In what could very well be the game of the year, or at least the game of the year that wasn’t televised, the Rockies walked off on the Dodgers today, thanks to a 3 run home run by Jason Giambi. Leading up to that was 9 innings of nail-biting baseball full of excellent pitching, questionable managing and the worst blown call you will ever see.
Pomeranz had a very solid outing, giving the team a fighting chance with Kershaw on the opposing mound. He did issue four walks, but went 6 2/3 (a career high for him) and only gave up one run on four hits. His five strikeouts helped the base on balls go down easier. Kershaw didn’t fair as well, going 7 1/3 while giving up five runs on seven hits.
Oh, and three of those seven hits were home runs! Cargo went deep twice and Rosario went yard on him as well.
The worst call you will ever see in your life, thankfully, was one that benefited the Rockies. It came in the top of the sixth with two out and runner on first. First base ump, and crew chief Tim Welke, was positioned with Todd between him and the bag, so his perception was completely off. The hit from Jerry Hairston was snagged quite masterfully by Nelson, but the throw pulled Todd way off the bag. In the replay you can see how Todd was about three feet from the bag, but Hairston was still called out. Lucky break!
Helton Blown Call
The questionable moves came in the top of the eighth for the Rockies. With the Rockies up 2-1, Jim Tracy decided to let Rex Brothers pitch to Jerry Hairston. Brothers was brought in to pitch to Ethier and proceeded to give up a single after having him at a 1-2 count. So, instead of bringing in Esmil to pitch to Hairston, Tracy went with Brothers. Brothers gave up a two run double which put the Dodgers up 3-2.
In the bottom of the eighth Dex had an RBI single and CarGo hit his second 2 run home run to put the Rockies back up by two. The other tricky situation came in the top of the ninth, when Tracy decided to walk Matt Kemp with Kennedy already on first.
So, with runners on first and second and two outs, Betancourt threw a pitch that Dee Gordon hit to straight away center. Kemp was sent home (having come from first) and Tulo’s throw was weak and offline. Walking Kemp, the tying run, didn’t pay off.
But it did setup the action in the bottom of the frame.
Both EYj and Scutaro walked to start the ninth and Johnny Herrera laid down the perfect bunt to move them over. With one out and runners at second and third, Donny Baseball decided that he would rather face Giambi than Cargo.
Giambi sent the second pitch he saw over the center wall and the Rockies officially had their second Walk Off of the season!