A bumbling Rockies offense output today was enough to a 4-1 victory over the doormat Miami Marlins. Chuck_Nazty started the game with a solo blast after a lengthy battle at the plate. Tulo’s walk preceded a two-run blast by Vacuum to help Colorado jump ahead 3-0 before Jorge De La Rosa threw the first pitch.
Thereafter, it was a boring game and the Rockies returned to their ineptitude ways on the offensive side. The only threat came in the seventh inning when Colorado had the bases loaded on a Nick Hundley walk, a Brandon Barnes’ single, and intentional walk to Chuck_Nazty with one out. Only one run came out of it when Deej beat out the double play ball to score Hundley. Miami answered with a run in the bottom of the inning due to a lot of luck. Two potential double play grounders were too soft to turn two and a third ground ball hit by Dee Gordon was so soft that Deej had to eat it without a play at neither second or first. But DLR completed the inning by getting Donovan Solano to ground out.
Walt Weiss must have read RWO articles on how to pitch the eighth inning by starting off with Boone Logan in a LOOGY situation. One out. WW went back out to take the ball from Logan and give it to Thomas Kahnle. He wanted a 96-97 MPH man, hence the reason for Kahnle. He did well to get the ball to John Axford. Giancarlo Stanton had a shattered bat single, but got Marcell Ozuna swinging and pinch hitter Justin Bour on a rollover to first base. John Axford came on for the save opportunity and dusted off the Marlins by striking out the side despite issuing lead off walk.
De La Rosa became the franchise leader with his 73rd victory in a Rocky uniform passing Aaron Cook. Despite issuing four walks and working around Vacuum’s two errors, he allowed only four hits and one run over seven workmanlike innings. He also kept Stanton under wraps today. DLR has a 2.56 ERA with a .173 batting average against over his last five games. We won’t see another two-error game by Vacuum for a long time. Axford is a perfect 12 for 12 in save opportunities while building his case to be in the All-Star game.
On to Houston for two games before returning home for two more against the Astros. Colorado remains in the basement and plan to remain there for the rest of the season. When will the management come to their senses and participate in a seller’s market and start evaluating the future players?