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.