Little League Errors Ground Rockies, 6-5

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.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Our Rockies collapses – always different, always the same. Injury or just ineffectiveness, starting pitching falls apart. Injury or just a collective slump, there’s always a 2-week patch where we can’t score runs. Regulars or subs, there’s always a comedic period with stupid baserunning decisions, lots of throwing to the wrong base, and lots of bad throws. I’ve seen this movie 5 summers in a row now. Wilton Lopez, welcome back … oops, maybe not. I guess that was a… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Because you,like the rest of us just can’t help ourselves.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Gary, thanks … I think I need some kind of intervention to stop me paying attention or even caring about this sorry team. I didn’t see the Dickerson face plant play when it happened, but I watched it half a dozen times today, still shaking my head — why on earth would you try to score (even if your chances were very good if you hadn’t fallen down) from 3rd, down 2 runs in the 9th inning, Dickerson’s run means… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And Dickerson’s excuse for falling down — his legs felt “tired, dead.” I sense an altitude excuse coming. Dude just turned 25. He didn’t play on 6/15, 6/16, 6/19. I guess a full weekend series from a 25 year old leftfielder is just too much to ask for. He joins Tulo and Cargo in the Heavy Legs Club. Meanwhile sdcarp does Ride the Rockies and somehow manages to survive three 11,000 foot passes over 6 days of riding 471 miles.… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

That’s two games in a row Rockies have made mental mistakes on the bases in the 9th inning. Do they know anything about the game they play? And Weiss said they haven’t lost focus. Bull—- Walt. And of course I didn’t even mention all the mental mistakes they’ve made in the field. But maybe there were a few highlights mixed in there somewhere but I think I’m going to catch up on my summer reading or watch somebody else play.… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

49 brotha!

My #1 Rox pet peeve is the altitude excuses. I’ll take the altitude any day of the week over the oppressive summer heat prevalent in the south/southeast/mid-south (Atlanta, Texas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Washington……some pretty good teams here). That heat is going to wear on a body way more than our pristine 65 degree, 30% humidity evenings.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Wrong. Dickerson’s run means something – 1 run closer. Dickerson’s run does not DECIDE anything.

Sorry Ag, just a pet peeve (when I hear announcers say that a run scored in the ninth is “meaningless,” I scream at the TV), and we’re all cranky …

I may back away from the TV for a while. I’ve definitely been fast forwarding through the games and I will stop to see Dickerson, Morneau and Tulo hit, but that’s about it.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

What a miserable week for this organization. Lose 6 in a row and look pitiful doing it, get no hit, have one of the worst play you’ll ever see from an MLB team on Sat., and fundermental errors to fill a book. Just bad baseball all around. In any other organization worth anything, someone’s head would have rolled this morning. What’s going on with the Rox? Business as usual. Nothing to see here, just keep moving on. I wonder what… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

He’d have fired Billy and then begged him to come back!

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

I don’t think George would have let a whole week go by…..

Liz
Liz
6 years ago

Oh Cisco Kid that was priceless!

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Any ownership group that cared about winning would have some heads rolling after this week. The Monfarts don’t care. As long as the party deck brings in dollars they are happy. Read what George Will, a noted conservative columnist and baseball nut, wrote about Phil Wrigley’s business model for the Cubs. Wrigley wanted the field to be the star attraction and not the team. He made his millions, or billions, while the Cubs were loveable losers. Coors Field is to… Read more »

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