Squeezed and contused, Rox fall in 11

On a slightly drizzly night at Coors where both the Rockies outfield and some of their bullpen got beat up, the Rox fall in extras to the Giants by a score of 5-4.

Tim Hudson went 7, giving up gophers to Tulo and CarGo but issuing no walks and scattering eight hits. The Rockies went deep into their bullpen after a much better, but still short 5-inning outing from Jorge de la Rosa, with 7 Ks and 2 BB. There was a lot of debate over whether DLR should have stayed in for the 6th. Coming up were Posey, Maxwell, and Susac. Posey and Susac had done damage earlier. I think they made the right move with DLR, but perhaps brought in the wrong guy.

With the game tied 2-2, it was Maxwell that did the damage in the 6th. Scott “Lord” Oberg promptly yielded a single to Posey, followed by a line drive that just cleared the out-of-town scoreboard in right by Maxwell. That put the Rockies in catch-up mode. The CarGo homer closed the gap to 4-3.

Sergio Romo and John Axford matched dead stop innings, and in the 9th the Giants went to Jeremy Affeldt for CarGo, securing the groundout. Santiago Casilla came in, and blew the save. Nick Hundley singled, DJ LeMahieu singled sending Hundley to third, and Drew Stubbs came to the plate. Stubbs was in the game because earlier in the game, Corey Dickerson fouled a ball off his quad. Perhaps it was the quad tightening or the plantar fasciitis acting up; Dickerson was double-switched in the 7th.

Stubbs is still wearing an 0-for-2015. (He’s not close to the record set by Eugenio Velez, 0-for-46, but a lot of fans including many of us here are calling for a DFA.) This time, he got the ball in play with a grounder to Matt “don’t call me Danny” Duffy, who fielded the ball in the path of DJ. In heads-up baserunning, DJ stopped, and by the time Duffy fired to first after the tag, Stubbs was safe and Hundley crossed the plate with the game-tier.

Stubbs then attempted a steal, and cartwheeled ungracefully over the bag after an attempted slide, catching a spike and flexing an ankle that could have easily broke. That killed the rally. Ottavino kept the Giants at bay in the 10th, but the combination of Blackmon, McKenry, and Tulo did nothing on Javier Lopez and Jean Machi.

Brooks Brown trotted out for the 11th. There were not many choices left, only Boone Logan and Rafael Betancourt were theoretically still available. Brown issued the 4th walk of the night to Nori Aoki. Duffy sacrificed, Pagan singled to CF, but Stubbs closed the gap quickly and held Aoki to third. Joe Panik then dropped a perfect suicide squeeze in front of Justin Morneau (no dive, I’m not sure he could have had it) and Aoki slid in safely. Chalk one up to Bochy and smallball, helped by a costly BB.

In the bottom of the 11th, Machi stopped the bleeding. Morneau singled, but Arenado GIDPed, and CarGo grounded out to end it.

Nobody likes a loss, but this game was competitive in all aspects and fun to watch. Major concerns right now are the health of Dickerson, the durability of the bullpen, and a developing black hole on the Rockies bench with Stubbs. The bench is very inflexible, and while it had a bit more power with Rosario, it still wasn’t matching the developing need for OF help.

Bridich’s hand may be forced very shortly, because he is going to have to go to Albuquerque for both bullpen and outfield help. As our astute Dr. C pointed out, Stubbs’ $5.8M salary is now somewhat prorated. If the Rox DFA him (Stubbs, not Dr. C), we’re assuming he clears waivers, then the choice is either outrighting him to AAA, or releasing him. A release would mean the Rox are on the hook for his remaining salary ($5.83M minus 20 out of 178 days, works out to a shade over $5.1M left), minus what another team signs him for (at least league minimum of $507K). Outrighting him means we are paying $5.1M for a AAA outfielder.

Why did they sign Stubbs? He’s out of options and was in an arbitration year, meaning they were going to get a market figure if they weren’t proactive. His 2014 season gave no indication of this type of slump. Stubbs is the kind of player that needs regular ABs however, and until the last couple days he hasn’t been getting them. If Dickerson goes on the DL, the irony is Stubbs may still not get ABs in favor of say, Brandon Barnes, or Kyle Parker. (No, I don’t think Rosario comes back “in a few days” … he hasn’t played a single inning at 1B in AAA yet.) We should know more shortly.

