Swept and Embarrassed

The Rockies will limp home Sunday night after an embarrassing outing on the road. They went 1-6 on the trip that saw the team get shutout twice, walked off on twice and to cap it off the team committed five errors in the second game on Sunday, handing the Phillies the win, series and a broom to boot.

GAME 1 Lowlight
The first game in the afternoon seemed like a complete Deja Vu for those that witnessed Friday’s loss. True to script the Rockies scored two runs early, saw the Phillies tie it up and failed to get another run on the board. The ninth inning in both games saw the Rockies walking off the field as the Phillies “walked-off” on Colorado.

Both games also featured a very messy plate coverage by Wilin Rosario. Friday’s loss wasn’t all Wilin’s fault, but one could make a case for Sunday’s loss being put squarely on Rosario’s shaky shoulders.

Rosario on Friday let a key ball pass him by in the ninth, allowing Rollins to move to third and eventually score on a single to right. Rosario leads the majors with 19 passed balls. He was second in the majors with 15 coming into the game Sunday, but he let four balls pass him by during the first game Sunday, two of those coming in the ninth to take the lead. The catcher with the second worse record for pass balls is Mets’ Catcher Josh Thole. Thole has an excellent excuse though – he has to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Rosario said after the game that the shadows from the light fixtures were not to blame for his sloppy play.

GAME 2 Lowlight
While the first game could be looked at as Rosario’s “my bad”, game two had plenty of blame to go around.  Had the team won then Chris Nelson would for sure be the hero.  His three run jack in the top of the third, in front of his family who flew in for the game, was a no-doubter crushed ball to left field that swung the Rockies into the lead, 4-1.  It didn’t even take him a full inning for him to start the swing in the other direction, committing the first of five errors for the team.

At least Nelson’s first error didn’t cost the team a run.  The same couldn’t be said for his second error the next inning, coupled with an error by Herrera.  Johnny would make another error in the seventh, the same inning the fifth error was committed, this time by Jordan Pacheco.

When the dust settled the Phillies beat the Rockies 7-4.  Of those seven runs, only three were earned.

Can you say meltdown?

The five errors were a season high for the Rockies.  Four passed balls in one game was a season high for Rosario.

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GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I’ve been pushing for Rosario to learn to play first,but today he was whiffing on fastballs that were down the middle so maybe he can’t catch period.I very seriously think the ROX should take him to an eye doctor for an exam.I’m actually serious.It made a big difference for me as a kid even though I’d been getting thru school etc.seemingly with no problems.Today he was making straight fastballs look like he was trying to catch Dickey’s knuckler.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

You wonder if eyesight would explain the inability to identify pitches at the plate as well as the countless errors behind it.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Luckily there are plenty of other games to watch on my MLB package, plus NFL football games, college football. When there is nothing else to watch I can then go to watch paint dry. After that maybe the Rocks. Seriously winning games is no longer important for MFL. It’s more important to yank the pitcher after his 75 or so pitches even if he’s doing well. As predicted by more than one RWO fan the bullpen would eventually fall apart.And… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Assuming Ramon Hernandez is out (which the MFL seems to think is likely), he’ll finish the season having appeared in 52 games. Now who could’ve seen that coming? A 36 year old catcher who’d not played in more than 97 games since 2008 … … as for Rosario: Saunders’ article suggested that they want to put a stop to the passed ball thing before it gets in his head. A bit too late for that if you ask me. Let’s… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, on the 75-pitch thing: so far, it’s been the primary reason for the improvement in the pitching staff. If we had really good starters I’d be infuriated by that rule. You don’t pull Matt Cain at 75 pitches to let Carlos Torres take over. But we don’t have good starters. So guys like Renck are barking up the wrong tree. This isn’t a “4-man rotation.” It isn’t even a “7-main paired starter” system or whatever they call it. It’s… Read more »

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Gotta remember the whole starter/piggyback system was put in not for lack of quality pitching but to prevent injuries. I don’t want to put in Pomeranz and go 6-7 innings and then we get only two good years out of him. I’d rather him limited to 75 pitches and give us 10 years of pitching.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

So, Jared, that means White’s ERA is 4.26 over his last 8 starts. Which kind of proves the system is working, doesn’t it? White’s ERA by month: May: 6.28 June: 6.65 Aug: 4.03 Sept: 1.13 Now I don’t like the 75 pitch limit because I think it’s unnecessarily inflexible. Hey, if the Rockies have a 7-0 lead, by all means let Alex White go 6, 7, 8 innings, whatever. He’s a big strong kid, he can go 110 pitches every… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So (last post) we saw that the Rockies pitchers have had a “3rd time through the order problem.” That’s normal; all pitchers are significantly worse the 3rd time through, and worse again if they stick around for the 4th at bat. So why are the Rockies the team that needs to experiment? Why hasn’t anyone else done it? Short answer: nobody’s had starting pitching as bad as ours was in the first half of the season. Ever. Desperation is the… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The problem that I have with this (excellent) analysis is that it points the problem straight at O’Dowd’s ability to mine pitching talent and not Coors or anything else. If we don’t have any starting pitching, then we should try and acquire or develop starting pitching. I think we all agree that a starter can succeed at Coors, even if it is harder than at, say, Petco. So, instead of radically altering the way a ball club is structured, maybe… Read more »

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