For a while now, I’ve been wishing and hoping that the Rockies would jump to an early lead. I’ve used the phrase “nearly no-hit” way, way too often this season, and I am tired of seeing no hits until the 6th or 7th, many games in a row. In the interest of starting on a positive note, I’d like to bring your attention to the fact that they collected 4 hits in the 1st inning yesterday! And 4 runs too!
And then they had one hit for the rest of the game.
Jamie Moyer had quite a tough outing; it’s rare that he is as unable to bounce back as he was yesterday. He only lasted 3 2/3 innings and in that span gave up 6 earned runs on 9 hits and 4 walks. In the 4th inning, he threw 41 pitches to 8 batters. Only one batter got out of his plate appearance on one pitch, and that was Mark Buehrle, who hit a double on the first pitch he saw. No one was more surprised than Dexter Fowler, who mishandled Jose Reyes‘s single and allowed Buerhle to score. Of course, that run didn’t hurt nearly as badly as the 4 that scored when Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Moyer threw a good pitch sequence, and very nearly got a called strike three on a ball on the inside corner. But Stanton battled, and the result was crushed to left field.
Some other things that happened: Troy Tulowitzki hit a 2-run home run but also grounded into 2 double plays. The Fish stole FOUR bases off Moyer and Ramon Hernandez – which is an average of more than one base per inning. Todd Helton went hitless again and is posting a .212 average. If he’s totally healthy, I’m a Giants fan.
What more is there to say? This team is bad. At this point I just cross my fingers and hope against hope that we don’t get swept, again.
The series continues in Miami tonight with Juan Nicasio facing Ricky Nolaso.