Rex Brothers entered the eighth inning of a 4-4 tie. Of his first 13 pitches, 12 were balls, with the only strike being a sacrifice bunt. For the mathematically inept, that counts as three four-pitch walks (one intentional). Jim Tracy stuck with the young set-up man in a crucial spot, and Brothers rewarded him by striking out Brandon Belt and Melky Cabrera on seven pitches.
Brothers went ballistic on his way to the dugout, fired up and pissed off like a man with a scorpion in his jock. Less than five minutes later, Marco Scutaro - who entered the game in a double switch with Brothers - yanked a 1-2 fastball from Santiago Casilla over the left-field wall for his first home run in a Rockies uniform. Rafael Betancourt made that count, and the Rockies won a game.
14 - 21
The aforementioned 4-4 tie was an adventure in the making. Angel Pagan misplayed a line drive into a single plus 2-base error for a gimpy Troy Tulowitzki. Had he been healthy, he may have scored on the play. Instead at third, Tim Lincecum pitched around Todd Helton in front of a Michael Cuddyer double and Jordan Pacheco sacrifice fly. Carlos Gonzalez blooped a double and scored on a Tulowitzki single. Cargo also laced a two-out RBI single in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in his return to the rotation. He walked four, including the first two of the game, but he nearly doubled his season strikeout total with four. He allowed just one unearned run before being replaced with Josh Outman in the sixth inning.
Outman also pitched in the seventh, walking the first two he faced before Melky Cabrera doubled home two. Matt Belisle inherited the tying runner in scoring position, and Angel Pagan plated Melky with an opposite field single.
In all, the Rockies' pitchers walked 10 batters, yet only two scored.
Comment of the Night
Marco Scutaro (+.380): 1-for-1, HR
Troy Tulowitzki (+.247): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K
Michael Cuddyer (+.217): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Matt Belisle (-.156): 0.2 IP, H, K, 0/1 inherited runners stranded
Josh Outman (-.145): 1.0 IP, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB.
Jonathan Herrera (-.121): 0-for-5, K.
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