ROX WALK OFF 2nd TIME THIS YEAR

In what could very well be the game of the year, or at least the game of the year that wasn’t televised, the Rockies walked off on the Dodgers today, thanks to a 3 run home run by Jason Giambi. Leading up to that was 9 innings of nail-biting baseball full of excellent pitching, questionable managing and the worst blown call you will ever see.

Pomeranz had a very solid outing, giving the team a fighting chance with Kershaw on the opposing mound.  He did issue four walks, but went 6 2/3 (a career high for him) and only gave up one run on four hits.  His five strikeouts helped the base on balls go down easier.  Kershaw didn’t fair as well, going 7 1/3 while giving up five runs on seven hits.

Oh, and three of those seven hits were home runs!  Cargo went deep twice and Rosario went yard on him as well.

The worst call you will ever see in your life, thankfully, was one that benefited the Rockies.  It came in the top of the sixth with two out and runner on first.  First base ump, and crew chief Tim Welke, was positioned with Todd between him and the bag, so his perception was completely off.  The hit from Jerry Hairston was snagged quite masterfully by Nelson, but the throw pulled Todd way off the bag.  In the replay you can see how Todd was about three feet from the bag, but Hairston was still called out.  Lucky break!

 Helton Blown Call

The questionable moves came in the top of the eighth for the Rockies.  With the Rockies up 2-1, Jim Tracy decided to let Rex Brothers pitch to Jerry Hairston.  Brothers was brought in to pitch to Ethier and proceeded to give up a single after having him at a 1-2 count.  So, instead of bringing in Esmil to pitch to Hairston, Tracy went with Brothers.  Brothers gave up a two run double which put the Dodgers up 3-2.

CarGo HR High 5 - photo by Rox Addict
CarGo HR High 5 – photo by Rox Addict

In the bottom of the eighth Dex had an RBI single and CarGo hit his second 2 run home run to put the Rockies back up by two.  The other tricky situation came in the top of the ninth, when Tracy decided to walk Matt Kemp with Kennedy already on first.

So, with runners on first and second and two outs, Betancourt threw a pitch that Dee Gordon hit to straight away center.  Kemp was sent home (having come from first) and Tulo’s throw was weak and offline.  Walking Kemp, the tying run, didn’t pay off.

But it did setup the action in the bottom of the frame.

Giambino Walk Off - photo by Rox Addict
Giambino Walk Off – photo by Rox Addict

Both EYj and Scutaro walked to start the ninth and Johnny Herrera laid down the perfect bunt to move them over.  With one out and runners at second and third, Donny Baseball decided that he would rather face Giambi than Cargo.

Bad decision.

Giambi sent the second pitch he saw over the center wall and the Rockies officially had their second Walk Off of the season!


 

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Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago

The more I watch that video the farther away Todd is from the bag 🙂

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

We were just looking at it too. Todd was so far off the bag it’s hilarious.

Swede
Swede
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

We all saw it … Except for Welke! 😉

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago

Jared…Just a note about games not televised by Root.

Since you have the DirecTV Extra Innings package, go to channel 720-1. That will have eight screens with games on. You will be able to watch the game on a very small screen. Hardly ideal, but it’s better than nothing. I watched most of today’s game that way.

I agree that it’s absurd that we can’t watch the other team’s telecast when the game is not available locally.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I did not agree with the decision to walk Kemp. But I’m going to choose to believe that had Betancourt pitched to him, Kemp would have homered. Same result.
This game was meant to end the way it did.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

First visit to Coors this season. Great seat, Club level, 6 rows back, on-axis w/ 3rd base liine. Exciting game; Pomeranz very commendable after yesterday’s embarrassment.

So what did I do? Got frustrated after top of ninth + left. Caused them to win, though…

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Chacin sent down, someone else (to be announced) to be called up. Can’t believe Tracy walked Kemp to put the tying run on. That’s just incredible. Kemp is a really good hitter who’s off to an even better start, but there’s no way that’s a defensible move. No way. The only way would be if the pitcher was due up next and the Dodgers were out of pinch hitters. But he made up for it by using Giambi when the… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I agree completely, Aggy.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

absolutely agree with walking Kemp…who is winning the majority of games for LA? I am betting the majority of managers would have done the same thing. Weren’t they doing the same when Bonds was killing the ball regardless of the juice scenario? Give me Gordon anytime over Kemp. Turned out good for LA but that happens…I would have been glad to see him walk 12 times during the series. End result, Rox take the series!

Go Rox..

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

The problem with walking Kemp is that if Gordon somehow gets on you have another big problem at the plate in Mr. Ethier.

