In one of the most all-time obnoxious baseball games I've ever witnessed, the Rockies dropped the series finale to the Giants, 12-10. In lieu of trying to construct a narrative out of that morass, I'm going to stick to bullet points.
- Coors Field, man. Just when you think you get a handle on it, it rips right out of your grasp. Coors Field, during the day, with a 20 mph wind blowing out to right field. The slipstream going out to right center was just nuts. In order to survive, a pitcher needs immaculate control and to keep the ball on the ground.
- Tyler Chatwood had terrible control and couldn't keep the ball on the ground. He went six innings, walked four, gave up three bombs and five runs, and it should have been much worse. He Houdinied out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the fifth on a wing, a prayer, and DJ LeMahieu's range. Multiple line drives found gloves. Chatwood routinely ran the count to 2-0 before you could even blink. He must have been overthrowing or something, because his control was nonexistent
- The Rockies scored seven runs off Matt Cain and lost. That sentence goes from "Awesome!" to "What the hell?" in a nanosecond.
- Troy Tulowitzki was 3-for-5 with a two-run dinger and a walk. His on base percentage is .494.
- Rockies with homers: Tulo, Justin Morneau, Charlie Blackmon.
- Giants with homers: Michael Morse, Brandon Hicks, Michael Morse, Hector Sanchez, Brandon Belt, Michael Morse, Hector Sanchez, Michael Morse, and Hector Sanchez.
- Rockies pitchers to NOT give up a home run: LaTroy Hawkins, Boone Logan.
- Chad Bettis. Come on dude. He was supposed to be the young gun to come in and be a force out of the bullpen, with a heavy fastball that would explode bats. Right now he's throwing 92 mph cookies.
- Hard to get too mad at him though. The Rockies had two chances in the 9th and 10th to walk off on them. They loaded the bases in the 9th, only to watch DJ LeMahieu fly out to Pence. Maybe he thought today was his big chance to hit a home run, with the way the ball was carrying to right. No dice.
- Both CarGo and Tulo took big game-ending swings in the 9th and 10th, and both barely got under it and popped out. Sigh.
- Four and a half hours of that crap. The Rockies scored a bunch of runs off Giants incompetence, which always seemed to be followed by Giants home runs. The game had a feeling of inevitability.
- Whatever. We won the series. Let's go to LA.
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