Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Rockies Split With Marlins, Lose Half Their Roster

Rockies 3, Marlins 2 (boxscore)

Winning Player/Turning Point/Highlight of the Afternoon: Jordan Pacheco

All Jordan Pacheco does is provide good at-bats every time he steps to the plate which regularly result in hits. He was at it again on Sunday, producing 33% of the Rockies hit total with a 3-for-4 day. That included a go-ahead two-run home run in the 5th inning that surprisingly held up to be the difference in the game.

The homer was only Pacheco's 2nd of the season, but we obviously already know that's not his game. Whether or not that bothers you is completely up to you. Personally, I understand the need for some pop from the third base position, but the Rockies really just need offense in any form they can get it. So I'm perfectly content with Pacheco for the time being.

Other Winning Player: Adam Ottavino: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Good stuff again from Ottavino to protect the lead and ultimately get himself another win (5-1). I'd say he's going to be due for a nice raise this offseason... unless his arm detaches itself.

Drew Pomeranz's Line: 4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 76 pitches (42 strikes)

One of the walks was intentional to Giancarlo Stanton, so it's nice to see the Rockies figure something out there. Otherwise it was just another basic four-inning start by a Rockies pitcher since they went to four men. Nothing special, but not too discouraging. He was just kinda there and then gone, with no reason to believe we're actually trying to develop the kid.

Screengrabs of the Game.

Not sure who called for the ball or how this happened, but Andrew Brown, the left fielder, had the ball in his glove, so he obviously got there. In that case, it should be the outfielder's ball, if he called for it. Admire Josh Rutledge's hustle and aggressiveness, but he has to be out of the way. If Brown didn't make the call, well, then he's at fault. But regardless of blame, this type of mistake has to be avoided. It's Little League stuff. Communicate clearly!

Whatcha lookin' at, Blue?
The blown call at home that thankfully did not cost them. 

What's Next: The Rockies could really use an off day on Monday... so of course they're traveling cross country to open up a series with the New York Mets and knuckleballer RA Dickey (15-4, 2.89). It'll be entertaining to watch if the Rockies can figure that thing out. For the Rockies it'll  be Alex White (2-6, 5.74). First pitch is 5:10.

Final Thoughts: Lord, these injuries. Losing Michael Cuddyer (oblique) again is a big enough blow to the team's already depleted depth. Now they may be without the catalyst to their recent strong play, Eric Young Jr., with a side injury of his own. AND Josh Rutledge left today's game after the collision with Andrew Brown (Young's replacement). Looks like he aggravated the quad injury that has kept him out of the lineup recently.

What a flipping mess.

Oh, and Carlos Gonzalez is still away on bereavement leave. All the best to him!

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