Rox Smallballed And Bullpenned 3-2

Tyler Matzek had an excellent start going six innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out three and walking none.  The Brewers scratched out the only run off Matzek in the bottom of sixth inning when Rickie Weeks led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out to the right side, and scored on a Jonathon Lucroy Baltimore chopper over the drawn-in infield. Colorado answered the next inning with a lead-off double by Josh Rutledge, single by Ryan Wheeler, and a safety squeeze by pinch hitter Brandon Barnes.

The bullpen did their usual daily task of giving up runs to let the Brewers walk away with a 3-2 victory.  Nick Massett started the inning giving up a double to Khris Davis.  Then Massett, Rex Brothers, and “Zero Value” Ottavino combined for two walks and a HBP to force in the go-ahead run 2-1.  Rutledge hit a solo shot to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth inning.  Matt Belisle got tagged with the loss when Mark Reynolds singled to start the walkoff process.  Jean Segura sacrificed him to second base.  Pinch  hitter Scooter Gennett was intentionally walked to set up the double play.  As all Rockies fans know too well Mike McKenry muffed a fastball for a passed ball.  Now the double play is gone.  Belisle did fan Weeks to get the second out, but he threw the first pitch right down Broadway for Ryan “PED” Braun’s walk-off single to center field.

Defensively, Wheeler did a pretty good imitation of NoDo tonight handling several tough choppers down the line.  Matzek only threw 83 pitches over six innings in what was probably the best start of his young career.  In my eyes, Matzek had a really good demeanor on the mound and no walking around or adjusting his cap.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

That was horrible. Pitching to Braun with 1B open, then missing with a fastball right down the middle. Wasting a really good performance from Matzek, one of the few bright spots of this season. Collective bullpen failure — the only guy who’s pitching to expectations out of the pen is Hawkins, and a closer on a team that’s wins 1 out of 10 games isn’t going to see a lot of work. Finding a new way to lose every day… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

In a lost season during which all we can try to accomplish is to see what parts we can build on going forward, it’s good to see that Matzek may be one building block. A few years ago that seemed farfetched, so although the game was a loss, I’ll feel good about counting Matzek as part of the starting rotation going forward. And maybe we can count Wheeler and Rutledge as backup infielders going forward and Barnes as a backup… Read more »

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

Very frustrating game to watch, as usual. Matzek looks like the real thing, he is actually a surprise in that he is much better than I expected. I had a sinking feeling when they took him out of the game. It is pretty evident that they only other 3rd baseman we have is Wheeler who had a good game as well. Rutledge certainly hits well and can fill in at 2nd and SS. This team needs to start moving some… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Yep, Julie G. – time to move on from some of the guys who clearly don’t fit in our longer term plans. Let Rut play every day the rest of the season! We need to figure out once and for all if we need to go second baseman shopping after this season. Julian, you’re right on McKenry – Rosario has improved behind the plate to acceptable in my mind, whereas McKenry is actually worse at this point in his career.… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Agbayani, I hope that we don’t have to go second baseman shopping. I would hope that we can make do with who we have, and that by the end of 2015 we could fill that slot with one of the guys in Tulsa: Story, Featherston, or Adames.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

its unbelievable that Weiss is still the manager of this team.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Chacin: 1-7, 5.40. 6 K/9, 4 BB/9. Today (according to gameday – even I don’t watch anymore) had a 87-90 mph fastball.

DLR: 7-6, 4.78, 6.7 K/9, 3.9 BB/9.

It’s one thing to talk about injuries and having to use AA pitchers to get through the first half. It’s quite another thing to have your #1 and #2 pitchers, who are healthy, pitching like total crap.

iggyrox
iggyrox
6 years ago

This is really sad. Won’t get better, either, because Dick has his party deck, and Coors Field is the best trendy party place in town, so nothing else matters. Doesn’t matter what goes on between the lines. So we will be stuck with baseball hell year after year. DOD will be back next year (unless he resigns). Geivett will be back next year (unless he resigns). WW will be back next year (unless he resigns). And the same sad story… Read more »

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