Pen Maxed-Out in 12 Inning Loss

Brett Anderson tore through the first 9 Chicago Cubs batters on 32 pitches (25 strikes), but on pitch no. 33 his back seized-up, and with nobody on in the 4th Frankie Morales, freshly reassigned to the bullpen, came on, and as is his habit in a pinch, tore through the next 11 Cubs, allowing only a home run by Welington Castillo and a single by Junior Lake.  In the bottom of the 6th the Colorado Rockies had two on with 2 out and Morales due to bat.  Manager Walt Weiss went instead to Corey Dickerson, who struck-out. The Rockies retained a 3-1 lead going into the 7th, then the Cubs managed the unthinkable, sending 9 men to the plate and scoring 3 runs to take a 4-3 lead without the benefit of a hit.  Chicago would go-on to outlast Colorado 6-5 in 12 innings, sending the Rockies to their 5th consecutive loss, and 8th in the last 9 games.

Tommy Kahnle came-on for Morales in the top of the 7th and couldn’t throw the ball below the batters’ waists.  He walked Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Luis Valbuena to load the bases, striking-out Justin Ruggiano ahead of Valbuena, using 20 pitches, 13 balls.  Nick Masset replaced Kahnle and walked Castillo to plate Rizzo.  With left-handed hitter Chris Coghlan announced to hit for Lake, Weiss went to Rex Brothers, who had his usual command, walking Coghlan to score Castro, surrendering a line-drive sacrifice to Chris Valaika to score Valbuena, and walking Mendy Alcantara to re-load the bases for Matt Belisle, who managed to retire the side when Javier Baez drilled a shot that Charlie Blackmon tracked-down just short of the warning track.

Colorado got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Nolan Arenado homer, but managed only a pinch-walk to Carlos Gonzalez in the 9th, and the game went to extra innings.  Belisle got Chicago in-order in the 8th and LaTroy Hawkins worked-out of a single-intentional walk jam in the 9th.  Adam Ottavino became the Rockies’ 7th pitcher in the 10th, when he struck-out the side, but gave the Cubs the lead in the 11th on a lead-off double by Castro, more walks, to Valbuena and Castillo, and a single by Ryan Sweeney versus Boone Logan (2-2, 5.48), the last Colorado bullpen arm available.

Colorado had failed to score in the 10th, leaving the bases loaded with one out when Brandon Barnes grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.  They tied-it back-up in the bottom of the 11th when Charlie Culberson, who pinch-ran for Arenado, delivered a 2 out single with Jason Pridie on 2nd, but Baez, one of Chicago’s burgeoning stable of prospects, homered off Logan leading off the 12th, and the Rockies would not answer.

They’ll try it again tonight.  Jordan Lyles will return from the disabled list to oppose Jake Arrieta.  Game time is 6:40 MDT, back at Coors Field in Denver.

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RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

Watching the post-game interview with Weiss, seems like he has given up too. Wouldn’t a little Tony LaRussa rage go a long way in situations like these? I’m thinking he’s perhaps a little too much of a “player’s” manager. At some point guys need to be called out/sent down/DFA’d to make a point that “it’s a bottom line business”.

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

I understand all the injuries and blah, blah, blah. But what I can’t stand is the amount of games this team loses at home! Rockies have been bad more than they have been good, but I don’t think they were EVER this aweful at home. Weiss needs to go.

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

I had bad thoughts when Anderson went out, but Frankie was good, even with the Homer. Then the heart of the pen took over and the game took its usual Rockies turn. We definitely need to send Rex down for a tune up or maybe a complete overhaul. He has always been one of my favorites, but he needs to see if he can recover what made him good and it is not in Denver. It would appear that we… Read more »

Rocky
Rocky
6 years ago

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Kudos to the old timers who have stuck around. It kind of reminds me of a documentary I saw years ago about an African waterhole that dried up and all the animals died or ran off.
I chose to run off. Go Rockies.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Baby Bull has to be traded to the AL a.s.a.p. Play calling is horrible. You see a rookie (Baez) swinging at everything hoping to knock the ball out of the park. Simply throw a slider or FB up the ladder above the belt. Nope, he asked for a FB and gave Baez his wish. Even with his good bat, I just can’t stand his pitch calling anymore.

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

What good bat, that was in the past. He doesn’t offer much in hitting or catching at this time:-( However, I am sure that management can’t see that, hope springs eternal.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

“Player name you never heard of” just “fill in the blank” for his first time ever! The Rockies’ special welcoming gift to visiting teams!

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

He is the #2 prospect on the Cubs and the #5 overall prospect in the MLB, so the kid does know how to hit…all the more reason to stay out of the fat part of the zone…

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

OK, thanks Jared for the info; I’ll give the kid props for being somebody on the up 🙂 It still boggles my mind how often the announcers are saying somebody just had his first big something-or-other of the season, or EVER.

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