Losing Streak Broken by Scutaro’s Bat

The planets aligned Tuesday night at AT&T park and a funny thing happened: bad luck backed the Giants as Rockies left the game with a rare feeling of having earned a win the hard way.

Great pitching from Guthrie, who only went 5 1/3 before being replaced by Outman, helped the Rockies keep it close. His outing was brief, but if he continues to pitch like he did, then the 3-15 streak the Rockies have had since he went on the DL thanks to a faulty Schwinn, will be a thing of the past. He exited the game without having given up an earned run and handed the ball to Outman with the score tied 1-1.

The tarnish to his start would be the four walks he issued. Hope that Outman would stymie the flood of free passes would be misplaced, as he issued two walks in one inning of work. What prompting the hook, and an invitation to Belisle to make things right, wasn’t the walks but the runs he gave up. He was effective in the bottom of the 6th, helping Crawford find the dugout to go with his swinging strikeout and inducing an out from Burriss, but the bottom of the 7th was another story. Two straight walks to Huff and Blanco and a feeling of sick deja vu as Cabrera doubled down the right field line to score two is what brought Tracy to the mound for the change. Apparently it was the walks after all.

And the walking didn’t end there.

The turning point from bad luck to good, from a possible mediocre end to an amazing win, came in the bottom of the 8th. Brothers was on the mound and looked as lost as we’ve ever seen him as he gave up walks to Crawford, Pill and Blanco. Sure, Pill’s walk was intentional, but the effect was the same – bases loaded. With only one out, and Belt and Cabrera coming up, the fan faithful could be heard reaching for the Zoloft. Brothers, who hasn’t had a kind 2012 so far, was looking at a bases loaded situation with one out and nobody warming up.

But then a funny thing happened.

Brothers “woke up”. That is perhaps the only way to say it, and it was almost visible, he came out of his deep sleep of pansy pitches and really let Belt have it. Four pitches later Belt was walking back to the dugout and Cabrera had no idea what he was stepping into. Three pitches later and Cabrera was angrily watching Brothers fist pump his way to the dugout, having set down the threat in amazing style. His fire didn’t end at the steps, but he “hard high-fived” every player, screaming, “come on!” to anyone within 100 miles.

And Scutaro heard him.

With the game tied 4-4, and the Giants closer in the game, Marco Scutaro picked the perfect time to get his first home run as a Rockie. His hit over the left field fence bounced off an ambulance’s bumper, and the symbolism wasn’t to be missed: no need for the medics – at least for tonight this team will walk out on their own.

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OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

NIce game wrap there Jaredeen!

And the Rockies only had to get five outs in the bottom of the nineth to save the game.

Between the stealing second non-out call (Hernandez saw it clearly from 130′ away) and the check swing non-call stike three (by well over a foot), it honestly felt like the umpires were required to figure out a way for the HOME team to win this game.

Very fun game to watch however!

Timo
Timo
8 years ago

Phew! It felt great to get a win finally. It was ugly, but a win.

I usually don’t care much for Kiz but this article hits my personal feelings right on the head:

http://www.denverpost.com/kiszla/ci_20632368/kiszla-its-time-rockies-dan-odowd-produce-winner

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Timo

Yeah Timo, I also read that and for the most part agree with it. I like his use of making the season a moratorium and that the fans will demand a change.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Timo

DanO and J Tracy have the best jobs in the world. Day after day they show up and never have to be truly accountable for the performance. This is “job” situation is unbelievable and yes Kisla is correct in saying that this year should be a referendum on DanO, but please do not forget that the Rockies players have actually quit not once but twice on J Tracy in very recent Septembers.

Just remember the definition of insanity?

sam
sam
8 years ago

I read the article in the denverpost and it sums up how i feel perfectly enough said!

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Is EYJ expected to join the team tonight?

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Well that means he will be Giambi’s running caddie again! Just sayin’ are there two roster spots in the entire MLB more marginally used than Giambi and EY2?

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago

I still like Brothers, aka the young Billy Wagner. He’s got tenacity even if what he sometimes lacks is a clear notion of exactly where the strike zone is. But as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Brothers might get real strong by the end of this season. He’s still the closer of the future, so get ready for the ride. Every closer this side of Mariano Rivera has these struggles. The good ones come out of… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Deep Purple

Deep, i agree and really like him as well…he has had (up until the turning point last night) the same issue the team has had so far – no fire to push their talent to the extra level it takes to win…i LOVED being able to witness that change in him during his outing and was glad I was watching during that very moment…sure I jumped up and screamed when Scutaro hit the HR, but without Rex coming through it… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Boo hoo Mark Kizla; he always write the most negative articles in the journalism world. He wrote with emotion, not facts. Some things he did say were more or less accurate, but he makes it sound like it’s much worse than it really is. I have yet to read him singing the praises of the local teams. When times get tough, DOD’s “misses” are magnified. When the times are good, his “hits” don’t get recognized. Kizla doesn’t realize the impact… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

