Poor Penmanship

Musician Jack White, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was unable to put any voodoo on the Kansas City Royals at Coors Field Monday night.  Kansas City got loose against the Colorado Rockies’ bullpen in the 7th and 8th innings for a 7-4 victory that turned a fine start by rookie left-hander Tyler Matzek (2-9, 5.38) into his ninth MLB loss.

Matzek matched up with Royals’ righty James Shields (12-6, 3.28), and the two went toe to toe through the 6th.  The Rockies got a run on 3 singles in the 1st and added one on Nolan Arenado’s 13th home run in the 5th.  Kansas City got one on Matzek in the 4th when he walked Billy Butler and Lorenzo Cain doubled with 2 out.  Matzek retired the first two in the 7th before the supremely affordable Josh Willingham singled and Nori Aoki was walked.  Colorado manager Walt Weiss made the obvious move, going to right-hander Adam Ottavino against right-handed hitting Omar Infante, but Infante delivered on a 1-2 count, slicing a line-drive double that hit the right-field foul line and plated both runners. Salvador Perez followed and lifted a low Ottavino slider over the head of Rockies’ center-fielder Drew Stubbs to make it 4-2.

Kelvin Herrera came on for Shields in the bottom of the inning and walked Stubbs and Justin Morneau leading-off, but Arenado hit into a 5U-3 double play and Corey Dickerson grounded out.  Weiss went to lefty Rex Brothers in the 8th, which many would call Conceding The Loss, and momentarily Brothers looked sharp, retiring Alex Gordon on strikes and getting a 4-3 ground-ball out of Cain.  But Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar singled, Brothers walked the next two to make it 5-2, and Nick Masset came-on to face Infante, who took him to left for a 2-run double.

Colorado made it 7-4 when Stubbs homered with Charlie Blackmon on in the 9th, and Arenado made it to 2nd with 2 out on an error by Perez, but Royals’ closer Greg Holland retired Dickerson to preserve KC’s 2 game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.

The Royals and Rockies wrap it up for 2014 tonight in Denver.  It’s another 6:40 start.  Jorge De La Rosa goes against Kansas City’s Danny Duffy.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

What is the matter with the Rockies management? Do they have no memory bank and no data? They keep running Rex Brothers in late-and-close situations time and time again. Each time he gives up two or three runs. Brothers does have some options remaining, so what’s up Rockies? Dr. Breeze (my wife’s neurologist when she had brain aneurysm), can you volunteer to fix up DOD, Geivett, Charlie, and Dick’s brain??? From now on, if Rex is coming in with the… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago

just make sure to turn it on for the post game wrap-up 🙂

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

Hopefully with the September call-ups Brothers and Masset will find well-deserved seats on the bullpen benches for the remainder of the season. There is nothing further they can do except damage their reputations by continuing to appear in games. I would imagine Brothers is completely crushed by the outcome of his performance this year and continuing to run him out there and load up the bases, etc. cannot be helping his damaged psyche.

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago

Jeem, your witticism never ceases to amuse me…love it… Seeing the decline of Rex is one more reason that this season hurts even more than last season. Last season we had the same injuries, underwhelming play, uninspired ownership, etc., but at least we had some bright spots. The Killer B’s (Belisle, Betancourt and Brothers) were just starting to show some cracks, but it didn’t seem too bad. Fast forward and all three are useless in their own special way. Belisle… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

It’s very mystifying to me when a player shows such amazing talent – in a decent sample size – and then crashes and burns to an equivalent degree. Let’s hope the anointment of Hawkins wasn’t enough to crush Rex’s confidence, but his repeated failures must certainly have snowballed on him to where he is certainly crushed now.

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

I think Flande should replace Rex in Sept.He has shown really good stuff for 3-4 innings and could really be a guy for the bullpen.Thank god Walt let JDLR go thru 8 tonight.

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