Too Little, Too Late

Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.53) pitched decently enough through 5-2/3 innings, but Odubel Herrera doubled with 2 on and 2 out in the top of the 6th, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.  Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.24) held the anemic Colorado offense in-check for 7-1/3 innings before turning it over to Luis Garcia and Jonathan Papelbon, who each allowed the Rockies runs, but not enough of them to reverse the result.  Colorado struck-out 11 times, including 3 more from the ridiculous Drew Stubbs, making it something like 85 times the Rockies have turned-home with nothing to show in the past 6 games.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st when Ben Revere led-off with a single, moved-up on a controversial error by 1st-baseman Wilin Rosario, and Ryan Howard singled with one out.  The Rockies countered in the bottom of the 2nd when Rosario singled leading-off, stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a ground ball and scored on a DJ LeMahieu single.

Lyles and Hamels held the batters at-bay for the next 3 frames, and Lyles retired Grady Sizemore and Ryan Howard leading-off the 6th before Maikel Franco singled.  To celebrate, Lyles walked .143 hitter Chase Utley to bring rookie Herrera to the plate, and Herrera drove Lyles’ second pitch down the right-field line for a 2-run double that broke the 1-1 tie.  Herrera advanced to 3rd on Carlos Gonzalez’ throw home, and he scored when Carlos Ruiz followed with a single.

The 4-3 lead would hold-up, as the Rockies dinked-out runs in the 8th and 9th.  Nolan Arenado singled with one out in the 8th, moved to 2nd on a Franco error, and scored on a single by Gonzalez.  In the 9th LeMahieu, who was 2 for 4, tripled on the heels of a Stubbs strike-out, and scored with 2 out on a Charlie Blackmon single.  Colorado had the winning run at the plate in the person of Arenado, but Papelbon was equal to the task, setting the Rockies’ 3rd-baseman down on 4 pitches.

Game 2 of the 4-game set is scheduled for 6:40 pm tonight, but the Denver weather forecast is dreadful.  Chad Bettis is set to go for Colorado against the Phillies’ Aaron Harang.

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sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Oh yes, how ’bout some of those juicey K #s. Blackmon leads Rox with 35 in 136 ABs w/38 hits Just what you need from a leadoff hitter? Cargo and Stubbs are tied at 30 Ks Cargo has 121 ABs, 25 Hits Stubbs = 50 ABs, 6 scratches See below for Stubbs breakdown. The 2011 MLB leader in Ks with 205 Tulo = 29 K, 120 AB, 34 H Dickey = 26 K, 111 AB, 34 H Hundley = 24… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

I would like to see the percentage stats of swings at pitches outside the zone. I bet the Rox are by far and away the champions of this stat. CarGo has a very acute problem of this; can’t stop swinging at sliders down and away and balls off the plate by a good five inches.

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

On top of that, I’d like to see the #s on Ks looking. Stubbs has to be rite up there.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Stubbs does lead the team in Strikeouts Looking (13), and those are 43% of his Ks which also leads team.

Doc
Doc
5 years ago

Cargo must be watching some Clint Barmes instructional batting video.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

Fangraphs > Batting team stats > Plate discipline > O-Swing% Rox as a team aren’t horrible but are above league average 11th worst in MLB at 31.4%. Royals are at 34.9%. Individually, I’m also surprised CarGo isn’t the worst offender. These are percentages, I don’t have pitch count data. Morneau: 41.4% Dickerson: 39.0% Arenado: 38.4% Tulo: 36.8% CarGo: 31.2% Here’s a shock: Stubbs: 17.9% His eye is good and he’s not offering at balls, he’s just not getting the bat… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Have they checked his eyesight.Maybe he needs contacts.

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