Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado’s ejection sums up offensive frustrations
The Colorado Rockies are struggling to score runs on this current road trip through Cleveland and Miami. Part of that frustration boiled over with Nolan Arenado on Saturday night in south Florida.
Arenado earned his third career ejection (and first of the 2017 season) in the seventh inning of Colorado’s 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins after arguing a check-swing call for a third strike. Arenado slammed his bat to the ground and was quickly ejected by first base umpire Pat Hoberg.
After the game, Arenado said the frustration was more at himself than the call.
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"“I thought I didn’t go. I was mostly mad at myself,” Arenado told Rox Pile and other media members inside the Rockies clubhouse. “I can see why he threw me out. I said some words I probably shouldn’t have said toward him. I was more upset with my at-bats today and it kind of carried over.“I saw the replay and I can definitely see why he threw me out. I have to be better. These games are too important. I can’t be getting thrown out of games like this.”“I was mad we were losing. I was mad about my at-bats. Just mad about today’s game and how it was playing out.”"
Colorado was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position on Saturday night. It comes after a 1-for-8 performance on Friday against the Marlins. In Colorado’s four games in Cleveland and Miami this trip, the Rockies are now 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position while totaling just 10 runs in four games.
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"“Not good. Not good enough,” Arenado said about Colorado’s offensive production on the road swing. “We need to be better with runners in scoring position. We need to do better at the end of the day. All of us, including myself. I had opportunities yesterday and I had opportunities today. I have to be better in those situations. I have to have cleaner at-bats. Everyone from top to bottom, we need to be better. We’ve had opportunities but we’re not taking advantage.”"