Two sets of X-rays and too much Trout

I think if the Rockies weren’t on an 11-game slide, tonight’s 2-1 loss in Anaheim at the hands of the Angels doesn’t look as bad. It really came down to a couple of Mike Trout takeaways, and the Angels finally dinking and dunking their way home in the 11th.

The deck was stacked against the Rockies before the game started. Walt Weiss was carted away for X-rays revealing appendicitis – fortunately caught soon enough, and whisked into surgery. He handed the club over to Tom Runnells. All those who had called for Weiss to be fired earlier in the day on social media probably felt really bad.

Then in the 1st, Jordan Lyles took a scorching line drive off the bat of Albert Pujols on his pitching hand, and it swelled like a balloon and got as purple as the Rox’ logo. Reports say X-rays are negative, but Lyles is almost certainly out of commission near term – he says he can start, however.

The Rox actually worked out a lead in the 4th off Hector Santiago. Rosario, Morneau, and Stubbs did something we haven’t seen much of lately – string three singles together, with two outs at that, barely scoring Rosario who was almost thrown out at the plate by Mike Trout.

Christian Bergman, of UC Irvine fame just down the street from The Big A, was pressed into long duty and delivered 5.1 solid innings, saving the pen and keeping the Rox in the game. Oberg came in mid-7th and allowed an inherited Mike Trout to score, but Stubbs gunned down Pujols just behind him, leaving the game tied 1-1.

Neither team was putting on a hitting clinic. Joe Smith used a very wide outside corner to his advantage to keep the Rox quiet in the 8th, and Huston Street did his thing in the 9th. Runnells’ decision to use Axford for the heart of the Angels order in the bottom of the 9th sent us to free baseball. Then, Mike Trout took over.

In the 10th, Tulo launched a ball to left center off Fernando Salas. Trout ranged back, jumped extending a glove over the wall, and snatched the ball before it found the fake Disney rocks – not spectacular, but still petty larceny. That would have been the game winner, as Friedrich yielded a single and nothing else in the 10th.

In the 11th with Cesar Ramos on the bump, CarGo singled, and moved up to 2nd on a wild pitch. Rosario failed to advance him, but with Descalso batting another wild pitch sent CarGo to 3rd. Descalso looped a ball to shallow center, caught by a charging Mike Trout. CarGo took a chance, broke for home, and was initially called safe ahead of Trout’s strong throw – quickly overturned on replay review, and I have to say he was out.

The bottom of the 11th saw Angels smallball kick in. Cron singled, Calhoun ripped a long single off the base of the wall in right sending PR Featherston to 3rd, and Trout was intentionally walked. Pujols came up with the bases loaded and nearly jacked one, just foul. He then dinked a short fly into LF, where Corey Dickerson displayed an arm unsuitable for Williamsport much less Anaheim (it’s minus-minus, incredibly bad), and Featherston scored uncontested.

Really unfortunate. Bergman stepped up big tonight under dire circumstances. The Rox did strike out 14 times and did not walk, but managed 10 hits and produced some sequences of team offense. Less Mike Trout and they score twice more.

In other news, Morneau also came up dizzy after diving on a ground ball, and was removed as a precaution. Worse, Matzek walked 7 and hit one batter in a 1 inning start (not a misprint, 1 inning) in Albuquerque. We may be looking at our own full-blown case of Rick Ankiel yips. which would be tragic. That prompted this attempt at humor:

We are now down one and a half starters. Bettis takes the mound tomorrow in LA, and likely Bergman gets a turn in the next week unless Lyles makes a miraculous recovery. That would leave a long hole in the pen. There will be roster moves tomorrow to bring Bettis in, and maybe another long arm – I’m betting Rosario heads back to Los Pollos Hermanos now that a DH isn’t needed.

Breakfast at Tulowitzki’s tomorrow.

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Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Walt has surgery to remove appendix.Rumored he faked it just for the meds!

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Inches away from a winning run twice. Tough loss.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

At least this game was a much better pitched affair, what with Bergman stepping up like a madman and the rest of the boys doing ok on the mound. I swear that Dickerson play that ended it was painful to watch. He really didn’t set himself up for a good throw – having to pretty much reach back because he overran the ball and that threw his chances down the drain right there… But, if we are gonna lose a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Jared, breaking the record by dropping 14 in a row isn’t a real longshot. It lines up like this: Bettis vs Brett Anderson. Fate wills that Brett Anderson must defeat us. Butler vs Kershaw. I doubt we put up 5 runs on Kershaw again. TBD vs Greinke. I think this would be DLR’s turn. Why is he not listed? Actually, I might prefer TBD with the way DLR has been pitching. Kendrick vs Mike Bolsinger. This is the only game… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Time to play “translate the meaning” courtesy of Thomas Harding and Twitter: “After meeting with his agent and discussing the matter on Thursday afternoon, Troy Tulowitzki will not demand a trade from the Rockies. Tulowitzki indicated that he’ll have to take it upon himself to play better and end the losing that has been going on in Colorado. The first step towards doing that will be finding a way to stay on the field, as the oft-injured superstar has averaged… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Tulo could “demand” all he wants, but he’s under contract through 2020. What’s he going to do, refuse to play more than 90 games a year? Strike out with the bases loaded as a form of protest? Which raises the question: how would we know he’s protesting?

