During the Rockies magical run of ’07 it was stated many times, by fan and reporter alike, that it seemed like a different player would step up each and every night and come through in the clutch.
’07, meet your antithesis, ’12.
Tonight’s “un-clutch” player could be Christian Friedrich, but he doesn’t entirely deserve the blame. His final line of 4 1/3 innings with six earned on five hits and three walks does sound ugly, but he had some help to the five earned thanks to Chatwood giving up a two-run double and a very odd choice at the plate.
Which brings us to our “un-clutch” player of the night. Mr. Wilin Rosario. Rosario has shown his inexperience in the majors with many a passed ball and errant throw to second. Tonight he ran the bases like someone who doesn’t understand how to pick up your third-base coach. Sure, you can cut him a bit of slack because it was Johnny Sparkplug Herrera launching the ball to right, so it was entirely conceivable that it could be caught. But it wasn’t, and for a runner to be in motion from first and not cross the plate is sad.
And that wasn’t even the worst of it.
The play in the fifth, the one that gave Friedrich his fifth earned run, was very strange indeed. Herrera fields a hit up the middle and throws a perfect strike to Rosario in plenty of time to get Matty at the plate. But, instead of tagging Holiday, Rosario backed up and by the time he made a lurching effort to tag the runner it was too late, Holiday was safe.
It wasn’t all bad though…
Carlos Torres needed only 9 pitches to retire the side in the bottom of the eighth via one strikeout and two ground-outs.
Also, Tyler Colvin showed his clutch power, once again, by launching a two run shot (the only runs for the Rockies in the 6-2 loss) over the right field wall in the bottom of the 8th.
Make no mistake, the kid can hit.
The Rockies only produced nine runs during the four game series and seven of those nine runs came from three Colvin home runs…
That is amazing and horrible all at the same time.
The fact that Tyler Colvin is responsible for almost 80% of the Rockies runs in St. Louis is more than embarrassing, it is downright sad.