Jeff Manship started for his first time as a Rockie at Coors. He proceeded to throw hitting practice pitches to the Padres after the Rockies gave him a three run cushion, finally leaving the game after five with a line of: 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB and 2 HR’s. He also took the loss and is 0-2 for Colorado.
It wasn’t just Manship’s pitching that hurt the team, it was also his unfortunate at bat with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the third that really did it.
Bottom of the third? Really, you are reaching that early in the game as a turning point?
Why yes I am. Need I remind you of the Score Early and Not Often Rockies Offense? The four runs in the first and, other than a run in the fifth, signaled the only digits in Rox run column of the box score.
You can’t really blame Manship for hitting into a momentum killing double play. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of Walt Weiss. Putting Manship in to hit after he had already given up six runs is a borderline call that could go either way on the blame scale. But, couple that with actually letting the kid swing the bat and you have yourself a classic case of two wrongs adding up to one bad night.
LeMahieu, Arenado and Culberson all had two hits while the rest of the starters put up at least one. Tulo even got a hit after going 0 for a billion. He looked pissed at the plate all night, and not in a good way.
Other than a run given up by Ottavino the pen kept it tight to give the boys a chance to come back. They almost did several times besides the aforementioned loaded bases in the third. Dickerson tripled with two outs in the eighth but Street shut Fowler down for his first of four outs to record the save.
Cuddyer even left his sickbed in the fifth when Blackmon singled with two outs and it was Manship’s turn at bat. He hit a weak grounder to Stauffer to end the inning before reaching for his NyQuil and a pillow.