Miller Makes Mess

Jon Gray pitched 6 innings of 1-run/1-hit baseball Monday night, but 2 walks and a hit-batsman by relievers Justin Miller (1-1, 3.00) and Boone Logan doomed the Colorado Rockies, who lost to the New York Mets 4-2 Monday night at Citi Field in New York City.  Carlos Gonzalez continued to blaze for the Rockies, accounting for their only scoring with a 2-run shot over the left-field wall in the top of the 4th.

Gray looked at-ease from the start, retiring the Mets on 9 pitches in the 1st, in contrast to that 33 (or whatever it was) pitch ramble he produced at Coors a week ago.  Travis d’Arnaud nicked him with a 2-out homer to left in the 2nd, but other than the 5th it was a hyper-efficient appearance for the right-hander.  He threw 6 pitches in the 2nd, 12 in the 3rd, 8 in the 4th and 13 in the 6th, meaning 27 of his 75 offerings came in the 5th, when things got a little dicey.

Gray got d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto to start the inning in fine-fashion, but he walked opposing starter Jon Niese (7-9, 3.46), and Ruben Tejada reached on an error by DJ LeMahieu.  Gray went to 3-1 on dangerous New York leadoff man Curtis Granderson, but the rookie got Granderson to pop-up his fifth offering to Nolan Arenado, calmly escaping what could have been an existential threat.

Gonzalez had given Colorado a 2-1 lead in the 4th, when he lined his drive with LeMahieu on 1st after singling.  But Gray turned things over to Miller for the 7th, and the right-hander, who has otherwise performed admirably, had little to dissuade the Mets.  D’Arnaud singled with one out, then Miller walked Conforto and Tejada, getting pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to pop-up in-between.  Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss went to the left-hander Logan to face Granderson.  Logan let the count run full on the right-fielder, then plunked him with an 83 MPH slider to drive-in the tying run.  Daniel Murphy followed with a 2-run single that proved to be the difference maker.

The contest was just the first of 4 in the borough of Queens.  The combatants go back at it tonight, again at 5:10 pm MDT.  Left-hander Chris Rusin goes for the Rockies against New York righty Matt Harvey.

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Julian
Julian
5 years ago

The game shows up as an L, but you have to be happy with the performance of Gray. Maybe we’ve actually drafted and developed (or at least not messed up too badly) one good starter.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Another GM shown the door; this time Brewers GM Doug Melvin. Maybe Dombrowski goes to Milwaukee?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Another Old School guy bites the dust. Milwaukee won’t pay Dombrowski’s going rate. They’ll end up with one of these young, analytic generation types – and will likely be better off for it.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Why does Weiss insist on putting these nobodies in close games? Who the fuck is Justin Miller? I’m a Rockies fan and never even heard of him. Shouldn’t he be tossing the 6th inning of blowouts or something?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Problem is we have six or seven “nobodies” in the bullpen with the exception of Tommy Kahnle.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

And quite frankly, RMH, TK has not proven he can get the job done over the long haul.

I’ll reserve the right to hold off my final opinion until late September.

IMHO the entire pitching staff is a bunch of nobodies at present.

We have got a LONG, LONG way to go before we can breathe deep and enjoy the show.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

So you consider Jon Gray a nobody??

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

The problem isn’t that Miller was put in the game but that Weiss leaves pitchers in long after they should have been removed.

If the bases are loaded and you put Boone Logan in, can you honestly expect any other results than what happened? Continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results is as stupid as it gets. Either Weiss hasn’t learned anything or he is deliberately trying to lose games.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Prog’s comment points to our situation as a whole. There’s really no need to point a finger at a single pitcher. The big picture issue is that we are extremely lacking in pitching talent. Way, way, way behind where a major league organization should be. I pointed out in another thread that after the Tulo trade we have maybe 12 potential significant big league pitching talents in the entire organization. I’ll argue that at bare minimum, an organization needs 20… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

As one who loves to poke fun at our stats guys[Ag,Carp],and as a box score only guy I submit the following.Grey was effectively wild/lucky to be pitching in a pitchers park against a offensively challenged team.His strikes/balls numbers were not as good as one would have liked.He walked the opposing pitcher.His flyball out[10] to groundball out[5] will not play well at Coors.That being said he does have some electric stuff despite the strange follow though and certainly shows great promise… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

I gave you 5 stars Gary – or 100%.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Thanks.Such high praise from one of our Stephen Hawking posters makes me proud to be a caring baseball simpleton!

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