ROX WALK OFF in Extra Innings!

Narrowly avoiding the sweep, the Colorado Rockies took the long and hard way towards the win in the final game against the Braves Wednesday afternoon.  When the dust settled it took 12 innings, nine blown opportunities with runners in scoring position and 12 Rockies left on base before the catching combination of Rosario and Torrealba combined to walk-off on the Braves.

Tyler Chatwood, who was called up for the first his first game of 2012 today, pitched six innings.  His line of 9H, 5R (4E), 3BB, 3K’s wasn’t good enough to keep the Rockies in it against a team filled with an excellent bullpen, and an almost perfect closer.

Almost.

Colorado scored first in the bottom of the second, as Cuddyer (his 5th) and Rutledge  (his 3rd) went back-to-back on Hudson.  After tacking on another run in the fourth on a Chatwood RBI single, they wouldn’t see another run until the ninth inning.  That was when Kimbrel came in to close with the Rockies down 5-3.  Kimbrel, who up to that point hadn’t blown a save (or given up a run) since last August, that Kimbrel.  But Johnny Herrera, who had an excellent day at the plate (3-4) and a horrible day in the field and on the base paths, took a 1 out, 0-2 pitch to right for a double.  Then Tulo smacked a curveball into left field.  EYj popped out, leaving the Rockies with their final out and the hope landed on Dexter Fowler.

Fowler’s cooled down significantly since the California swing, smacked the first pitch he saw, a 4-seam fast ball, over the head of BJ Upton, plating Herrera and Tulo in the process, handing Kimbrel his blown save and sending the game into extra innings.

Fowler would have another chance to be a hero when he came up to base with EYj standing on third after hitting a one-out triple in the 11th, but he hit a weak 0-3 pitch to first and EYj was thrown out at home after going on contact.

Betancourt and Belisle combined for three hitless extra innings to give the team a chance in the 12th.  That was when the Baby Bull hit a lead-off double and Torrealba brought him home for the walk-off, the Rockies second of the season.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Beating the Braves did help the Rockies build their confidence in knowing they have a good team. We stole a game from the best closer in baseball.Good teams always have quite a few come from behind wins during the course of the season. If we can eliminate the blown saves (season opener, SF, and last Sunday), we become that much tougher to beat.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

The Rockies did everything they could to give this game away. The one bright spot was the relief pitching which kept it close until the offense could finally rally. Jared mentioned Belisle and Betty, but Ottavino and Brothers also combined for 3 IP of scoreless baseball.

Oh yeah, the Rockies also turned 4 Double Plays.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Wasn’t a clean game for the Rox obviously but still a good win. Hope this game can be a good spring board for a successful road trip. Really worried about these next 7 games. Would be thrilled with a 4-3 trip, but that is going to be tough to do.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

RMH, agree entirely! Personally, I think Chatwood’s performance while only adequate for that particular game, will have payoff down the road. In 2011 he did a decent job as the #5 for the Angels. He has real talent even if his body type works against him. 2012 destroyed his confidence. While he was short of a quality start, he competed at Coors against the best power team and one of the best offensive teams in the NL. He lost control… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Was out of town for almost the entire home stand so missed almost all the bad weather but got back in yesterday. Was too busy to watch or listen yesterday until extra innings but that 12th was worth it. Don’t know if they’ve put Helton on the DL but they really did to if he can’t play. Really have a short bench and they need a left-handed power hitter. Has Colvin gotten his bat going yet in the Springs? If… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
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Betancourt didn’t even pitch in Sunday’s game. Lopez blew the save for his second blown save. This really was a blown save, the other one was the eighth inning variety.

Betancourt has 7 saves in 7 save opportunities so does not have a blown save yet this year.

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