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Bettis is a joke. Another LA clown show in the making tonight.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Bettis sucked in his first two big league shots, but that was without benefit of The Pitcher Whisperer catching him. Surely he won’t do anything like letting Bettis throw a fastball right down the middle to Brett Anderson. That’s so 2014. Hell, that so … Wilin Rosario!

EDIT: nevermind.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

This season got horribler faster than even the biggest Rox skeptic could have guessed

IggyPuppet
IggyPuppet
5 years ago

Now for my next rant. Tonight a rain delay at Dodger Stadium. That happens NEVER! Yet, before the tarp was even on the field it was the umpteenth rerun of Rox Real Time. When I was a kid watching WGN and the Cubs and White Sox (yes, I’m that old), rain delays were some of the most entertaining times to watch. Interviews, views of the field and the intensity of the rain, smart baseball talk between the announcers (no, not… Read more »

IggyPuppet
IggyPuppet
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyPuppet

Missed the point on my first post… one word describes the Root rain delay coverage.
LAZY

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyPuppet

Iggy Don’t know if you’ll see this but I’ve a great story about Jack Brickhouse. In 1983 as I was getting ready to move to SF, I was asked to pickup and dropoff ballplayers at Stapleton Airport for Barry Fey’s 1st Denver Dream old timers game. After picking up guys like Brooks Robinson, Willie Mays, Bob Feller, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Harmon Killebrew, Hoyt Wilhelm, Leo Durocher, Juan Marichal, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, many more players and Jack Brickhouse, Mr… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Right — they cut away almost immediately to show the same packaged crap they show every time there’s a rain delay. Not even to the Root Sports desk to give scores/highlights, etc.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Cruel fate has mandated that Brett Anderson first, and now Juan Nicasio, ridicule Bridich’s pitching personnel decisions … Nicasio hitting 97 on the gun (where was that in Denver?) and striking out 2 with the bases loaded.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

And we come out of that rain delay with … wait for it … Ken Roberts on the mound. The bullpen now includes 4 lefties: Roberts, the return of Yohan the Great, Friedrich, Logan. This is expanded September roster stuff and last I checked it’s still mid-May.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

It gets more ridiculous each night. Now we are swinging at balls WAY out of the zone. How many strikeouts do we have this week? Even having ten strikeouts against pitchers that average two Ks per game.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

So sweet! Nice to have that HR for once however bad this season has gone.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I know it’s middle of the night for you guys, but it’s 8:45am here in Amsterdam and I’m letting out a big scream just to release the frustrations of a 11-game futility.

But tomorrow we start a new ten game losing streak with Kershaw and Greinke in the next two games.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Just too bad we couldn’t stick it to 40,000 Dodgers faithful instead of 400.To be fair on strike outs the umpiring on this trip has sucked on balls and strikes.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

As a person that frequently goes to bed early, I miss many of the West Coast games. Sometimes it’s fun (in a warped sort of way) to come read the game thread here, or go to Twitter, instead of to the scoreboard. There’s more humor! Here’s an interesting article on Cargo: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/carlos-gonzalez-a-premature-decline-perhaps/ Maybe not good timing since he was the hero last night. But, some interesting (and expected) data. Here’s a Friday thought for you guys from the driver of… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Latest on Tulo saga: “CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals have “made it clear” to the Rockies that they’d want to be involved if Troy Tulowitzki trade talks ever got serious. Heyman notes that, not surprisingly, the Nats “likely wouldn’t want to part with top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito,” but he lists A.J. Cole, Reynaldo Lopez, Erick Fedde and Joe Ross as prospects who could be on the table. Washington, of course, has Ian Desmond at shortstop this… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

If you trade Tulo to the Nats, why not Lucas Giolito? To the Mets, why not get Snyy (sp) back? Why accept 2nd best when the addition that would be realized by the receiving team is pretty close to a guarantee (barring injury) when obtaining a prospect is a crapshoot? If you want my best guy, you’ll give me something I want or I’ll send him to your competition. That simple! Somebody is going to give you something you want!… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Carp, on the fangraphs “Cargo in decline” article: “Pretty much anyone can hit pretty much anything over the course of 70 plate appearances.” I forget who said that, but it’s true. And that’s about how long Cargo’s slump lasted. The fangraphs outside pitch stuff is interesting, and may suggest a deeper issue, but to me that’s overwhelmed by the generally normal component stats: BABIP: career .340, this year .230. Line Drive %: career 20.2, this year 23.4 He hasn’t walked… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Here’s the thing about Cargo that bums me out – he’s 28 as compared to Tulo’s 30, and I thought (based on my visual observation only) he lost a little weight in the off-season. I was in Phoenix for ST in 2014 and thought he had bulked up too much. So I took the apparent 2015 slimming as a positive sign. Anyway……..I was bullish on Cargo coming into the season (and bearish on Tulo). My Tulo analysis is playing out… Read more »

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