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Gary
Gary
5 years ago

A well played game except for the cursed walks.I think we should just plunk Aoki the first two times up Sunday.Saves time and pitches and may make Aoki think twice about being such a pest.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

“Squeezed and Contused” is a good title. Ironically on the day I discover “Glazed and Confuzed” donuts.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

On a tangential note – very good Dodger signee Brandon McCarthy left last night’s start against the Padres with elbow tightness/soreness and an MRI is scheduled.

The division tightens.

Now for a jelly donut.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Add wainwright to growing list of pitchers in paIn. I just remembered that David Hale might be ready for long relief a couple more starts?

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Wainwright now expected to miss entire season due to Achilles injury. I have the Cards, Pirates and Cubs as wildcard contenders (the two that don’t win the division). Big, big blow for the Cards.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I’m on the verge of doing the Ag “talk to myself” thing here – but writing the response to RMH’s Adam Wainwright comment made me take a look at the NL standings and re-examine what I thought I knew coming into the season (and the timing is convenient – we’re almost 1 month into the season). NL East – I’m still on the Nationals bandwagon, but downgrading them from 95 wins to +/- 90. They’ve got the standard injury issues,… Read more »

Bill
Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Losing Wainwright hurts no doubt but Cardinals always seem to plug somebody in. This might be a chance for the Colorado kid Marco Gonzalez. They lead the NL in ERA by more than a full run. That’s just not Wainwright. McCarthy might hurt Dodgers but they’ll just probably buy a starter or two. Actually what they really need is a closer. I think the Giants are still good especially when (if) they get Pence back. What might hurt them is (of… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Of course, Puig’s on the 15 day DL with the Hammy. Those tend to linger and tho he’s an offensive (2b meaning) force, his D is sometimes laughable.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I’m not sure what they see in Oberg. He was horrible last night, the only out he recorded was because of a great play by one of the Coors Shield. And he came into the game with a 9.00 ERA. There must be better options in AAA or AA. John Lannan (Lannen?) is doing pretty good. Just heard that today’s game is rained out. Maybe that will get Weiss to give Matzuk another day or so of rest and not… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

What I’ve observed about Oberg is he does well on a day’s rest, no so good on back-2-backs. I’m with you on Frazier. Anybody who uses mayo for his hot dog condiment is not playing with all the cards in the deck. Yep, rain out today. That helps the BP rest up B4 the snakes. Trevor Story eating up AA, how long til he gets posted to Alb? And where does this put his progress to the show? Can he… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

carp, I like the assessment of the playoff contenders. I think I’m a little more bullish on the Marlins and less on the Cubs and Pirates. Plus I think the Braves and Phils will provide easy ways for the NL East competitors to accumulate divisional wins as the season goes on. On Oberg: not sure what they see in him other than good velocity. He was never rated as a top prospect, he’s 25, and his short minor league career… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

As the recent driver of the RWO doom and gloom bandwagon, and frequently advocating rebuilding – I’ve obviously have embraced the concept of trading Tulo as the primary fuel source for the rebuild. Funny thing, I haven’t (until very recently) thought that the Rox had an internal replacement. I don’t consider Tulo’s SS replacement that important short term. My concept is focused on building the Farm…..especially pitching. Having a viable, solid, internal replacement makes the trade Tulo concept even more… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Is it me or are others confused about Kahnle not being called up? I honestly think he was one of the few bright spots last year…i love that we basically “stole” him and he performed way above expectations most of the season, so i am surprised he isn’t up with us now… I thought he wasn’t breaking camp with the team because they wanted to take advantage of the extra year if he stays in the minors at least until… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Zero didn’t look right at all Sat.All over the place with pitches.Don’t understand Oberg over Kahnle at all,especially after all experience Kahnle got last year in pressure situations.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

It’s great to see that Story is off to a great start. Is he good defensively?

Tommy Murphy is also off to a great start. Is he a good defensive catcher?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Uh oh. Zero down? Last time they said “general soreness.” Hmmm. Rondon is actually another one of the guys who’s deemed a better prospect than Oberg, but he’s wild, as in walk the bases loaded wild. Unless he’s gotten over that…

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