Rockies Use Five-run Eighth to Win, 6-4

Colorado’s lineup consisting of reserves with A-team on the bench pulled off a grand theft beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.  The first half of the game was a  pitching duel as the De La Rosas stared each other down through five innings with both Rubby and Jorge serving doughnuts.  Jorge’s middle finger on his throwing hand started to split again as he issued free passes to the first two batters of the sixth.  One run came in  when Jorge’s replacement, Christian Bergman, almost the team out of a jam before giving up a two-out RBI single.,  Vacuum quickly made the score even with his 20th homer and 60th RBI despite crashing into Fort McKenry on a foul pop up and was slow to get up.

Arizona tacked on a run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles with two outs for a seemingly insurmountable 2-1 lead.  In the eighth, Colorado was more than happy to see Rubby replaced by Dan Hudson.  Walt Weiss chose to go to Tulo as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of eighth despite Tulo’s horrible history as a pinch hitter. Tulo bailed out Weiss’ gaffe with a game-tying blast to right center field.  That got the five run rally started which ended with Colorado leading 6-2.  Walk, sac bunt, intentional walk, RBI ground out, RBI single, walk, walk, error, intentional walk, and a strikeout manufactured the last four runs.

Boone Logan, the only pitcher who did not pitch the night before, was asked to start the ninth.  He put the first two batters on with a walk and a single (to a pinch hitter cold off the bench and a .160 lefty hitter).  Logan hit the showers immediately and John Axford was asked to finish the game despite throwing more than 30 pitches the previous night.  RBI ground out, single, stolen base (now 2nd & 3rd), sac fly, and a strikeout to Yasmany Tobas ended the game.  The fans let out huge sighs after nearly blowing a ninth inning lead.

The Rockies started a new win streak in an attempt to get back to .500 ball.  They need eight more consecutive wins to raise the record to 40-40 from their current 32-40 record.  They will have to do it in San Francisco, Oakland, and Arizona in their next ten games.  Don’t forget to stuff the ballot for Arenado with one week left to the voting deadline.

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DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

Logan faced Pennington and Saltalamacchia, both switch hitters, so they both got turned around to the right side. Still bad, he did nothing with them. I think Walt was trying to take some pitches off of Axford, but had to go there anyway. Axford is a stud, looked better today – 98mph plus breaking ball, not the crisp one but enough.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

Now for the good news. I said earlier this morning that Rodgers, Nikorak, and Lambert hadn’t made debuts in GJ yet.

Tonight’s line for Brendan Rodgers, added to GJ this afternoon:
4-for-6, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Holy s**t…….welcome to the Rockies Mr. Rodgers!

I think I read or heard somewhere that he hadn’t played in an organized game since early May. Guess he hasn’t forgotten what to do.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

That’s it … I’m making the pilgrimmage to Grand Junction! This will be an exciting class to watch as (we hope) most of them move through the minor league system together. On Logan: I don’t know about yesterday, but he still seems to have the same stuff, he just hasn’t been sharp almost since he got here. My gut says he’s just been underused and hasn’t had a chance to find a groove, but that’s the vicious circle — he… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Was in GJ yesterday. Just me, the MTB, and the Kokopelli Trails. Putting Rodgers/Nevin/Nokorak/et al out there is just icing on the cake.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

David Hill, Jonathan Wynkoop????

Need a new sign at the 20th and Blake ticket office.

“Ticktes for rooftop on sale here. Tickets for hardcore baseball fans for sale in Grand Junction.”

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

“Tickets for the true masochist Rockies fans available in Boise”. Tyler Matzek’s last appearance there: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 1 K That’s what is says, although how you can give up 6 earned runs while “only” allowing 5 batters to reach is an interesting question … Overall: 4 appearances, all in relief. 0-2, 35.10 ERA, 3.1 IP, 15 BB, 6 K This kid is seriously messed up. I really doubt he comes back from this one.… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

He probably hit a batter for the other run?

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

This is sad for a high pick with such promise. And this is why I pay ZERO attention to the draft. One of you stats guys want to do a piece on how many #1 or #2 picks (at any position) actually make it to the bigs, then how many actually succeed (like, stay up and put up numbers for awhile)? Not just for the Rockies, although a comparison against the perennial contending teams would be interesting.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Bingo! Gary, you got it — he also hit a batter. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that. So his performance was actually even a tiny bit worse than it looked at first.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Oh boy…..I think I’ve used my Matzek/Nuke LaLoosh analogy one too many times already.

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