Well, the stars finally aligned. Things have been heading in this direction for some time now, but it is finally here.
After Thursdays painful loss, the one that saw the Rockies fail to wrestle the lead from the Diamondbacks like two dogs with a single chew toy, Tulo made a prediction that the pitching had a bad day and some days the pitching is on and the hitting is off, but soon they will both come together and the team will go on a streak. That is a paraphrase, of course, but the day has finally arrived. The pitching and hitting are finally on the same page.
Unfortunately the “same page” is the wrong side of the score card and the “streak” is one of losing.
Coming into the game today, fan’s were hoping they’d finally seen the bottom and things would start heading up. That maybe the poor pitching and horrible hitting, that had been trading off their daily appearances, couldn’t last forever. Shoot, Christian Friedrich was on the mound. He already had two excellent starts under his belt and was ready for his first taste of Coors.
But by the time he was pulled from the game, and forced to watch the bases he loaded with no outs be cleared by Rogers in the sixth, his line was anything but hopeful. Five innings, eight earned, four walks and three strikeouts. Oh, and don’t forget the home run in the second.
His ERA jumped from 1.38 to 5.00. Just like that, Friedrich moved from the list of solutions to the problems column. He will have a lot of company, to be sure.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the other half of the equation. Hitting.
For a second night in a row the team looked like they were facing another potential Cy Young candidate. With only two hits entering the seventh, with one of those hits coming from non-starter EYj, Tracy made a move that showed his frustration might have been just a small fraction of what the fans have felt over the past few weeks.
He pulled Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki who were 0-10 over the past two games.
Sit down boys, you’ve earned it.
Whether the move sparked the bats or not, thankfully the hitting didn’t stay stalled at 2 singles. Getting shutout two nights in a row from one of the AL’s worst teams would have been too much to handle.
In the bottom of the 7th Giambi doubled and Pacheco singled him home. Woo hoo, we have a run. There goes the shutout, pop the champagne cause it is only 9-1.
Then Wilin Rosario made Vargas pay for not watching more film, as he launched the fourth pitch into the left center seats. Perhaps Wilin decided he needed to make up for the 6,000 passed balls attributed to him.
Nevermind that, it just felt good to have something to cheer for after the boos were starting to drown out the Mariner fans cheers.
And why the Seattle pitchers are being praised for their work louder than the Rockies players are being blamed for their bats is anyone’s guess.
Many point to the end of last season as the moment the team melted down and really lost the 2011 road to the playoffs. Injuries and uninspired play were seen and angrily rehashed over the last half of 2011.
Unfortunately, all one has to do to view history in the proper prospective is to look at the team record last May. The month that was, “still early” and, “still had time to work out the issues”. Last May our record was 8-20.
So, what is our record so far this Month? Why, that would be 4-13. Remember, those that don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
Well, in fighting off repeating it, let’s just hope we don’t “improve” upon it.