Missed it by That Much…

The last time the Rockies put up seven runs in one inning would be Monday’s 10-0 shutout of the Dodgers.  The team put up Taco Bell-like numbers in the eighth, but they weren’t all needed because the boys in blue weren’t putting up anything but doughnuts.

Flash forward two days to this afternoons final game of the series.  The Rockies have already taken the series, it was the sweep that was in sight.  Again, they put up seven in the eighth, but this time they needed more than an obscene amount of insurance runs, they needed just a little bit more from their bats.

And they fell short by two runs.

The difference between the two games was all about the pitching.  Drew Pomeranz started the game Wednesday afternoon and if he’d come out in the third it would have been a very different game.  He was perfect through two and looking like he was the man to put the nail in the Dodger coffin.

As it was, he was to be the one setting up the tee for batting practice.   Pomeranz entered the third with the score tied 0-0.  He left the inning having given up six (five earned) on singles, sacrifice’s, wild pitches and a home run by Hanley Ramirez.  He did come out and pitch the fourth without any damage, but his final line showed the uphill battle the Rox were facing at the time: 4 IP | 6 H | 6 R | 5 ER | 1 SO | 1 HR.

I’m not disappointed with the way Drew Pomeranz threw the ball. I thought the ball was coming out of his hand very, very well. And he threw some very good breaking balls for strikes. But that inning unraveled. There was one hard-hit ball in the inning and it was by Hanley Ramirez. I think he is making some headway. We have had some problems over the course of the previous three weeks or so, from a bounce-back standpoint. We have pushed him back and not pitched him every fourth day. But there are some bullpen sessions now between starts and his bounce-back of late has been noteworthy.

JIM TRACY on DREW POMERANZ

The other pitching issue came in the top of the eighth.  Reliever Will Harris gave up a grand slam, A.J. Ellis’ first, and the Dodger announcers keep calling the game a “laugher”.  They must have said it five times throughout the middle part of the game, “oh man, this is a laugher.  This is sure turning into a laugher.”

They stopped laughing in the bottom of the eighth.

The Rockies, down 10-1, decided to make a game of it.  The fighting spirit that was missing for much of the season showed up in spades.

Funny enough, the inning started with a Carlos Gonzalez ground-out and ended with a Jordan Pacheco ground-out.  What happened inbetween was a lot of fun to watch:

  • Pacheco single
  • Pacheco moves to 2nd on fielding indifference
  • Hernandez single
  • [pitching change]
  • Nelson RBI single
  • LeMahieu RBI single
  • Pinch hitter Brow walks
  • Fowler pinch hit RBI single (loading the bases)
  • [pitching change]
  • Colvin RBI hit by pitch
  • [pitching change]
  • Rutledge RBI
  • CarGo RBI
  • Rutledge scores on error by Victorino

 
Three pitchers, seven runs and it still wasn’t enough to win because the ninth was over before it began.  Chris Nelson did have a one-out single, but LeMahieu hit into a double-play that stopped the dream and the team settled for a very nicely played game that was fun to watch because they were having fun on the field.

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Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Nice try, 8th inning Rox. So the Dodgers narrowly won this laugher. The silver lining is that it cut short the laughter in the Giants clubhouse (probably replaced by bleats about juiced balls).

