Rockies: Only Sure Thing is Nothing
What kind of a night was it for the Rockies at AT&T Park on Tuesday night?
-- Chad Bettis, the Rockies' rotation's true road warrior, started, and the Rockies lost.
-- Gerardo Parra, the Rockies Mr. Clutch, twice had a chance for a key RBI and struck out, swinging, both time.
--Adam Ottavino, the one reliable bullpen arm, not only allowed an inherited base runner to score the game-tying run, but later walked in the game-deciding run.
Add it all up and the Rockies suffered -- literally and figuratively -- a 3-2 loss to the Giants.
In other words, it was an ugly night at AT&T for Rockies fans. The Rockies, who were leading the NL West after games of June 1, woke up this morning in fourth place in the division, seven games back of the first-place Diamondbacks.
Think about it. Bettis is 5-1 on the road. The Rockies won six of his first eight road starts. Now they have won six of nine. He turned Tuesday's game over to Ottavino with bases loaded, two outs and a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
So much for stats.
Bettis has the third best winning percentage and sixth lowest ERA on the road among NL starting pitchers.
Not that it mattered at AT&T Park.
A Road Warrior
|Miles Mikolas||StL||4||0||1||Jacob deGrom||NYM||1.46|
|Jon Lester||ChC||6||1||0.857||Max Scherzer||Was||2.05|
|Chad Bettis||Col||5||1||0.833||Mike Montgomery||ChC||2.09|
|Sean Newcomb||Atl||5||1||0.833||Patrick Corbin||Ari||2.32|
|Jhoulys Chacin||Mil||4||1||0.8||Sean Newcomb||Atl||2.49|
|Zach Eflin||Phi||3||1||0.75||Chad Bettis||Col||2.72|
|Michael Wacha||StL||3||1||0.75||Vince Velasquez||Phi||2.79|
|Jacob deGrom||NYM||3||1||0.75||Jon Lester||ChC||2.96|
|Robert Gsellman||NYM||4||2||0.667||German Marquez||Col||3.07|
|Max Scherzer||Was||6||3||0.667||Tyson Ross||SD||3.12|
The Rockies, themselves, have actually enjoyed success on the road this year. They have the fifth best road record in the NL -- which isn't bad for a team that only twice in the previous 25 years had a winning road record, and both times managed to finish just one game above break even (41-40). They even split a four-game series at AT&T Park earlier this year, but then the Giants do have the best home record in the NL.
It's not like the Rockies didn't have their chances. A team that has the second best batting average in the NL with runners in scoring position was a combined 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The only runs they scored came when Ian Desmond homered in the second, and then when he doubled home Trevor Story from first base in the eighth.
|3rd||1st & 3rd||1||Blackmon lined DP|
|5th||1st & 3rd||0||Parra & Bettis K; LeMahieu 8|
|6th||1st & 2nd||1||Desmond K; Gonzalez 6-3|
|9th||2nd||0||Parra K; Iannetta BB; LeMahdiu GIDP|
|9||0-for-10, 5 strikeouts, 2 DPs; 2 GO; 1 Fly|
Twice the rockies even had Parra up with runners in scoring position and less than two outs. Both times he struck out. Parra is the team's leading hitter with runners in scoring position.
And to think, it was Ottavino, the Rockies most dependable reliever, who came into the game in the seventh, and not only allowed the game-tying runner to score before he got out of that inning, but then, after giving up a one-out single to Brandon Crawford in the eighth, walked three of the next four batters to force home the game-deciding run.
It was only the second run Ottavino has allowed in 19 appearances on the road this season. Ottavino had only walked six batters in his previous 18 relief appearances on the road, and had not walked multiple batters in a road game prior to Tuesday night.
|Totals ERA: 0.86||21.1||8||2||37||9|