Offense Fails to Support Oswalt’s Debut

Roy Oswalt had a mixed bag of results tonight when the Rockies fell to the Nationals 5-1. His fastballs were at the same velocity as his prime years from the first pitch to the 101st and final pitch. Problem was that he needed that many pitches to strike out 11 Washington batters over just five innings. It didn’t help his pitch count when some of the hitters had long ABs with a bunch of souvenirs for their hometown fans. He did give up nine hits, but no free passes were issued. One of the hits was a solo home run by Ian Desmond to open the scoring. The next three runs were scored on a bang bang play at home on an infield grounder that glanced off Jon Herrera’s glove and a two run double on a misjudged fly ball to center field.

The hitters had a little more life tonight against perennial all star pitcher Jordan Zimmerman. They had six hits and an almost equal number of well hit balls that were right at the gloves. The best opportunity in the early going came in the first inning when they had runners on the corners with Nolan Arenado at the plate. He ripped a line drive that was gloved by the second baseman.

Zimmerman was finally nicked for an unearned run in the 8th inning with some help from the defense. Pinch hitter Josh Rutledge drew a walk, first of the night issued by Zimmerman. Tyler Colvin followed with a slow chopper to second that was thrown away as Rut came sliding into second base. D.J. LeMahieu lined a single up the middle for the only run of the game. Unfortunately, CarGo and Big Money whiffed to end the rally. Zimmerman threw just 11 (112 total) more pitches than Oswalt over eight innings.

The Rockies dropped their fourth straight game to fall to an even .500 record at 37-37 for the first time since they were 1-1. Tomorrow night, they face yet another ace, Stephen Strasburg who has the lowest home ERA of all starting pitchers. Roy Oswalt clone Tyler Chatwood will attempt to end the slide into the smoked and mirrored maze.

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

The free fall has begun.This week will determine if they can avoid terminal velocity!

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

During one of Tulo’s stints on the DL (there have been so many I don’t remember when this was) Barmes and JH stepped up and the team remained competitive. Now they have this loser mentality and crumple like tinfoil when faced with adversity. This is a golden opportunity for someone like Arenado/Colvin/Rutledge/Pacheco to step up and shine, but it’s not happening. When I hear the shills Jack’n’Jerry blabbering away with their endless excuses for poor performance, I wonder if the… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Bat Cat

In a way, you have to wonder whether yet another Tulo injury isn’t used as a sigh of relief to justify the poor performances, lack of player development, etc.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Renck confirmed what I had asked yesterday, Rockies are still playing one position player short even though they are on the road. With Dex hurt they need to bring up Dickerson and if they put Dex on DL they should bring up two players. Earlier in the year they had only 4 outfielders but 18 (or so it seemed) infielders with Johnny H and Brigniac, plus Nelson at 3rd with Pacheco backing him up.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Sad thing is even if Tulo was in the lineup right now the Rox would still be losing. Signs have been pointing to the Rox falling apart for awhile. Before this road trip started the Rox had like 19 of 25 on the road, doesn’t matter who those games are against and who the Rox put on the field, that is a tough stretch for a team that ALWAYS struggles to play winning baseball on the road. Rox haven’t had… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Cameo the Rockies will be within 7 at the break. Just to use one of Prog’s words from a few days ago. Pathetic. Luckily that word can be used for the entire NL West, not just the Rockies.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

The Denver Post reported that Dickerson was called up and Logan Kensing (?) was DFA’d to make room on the 25 and 40 man roster. (The Post actually said 20 man roster but I’ll chalk that up to a typo). I think last night was Kensing’s 1st appearance in the majors since 2009. Don’t know if he has any big league potential but if the Rockies weren’t in the habit of keeping guys until they are 50. Francis could have… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Welcome to The Show, Mr. Dickerson. Remind me … have you met Mr. Strasburg?

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago

They have a tough schedule from now to the ASB, then they play a string of lousy teams, but by then the loser mentality will be entrenched and it will be a re-run of the Astros series. Then Tulo will be back and they’ll rally but it’ll be too little, too late. They had a better spring than anyone thought and now that it’s summer they’re living up to the low expectations.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Good News! Dex is starting!

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

Well, I don’t know if the Rockies have completely caught the loser mentality, but it sure seems to be here:-)

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