The stars were not entirely aligned Sunday at Coors, with blown calls and missed chances almost taking one from the team.
But in the end the Rockies walked away with a win, splitting the series with the Marlins and finishing up the seven game home-stand 5-2.
Drew Pomeranz had the mound to himself for four eventful innings. After the Rockies gave up four runs in the first on Saturday to start the game against the Marlins, the last thing the team needed to do was fall behind again before even getting their first at bat.
It looked like they were about to do exactly that as Pomeranz almost suffered the same fate as Chatwood. He watched as Benifacio reached first on what was credited as an error to Josh Rutledge, even though replays showed it was clearly a blown call. Then a double and two ground out’s later and the team is down 1-0. The next two batters were walked (one intentionally), and that loaded the bases and the déjà vu was on.
Thankfully Pomeranz pitched his way out of it, giving the team a chance from the start, something Chatwood failed at on Saturday.
Putting up runs against Josh Johnson would prove difficult, especially after EYj and Josh Rutledge, two of the teams hottest hitters in August, left the game early with a strained rib cage and tight left quadriceps, respectively. Add to that a missing CarGo (bereavement leave), Cuddyer (placed on DL yesterday) and the bevy of other missing heavy hitters (Helton, Giambi, Tulo, etc. etc. etc.) and getting runs against anyone would seem bleak, let alone one of the premiere pitchers in the game.
But that didn’t stop Jordan Pacheco.
All of the Rockies runs would come in the fourth. After a Josh Rutledge single, Dexter Fowler hit an RBI double and then stole third. The stolen base was unnecessary as Jordan Pacheco would bring him home with ease, hitting his second home run of the season, putting the Rockies up 3-2.
Thankfully three would be all it would take.
Pomeranz eventually calmed down, leaving after four innings with a respectable line of 3 hits, 1 earned (solo HR) and three strikeouts, his biggest blemish being four walks issued. The bullpen was fantastic, putting up five scoreless innings between Ottavino (3 ip, 1 h, 3 k’s), Belisle (retiring three batters on nine pitches) and Betancourt.
The blown calls were a focus after the game, four in total with three against Colorado – one negating a run by the Rockies at the plate, and Tracy briefly touched on it post game:
They were a few questionable calls today, one of which cost us a run in the first inning on the very first play of the game, but that’s all I’ll say about that.
Tracy only spent a brief moment arguing one of the calls, and as one commenter on the MLB site suggested that maybe he was too tired from getting tossed earlier in the week and could use some time on the DL himself.