Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lackluster Recrap: Two too many outs at the plate

Well hello there 2011 season. Nice of you to backhand us across the face with another long, agonizing, but ultimately predictable night of baseball.

Did you ever really feel like the Colorado Rockies were going to win?

Of course you didn't. At least not after Mark Ellis was thrown out at the plate in the first inning trying to score from third on Troy Tulowitzki's groundball. Though I will say this... nine times out of ten the contract play is stupid and drives me crazy. This was actually the one time it doesn't, because with first and third and one out, you want that run across should the infielder attempt for the double play and fail.

All you essentially have to lose are 90 feet... at most.

But regardless of whether or not it's the right play or you like it, the ultimate result is Colorado wasting a scoring opportunity. Two innings later, Ellis would be out at the plate again trying to score on a wild pitch. Of course the game ends with the Rockies losing by one.

Brewers 2, Rockies 1 (boxscore)

It wasn't the smoothest night on the hill for Rockies starter Esmil Rogers, but you look at the final numbers and have to say it was a quality one.

It felt like Milwaukee had him on the ropes every inning after the first, which is usually the opposite with Esmil, but only one run allowed over six innings. That's good enough in a results driven business.

I also consider it a step forward that he's starting stronger, but would still like to see him get into the 7th once or twice just to know he can.

Other notes

-- Troy Tulowitzki left the game after feeling more soreness in his hip. With only two weeks to go, I'd say he'll have to be feeling much better by the weekend to avoid the possibility of being shut down for the year. He wouldn't like it, but what's the point of pushing through any type of ailment under these circumstances?

-- Jordan Pacheco finally struckout in his 20th career at-bat. He also had a couple solid ABs and one hit off Zack Greinke.

-- The bullpen (Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers, Huston Street and Matt Lindstrom) did a nice job. Despite allowing the walk-off home run to Ryan Braun, I felt like Lindstrom looked as good as he has in some time. Even that AB by Braun was a tooth-and-nail battle, Braun just outlasted a reliever who's not used to throwing multiple innings.

Final thought

Quick turnaround with the afternoon game on Wednesday concluding the two-game mini-series. Can the Rockies avoid going 0-5 in Milwaukee this season? Let's just say I have my doubts.