Tyler Matzek put in a typical performance, but he was victimized by Little League defense. He went 5.1 innings giving up five earned runs on seven hits and four walks. LL #1 – A runner scored from first base on a single only because Baby Bull threw the ball back to second base instead of making a tag for an easy inning ending out at the plate. LL #2 – Both Tulo and Rutledge were standing in the same cutoff spot when Tulo received the relay from Drew Stubbs on a ball that bounced off the CF wall. That would have ended the inning since Aramis Ramirez who hit that long drive was only halfway to second base. Easy out at 2B passed up. LL #3 – D.J. LeMahieu was standing between first and second base to make sure that Charlie Blackmon’s double would drop. The problem was it was so obvious that the outfielders would not get there in time. LeMahieu stopped at third base where he was stranded. Had he hustled right off the bat, that was an easy score. LL #4 – Charlie Culberson misfired a throw to first base when the runner was only halfway up the line on an easy one hopper grounder. One other defensive mistake again involved Culberson when he backtracked on a bouncer catching the ball but he dropped it on the transfer to throwing hand. Make that play and it would have prevented two runs scored by the Brewers in the inning. The official scorer called that a base hit, which in my mind was clearly an error.
Offensively, the Rockies put up a valiant effort but it was not enough as they played from behind the entire game except for a brief 3-3 tie game. Corey Dickerson had a triple and stumbled into an out when the ball got away from third base. That came right before Baby Bull’s HR to center field. Dickerson had the HR distance except it hit the out of town scoreboard; six inches more to the bullpen side and it would have been a HR. Drew Stubbs had an RBI triple and Baby Bull has a two-run double with two outs. But he did kill the rally with runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out when he popped up in the infield in the middle innings. Rob Scahill did a great job inheriting the bases loaded jam with one out from Tyler Matzek. But he stranded all of the runners. On the negative side, Zero continues to be overworked as he served up a HR to yet another pinch hitter in the 9th inning to give Milwaukee an insurance run which proved to be the difference in the game.
St. Louis Cardinals come to town tomorrow to possibly add on to the Rockies’ misery for a three-game set. Jackson Williams will be on the active roster for three games while Mike McKenry is on a three-game bereavement leave. Matt Holliday is licking his chops to come to Coors Field to snap out of his own snap. Over in Grand Junction, Kyle Freeland, the Rockies #1 draft pick (8th overall) had his bullpen session today but has yet to make an appearance in a game.