Using your thought process then aren’t his “misses” a lot larger than his “hits” would be because there have been very few good times mixed in with a ton of bad? It seemed like that was what he was saying – that DOD has had ample time to really put together a consistent winning club and, with the exception of 2 post season births, he has failed… i don’t follow him enough to know his style, but felt that he… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

We have to recognize that DOD was totally handcuffed and wrapped in duct tape when he joined the Rockies with the Hampton/Neagle deadweight that weighed more than a megaton. So we had to play the Little League lineups nightly during the first part of DOD’s stay here in Colorado. Remember the likes of Royce Clayton, Danny Ardoin, Kit Pellow?? So in my eyes, DOD had two post season appearances from 2007 to 2011 – that’s two in five years. Pretty… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Jare, Kiszla is the most popular “hated” writer I have ever seen. I have been both amazed and bewildered how Kizla can write something and garner 3 or 4 times the response to any other baseball article. Mostly because people have to voice how wrong he is. If everyone thinks he is sooooo bad then why does anyone/everyone continue to read his stories?

I use to read the responses to his stories just for shear entertainment purposes.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

If it was Cowboy that wrote this article, then I’d take the criticisms of the management seriously. Need a refresher on “hits”? There they are, not an all inclusive list: NOT signing Ubaldo to an long term extension or we’re stuck with another Hampton/Neagle albatross. Trading Jason Jennings to get Jason Hirsh/Willy Taveras/Taylor Bucholz Trading Holliday for CarGo/Huston Street/Greg Smith Traded for Kaz Matsui for nothing. Signed Cuddy – no matter what market you are in, you’re always overpaying to… Read more »

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

I don’t like him but I totally agree with today’s article.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Let me add that I agree that a shake up in the management might be in order, but just not right now IMHO. We are already shaking up the roster. You can’t call for heads while we are in the process of shaking up the roster. To be honest, if we don’t play .525 ball in in the month of September (making it three consecutive Septembers) it reflects on the management. That’s when I start calling for heads to roll.

Timo
Timo
8 years ago

That’s what I gathered. Not for heads to roll now, but to at least be on notice that standing pat in mediocrity cannot be acceptable.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Timo

I had to re read the silly Klieza article, but I guess you are right. I was reading it with enough disgust that I had already had it in my head that he’s wanting it done NOW. Hating Klieza I didn’t read it carefully, just scanned it. ๐Ÿ™‚ But IMO, DOD shouldn’t be shown the door ever. Anybody else, I’m ok with him being shown the door.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

It was easily a defensive switch so we can have Nelson’s glove at 3B when we’re trying to hold on to a meager lead by a finger nail. Ditto for Fowler going in for Colvin. Speaking of Pacheco running on the pop up; yes he did jog at half speed, but I looked at the replay and it wasn’t high enough to go all the way home even running full speed. If it was high enough, then (who was it… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

i didn’t go back and time it…Tracy did seem pretty upset by it though…

“[Jordan] earned the manager’s wrath after not running on contact on Tyler Colvin’s fifth-inning pop-up. It dropped on the infield grass, but because Pacheco was watching the ball rather than sprinting he was unable to score from second base.

โ€œIt was a terrible base-running error. He was talked to and I don’t think you will see it happen again,” Tracy said.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I agree with the fact Pacheco didn’t go all out. But did the batter also run all out? I didn’t see the post game comments; so good for JT for talking to him.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

It is only human nature to expect the usual outcome on plays like that, and it is also very bad baseball – because it costs nothing to run out every play. Someone from Minnesota said several months back that we would love Cuddyer and his hustle in running out the plays to first base – gotta tell you Cuddyer makes it home on that play while Pacheco doesn’t – not because of speed but solely because of solid baseball hustle.… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

I know Pacheco deserves 50%+ of the blame here….but if you look at in general the lack of hustle, the stupid plays, etc over the past few years of baserunning under this regime, is anyone shocked? Come on. 2008 to present, this is the worst coached baserunning team I’ve ever seen.

Konaman
Konaman
8 years ago

A small part of the problem is that Denver is not a baseball town. Coors field is great when the sun is out and everybody is having a good ole time. Many people come to the park (30k+ every game) to see the other team, party in the sun and just enjoy a day outdoors. They are not there to see the game, it’s just the side show. Until we become a true baseball town not much real pressure to… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Konaman

It sounds like the Cubs fans that you’re speaking of. Wrigley Field is almost always sold out even if they go 62-100. I moved to Denver in 2003. I recall going to the games at the mostly empty Coors Field in the early 2000s and we were averaging 14k to 18k crowds. Even losing a bunch lately these days, we are averaging 25k during the week and 30k on the weekends. Why? Came to see Tulo and CarGo highlight reel… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Konaman

I get the point you are making konaman and there are certainly things that make me wonder aslo sometimes but I think it is a reasonable baseball town. 1) I think the Rockies typically come in around 10th in attendance. That’s not too bad. No way that is solely from fans coming to see the other team. 2) Trust me when I say I know EXACTLY what the feeling is like when the opposing team fans far outnumber the hometown… Read more »

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