This post game write-up could include a lot of the same. Like how the team keeps losing on Sundays, or how they got swept again, or better yet how they can still manage to lose 100 this season.
The whole “Sunday Lineup” hasn’t been as big of a story with every day looking like Sunday as far as the lineup goes lately, but losing on Sunday is a theme the Rockies have all but perfected. Last seasons record of 6-19 seemed untouchable, but leave it to the Rockies to finish the Sunday part of their season with a new horrible low of 5-21. If that wasn’t bad enough, the team can boast they are 10-41 for the weekend when you factor in their 5-20 Saturday record.
I guess ballplayer’s take the weekend off as much as the rest of us.
So, giving more of the same seems a bit blase at this point. Really, the only exciting aspect of today’s game, besides an excellent catch over the dugout railing, would be one Mr. Rafael Ortega.
Ortega got the call-up today, possibly because Justin the bat boy wasn’t officially on the 40 man roster, not does he travel with the club, so the bench needed some more butt’s to dust it. Enter the kid that “looks like he’s 10”, according to CarGo, and apparently doesn’t make much of an impression on Jim Tracy in the clubhouse. Tracy walked right past him the first time he saw him, not knowing who he was.
But he quickly made a name for himself once the game started.
Here is a brief catalogue of his day:
- First at bat, he hit a slow roller up the right side that his speed beat out for his first hit.
- He proceeded to get his first major league steal on the first pitch after his single.
- The 2nd pitch of the game for De La Rosa was hit right to him, marking his first major league out.
- His next major league at bat he walks on his seventh pitch seen, fouling off three in the process..
- In the fifth he comes up with Rutledge on first and lays down a perfect bunt for a hit, making it to first without even a throw. His speed is very impressive.
- Top of the seventh he is called out on strikes, the last pitch that get’s him out is high, but a location that has been called all day.
- Top of the ninth, for his final at bat, he is hit in the right shin by a 96 mph four-seam fastball. After walking half-way to first he stops and waits to be checked out for a bit, looking like he is in as much pain as one would expect after being hit by a fast ball on the shin.
To watch this kid play, one is quickly reminded of the spark of speed and youth. It was like watching EYj at bat, knowing he only had to get the ball anywhere near a blade of grass and he had a good chance to make it to the bag. His enthusiasm on the diamond made players like Nelson (0-4), LeMahieu (0-3) and Rutledge (1-5) seem like they were bored with hitting and were busy picturing their vacations spot come next week.
After the game someone gave the new kid a shredded autographed ball, telling him it was his first hit. He proceeded to put it around his neck for post-game interviews.
Gotta love his personality.
“It’s a dream to be in the big leagues. The foul ball [before the hit] I felt a little bit nervous, but after that I was all right. I was comfortable.
He looked very comfortable, especially next to the team that could only put one run on the board over the series, that is unless you count his pained expression post-shin-hit, then he looked anything but comfortable.