Lucky 7

The Colorado Rockies went into the bottom of the 9th inning Monday night at Coors Field in Denver with an 0 for 15 tally with runners in scoring position, had left 12 on-base, and trailed the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1.  8 batters and 2 outs later pinch hitter Ben Paulsen smashed a ground single to center-field, and Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu scored as the Rockies took their 7th walk-off victory of the 2015 MLB season by a score of 5-4.

The contest was a teeth-grinder for Colorado fans for the first 8 innings.  Arizona ran out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd on singles by Chris Owings and Ender Inciarte, who scored on an AJ Pollock home run to left-field.  The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the inning when Charlie Blackmon, who was 3 for 4 with a stolen base, tripled leading-off and scored on a Jose Reyes ground ball.  The Dbacks made it 4-1 in the 5th when Paul Goldschmidt doubled with 2 out and rode home on a David Peralta single.

Colorado in the meantime left Blackmon at 2nd in the 1st, LeMahieu and Brandon Barnes at 2nd and 3rd in the 2nd, LeMahieu again at 2nd in the 4th, Blackmon at 2nd in the 5th, Matt McBride out there in the 6th, and Blackmon at 3rd in the 7th.  Chad Bettis started for the Rockies and surrendered all 4 of the Arizona runs in 6 innings.  Bettis allowed 11 hits but walked no one.  He struck-out 4.

Robbie Ray, Randall Delgado and David Hernandez held Colorado in-check through 8, then Brad Ziegler (0-3, 2.48) got in trouble in the bottom of the 9th.

Daniel Descalso pinch-hit for reliever Simon Castro (2-0, 0.00) and grounded a single to right.  After Blackmon struck-out and Gary fell asleep, Reyes doubled to right, driving Descalso to 3rd.  Arenado then singled off the yellow home run line in left-field to plate Descalso and Reyes, bringing the score to 4-3.  Carlos Gonzalez lined to left, leaving Colorado only one out to work with, but LeMahieu, who had 3 hits, smashed one back at Ziegler, who couldn’t handle it, then threw wildly, putting Arenado at 3rd and LeMahieu at 2nd.  Nick Hundley was walked, and Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss turned to the left-handed Paulsen in lieu of McBride.  Chip Hale countered with lefty Matt Reynolds, the former Rockie, but Paulsen was undeterred, driving Reynolds’ 3rd offering up the middle as the base runners scampered home for the win.

Paulsen will have little time to dry off from the obligatory Brandon Barnes dousing.  The Division rivals go right back at it this afternoon with Yohan Flande facing Patrick Corbin at 1:10 MDT, then the legendary Kyle Kendrick returns from the Disabled List to match-up with Rubby De La Rosa at 6:40. Both contests are back at the old ball park in downtown Denver.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I like the Gary reference- nicely done.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

If I could have slept through the whole season I would be happier and the ROX would be in the playoffs.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Looks like Descalso in the middle of a victory as he started a rally with 9th inning lead off single. Didn’t I say in the post-game report that Descalso is a winner when he starts despite his crappy stats? Hopefully he can add pinch hitting in the W-L column. Since we are in a rebuilding mode, I think Ben Paulsen is good enough to fill in at first base. He would be far cheaper than bringing back Morneau. Maybe if… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Once (or “if”) you come to grips with rebuilding, next year becomes easy to process. Add Johan Flande to your list SP/swing pitcher list. Honestly – there’s no need to sign a top tier pitcher next year, it’s not going to matter if we win 62 games vs. 68 games. Save that money.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I didn’t make it clear; I mean lure a top shelf pitcher when the window of contention opens. No way I want to pay top $$$ for a top tier SP that makes a difference between 70 and 75 wins.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Gotcha – agree.

JulieG
JulieG
5 years ago

I like Ben, he looks a little ungainly at times, but gets the job done. He has been good for clutch hits and handles throws to first. He also seems to be getting better, which is something the Rockies need.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

You get bonus points if you can sing the Clemson fight song.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Oh shit – LeMahieu hit a HR. This will just confuse WW even more.

Miguel Castro called up! Get ready for some heat. Hopefully he knows where it’s going.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Shocking box score from last nights game that no one mentioned-Rockies pitchers walked NO ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Looks as though the DBacks knew where Castro’s heat was going – and they were turning it around quickly!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Double shit – Kyle Parker has homered. Now WW is really confused. Expect LeMahieu 4th and Parker 5th in tonight’s game.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Oh boy…….they weren’t just home runs. LeMahieu’s went 462ft, Parker’s 466ft.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Rockies assigned to the 2015 Arizona Fall League (Salt River Rafters).

Matt Carasiti R-R 6’3″ 205 Jul 23, 1991 COL
Carlos Estevez R-R 6’4″ 210 Dec 28, 1992 COL
Sam Moll L-L 5’10” 185 Jan 3, 1992 COL
Tom Murphy R-R 6’1″ 220 Apr 3, 1991 COL
Jordan Patterson L-L 6’4″ 215 Feb 12, 1992 COL

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Kind of a mish-mash of mediocrity going to Arizona again. Carasiti: kind of like Carp’s friend Gurka a couple years ago. Baltimore sent him to the AFL to decide whether he was worth protecting on the 40 man roster. I guess they thought not. Guy who has performed on since being made a reliever, but still pretty marginal. Estevez: could be the sleeper I guess. Supposed to be a hard thrower who could still make it in a big league… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Freeland is an excellent guess.

Dirt cheap time of the year to fly to Phoenix.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

It’s Old Home week at Coors. We’ve got Wilin and Brothers in game #1. Kendricks and dare I say a Loone Bogan appearance in game #2 (but only if Kendrick doesn’t go the distance with a CG shutout). All snark intended.

Brothers and Gurka each with 9 pitch innings (not snark). It’s amazing how some early internal 2016 roster competition (Gurka and Freidrich) can improve Brother’s focus.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Alright gang – FWIW – I’m caving (well, my wife caved first) to Monfart’s shrewd marketing and we’ll be at the Coors Field Brewfest Saturday. If I post something positive about Monfart that day – please realize it is alcohol induced and ignore it.

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