Only the second shutout of the season for the Rockies and Drew Pomeranz, the teams starting pitcher, doesn’t get the win.
Such is the 75 pitch count, the cruel mistress that makes it all but impossible to get away with a win, should one decide to walk more than a couple batters a start.
Pomeranz walked three.
It took Drew four innings to throw 84 pitches, striking out seven and only serving up three hits. He didn’t seems happy when the change of guard to Ottavino took place, but it wasn’t obvious if his frustration was with himself for not being more efficient, or with the system that rewards a starting pitcher who doesn’t give up a run, earned or otherwise, with a seat on the bench to watch his bullpen replacement pick up the W.
In was only the second Rockies win in their last 10 games, but the obvious reason for both win’s (as well as all of the losses in-between) lies squarely on the mound. Pitching won tonight, just as sure as it did on Thursdays against the Cardinals. The combination of four pitchers (Pomeranz, Ottavino, Belisle and Betancourt) giving up only five hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts to shutout the Dodgers, was almost overshadowed by the seventh inning drama on the field.
With two out and one on, Shane Victorino hits a line-drive to Dexter in center. The ball is “caught” at the field level as Dex slides to a halt on his back, making no effort to get up quickly. The only umpire to make a call was the first-base umpire, who called it an out and the team left the field. Don Mattingly quickly ran to the first base ump and requested they conference to make sure they got the call right. After a brief huddle, the call was overturned and Victorino was deemed safe.
That is when Jim Tracy went ballistic.
Replays during the conference showed a ball that could have bounced off the lip of the glove into the heel, or one that bounced off the grass. It wasn’t 100% clear, but the fact that only one umpire signaled anything seemed to mean he was the only one that saw it close enough to make the call. How he was overturned by the other three, when they didn’t seem sure themselves, was the real point of contention and after Tracy yelled, screamed and finally spiked his hat he was tossed. He got his money worth in words and spittle, but to no avail, the call stood. Next batter up was Ellis and thankfully CarGo made a great catch on Mark Ellis’ deep fly ball to left-center before the team came back to the dugout for real this time.
After the game Dex said that the team did great getting all 28 outs. Tracy said Dex told him he caught it and he also said the replay proved it, although there was still some doubt.
Other key moments of the game:
- EYj going 3-5 and scoring both of the Rockies Runs.
- Jordan Pacheco going 2-4 with an RBI
- CarGo’s amazing throw to second to get Rivera trying to stretch a single into a double. He obviously hasn’t seen enough CarGo film or he would have stood pat on first.
- Johnny Sparkplug going 2-4