Rox Win, Split and Leave Home 5-2

The stars were not entirely aligned Sunday at Coors, with blown calls and missed chances almost taking one from the team.

But in the end the Rockies walked away with a win, splitting the series with the Marlins and finishing up the seven game home-stand 5-2.

Drew Pomeranz had the mound to himself for four eventful innings.  After the Rockies gave up four runs in the first on Saturday to start the game against the Marlins, the last thing the team needed to do was fall behind again before even getting their first at bat.

It looked like they were about to do exactly that as Pomeranz almost suffered the same fate as Chatwood.  He watched as Benifacio reached first on what was credited as an error to Josh Rutledge, even though replays showed it was clearly a blown call.  Then a double and two ground out’s later and the team is down 1-0.  The next two batters were walked (one intentionally), and that loaded the bases and the déjà vu was on.

Thankfully Pomeranz pitched his way out of it, giving the team a chance from the start, something Chatwood failed at on Saturday.

Putting up runs against Josh Johnson would prove difficult, especially after EYj and Josh Rutledge, two of the teams hottest hitters in August, left the game early with a strained rib cage and tight left quadriceps, respectively.  Add to that a missing CarGo (bereavement leave), Cuddyer (placed on DL yesterday) and the bevy of other missing heavy hitters (Helton, Giambi, Tulo, etc. etc. etc.) and getting runs against anyone would seem bleak, let alone one of the premiere pitchers in the game.

But that didn’t stop Jordan Pacheco.

All of the Rockies runs would come in the fourth.  After a Josh Rutledge single, Dexter Fowler hit an RBI double and then stole third.  The stolen base was unnecessary as Jordan Pacheco would bring him home with ease, hitting his second home run of the season, putting the Rockies up 3-2.

Thankfully three would be all it would take.

Pomeranz eventually calmed down, leaving after four innings with a respectable line of 3 hits, 1 earned (solo HR) and three strikeouts, his biggest blemish being four walks issued.  The bullpen was fantastic, putting up five scoreless innings between Ottavino (3 ip, 1 h, 3 k’s), Belisle (retiring three batters on nine pitches) and Betancourt.

The blown calls were a focus after the game, four in total with three against Colorado – one negating a run by the Rockies at the plate, and Tracy briefly touched on it post game:

They were a few questionable calls today, one of which cost us a run in the first inning on the very first play of the game, but that’s all I’ll say about that.

Tracy only spent a brief moment arguing one of the calls, and as one commenter on the MLB site suggested that maybe he was too tired from getting tossed earlier in the week and could use some time on the DL himself.

 

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jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Ottavino pitching out of mess by Rutledge + Brown on pop in the 5th, as the MFL noted, was key. Ottavino is becoming a force.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

This was a really nice win, given that our nine played their 13 all day. Yes, we got the benefit of one call at first base, the Rutledge single I believe, that got the Rox one run. This of course can be argued as a make-up call for the Ruledge “error” in the first inning. The worst may have been the out call on the 6-5-2 double play that ended the eighth inning. Had the call at the plate been… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Besides, didn’t we already have that make-up call during the SF series?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Meanwhile, @!#$@!!* Jeremy Guthrie went 7 2/3, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB for Kansas City.

Tom Moore
Tom Moore
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

I read the words “lost a no-hitter” and Jeremy Guthrie in the same sentence and thought, wow, this is not the same guy we saw here. Here’s a summation of his time in KC before his game against Chicago: “As strange as it would seem, you did, in fact, read that correctly. After two miserable starts to kick off his time spent with the Royals, Guthrie has now thrown three straight quality starts with an ERA of 1.29, a K:BB… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom Moore

All the sudden Kansas City looks like geniuses. Cabrera suspended, Sanchez hurt, and Guthrie looks like Cy Young.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom Moore

What can you do? I know some of our member’s favorite past time is lamenting how brilliant old Rockies such as Franklin Morales or Felipe Paulino have been. To me, it doesn’t mean we should have kept them. You don’t keep watering pineapple trees in Colorado expecting them to grow fruit. The solution is recognizing EARLIER who to keep and who to move in time for them to give back better return in trade, or not chase the wrong players… Read more »

Tom Moore
Tom Moore
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

This wasn’t a call to lament the loss of Guthrie, I’m glad he’s gone. It does prove, however, that pitching is often more mental than physical at the big league level.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom Moore

I agree. There’s a reason why someone like Betancourt is doing fine in Colorado. He’s approaches hitters the same bulldog style whether he’s on the road or at home.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

“You don’t keep watering pineapple trees in Colorado expecting them to grow fruit.”

Awesome.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

After I posted that I remembered they actually grow on bushes or something.

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