Tyler Chatwood set the club record yesterday with 27.2 consecutive innings of doughnuts on the road, surpassing Tulo’s nemesis Ubaldo Jimenez. Chatwood didn’t even know it and didn’t care as all he wanted to do was win the game. Another great day from the pitching staff yesterday as Chatty had a quality start giving up just one run in six innings. He was followed by Gonzalez Germen who was a bit shaky (1 BB and 1 hit), but got two outs. Then Carlos Estevez, the newly minted high leverage flame-thrower came in to get the third out and then threw up a zero in the eighth inning to keep the score at 1-1.
Then Colorado, like playoff teams usually do, took advantage of Francisco Cervelli’s throwing error on Gerardo Parra’s swinging bunt that stopped one foot in front of the plate with two outs to begin a rally. Dan Descalso stepped in as a pinch hitter for Estevez used all of his World Series experience to draw a walk off Mark Melancon. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Tony Wolters bounced the ball to first base that hit the bag which changed direction that caused Jaso to be off balance allowing an infield hit. Descalso, again using his WS experience and possessing high baseball IQ, turned on the after burners once the ball was put in play. He never stopped and scored all the way from second base on an infield hit by Wolters. I question the scorekeeper charging Jaso with an error allowing Descalso to score. Descalso never slowed down and he simply beat Jaso while he was sprawled on the turf. Should be two RBI infield hit in my opinion.
Then Cristhian Adames showed why he belonged to the big club instead of Ben Paulsen when he drilled a two-run homer to dead center field to make the score 5-1. Jake McGee came in to close out the game despite it not being a save situation. As usual, he had two runners on but they did not score.
There are two players on the Rockies who are polar opposites in baseball IQ. Wolters made a perfect block of the plate within the rules on the throw from DJLM to prevent Kang from scoring the equalizer. He nearly did the exact same thing later in the inning on the throw from Ryan Raburn to home, but the runner slid in just a split second ahead of the throw. If the throw was a second earlier, he would be been blocked and tagged out again. Wolters should have a Gold Glove out of the catching position. On the other hand, Parra has a very low baseball IQ. I’ve been saying that for almost the entire year. Purple Row came out with the article that perfectly backed up my assessment of Parra’s baseball IQ. Keep Parra in the bottom third of the batting order. As well as keeping CarGo on the bench as a fourth OF.
The Rockies are 21-21 and currently 2-3 on this trip. Chad Bettis goes against Juan Nicasio who was reformed by Ray Searage. Today is arguably the best chance to win at least one more game on this trip with Boston and their offensive prowess up next on the foray east. JDLR likely will be dead meat Tuesday. Chris Rusin will be used immediately in his new role when he comes in the third inning to replace JDLR. Then we turn to Jon Gray and Eddie Butler to find a way to steal a game in Boston.