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

Just about crapped this morning when I read the ROX are considering staying with this silly piggyback rotation for 2013. Seriously …they can kiss off signing any starting pitchers thru free agency (not that they can now) who isn’t looking for a jump start in their career. these stats are a valid reason for the piggy-back???? before 4 man rotation after 4 man rotation Starters ERA 6.28 5.61 Starters record 13-30 11-26 Relievers ERA 4.00 4.52 Relievers record 12-10 17-10… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Renck today: the 4-man rotation is a go for 2013. And they’re planning to designate 4 dedicated piggyback relievers. Which, as I’ve said before, kind of gets the entire concept wrong since you’d be underutilizing your best relievers. Whatever. Allow me a moment to indulge in my mythbusting again. Renck repeats a couple old favorites: 1. He used to say “no Rockies pitcher has ever thrown 180 innings 3 years in a row.” Someone must have said “Jason Jennings” (185,… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I don’t read the article as saying there’ll be four “designated” piggy-back men. Clearly you deploy the system as you have suggested earlier, you use the (I think it will be) 3 piggy-back guys according to the immediate circumstance and need. You reshuffle the deck every day depending on what happened the night before. I think we are seeing it used now the way it will be going forward. As you have said previously, they’ve found the key concept is… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I didn’t agree with some of the names thrown around by Renck for the potential 2013 pitching staff. I also don’t believe it will be necessary to go with a 13-man staff as he pointed in the article. Again, I’ll go on record that I’m a fan of this 4-man/piggyback/octupus (however the heck anyone wishes to name it) as long as it is properly administered. Here’s how I would see the opening day 2013 pitching staff: Starters/piggy back DLR/Nicasio Pomeranz/Otavino… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

I know its wishful thinking but all I hope is that the Monforts come to their senses and clean house of the management that caused this year’s mess.

To call this the “Year of the Fan” has been an insult to Colorado Rockies fans.

I believe that the current winning trend has less to do with management than it has to do with a bunch of young guys who just want to play.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Anybody else surprised by some of the players the Rockies are sending to the Arizona Fall League? Riordan hasn’t been on my radar screen as a prospect, and he’s going to the AFL. Why Froneberger instead of Bergmann or Matzek?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Julian,

I had the same thoughts myself when I read it. Aside from Parker, I don’t see the other players being sent as real prospects.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Yep, that’s the crappiest list of AFL “prospects” that any team has sent in quite some time. Pitchers could be explained because they’re low innings guys this year and Matzek isn’t — 136 really long, hard, high pitch count innings (his own fault). The guys we’re sending are all under 100. But Kent Matthes? Lars Davis? That’s more a sign of: (1) a farm system depleted of true prospects at the AA level; (2) which is partly because the true… Read more »

Jeem
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Jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m also kind of liking that idea. The “what do you do with Pacheco” thing comes into play when you give 2nd to LeMahieu…

Don’t attribute Tulo at shortstop to him not wanting to move. Presuming he comes back 100% he’s your best defensive shortstop. I put my best shortstop at shortstop.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

If Giambi and Helton are gone next year Colvin and Pacheco can platoon at 1st.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Lineup to start 2013 season:

Fowler (CF)
Rutledge (3B or SS)
Cargo (OF)
Rosario (C)
Tulo (SS or 3B)
Cuddyer (OF)
Helton (1B)
LeMahieu (2B)

Bench: Colvin, EYJ, Nelson, Pacheco, + 1 of (Herrera, Brown, Wheeler, Blackmon)

By mid season Herrera, Cuddyer and Helton gone. Arenado has half season working AAA outfield.

Mid season 2013:

Fowler (CF)
Rutledge (3B or SS)
Cargo (OF)
Rosario (C)
Tulo (SS or 3B)
Colvin (1B)
Arenado (OF)
LeMahieu (2B)

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I could see sending Matthes because he was a pretty high prospect who had a bad year, so I could see trying to get him back on track. Lars Davis had a good year at Tulsa. Is he on track to maybe be a backup MLB catcher in a year or two (although he’s getting pretty old as a prospect)? Anybody know anything about the other catcher being sent to the AFL? Ag, maybe the number of innings explains the… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Brown should have two minor league options left for next year. Herrera also has a minor league option which is currently not in use so should still be good for next year.

Moscoso, Escalona and Carlos Torres will be out of options next year.

Lemahieu and Pacheco will each have one option year left for next year.

http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/40-man/

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I’ll see what I can do with a video!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

We have a backup catcher. His name is Jordan Pacheco. Use him! Plenty of infielders who still have some breakout potential on this roster, so I’m afraid Jonny Sparkplug is the odd man out. He’ll catch on somewhere else. I think he actually fits better on an AL roster where the need for a pinch hitter is minimal. I know the Rox will never do it, but the obvious thing to me for 1B is a Helton (if healthy —… Read more »

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