A day after Rockies fans were calling for the head of Bob Apodaca, Alex White shows that not all pitching in Colorado is walk prone. Too bad he can’t be heard over the cries for Carney Lansford’s accountability card.
The Colorado Rockies were victims of a complete game shutout by Kevin Millwood and the Seattle Mariners, losing 4-0. Yep, the very same Millwood that pitched in Denver last season. The same Millwood that didn’t want the $1 million the team offered with another $1 million in incentives. He wanted a third million, and all of it up front.
The Rockies, fresh off the signing of Michael Cuddyer and Kevin Slowey, didn’t have the budget. Tonight Millwood proved they should have not only made the offer, but doubled down on a new hitting coach to boot.
Heck, throw in some base running lessons and call it a day.
After yesterdays fiasco, the post game was all about how bad the pitching was, how many walks were given up, the 0-2 and 1-2 counts that were launched like 3-1 pitches, etc. etc. etc.
So, tonight Alex White answered with a mini-gem of his own. He took the mound and showed that he knew how to get batters out and it wasn’t by giving them a free pass and hope they get out on a double-play. White went seven innings with as many strikeouts and only two earned runs. The key? No walks…
And how did the offense respond? The same offense who was complaining the night before about how their hits went for naught thanks to the pitching?
How about only getting 2 hits in nine innings? Kevin Millwood two hit the Rockies a day after the team put up seven runs on 12 hits.
Tonight’s scapegoat? Villain? Blunder master?
That would be Marco Scutaro. Wednesday’s hero was today’s zero. He was “gifted” first base by an “error” that ended up becoming the first hit of the game after 6 2/3’s of no hit baseball, and the very next hit (and the only other hit of the game) ended the mini-rally because instead of staying at second on a shallow up the middle shot by Jordan Pacheco, Scutaro decided that it would be better to go to third and get thrown out.
Third out at third…as taboo as running on an infield pop-up with less than two outs. As mindless as sliding head first into home plate (right matt?). As dumb as…well, you get the point.
Nevermind that Carlos Gonazalez was at the plate, the same guy that is hitting just under a billion with runners in scoring position. Nevermind that you don’t have the speed of EYj, nor the love of the fans like…EYj. Not to mention the luck.
So, a day after pitching was vilified, hitting will be latest swear word. If only this team realized how tired everyone is of such poorly played games and really put the passion into it. The only passion we’ve seen in a while? EYj getting “hit” by a pitch in the ninth. Too bad Scutaro was next to bat and didn’t allow the fastest man in the game some time to make magic happen on the paths before bunting his way into an out.