As I mentioned in the game thread, Max Scherzer came into today's game leading all qualified American League pitchers in K/9 with 11.3. However, due to a .383 BABIP-against and a career-high 13.7% of his flyballs allowed turning into homers, his ERA sat at a robust 5.76. So, then, it comes as little surprise that against a punchless lineup without its two best hitters, Scherzer dominated from start to finish.
In eight scoreless innings, Scherzer struck out 12 Rockies hitters while allowing seven hits - just one for extra bases - and zero walks. He now owns an even 100 strikeouts on the 2012 campaign. Dexter Fowler was victimized by Scherzer three times via K, while Jason Giambi and Chris Nelson each whiffed twice. For what it's worth, Colvin (who also struck out twice, but one was against Brayan Villarreal in the ninth) and Marco Scutaro had two hits apiece for the Rockies, with Colvin's fourth-inning double being the lone one of the extra-base variety.
Things weren't as gung ho for the Rockies on the mound, as Jeremy Guthrie labored through three innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks across 78 pitches before exiting during the rain delay. Really, the damage could have (and should have) been much worse, but he was able to get a couple of key strikeouts. Still, Guts' confidence looks completely shot, and I don't know how much longer he'll be in the Rockies' rotation. Sure, $8 million is $8 million, but it's costing the Rockies more paying him to pitch than it would paying him to not pitch. The bullpen, as usual, kept the club somewhat in the game, as five relievers - led by Guillermo Moscoso's two scoreless frames - combined to throw five innings of one-run ball.
Despite "only" scoring five runs, the Tigers pounded out 15 hits, and were led by rookie Quintin Berry's 5-for-5 afternoon. Gerald Laird pitched in three hits, while Austin Jackson and Ramon Santiago each had two.
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The Rockies are a season-worst 15 games below .500, and are now 3-19 in weekend contests. Things aren't likely to improve anytime soon, with road trips to Philadelphia and Texas on the horizon, not to mention the fact that Carlos Gonzalez was scratched before today's game with a bum knee and Troy Tulowitzki remains on the DL for an unspecified period of time. I'm not going to sugarcoat it, you guys: it's ugly out there right now. Real ugly.
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