Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Another Rockies Rerun

Giants 11, Rockies 6 (boxscore)

If you've seen this game once, you've seen it 67 times this season. Lousy starting pitching. Lousy relief pitching. Lousy defense. Decent enough offense, but too little and too late to make a difference.

More of the same. No end in sight.

Jeff Francis' Line: 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 66 pitches (41 strikes)

If it wasn't official after his last start, it's official now: Jeff Francis has hit the four-man rotation wall, and he's impacted it pretty violently. No surprise there. But he should be given credit for holding up as well as he did for as long as he did. He was asked to put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on his arm for a team that's going nowhere. I realize he had to do to stay in the big leagues, but I still respect him for doing it and having success with it for six weeks.

Edgmer Escalona's Return Line: 1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB

He's not a major league pitcher. Cut him. Immediately.

Highlight of the Night: Like I said, I'll keep showing them if Josh Rutledge keeps hitting home runs. He did it again on Saturday night, this time against Madison Bumgarner.

Of course it doesn't hurt that his home runs are often the only highlight of the game for Colorado fans. Pickins' are slim.

Screengrabs of the Game: Speaking of the Rutledge home run... allow me to introduce you to the Boston Red Sox fan who caught the ball and his Rockies fan girlfriend.

Are we sure he didn't take this ball or a previous ball off the noggin? First of all, he misread his ticket, because the Red Sox series was two years ago. Second, his expression never changes as their prized baseball falls into the open walk area between the left field wall and the bleachers.

Luckily for them the Roots Sports cameraman was kind enough (and quick enough) to retrieve and return the ball. I'm not sure I would have been so kind.

Bonus Screengrab: Matt McBride's awesome dad (right) celebrates his son's first RBI.

What's Next: The Rockies will likely be swept on Sunday at 1:10. Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 7.62) is the man in charge of making sure that doesn't happen, but the I think their only realistic chance to avoid it will  involve bashing Tim Lincecum (5-11, 5.62) again. Maybe we'll see that long overdue 16-15 game.

Final Thoughts: I just realized I forgot to write a July review post. Perhaps I'll get around to that next July. Sorry, folks.

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