Another night, another loss and almost another lost pitcher. A comebacker that deflected off the foot of Alex White could have shut down another starter before he got going. Alex shook it off and went on to have a very nice outing, something that Drew Pomeranz couldn’t do after getting hit by a combacker last night.
White only made a couple of bad pitches, one after walking the struggling Jason Bartlett only to see Will Venable hit his missed location pitch for a double. Overall it was his best showing as a Rockie, going 6 ⅓ while giving up only 2 runs and striking out five. He was handed the ball to start the 7th, but after walking Baker and then giving up a one out single to put runners on the corner, Tracy turned to Matt Reynolds to shut the inning down.
Reynolds struck out Venable, but then Tracy decided that instead of letting him face Maybin he would bring in Esmil Rogers. Rogers walked Maybin and, after a visit from Bob “Frequent Mount Visit” Apodaca, he was able to get Chase Headley to swing over the 7th pitch.
Rogers wasn’t so lucky in the Bottom of the 8th, walking Alonso who was brought home on a Orlando Hudson triple. Ottavino replaced Rogers and was extremely effective, getting both Bartlet and Denorfia to strike out.
The final score, 1-3, could have been very different had Marco Scutaro attempted to jump a little more. He did get on base after Colvin singled and Giambi struck out. But, a Jordan Pacheco hit to the right side looked to be either un-catchable, or at the very least a tough play. But Hudson didn’t have a chance to show which it was because the ball hit off of Scutaro’s foot, causing him to be out. Instead of runners at 2nd and 3rd, and possibly bases loaded with one out, it was runners on the corners.
But it was all a moot point after Cargo struck out swinging to end the game. Another tough loss.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, after the game Ottavino was optioned to make room for Christian Friedrich. Ottavino has been one of the few bright spots during the losing streak, going 2 2/3 with four strikeouts and no hits.