees “phenom” Luis Severino pitches tomorrow night against the Red Sox. Should be an interesting couple of days.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Ed the Ump, how can the runner advance to 3B on a wild throw when he was returning to 1B to avoid a doubled play???? Should be to 2B no?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

Sorry RMH…for some reason I didn’t see this post from earlier this month. Easy rule…baserunner advances 2 bases on a dead ball (ball is overthrown into dugout, stands etc.). The fact he was retreating has nothing to do with it…he started on first, ball went into deadball territory…2 bases from where he was at the time of the pitch. (There are variables to this rule which would place runners differently but suffice it to say that this bases-awarding rule is… Read more »

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