Sunday Rockpile: A debacle, Pedro Hernandez, and Wilton Lopez

Doug Pensinger

The Rockies were embarrassing yesterday, as three runs scored on a single wild pitch. I'll touch on that, plus talk about the trade deadline, LaTroy Hawkins, and the return of Tire Iron Lopez.

Rockies give up 3 runs on single wild pitch -

Here it is, one of the most embarrassing plays I've seen on a big league diamond. This one should be number one on the Not Top 10 of SportsCenter for a while. In all, it's just a total team failure that angries up my blood. It's a debacle that shouldn't be possible at the major league level and it seriously makes me question the ability of this team to compete at a contending level.

Colorado Rockies play sloppy baseball in loss to Milwaukee Brewers - The Denver Post

As Patrick Saunders notes in this game recap, after 74 games the Rockies are six games under .500 at 34-40. At this point last season, they were 37-37. I still honestly do feel better about the chances of this year's squad, given the circumstances surrounding this year's team from an injury standpoint. Still, it feels a lot like de ja vu, doesn't it?

Rockies' Christian Friedrich competes better than his line indicates - The Denver Post

Christian Friedrich, who hadn't pitched in the big leagues in almost two years, actually didn't acquit himself that poorly. He was only making this start because several "next men up" were injured/ineffective, but he did manage to pitch six innings and only four of his nine runs on the day were earned.

Also in the notes of that article, Christian Bergman apparently may miss his next start due to soreness in his left hand caused by a line drive that hit him in his last start. Pedro Hernandez, start your engine! That's right, the Rockies might need to call upon their 12th starting pitcher this year. 2012 saw 14 starters - we can do this!

CarGo welcomes twin girls to Rox family | News

In Thomas Harding's excellent daily notes post, we learn that Carlos Gonzalez became a father last week (right before Father's Day). Harding has more on the Bergman injury situation, Wilton Lopez, Nick Masset, and Nolan Arenado.

Rockies' Wilton Lopez, cut earlier this season, is back in bullpen

Speaking of Tire Iron, the Rockies brought back the righty to the major league roster after designating him for assignment just a few weeks ago. To make room, the Rockies moved Michael Cuddyer to the 60 day DL, rendering him inaccessible until early August. Apparently the Rockies couldn't get enough of Lopez's 11+ ERA pitching. Meanwhile Rob Scahill, who is still on the 40 man roster and who still hasn't made his 2014 MLB debut despite all of the fluctuations this year, still waits down at AAA.

Age just a number to Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins - The Denver Post

After re-reading Bryan's excellent profile of Colorado's closer, read Patrick Saunders's piece on LaTroy Hawkins and his longevity in the big leagues. As Hawkins notes, when he was drafted in 1991 the Rockies weren't even in existence.

Saunders: Will Rockies be buyers or sellers at trade deadline? - The Denver Post

As Saunders notes, the Rockies are still in Wild Card contention even after yesterday's debacle. My guess is, like last year, the Rockies will be neither buyers nor sellers at the deadline. If they do trade someone, that player will become the World Series MVP.

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