In this case Gordon doubled so the Rox could safely walk Ethier. But suppose Gordon singles or reaches on an error. Now you have Ethier with the bases loaded or with one run in and 2 on base, and it would be crazy to walk him in that situation.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I figure I would have complained either way if the outcome was negative, so I’m not going to over scrutinize Tracy’s decisions in the ninth.

Can’t believe that call at first. haha.

Loving the ability to hit late for this team. Complete 180 from last year.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I saw in a report on the Sky Sox game that Tyler Chatwood left the game early with “an apparent injury”. Anybody have any info on this? Does that leave Alex White as the likely candidate to swithch teams with Chacin?

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago

Man, work just cramps my baseball lifestyle! I saw we were down a run in the 9th, then had to go to a meeting. Thank goodness for JD and RWO! Seriously, I go here now instead of other sports sites, the Post, etc. to read the Rockies recaps!!!!

Way to go Giambi!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Or Julian, the “apparent injury” to Chatwood could be the call from O’Dowd telling him to report for duty …

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

De La Rosa, first rehab start for Modesto: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 runs allowed.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

No wonder Don Mattingly was ticked off at the umps. But I’ll take it. I know alot of you are upset that the game was not televised. Actually to me that was a bonus. I had lots of work to do this afternoon and was able to listen to the game (except when the phone rang) and get work done. If it was on TV, I would have been running to watch every few minutes.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Another error tonight for Pacheco at 3rd. That’s 3 errors in two nights, for a total of 4 since being sent to CS. The good news is he’s hitting over .400 though.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Yikes, that Pacheco 3B thing is still a major work in progress. Plus they’ve had him catch a couple games, making me wonder if they still aren’t thinking super-utility guy. Renck reported that the Rox have an interest in Jorge Cantu, which is pretty amazing if true given that Cantu is just plain washed up. He does know Vinny Castilla from their Team Mexico days. I think I’d rather sign Vinny.

roxaddict
roxaddict
8 years ago

That was truly the worst call I have ever seen I was sitting right on the first base line.
This whole crue most of the series there have been a few close questionable calls.

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  roxaddict

It was bad but I still remember the time when Aaron Miles was playing for the other team and the runner for the Rockies was called out on an apparent assist from Miles to their 2nd baseman. The only problem was that when the play ended, Miles still had the ball and the 2nd baseman had never received the ball to make the play.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I suggest that Jared likes the photo of Cargo because of the two young ladies in row five wearing their Rockies “shirts”. LOL.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Hell I just gave the sitting next to me high fives for those 2!
Jaredean knows a great pic when he sees it ; )

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Good thing that Weaver walked a guy, otherwise Iannetta’s passed ball on a third strike would have been the difference between a no-hitter and a perfect game.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

That would have been the worst – almost like missing the call at first to cost a perfect game – almost…

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

That can’t be … Jim Tracy says Iannetta is not good at calling games. There must be some mistake. Maybe he was getting mysterious signals from Yorvit Torrealba.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Lots of interesting comments. Yes, it’s too bad that the Rockies didn’t get Pacheco to focus on 3B last year when it seemed clear to me and others that that was where the Rockies needed him the most. If they had had him playing 3B full time starting last year, then he would probably be further along now, maybe even the starter at 3B for the Rockies. So, now, by the time that Pacheco gets his bearings at 3B, the… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

DLR in July – where did that come from? All the reports that I have read say that he is scheduled to make a couple starts at three minor league levels. So if that means say 5 more starts with a start every 5 days, he should be ready and stretched out by June 1st – assuming he has no set backs.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

“Yes, it’s too bad that the Rockies didn’t get Pacheco to focus on 3B last year” Not to beat a dead horse Julian but as I have said several times, corroborated by stories from Jack Etkin and the DP, it was very apparent to me the Rockies braintrust are not on the same page. This was followed up during the offseason by comments from Mr. O’Dowd stating they had too much invested as a catcher to give up on that… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

ESPN is reporting that the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval has a broken hamate bone injured while taking a swing last night. He had a similar injury last year and missed 41 games.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yep, my dad called me earlier. Surgery on Friday and probably gone for 6 weeks

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Wasn’t it also the broken hamate that Tulo got when hit by pitch in Minnesota about two or three years ago? If memory serves me, it cost him about 30 or so games.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

On another unrelated note, an Ian Stewart error helped the Reds overcome a 3-0 deficit in the 9th and walk-off on the Cubs.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

and Ian Stewart still below the Mendoza line despite getting two hits today.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Nice to see Cubs fans aren’t placing the blame on Stewart for the loss…look at the comments below the story:

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/9794/cubs-defeat-hinges-on-stewart-error

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yeah, I don’t follow the Cubs that closely anymore, but my impression of Marmol is he is a guy who walks the bases loaded and then strikes out the side. Play with fire and get burned.

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