With a final score of 12-11 you might have to do a double-take to notice the game was actually played at PetCo and not at Coors.
Today’s slugfest proved the Rockies either don’t read the Denver Post, or at least they didn’t get the memo from Dan O’Dowd. In yet another article going over the Coors field altitude issue, there is a statement about hitting home runs:
O’Dowd wants a more fundamentally sound offensive team that uses speed and the hit-and-run play, and doesn’t rely on home runs. He believes it will translate to better performances on the road.
Well, that “better performance” turned out to rely on the long ball as nine of the 11 Rockies runs came via the home run.
There was the Alex White three-run shot in the top of the 2nd. He has homered in his last two outings and both were with authority.
Then there was a two-run shot from Matt McBride, his first career home run.
Finally, a slumping Josh Rutledge, who was o for his last 24, stepped up in the eighth with bases loaded and took the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for his first career grand slam.
In-between the long balls there were bad plays, bad pitching and bad managing.
- White threw the ball over LeMahieu and into center field on a sacrifice bunt, trying to get the runner at second. The very next play said runner scored.
- Cabrera scored on a steal of third because Pacheco threw the ball wide of Nelson.
- Ottavino defined meltdown as he gave up seven earned runs in the fifth, lasting only 2/3 of an inning.
- Tracy didn’t take advantage of runners on first and second with no outs in the 9th. Instead of playing “small ball”, like O’Dowd said the team would be doing, he sent up heavy hitters Rosario and Giambi in pinch-hit situations. Both struck out swinging, followed by Blackmon striking out.