Padres 12, Rockies 11 (boxscore)
What Went Wrong: Listen, anytime you score 11 runs and lose, it's obvious what went wrong. However, anytime you score 11 runs and lose at Petco Park, you've taken wrong to a whole new level of rotten. Eesh.
Alex White's Line: 4 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 81 pitches (41 strikes)
Lather. Rinse. Four innings. Nearly 50-50 strike-ball ratio. Repeat. Nothing to see here that you haven't already seen a dozen times.
Adam Ottavino's Line: 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Ottavino just didn't have it, and when you're married to this piggyback system you're pretty much screwed in this scenario. I mean where do you turn? The other piggybacks can't go today. You can't extend one of your late guys. As @Stars5Steve says on Twitter, you're managing to a system that creates little flexibility, not the game flow.
I couldn't think a dumber way to approach baseball than what the Rockies have been doing this season, and will do in an updated form next spring.
Turning Point: This one took some really wild turns: The Rockies scored five straight early to take a 5-1 lead. Then San Diego scored ten straight, including the eight-run 5th against Adam Ottavino and Matt Reynolds. And then in the 8th Colorado rallied for six thanks largely to Josh Rutledge's first career grand slam.
Twists, turns, big innings and a very unlikely road rally all led to the 9th inning. That's where the Rockies put runners on first and second with nobody out, and then Wilin Rosario, Jason Giambi and Charlie Blackmon all struck out. That was their chance right there to steal what would have been a very good win, and of course they never got another chance after because San Diego walked off in their half on Yonder Alonso's RBI single. Quite disappointing to say the least.
Highlight of the Night: There's no better way to break an 0-for-the week slump than...
I'm telling you, this kid has the look and traits of a seasoned major leaguer. I still don't know what his true upside will be, but I'm just happy to be along for the ride on this one.
Oh, and Alex White homered AGAIN.
The hell got into him lately?
What's Next: Up the coast the Rockies go to San Francisco on Monday night for a 8:15 first pitch. The pitching matchup will actually be a rematch of last Tuesday's 9-8 Giants win at Coors Field: Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.86) vs. Madison Bumgarner (14-10, 3.32). If you recall, Bumgarner jacked a three-run homer on his own in that weird game.