Snake Bit

Joe Saunders held the Colorado Rockies to 2 runs on 3 hits and struck-out 9 in seven innings, earning the win as the Arizona Diamondbacks took their fifth straight, sending Colorado to the eighth loss in its last 10 games, 6-2 at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona.  Edwar Cabrera, making his second major league start, registered the loss, also his second, allowing 2 runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.  Cabrera walked four and struck-out four, and delivered 81 pitches, 45 for strikes.  The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded situation in the second, and stranded Aaron Hill on third in the third.  Chris Young led-off with a walk against Cabrera in the fourth, stole second, and scored on a double to left off the bat of Stephen Drew. Josh Roenicke came on in relief and surrendered a ground-rule double to to Willie Bloomquist that plated Drew.

The Diamondbacks added two off Roenicke in the fifth, when Justin Upton walked and Young homered, and pushed the lead to 6-2 in the seventh as Rex Brothers gave-up a double to Jason Kubel and intentionally walked Upton, who stole second and scored behind Kubel on a line-single off the bat of catcher Miguel Montero.  The Rockies’ only runs came on solo shots by 1st baseman Michael Cuddyer in consecutive at-bats in the fourth and sixth.  Takashi Saito cut-down Colorado in-order in the eighth and David Hernandez posted a perfect ninth to finish-off the Rockies.

The loss means Colorado will have dropped each of four three game series since the All Star Break.  The Rockies hope to salvage the final game of the set with the D’backs tomorrow evening at 7:40 pm MDT, when they send left-hander Jeff Francis (2-2, 5.24) to the hill to face right-hander Trevor Cahill (8-8, 3.77).

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Timo
Timo
8 years ago

As of late, we seem to be good for one win tomorrow. This chemestry experiment still keeps me somewhat interested. Rutledge is a pleasent surprise as well as Colvin. I’m just interested in seeing several prospects for the rest of the year. Cabrera looks like a hurried rush for innings and I kinda feel sorry for him. I’d like to be more angry, but when your front office and staff remain, it seems useless. I’m just glad we have an… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Yeah, Timo, it’s just hard to get worked up about this anymore. I’m kind of astonished at exactly how bad things are with the pitching. And it’s now clear to me that the 4-man rotation/pitch count thing has just made things worse. O’Dowd has a point: it’s a well-known fact that pitchers are worse the 3rd time through the order, and worse still the 4th time through. So there’s a case to be made for switching pitchers. But that means… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

# 1 draft pick race: Houston just traded Wandy Rodriguez to Clint Hurdle and the Pirates. Smart deal for them since it clears salary, and they’re getting close to a lock for the worst record. What can we answer with? More Edwar Cabrera starts?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Troy Renck (who I don’t always agree with) had a ‘right on’ analysis today at the DP concerning the quick hook of Cabrera. What was the purpose of Tracy pulling the kid in the bottom of the 4th? Let him try to work himself out of his own jam. It could have been an excellent opportunity for a teaching moment, but as it usually is the case with this organization and management staff, they’ve made the wrong choice. I hate… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I did what I have never done before watching a game on tv; after the HR by Chris Young I switched channels. I just knew we didn’t have pitching at all and even the back end of the bullpen is fading due to overuse. I’m getting frustrated with the announcers talking up the opposing pitchers like last night about Saunders. I was waiting for someone to say it is the Rockies batters making Saunders look great. Saunders threw strikes only… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

How has that overhaul of the Marlins worked out for them?

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem, I do not want to get too technical on here, however what you have outlined above includes two certainly worthwhile goals. The problem however is that those are just goals that somehow fall short with regard to the specifics and details of an actual plan to achieve them. Finally if you are suggesting that the 2013 and 2014 seasons will resemble the 2011 and 2012 seasons, just not sure that my heart can take that much punishment to reach… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem, You don’t need a 150 million payroll to obtain the above goals. Just look at the STL Cardinals. They’ve won 2 WS in the recent past and are always in contention with a payroll in the mid 90 million. What it takes is an astute GM who can make the right deals and address team needs and a good scouting and player development system to keep the MLB team supplied with good talent. Unfortunately for the Rox they come… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

On the plus side when Tulo comes back this team will go on a ten game winning streak and thus play themselves out of any serious contention for the #1 draft pick next summer. BTW did anyone else notice that the Dodgers just got a bunch better (Hanley Ramirez)and that the Giants are very likely to do something similar as well. Not to mention that the Diamondbacks are loaded with stud minor league starting pitchers. The Rockies are indeed headed… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

I think this move is great for both teams. A cash poor team going nowhere gets rid of a productive but overpaid player. A cash flush team in contention gets a productive but overpaid player. Meanwhile the clueless Rockies sit and sit and sit on players they don’t need and fail to make moves for players they could really use. Someone asked the other day for more baseball analysis and less criticism of the ownership and management. Really, they go… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Orange,

Things can change quickly with a new GM. Just look at what the Dbacks did last year when they hired a GM that knew what he was doing. In 2010 they lost 100+ games. In came Towers and they win the division in 2011. It can happen, it just takes owners with the cojones to make it happen.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

The Marlins have the right idea. Hanley Ramirez has been just a league average hitter the last couple seasons, and he’s a below average fielder. He’s also owed 16 million a year over the next 2 years and the Dodgers are paying it all. So it makes sense as a pure salary dump alone, but they also get Eovaldi, who is 22 and already is well ahead of our own pitching prospects like Alex White. You gotta know when to… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ramirez will only show flashes of his former potential; all those flashes will come in games against the Rockies, against whom he’ll hit .427, while only hitting .262 overall.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Yep and Dempster when acquired by the Dodgers will somehow weaken that starting rotation?

Figmon
Figmon
8 years ago

Jeem, “is the current leadership capable of getting us where we need to be by 2015?” You’re kidding, right? Current leadership couldn’t manage their way out of a wet paper bag, or find their a** with both hands and a flashlight. I agree with your idea about the future, but is there anyone out there, available & willing to come to Denver? Ryne Sandberg maybe? Anybody have any suggestions? Where’s Lou Brown when you need him? Because my family is… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Just me but if I am the Monforts looking for some direction here, I would look at what the Dbacks and Orioles have recently done:

1. Hired new smart and experienced GMs – check
2. Hired tough hard nosed managers – check
3. Demanded results from their farm system – check

Not perfect but that’s a pretty good list to get started with.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Is Jim Tracy actually alive?

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

That was supposed to go after the Billy Martin comment.I guess that’s what I get for being sarcastic.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

I got it Gary. Great comeback! Maybe the best ever.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Gotta disagree a bit with Agbayani. Good and great pitchers get better as the game goes along. If you don’t get to the top ones early forget about it. Even when some of them give up 2, 3 or 4 runs in the first innings they figure it out and they get tough. Our pitchers aren’t given that opportunity. And now not only are the starters screwing up so is the bullpen. When you overuse them they eventually will screw… Read more »

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