Poor Pom Start Sink Rox

The “feel-good” first game of Josh Rutledge overshadowed a masterful start by Christian Friedrich on Friday night. Friedrich went six while only giving up one earned run and striking out seven. Sure, Rutledge did come through with two RBI’s, but the fact that Friedrich held the Phil’s to only one run through six, and the ‘pen held them to just one more earned, was the true reason the Rockies won on Friday.

But rookie makes good on first day sells papers, pitching doesn’t.

Unless it is bad pitching that is.

While Drew Pomeranz didn’t pitch poorly during his whole 80 pitch count, five innings, he did melt down when it counted the most.  In the top of the fifth, with two outs and nobody on, it seemed like he was in control and ready to turn the ball over to the ‘pen with only two earned.  Not bad, considering the first run came in the top of the first before Pomeranz even had a chance to settle in.

But crazy swingin’ Hunter Pence would have none of it.

Perhaps Pomeranz was upset at himself for allowing Rollins a free ticket to second on a wild pick-off attempt, error earned.  Or maybe it was the walk of Victorino.  Whatever it was, he couldn’t get that third strike on Hunter Pence and instead, served him up a perfect wall-clearing three-run home run hanging curve.

If I could go back again, I probably would have thrown something different…My pitch location wasn’t as good as it was the last two [starts]. I wasn’t as sharp today.

Drew Pomeranz

All of the blame shouldn’t be hung on Drew’s locker door.  Call it a “Sunday Curse”.  Call it “Bad Hitting”.  Or, call it “Hamels Owning”.  But the Phil’s walked away with the win on six hits producing five runs.  While the Rockies, who also had six hits, only left with one run.  An RBI triple from Carlos Gonzalez in the bottom of the sixth.

And it wasn’t like the opportunity to score wasn’t there.

The Rockies started five of the first eight innings with a lead-off single.  In fact, five of their six hits were lead-off singles.  But another boneheaded base-running move killed the momentum in the third as Dexter Fowler got caught stealing second.  Not quite as bad as the Colvin brain-cramp the night before, but still inexcusable.

Another missed opportunity was found in the sixth with CarGo standing on third with one out.  Ramon Hernandez struck out and Cuddyer grounded out and CarGo never crossed home plate.

So Pomeranz can’t take all of the credit for the loss, but that doesn’t help the fans feel better.  If anything it is worse, knowing that five runs in Coors is like one run in PetCo, not impossible to overcome with good hitting and better baserunning.

 

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jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Let’s regard this like we did Friedrich’s start before last. 4+ good innings + ran out of gas. Build on it for next time. I am observing that none of our guys appear to have anything left once they get to the 75 pitch limit. You want to get them out of the fifth, + they’re typically due-up in the bottom, but more than once results have shown: done after 75. Mistakes the last two games have been instructive +… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

4+ innings from a starter is tiring? That is unacceptable, especially with the pitch limit and the fact that he hasn’t pitched in a while, so he shouldn’t be out of gas after the All-Star break which gave him way more than 4 days rest. He shouldn’t get all of the blame, but the guy is supposed to be our ace of the future and that fifth inning was a meltdown. Like he said, he didn’t have his command. He… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

I am going to respectfully and politely disagree here. Pomeranz made a bad pitch that ended up being a three run dinger, but otherwise it was still a solid outing for a rookie pitcher that still has less than 200 professional innings. Unless your last name is Strausburg, it is a bit much to expect a rookie to be your ace pitcher with exceptional outings everytime out. The real problem with our Rockies brain trust is that Pomeranz left 9… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Can we just agree to disagree even with THE ultimate fan from all of Utah? My point is that the last paragraph does little to justify the blog headline which I respectfully do not think is accurate.

And yes I am going to dog DanO and JT until there is some change – there is NO logical reason for these two front office guys to be employed by the Colorado Rockies – it is just ludicrous!

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Just to get into it a bit, when they approach 75 are the TIRED done, or NEAR THE LIMIT (mentally) done?

I fear the latter.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Neither team has performed well on Sunday. One of them had to win. That was the 1st Phillies win on Sunday in what like 9 or 10 weeks??? Sorry, I totally agree with Tracy Ringolsby on this one. Listening to JT in the post game made me want to vomit. All the crap about “maturation process”, learning, experience … blah blah blah yet none of their (coaches/manager) sorry a$$es got off the bench and went out to have a chat… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I’m glad the Rockies are playing the Pirates, I would like to see the Pirates lengthen their lead in the division and who better to play than the worst team in baseball.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

agree RaysFan..I have to learn not to select Sunday games (have seen way over my share of Sundays). Pom actually thru a good solid game…not as dominate as his previous game but…the big difference in this game was opportunities. Single after a triple- score. Single after double- score. Single combined with error, walk and 2 stike pitch hit out. Rockies had 1 hit after the 4th inning. Starting pitching is improving..we just aren’t going to have any arms left in… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I read all the comments of support for my wife in the ASB thread. Thanks. She has been stable and calm. Another week of no incidents (vasospasm) and she can pretty much be out of the woods. I managed to watch part of the games Saturday and Sunday. My assessment is this simple: (Sounding like a school teacher) Repeat after me to answer this question: What happens after a pitcher walks the batter? Chorus of “HOOOOMME RRRUNNNNN.” Repeat that a… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I didn’t watch yesterdays game so really can’t comment. But last week I watched a few innings of the AAA All Star game and Tom Seaver was a guest for awhile. And he repeated a mantra that I’ve heard from just about everyone (although I’m not sure I’ve heard it from our present coaching staff),, “The most important pitch is strike one, the 2nd most important pitch is strike two”. As long as they keep walking guys we are going… Read more »

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