For a while, I thought the low-key George Frazier tribute was going to be the highlight of today. I know there are folks that prefer Ryan Spilborghs and even Jenny Cavnar in the booth, and they are probably the voice for a younger, stat-centric, social media savvy generation. Frasier was from the old-school scouting, see it with my eyes approach. I think there is room for both, and I will miss some of the historical perspective. Happy Trails to George as he returns to Oklahoma.
Weiss’ in-game interview talked about how Rusin contained the damage in a 3-run 4th inning for Seattle, and things were looking bleak off Taijuan Walker for the first 5 innings. A crack emerged in the 6th, and it was sparked off of all things by a Drew Stubbs bloop double. After nothing from Blackmon and Reyes, Arenado got four wide ones. CarGo then went aggressive and tied the game, taking a splitter into the seats in RF.
The wheel of bullpen misfortune brought in John Axford for the 7th. Single to Cruz, and a HR to Gutierrez, and the Rox are down 5-3. Seats are emptying and a sweep is imminent. ROOT is running more tribute to George quotes as filler.
And then the Managing Mistake of the Day, and it was made by Lloyd McClendon. He let Beimel work CarGo and got a K, then went to that fake-arrow-shooting, lopsided-hat-wearing dude known as Fernando Rodney. The Rox lit him up. DJ walked, Paulsen doubled, Parker singles, and the game is tied at 5. Too bad the stands were empty, because it’s time for FREE BASEBALL.
The Rox have already fired 4 bullpen bullets at this point, and they fired 2 more in the 10th with Friedrich (who walked 2 immediately) and Betancourt (who got out of the nasty jam with a K and a groundout), and went to Flande as the give-me-innings guy in the 11th. Hand it to Flande, he did not let Cruz or Cano beat him.
Seattle was also nearly out of bullets and went to Mayckol Guaipe in the 11th. With Paulsen on after a single and 2 outs, McKenry jacks a no-doubter on a floating curveball.
To avoid the century mark, the Rox need to go 18-38 in the remaining games – doable, even with a patchwork rotation and the Seven Faces of Dr. Ow in the bullpen. It will be interesting to see what they do with Kyle Parker down the stretch. Hard to see anyone else coming up and making an impact unless Reyes is dealt at the waiver deadline and they go to Story.
They are about to run into a very pissed off Washington squad, however, and then face The New Avengers in NY. After a Padres sandwich, we get the NL East beasts both right back at Coors. The next two and a half weeks could be ugly.