Saturday, April 21, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Tracy, Bullpen fall apart in 7th inning

Brewers 9, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: The Rockies bullpen has been a strength in the early going.

Tonight, not so much.

It started in the sixth inning as Jim Tracy called on Esmil Rogers to protect a one run lead. Rogers, who had put together four scoreless relief appearances — retiring at least four batters in each — to begin the season, was greeted by a game-tying Ryan Braun home run.

That you could live with. However, Tracy elected to stick with Rogers (18 pitches in the sixth) into the seventh, and the wheels promptly fell off as three of the first four Brewers reached, including a Rickie Weeks RBI triple.

So Rogers gets the hook with Colorado now trailing 5-3. In comes Edgmer Escalona, who proceeds to throw gas on the fire beginning with a Ryan Braun RBI triple and ending with an Alex Gonzalez three-run homer.

9-3 Brewers. Game over.

Other problems: Managing only two hits and striking out nine times against injury fill-in Marco Estrada wasn't exactly inspiring. Marco Scutaro was one of those victims, striking out for the first time in 2012. Maybe he'll only strikeout against pitchers named Marco.

Oh, and remember how I was praising Wilin Rosario for his work behind the plate in his early starts? BIG step back tonight with some lousy (perhaps lazy) footwork leading to a pair of passed balls and a wild pitch. He needs to bring it every night.

Turning Point: Back to Jim Tracy's odd use of the bullpen in the seventh.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Brewers 4-21-12

Friday's Recap: Chacin and Cuddyer play hero in Milwaukee


Colorado Rockies (7-6)

  1. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  2. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Todd Helton (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Wilin Rosario (C)
  8. Chris Nelson (3B)
  9. Drew Pomeranz (P)
Milwaukee Brewers (6-8)
  1. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  2. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  5. Corey Hart (RF)
  6. Alex Gonzalez (SS)
  7. Mat Gamel (1B)
  8. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
  9. Marco Estrada (P)
This right-handed powered Brewers lineup is going to provide quite a challenge for Pomeranz tonight. It wouldn't be surprising at all if they touch him up a bit, but I'm just looking for him to be sharper than he was on Sunday against Arizona.

Quicker innings would be great, but most of all keep what is likely to be an aggressive baserunning team in check and do a better job of not allowing the opposition to create opportunities for themselves. Make them earn every bit of their offense. 

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