On the Road Again

Tyler Chatwood was a bit wild.  He threw only half of his 76 pitches for strikes, walked four,  and lasted only 3 1/3 innings of an 8-3 Colorado Rockies loss to the San Francisco Giants.  The Giants swept the Rockies out of Coors Field, where they managed only one win, over St Louis on Thursday, in a nine game homestand that also featured a sweep by the Cincinnati Reds last weekend.

Chatwood allowed 3 runs, only one earned, in a game that started in typical Colorado fashion. Chatwood walked Angel Pagan on five fastballs, then Ryan Theriot grounded a high-bouncer to Jordan Pacheco at third and reached as the ball slipped-out of Pacheco’s hand on the exchange out of his glove for an error.  The runners moved up on Melky Cabrera’s grounder, Pacheco to first-baseman Todd Helton, then Chatwood walked Buster Posey, bring pitching coach Bo McLaughlin from the dugout and Hunter Pence to the plate.  Rockies “catcher” Wilin Rosario got into the act, logging his league leading 13th passed-ball, Pagan scoring, then Pence rapped what should have been an inning-ending double-play ground-out to Colorado second-baseman Jonathan Herrera, Theriot scoring.  Marco Scutaro grounded to Pacheco to close-out the inning, but San Francisco led 2-0, without the benefit of a hit.  The Giants came after it again in the fourth, turning two walks from Chatwood, a fly ball, and a Tim Lincecum ground-out into another hitless run, moving out to 3-1.

Lincecum labored through 6 innings, covering the distance in 104 pitches (63 strikes), but limiting the Rockies to one run on 5 hits and 5 walks.  Colorado scored one with two out in the first when Todd Helton doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch, coming home on a soft liner to center by Pacheco. The Rockies loaded the bases when Lincecum walked Tyler Colvin, but Rosario was unable to cash anyone-in.

The Colorado bullpen was unable to hold San Francisco in-check.  Carlos Torres allowed a run in 2 2/3, and Matt Belisle surrendered 3 in the seventh on singles by Theriot and Posey, and doubles by Pence and Scutaro.  The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the inning on a pair of walks from reliever George Kontos, and a one-out single by Carlos Gonzalez off former Rockie Javier Lopez.  The teams exchanged runs in the ninth, but the Giants secured the win, and remain 1/2 game up on Los Angeles, which defeated the Cubs on a walk-off single by recent acquisition Hanley Ramirez.  San Francisco moves ahead of Arizona, which stumbled on the road in Philadelphia, by 4 games.

Colorado heads-out on a six game California road trip, with three against the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, then it’s up the PCH to AT&T Park in San Francisco.  The Rocky Mountain Death March traverses treacherous ground as Los Angeles and San Francisco revive the dispute that dates back to the streets of New York in 1883.  The Rockies will send Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 5.13) up against the Dodgers’ Chris Capuano (10-7, 3.33), as the two left-handers face-off at 8:10 pm MDT at Dodger Stadium.  Root Sports will handle the Colorado television coverage, with radio on KOA 850 am.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Didn’t watch this one, didn’t even listen to it until I hit the road at about 3:00. So I had to figure out how in the hell the Rox fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first without allowing a hit. The boxscore provided the answer: 2 walks, one passed ball (Rosario), one error (Pacheco). And it was over before it really started. What a pathetic club now.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Nothing left to comment on. I thought about it the other night … when I was angry at JT for his 3rd base experiement … but then just didn’t bother. Yet another Deja Vu for me. More fans from the other team(s) showing up, being more vocal while Rockies fans more content with just enjoying the evening, having a beer, and doing the wave. The throws to 1st … with nary a peep from Rockies fans … in the 1st… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Terry Frei says the 7th inning wave was one of the best he’s ever participated in.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Patrick Saunders of the DP got in a good one today. Sanchez to the DL as Chatwood got called up:

“To make room on the roster, the club informed struggling left-hander Jonathan Sanchez that he has left biceps tendinitis and they were putting him on the 15-day disabled list.”

Yep, the club told Sanchez he’s suffering from tendinitis. Why they don’t just DFA him is beyond me.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ha! I got a chuckle from that one too.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Why not just have Ottavino and Belisle try starting? I bet one of those guys would end up being a good starter in 2013. Move that other garbage to the bullpen.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Belisle is already showing dead arm syndrome….bad all the way around.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Belisle is getting rocked, so is Reynolds.

If this bullpen is out of gas I don’t think we’ll win 10 more games.

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Breaking news …

Troy Renck, Rockies ‏@TroyRenck
RT @psaundersdp #Rockies Todd Helton out for season, will undergo hip surgery on Friday. Here are details: http://dpo.st/NwZK1Y

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bat Cat

Bad news all around. 1. Another starter out. 2. Fans deprived of watching Helton in the final 50 games. 3. Helton not retiring, but promising to be ready for spring.

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