Saturday, June 30, 2012

Speedy Rock Solid Recrap: Guthrie Leads Bullpen Collapse

Padres 8, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: I couldn't see the game! (Expletive) Fox!

Turning Point: The moment Jeremy Guthrie was summoned from the bullpen, this game went from very winnable to just plain winnable. But the Rockies offense failed to get on track against Edinson Volquez, so it was looking less than winnable heading to the late innings. Then Adam Ottavino took the mound in the 8th and had a rare terrible outing, turing the game into a completely unwinnable.

It was a gradual turn, but it definitely started with Jeremy Guthrie allowing a pair of home runs in his two inning relief effort.

Christian Friedrich's Line: 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 74 pitches (49 strikes)

Since I can't analyze how he looked, I'll just point out how much I love to see a zero in the walks column. It was just three starts ago that Friedrich walked five Tigers in less than five innings. Since, he's only walked one single batter. Improved numbers across the board will start coming when a pitcher starts locating better, so I'm encouraged by that.

Highlight of the Night: This has nothing to do with the Rockies game, but if you haven't seen the video of Brian Dozier's physics-defying hit today at Target Field, do it now.

What's Next: Series finale tomorrow afternoon at 1:10.

It sounds like it'll be Drew Pomeranz on the mound for Colorado, but they've switched up enough on me lately that I won't believe it until I see him lead the team out of the dugout. For San Diego, it'll be Kip Wells (0-1, 3.60).

Yes, that Kip Wells.

Final Thoughts: You know, if Wilin Rosario keeps hitting home runs like this, Jim Tracy might be forced to bat him ninth. I'm serious. We can't have that type of power hitting in the top six when there's a better chance for runners to be on base and a better chance for him to see fastballs. Just keep moving him down.

The last paragraph was entirely sarcasm. 

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