RISP Kills Rockies vs Rays

There is one stat and one stat only that tells the “tale of the tape”:

0 for 9…

That’s it.  That’s your ballgame right there.

Nevermind that the Rockies came out swinging at the beginning, showing Matt Moore and his 1.13 ERA what it’s like to play a team with legal-lumber and a license to swing.  First time through the lineup: Fowler gets a single, Cuddy a 2-run HR, Rosario a double, Rutledge an HR.  They were up 3-0 with only three outs under their belt.

And then they went cold.

It wasn’t like they didn’t have any more chances.

  • THIRD INNING: Cargo single, Arenado double, and with runners at first and third, Rutledge grounds out.
  • FOURTH INNINGS: Herrera walks, Francis walks, Dex sacrifice bunts them over (injured on the play).  Runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out? Pacheco and Cargo both strike out.
  • FIFTH INNING: Arenado doubles in Cuddy to tie it up at 4-4.  But Arenado stranded on 2nd with only one out after Rutledge and Herrera pop-out.
  • SIX AND SEVENTH: 1,2,3 & 1,2,3
  • EIGHTH INNING (other wise known as the inning the Rockies lost the game): Rutledge and Herrera back to back singles, and Tulo (pinch-hitting) intentionally walked.  Bases loaded with one out.  EYj and Pacheco both strike out.  Pacheco’s was a questionable call, but he was still out.
  • NINTH: Chance at a walk-off with the score still tied 4-4?  Line-out, strike-out, fly-out by CarGo, Cuddy and Rosario respectively.

So, extra innings and legit pitching from the Rockies bullpen all night, for the most part, and everyone feeling good about Belisle coming in having only given up four runs all season, and no runs in his past five games (six innings pitched).  Twenty-Six pitches later and the Rockies are in a 7-4 hole.  Matt Belisle hasn’t given up more than 2 runs an outing all season, but he lets three Rays cross home plate before shutting it down.

Going back to the RISP issue, the 10th was more of the same: Arenado and Brigniac both single and EYj is up at the plate, representing the tying run.  Sure, two outs, but this is Coors and the name of the site is Rox Walk Off.

But it wasn’t to be.  Check swing not checked, ballgame and Rays high-fives.

Rockies lose in extras, 7-4.

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Gary
Gary
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

plus there was a chance they’d walk Tulo[they did] so his at bat was meaningless.Obviously Tulo can’t stay healthy so we have to carry a bizillion infielders,but tonight that hurt as we needed to PH for EY either in the 8th or 10th with an outfielder!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

JD, As I mentioned in a previous post, why wasn’t Wheeler brought in as a PH? If you are going to bring a guy up, why not use him when the situation presents itself? Ver frustrating loss. Rox have lost 8 of twelve since their 8-game winning streak. At least 3 or four of those games could have been won.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

EYJ with RISP this year 16AB .188BA 3RBI 4Ks

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

You got it rite Prog. 3AB, 3K and a gazillion RISPs. If this guy is supposed to be a lead off type hitter, why can’t he make contact?

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I just wish the Rockies would get blown out and lose that way instead of looking back on a game and counting all the ways they handed the game to the opponent. Game should have never got to the 10th inning. Tulo is a shame. I mean come on, leg stiffness. Really. I wish they would have said he broke a nail instead. I don’t blame the Rox at all for sitting Tulo if he is complaining of something, they… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

I pretty much wrote this game off after I saw Francis was starting, so glad is was competitive.
My favorite moment was bottom of the ninth when Farnsworth came in to pitch for the Rays, and F&G went on and on how bad he sucked as a pitcher this year. 1-2-3 Inning for the Rox. Then top of tenth they started saying how effective Belisle has been. 3-R inning for the Rays. We have such talented announcers.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Question: why are so many Rockies players babying themselves? Yesterday: add Fowler and Tulo to the parade of minor “soreness” missed time. Chacin and Helton will welcome you to their club. Seems to me that a team that wants (expects?) to win has guys who play through these minor injuries. Matt Kemp certainly did last year. I’m not denying that they’re not 100%, but is that the Rockies standard? If their standard is the same as it is for other… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

ahhh … debatable … looked to everyone sitting with me like Dex very much wanted to have a dropped ball and we were in excellent position to see the play go down.

guess it depends if you were wearing a Rays jersey or a Rockies jersey

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Not sure what part is debatable. First part about Rodriguez straddling the bag (he was), and dex ran into him pretty good (he did)…it didn’t seem to me like dex wanted a dropped ball at all – that he just wanted to run it out and wasn’t expecting Rodriguez to be in that position. You rarely see a first baseman straddle the bag…i don’t blame Rodriguez, he looked like he wasn’t in position on accident…he was backward, not seeing dex… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Pete Rose would have flattened the guy.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

DP’s Saunders called Dex’s bunt a questionable play. Go figure….

Oh and I’m not thru with PS.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

IMO the Rockies have too easily accepted relatively minor injuries as being reasons to skip games, come out of games, even go on DL. Don’t know if we’ve got worse luck than other teams or overly cautious coaches or what. But its at a point if a Rockies player stubs his toe in the morning he’s out that game and maybe a week. Get tough.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You know, a real ballplayer in the 50s and 60s would have leveled the 1st baseman instead of trying to dance around him.

Used to be a rule against fraternization that disappeared long ago. Since then, nobody wants to hurt their buddy.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Colvin: 2.139 years of MLB service time. If my calculations are correct, they could bring him back up now and he still would fall short of 3 years service time by the end of the season. (I guess he’d be a Super 2 arbitration guy though.) I know Colvin had a horrible spring and so far at the Springs he continues to strike out 1/3 of the time, but at some point you have to say a bench of utility… Read more »

elrodvt
elrodvt
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, agree, bring up Colvin or Blackmon. Ive seen enough ey for the entire year already.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Ag, something happened to Fowler after he let it be known to everyone in Coors he was on a mission to bunt. He had a collison with Rodriguez. He took a slow delibrate walk back to the dugout favoring his right leg/ankle/foot? Something wasn’t right. What’s up with Tulo? That was very much a Rockies 2012 game for me. On several levels. The Rockies had arguably the Rays strongest pitcher on the ropes and didn’t close the deal. The Rays… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

yep, AL West blanked the AL East yesterday in all 4 games:

http://seattletimes.com/html/mariners/2020918766_base04.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Raysfan (I’m hoping you are a Rockies fan this weekend), Loney in his career has a .666 career OPS against lefties, so even though he’s always killed us, Maddon went with the general platoon advantage against Francis. Rodriguez: 761 OPS career vs. righties. I like Maddon as a manager, and this is one of the reasons why — he understands stuff like this. Meanwhile, I gotta say Walt Weiss showed his inexperience as a manager last night. He played the… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I totally agree with you about Walt Weiss last night. I’m with Miketober on Loney. He loves Coors and has done well here. Either way, a roll of the dice.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

I meant Rodriguez 761 OPS vs lefties …

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Back to the Dex bunt, that was a bad baseball play considering the situation. When the first two batters right in front of you walk on 8 pitches you don’t go up and sacrifice them over. You need to go up there and at least act like you are going to hit and make Moore prove he can get a pitch over for a strike. Make him beat you, don’t beat yourself. That was the Rox giving away an out… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Unless your manager wants you to get two RISP with the 2-3-4 hitters due up. And since Moore struck out the next two and given Fowler’s tendency to K, also…hey,I’m just sayin’

Somedays you eat the bear and others you have salami or somthin’ like that.

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