Déjà Vu For The Rockies

rockiesRafael Betancourt was placed on the waiver wire earlier in the day and tonight he blew his second straight save chance in as many days as the Phillies beat the Rockies 5-4.

Perhaps the worst part of the deal was that he was injured on the play that tied up the game. It was a slow roller to third base and Betancourt broke for the ball. He was not able to come up with it and Nolan Arenado also failed to make the play. Betancourt seemed frustrated and when the trainer came out he wasted no time in getting off of the field. He left before throwing a pitch to see if he was ok, this either means that he hurt his groin again and he did not want to further hurt the injury, or he was simply too angry and frustrated and did not want to go further in the game.

Either way it ended up in another loss for Betancourt. Jeff Francis came in to relieve Betancourt and gave up a walk which pushed Michael Young to second base and he scored on a base hit from Dominic Brown. The Rockies will be happy to get out of Philadelphia and head into Miami tonight to get ready to take on the Marlins over the weekend.

Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt owe Chad Bettis a huge apology after they blew his shot at his first Major League victory. Bettis easily had his best start of the season as he went 5 1/3rd innings allowing six hits, one run, one walk and struck out five on the night. Matt Belisle came in to relieve Josh Outman who had walked a batter and he gave up a two run home run to Darin Ruf which cut the Rockies lead down to one at 4-3. Rafael Betancourt came in to try and close out the game and it looked very promising after he retired the first two batters of the inning. Jimmy Rollins then doubled down the right field line. In what was probably the dumbest move of the Rockies season, they let Jimmy Rollins steal third base without attempting to throw down and get him. This would eventually come back to haunt them as Michael Young came up and hit a 60 foot dribbler to the left side which Nolan Arenado could not field in time to get him at first base. Chase Utley then drew a walk off of Jeff Francis and then Dominic Brown hit the walk off single. The Rockies road struggles continue, and their bullpen continues to be a major concern moving forward in the season.

The middle of the lineup for the Rockies did the most damage tonight as Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario each had two hits on the night. Wilin Rosario extended his hitting streak to 13 games and Troy Tulowitzki now has a nine game hitting streak. The big blow in the game was when Rosario drilled a three run home run deep to left field off of Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. It was Rosario’s 20th home run of the year and also tied him for the club lead in RBI with 70. The Rockies offense has swung the bat well over the past couple of games and they will be trying to keep it going as they head down to Miami to take on the Marlins.

The Rockies are heading to South  Beach and will be taking on the Marlins over the weekend. Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.24 ERA) will be taking on Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.66 ERA) of the Marlins. First pitch for the game tomorrow night is scheduled for 5:10 PM Mountain time.


Dave Land

Dave Land

Dave is a Sports Administration Major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He interned for the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche Group Ticket Sales departments. He's worked as an Event Manager for the Gold Crown Foundation. He has worked in sports through all facets of the game, and with Youth, High School, College, Minor Leagues, and Major Leagues at all different capacities.

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