Moyer Falters, Errors Abound in Loss

Long balls and errant throws stopped any chance of Jamie Moyer making history today as the Rockies fell to the Astros 7-3.  Colorado had three errors in the game, all coming in the painful fourth as Nelson sent a throw into right field trying to get Brian Bixler out…Bixler headed to second where Scutaro, who had ran after the errant throw, proceeded to hit Bixler on the hip, sending the ball into left and allowing Bixler to third.  The next batter, Martinez, hit a two run home run into the left field seats.  Scutaro then committed another error after the home run, bringing the total number of errors in the inning to the same number of runs scored against them to that point: 3.

One of the few bright spots was Michael Cuddyer, who hit a massive home run (his first of the season) to left center.  As it left the bat it seemed like a towering pop up to the outfield, but everyone just watched as  it hit the top of the wall.

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Jamie Moyer takes the mound tonight against the Houston Astros, and you can bet every MLB writer worth their salt is keenly aware of it.  While it is a toss-up between those talking about how old he is v.s. those talking about how old he is and that he can still pitch, everyone likes to point out that his next win will put him in the records books as the oldest pitcher to ever win an MLB game.  While watching the Moyer coverage throughout Spring Training, it was obvious that he is a person of infinite patience, because any normal person would have snapped after the 51st reporter brought up his age and the potential record.  Each time he was asked about it, his standard answer was, “it used to bother me people talking about it, but now I guess I’m over it”, or words to that effect.  But, you can tell by the way he delivers the answer that he IS tired of hearing about it and he ISN’T over it.  All he wants to do is go out and compete.

We can only hope he wins today so he can put the, “how will you feel if you win” questions to rest.  You really can’t blame people for being excited and generally pulling for him.  Everyone, friend or foe of the Rockies, has got to like this guy.  He has so many amazing stats he carries around on his 49-year-old back that it would make a 25-year-old player weary, and yet he put on the best performance of the Rockies Spring against the Giants, going 4 perfect innings.

So, today with Moyer on the mound, the world may be watching to see if he will make history, while we will watch to see if he will make us proud.  Proud that the nation is tuned in to our team for such an historic event.  Because, while many a Rockies fan were unsure when we picked him up, his hard work and obvious talent won us over.  And, if he does win today the very next question on everyone’s minds and lips?  Can he go the distance…

 

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Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago

I can only assume it will be the same line-up tonight. I know Wilin will get the start on Sunday and possibly Jordan.

I need to get a few hours of sleep. I’ll add chat when I wake up.

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Can we get an out please

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Seems as if that’s about the norm for you…don’t know how you do it.

Ghoste
Ghoste
8 years ago

Moyer is definitely a feel good story, but it also feels like a sacrificed game. Definitely would rather have Pomeranz in there. And I’m ready to see some changes: Colvin in for Dex, Pacheco in for Nelson, and Rosario in for Hernandez.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Ghoste

I’m extremely disappointed but its the second game. Do we make wholesale changes already? And despite the bad pitching from Moyer, look how bad our offense and fielding was.

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Like watching the Avs get beat by the Blue Jackets (twice!), or lose a game to a team playing the backup goalie. These are the losses that absolutely destroy momentum and kill a season.

Okay…I know it’s only the second game.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

For what it’s worth: Ubaldo 7 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 ER in an Indians loss.

Only caught the last couple innings of this one. Seems like Moyer was o.k.? Just not enough offense against a pretty mediocre pitcher. Let’s see them bust out tomorrow against Houston’s #3.

Happy Easter folks!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

“Not enough offense against a mediocre pitcher.”
Too reminescent of 2011. What is it about these types of pitchers that they always have the best games of their career against the Rockies?
But you gotta give the guy credit – his strike to ball ratio was impressive.

Doc
Doc
8 years ago

Unfortunately, the Rox faced Cy Young again tonight which undoubtedly contributed to their “trying to do too much” and the resultant base running blunders and fielding errors. But take heart, fans, tomorrow is Sunday and JT will show off his unique managing skills once again. 1. Pooter, I mean E.Y. will lead off and play CF 2. Colvin in RF 3. Cargo in LF 4. Tulo at SS 5. Giambi at 1B 6. Pacheco at 3B 7. Rosario will catch… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Doc I was thinking the exact same thing. It’s game 3 of the season already so JT will need to rest his regular starters. Two ball games will really tire a guy out.

pooter
pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Doc

I absolutely love that line up!

pooter
pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Doc

after two game I am definitely ready to see someone other than Fowler, scutaro, and Nelson all these guys backups might be better than the starters and it’s always fun to see big g come up to bat

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago

Fear not, Rockies fans… as Clint Hurdle used to say, you just need to shower this one off and come back tomorrow. The defense was horrible, no real timely hitting, not a great night from the bullpen, but it was about what I expect from a Moyer start. The Rox will not go 162-0. Or 161-1, for that matter. For those fretting about Moyer, think about the starts we’ve seen over the years from dozens of other Rox hurlers, including… Read more »

Ghoste
Ghoste
8 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Yeah, that stupid contact play is back from last season. This isn’t Shetland baseball.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Jaredean,since you aren’t busy enough to keep from posting from across the Int.Dateline,how about a petition drive here to the effect that the ROX never use the go on contact play ever,EVER again!I cannot think of a time it’s worked in the past three years.The number of outs and runs we have given away on this stupid play is incomprehensible.The fact the Astros outfoxed the ROX with a last minute shift is beside the point.At least put one of your… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

JD, I gave an idea for not a poll, but a season counter as to how many times JT fails to employ the obvious sac bunt. At the end if each game we can let the masses decide where in the game situation the bunt should have been used. We almost had our first one in game 1 with Nelson, but that’s when the catcher threw the into CF.

Wyorox
Wyorox
8 years ago

Moyer was not great, but good enough with some run support. I like Dex too, but he is not getting on base, particularly early in games. It’s never too soon to start winning. Dex is not a true 2 hole hitter (like Clint Barmes was.) The only reason he’s in that spot is because he can’t do the things required of a leadoff hitter. I really hope we don’t see another “Sunday line-up” year. What was our record on Sunday… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Wyorox

What amazed me about last year was that the Rox had about a 99 game Sunday losing streak, and everyone seemed to be scratching their heads wondering why … that is everyone except the ITR/RWO faithful.

Wyorox
Wyorox
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Nooooooooooo! (sob).

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

You’re kidding, Jaredean, right? I mean, that’s not really the lineup. The Sunday lineup already?? Tuesday is a day off, right?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Hey Ag, are you still looking for a ticket for tomorrow’s opener? I may have one available, but won’t know until tomorrow am. I’d like to extend the olive branch to you and offer it if it becomes available.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

JD, my previous post should have read ” I have an idea…” not “I gave an idea” which explains why you couldn’t find it In your notes. Sorry for the confusion, I fat fingered my IPhone.

Shivam
Shivam
8 years ago

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