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.