Monday, May 21, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Still 121 Chances To Write A Perfect Recrap

Marlins 7, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: The Rockies scored four runs in the first thanks to four consecutive hits. Jordan Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez both singled. Michael Cuddyer cracked a two-run double off the left field wall. Troy Tulowitzki crushed a two-run homer over the left field wall.

They didn't record their next hit until the 8th inning.

It was a truly futile offensive performance that included a five-pitch 3rd inning, an eight-pitch 4th, and a nine-pitch 6th. It's like they got their hits out of the way early and then flushed the gameplan down the toilet, or they had no gameplan and got lucky in the 1st.

Just pathetic.

Turning Point: Well, aside from the offense disappearing, the game-changing moments came in the 4th inning. That's where Mark Buerhle doubled hard off the right field fence (missed a homer by three feet). Jose Reyes followed that with a single to center that Dexter Fowler overran, allowing Buehrle to score from second.

Then things completely unraveled as Moyer walked Hanley Ramirez and Austin Kearns ahead of a Giancarlo Stanton Grand Slam.

4-1 lead to game over in the a matter of six hitters.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Marlins 5-21-12

Note: I got so excited about by Nolasco-Nicasio line last night that I moved the pitching matchup ahead by a day. Tonight's pitching matchup is actually Jamie Moyer (2-3, 4.20) vs Mark Buehrle (3-4, 3.17). I swear I'm starting to blog like the Rockies run the bases. Unacceptable!


Colorado Rockies (15-25)
  1. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  2. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  6. Todd Helton (1B)
  7. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  8. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  9. Jamie Moyer (P)
So Michael Cuddyer is the Rockies new cleanup hitter (for now), with Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton each moving down one spot. I'm fine with that. They have to find offense somehow, and having Jordan Pacheco, Carlos Gonzalez and Cuddyer (three hits Sunday) hitting right together might be their best bet for the immediate future (next six hours). Now if we could only get Dexter Fowler back in that mix at the top, because love him or doubt him, he's giving the Rockies good, productive ABs. 

Miami Marlins (22-19)
  1. Jose Reyes (SS)
  2. Bryan Petersen (CF)
  3. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
  4. Austin Kearns (LF)
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
  6. Logan Morrison (1B)
  7. John Buck (C)
  8. Donnie Murphy (2B)
  9. Mark Buehrle (P)
Of all of the kicks in the guts Rockies fans have received over the years, the one that still stands out to me is Donnie Murphy going opposite field on Huston Street to walk-off on the Rockies in July 2010. It's like a nightmare. And then to see his name in their lineup tonight. I can't take this. He's not supposed to be it anyone's lineup. He's awful.

But he won't be tonight. Just watch.

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