Rox Walk Off

Tyler Colvin was doing one of those “paybacks are a b–” numbers on his former employer Tuesday night, but the Colorado Rockies overcame their former teammate’s best intentions when Nolan Arenado doubled off the top of the left-field wall with 2 out in the 9th inning and runners on 1st and 3rd.  Troy Tulowitzki scored.  Carlos Gonzalez scored.  Rockies 5, San Francisco Giants 4.  Colorado wins.

The game at Coors Field in Denver was a tedious and lengthy (3:33) affair.  The Rockies went ahead in the 4th on doubles by Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario.  Franklin Morales started for Colorado and pitched relatively well, but the Giants got to him for 3 in the 5th.  With 1 out Brandon Crawford, who has become a real pain in the [neck], singled to right.  Colvin followed, and on Morales’ second offering dropped a looping liner on what turned-out to be the outside 1/8 inch of the left-field foul line.  The umps called it foul, but it was in-fact fair, and Crawford was awarded 3rd and Colvin 2nd base.  Our esteemed RoOT Sports broadcast crew was stumped about the legal basis for the ruling, and so am I, but it seemed like the only fair call.  Morales sucked-it-up and got San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner to strike-out, but Gregor Blanco scalded him with a 2-run triple, then scored on a single by Hunter Pence.

Colorado would not trail for long.  An inning later Arenado, who came off an 0-11 skid to go 3 for 5, singled leading-off and Rosario followed by driving Bumgarner’s next pitch on the “Tundra Trajectory” about 3 rows short of the left-field concourse to tie things-up.

A two inning stalemate would follow.  Morales lasted 6.  He permitted the 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk, and struck-out 6.  Rex Brothers muddled through the 7th and Adam Ottavino faced the minimum in the 8th.

But LaTroy Hawkins (2-0, 4.41) was once-again burned in the 9th when Brandon Hicks singled with 1 out and Colvin followed an out later with a much fairer double down the left-field line to put the Giants ahead 4-3.

The Rockies were not to be denied.  With SF closer Sergio Romo (3-1, 3.00) pitching, Justin Morneau pinch-hit for Brandon Barnes and walked leading-off, and after Michael Cuddyer, making his first start since returning from the Disabled List, lifted a fly-ball to the right-field track, Tulowitzki forced him at 2nd for the second out.  One out remaining, Gonzalez singled, which brought Arenado to the plate. Struggling since the demise of his 28-game hitting streak, Arenado worked Romo to a 2-2 count, and on the 7th pitch laced a line-drive over the glove of Colvin and off the yellow line to plate both runners and win the game.

The middle contest in the 3-game series is set for 6:40 tonight at the old ballpark in LoDo.  Right-handers Jhoulys Chacin and Matt Cain face-off for the Rockies and Giants respectively, as Colorado seeks to move to within a game of San Francisco in the NL West standings.

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RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

Not tedious at all. A very tightly played baseball game between two pretty darn good teams.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Have to agree with RocketMan that game was far from tedious. A well-pitched tightly played game from the outset with the good-guys winning in walkoff fashion. It was great.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Have you guys noticed that Brandon Barnes orchestrates the pies/water dumps, etc. He seems to be in charge of team shenanigans in general.

jaredean
jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

i loved the look on Barnes face when they showed the dump in slow-mo — he had the biggest grin ever!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

I realize that there will be always be Frankie haters out there. But even if you are the biggest Frankie distractor, you have to admit that the guy has given this team more than anyone could have hoped for. The team is 5-4 in games he has started. He’s managed to keep his team in the game in most of his starts to allow them the opportunity to win, as was the case last night. Last night’s game was as… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

The first 5 innings flew by last night…it was the next 4 that were in slow motion. I started the letter to management to remove Morales and Nicasio in pursuit of better options from the farm. I admitted there I love Frankie but… and then he had his best outing maybe of his career. 1 walk. 1! He was great and I am still stumped on the fair and foul call but as rmh noted in the game, the Blanco… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago

Anyone see what our boy Olivo did last night? He took a bite out of Guerrero’s ear in a dugout rumble! Holy cow that is insane! I’ve always loved Olivo and it looks like he’s helping our cause by keeping their $28 million dollar AAA player busy gettin’ stitches as opposed to gettin’ ready to come up…

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/ear-dodgers-minor-leaguer-bites-teammates-ear-dugout-scuffle-article-1.1800063

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

I’ve said in the RWO chat last night and I’ll repeat this – That fan or two where NoDo hit that ball on the yellow stripe should get a Baseball Medal of Honor. Had he stuck out his glove or reached down and touched the ball, CarGo would have gone back to third and the game is only a tie. He moved his hands back to avoid risking an interference call. That’s the one critical game that could make a… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I think the home plate ump is a regular (2nd or 3rd year) but the 1B ump was a fill in although I may be wrong. I wasn’t able to comment about the Sunday game (I think it was Sunday) when the 2nd base ump, who was a sub, had two consecutive calls over-turned. I think the first was close but the 2nd the runner was clearly out. I thought he would be sent right down to the minors after… Read more »

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