Nine Straight With No End in Sight

It took one minute shy of four hours to close the book on the Rockies ninth straight loss.  In that same amount of time one could have caught two movies with time left over for a comfortable lunch.  32,000+ decided to spend their time and about 10 times the amount of money to watch the Rockies play in person.  It wasn’t a great day in Denver sports, but it was pretty much (bad) business as usual for the Rockies.

Nine straight.

Oh, and they’ve lost 16 of their last 18.  Kinda makes nine straight look weak-sauce when you put it that way.  If it wasn’t for those two wins they would be sitting on 18 straight losses.  The modern era record is 23, set by the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies.  Knowing that, it really is a shame they won two games during the current losing streak, or the Rockies could have had a real shot at the record books.

Oh well.

Sunday featured 32 combined hits by the two teams, 16 hits each.  The final score of 10-7 makes it seem like a close affair, and it was through seven.  Coming into the eighth inning the Rockies were up 4-3.  Put that together with the team record of 26-2 at home this season, when leading coming into the eighth, and the small victory of possibly putting a damper on Arizona’s extremely slim chance at the playoffs seemed within reach.

Enter Matt Belisle, exit Aaron Hill’s three run jack.

Only Josh Roenicke has seen more mound time than Matt Belisle.  With his 78 trips to the hill, Belisle has been fairly solid, but the Diamondbacks would have none of his wily ways come Sunday.  Belisle came into the eighth for Brothers who started the inning, but was pulled after giving up a lead-off single.  Belisle proceed to strike out Montero, but then the wheels came off.  He gave up a single to Nieves and then an RBI single to Mike Jacobs.  He did strike out Adam Eaton, but his misplaced two-out pitch to Aaron Hill was all it took to put the DBack’s up 7-4.  They would tack on three more runs in the ninth off of Harris.

One of the very few highlights from the game would be the continued revelation that is Wilin Rosario’s bat.  He has a little streak of his own, having four games straight games of three hits. He’s batting .347 with three HR’s, three doubles and 12 RBIs in September. Currently his average is a respectable .274.

Francis had a decent day on the mound, going four innings with five hits and two earned to his name.  He finished the day at exactly 75 pitches.  He put into words the frustration of the current “streak” and the ultimate destination of 100 losses in a season:

It matters [finishing strong]. We don’t like losing one game, but 100 is that number that really stinks. It’s important as competitors. We’re doing some things really well. We’re scoring a lot of runs. But it’s not good enough to win. Winning is what we’re here to do, and we’re not doing that. We need to be better.

Jeff Francis

In order for the Rockies to steer clear of the 100 loss mark they need to win five of their last 10.  One more loss will tie them up with the most losses in team history.

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Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago

What a sad train wreck of a season. I have tickets to the last home game that I got early this year, with the hope and anticipation that it would be an important game. Instead, it is merely a race to the near-bottom, with the Cubs and Rockies battling to see what franchise is less pathetic. I fear that there will be no change this coming off season (MFL Tracy, BIB O’Dowd, take your pick) and we will have the… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

I know this may sound sacrilegious, but this is the losing streak I’ve been waiting for all season. If this embarrassment isn’t reason enough to force a change in the hierarchy of this team, than nothing will.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Finishes since Jim Tracy took over (Sept/Oct, not including playoffs):

2009: 20-11
2010: 14-17
2011: 9-16
2012: 5-17 (so far)

Finish up strong, boys, if you want to preserve Jim Tracy’s job! Hey, wait a minute, you’re not suggesting the opposite is true …

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

At this point I’m hoping for 100 losses so that the Montforts fire Tracy and DOD. If they don’t make changes, ticket sales for next year are likely to be greatly reduced, so maybe a 100 loss season will encourage them to make a change at the top for economic reasons. Economics seem to be all that they care about.

DRH
DRH
8 years ago

NEWSFLASH !! The Colorado Rockies have announced a decision that will provide a major shakeup of their organization, if not for all of MLB. They have announced that with their first pick in the upcoming 2013 draft, a pick that appears to be getting higher every day, they will select Missy Frankln. “Missy is a winner” said general manager Dan O’Dowd, “she already pitches about as well as the rest of our staff, and most importantly, will bring a tremendously… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  DRH

thanks for the awesome laugh my friend!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Chatwood sailing along, getting bunches of groundballs. All of a sudden: 4-pitch walk. Then 2-run HR. Where have I seen this movie before? Former Rockies continue to kill us. Wil Nieves is the latest example. Add to that “coulda been Rockies.” Jason Kubel vs. Michael Cuddyer: which one do you take? The Twins are cutting both loose for money reasons. They’re pretty much the same player, but one bats lefty and one bats righty. The answer is simple: of course,… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

ok I’ll admit it, I actually agreed with DanO on this one at the time, although I did complain a bit that Willingham ($21m vs $31m) was really a lot more cost effective and still a right handed bat. But once again I failed to value that “clubhouse character” factor – silly me.

roxaddict
roxaddict
8 years ago

Dude that Rosario photo looks awsome!!!!!!

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