Rockies: Only Sure Thing is Nothing

What kind of a night was it for the Rockies at AT&T Park on Tuesday night?

Well,

-- 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

Player Team W L Pct Player Team ERA
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
Stephen Strasburg Was 4 2 0.667

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.

Road Home
Team W L Pct Team W L Pct
Brewers 22 16 0.579 Giants 25 13 0.658
Dodgers 21 16 0.568 Phillies 24 15 0.615
Braves 22 17 0.564 Cubs 21 14 0.6
Nationals 22 17 0.564 Brewers 24 16 0.6
D-Backs 22 18 0.55 D-Backs 23 16 0.59
Rockies 23 19 0.548 Braves 23 16 0.59
Cubs 22 20 0.524 Cardinals 23 18 0.561
Cardinals 19 18 0.514 Dodgers 21 20 0.512
Mets 18 20 0.474 Pirates 21 21 0.5
Phillies 17 21 0.447 Nationals 19 20 0.487
Padres 18 23 0.439 Padres 18 23 0.439
Pirates 16 21 0.432 Reds 17 23 0.425
Reds 16 23 0.41 Rockies 15 22 0.405
Marlins 17 26 0.395 Marlins 15 22 0.405
Giants 16 26 0.381 Mets 14 25 0.359

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.

Stranded

Inning Runners On Outs Hitters
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
7th 2nd 2 LeMahieu K
8th 3rd 2 Gonzalez 3-1
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.

RISP AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Gerardo Parra 49 19 4 0 1 31 2 6 0.388
Nolan Arenado 63 23 6 0 4 35 12 17 0.365
Charlie Blackmon 47 15 1 1 2 19 6 6 0.319
Tom Murphy 13 4 0 0 0 5 0 5 0.308
Trevor Story 75 23 7 3 6 41 12 22 0.307
Carlos Gonzalez 53 16 1 2 1 21 5 14 0.302
Tony Wolters 17 5 0 0 0 8 3 1 0.294
DJ LeMahieu 41 10 2 0 0 15 3 4 0.244
Ian Desmond 81 19 5 0 3 25 8 23 0.235
Chris Iannetta 34 6 0 0 1 11 9 10 0.176
Noel Cuevas 20 3 0 1 0 3 1 3 0.15
Pat Valaika 19 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0.053

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.

Date Opponent IP H R SO BB
3/29/2018 Ari L 8-2 1 0 0 3 1
3/30/2018 Ari L 9-8 1 0 0 3 0
4/2/2018 SD W 7-4 1 0 0 2 0
4/5/2018 SD W 3-1 2 1 0 2 0
4/13/2018 Wash W 2-1 0.2 0 0 2 0
4/15/2018 Wash W 6-5 1 1 1 2 0
4/16/2008 Pit W 6-2 1 0 0 2 0
4/27/2018 Miami W 1-0 1.1 2 0 2 0
4/30/2018 Cubs L 3-2 1 0 0 2 1
5/1/2018 Cubs W 3-1 1 0 0 1 0
5/5/2018 Mets W 2-0 1 0 0 1 1
5/6/2018 Mets W 3-2 1 1 0 3 1
5/14/2018 SD W 6-4 1 0 0 3 0
5/17/2018 SF W 5-3 2 1 0 3 0
5/21/2018 LAD W 2-1 1 0 0 1 1
5/23/2018 LAD L 3-0 0.2 0 0 0 0
6/15/2018 Tex W 9-5 1 0 0 2 1
6/17/2018 Tex L 13-12 1 1 0 1 0
6/26/2018 SF L 3-2 1.2 1 1 2 3
Totals ERA: 0.86 21.1 8 2 37 9
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