Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Another Rockies Rerun

Giants 11, Rockies 6 (boxscore)

If you've seen this game once, you've seen it 67 times this season. Lousy starting pitching. Lousy relief pitching. Lousy defense. Decent enough offense, but too little and too late to make a difference.

More of the same. No end in sight.

Jeff Francis' Line: 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 66 pitches (41 strikes)

If it wasn't official after his last start, it's official now: Jeff Francis has hit the four-man rotation wall, and he's impacted it pretty violently. No surprise there. But he should be given credit for holding up as well as he did for as long as he did. He was asked to put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on his arm for a team that's going nowhere. I realize he had to do to stay in the big leagues, but I still respect him for doing it and having success with it for six weeks.

Edgmer Escalona's Return Line: 1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB

He's not a major league pitcher. Cut him. Immediately.

Highlight of the Night: Like I said, I'll keep showing them if Josh Rutledge keeps hitting home runs. He did it again on Saturday night, this time against Madison Bumgarner.

Of course it doesn't hurt that his home runs are often the only highlight of the game for Colorado fans. Pickins' are slim.

Lineup Card: Rockies vs Giants 8-4-12


Colorado Rockies (38-66)
  1. Eric Young Jr. (RF)
  2. Josh Rutledge (SS)
  3. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  4. Carlos Goznalez (LF)
  5. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  6. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  7. Matt McBride (1B)
  8. Jonathan Herrera (2B)
  9. Jeff Francis (P)
Come on down, Matt McBride and Edgmer Escalona. You're the latest callups thanks to Michael Cuddyer and Christian Friedrich going on the DL. That list seems to add a new name (sometimes two) every single day, and soon will have more names on it than Jim Tracy's lineup card.  

San Francisco Giants (57-49)
  1. Angel Pagan (CF)
  2. Ryan Theriot (2B)
  3. Melky Cabrera (LF)
  4. Buster Posey (C)
  5. Hunter Pence (RF)
  6. Marco Scutaro (3B)
  7. Brett Pill (1B)
  8. Joaquin Arias (SS)
  9. Madison Bumgarner
Same Giants lineup as last night. Go get'em, Jeff Francis! 

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Rock Solid Recrap: Giants 16, Rockies 4. It May Only Get Worse.

Giants 16, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Click the boxscore or keep reading, but just know if I listed everything we'd be here until September.

Jonathan Sanchez's Line: 3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 67 pitches (33 strikes)

That ball-strike ratio would get you cut from your high school baseball team. But you just watch, Sanchez will get at least one more start with the Rockies or become a piggyback reliever. I'd almost bet your money on it.

Bullpen's Line:  6 IP, 13 R (12 ER), 13 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

The most overworked of the Rockies relievers, Adam Ottavino, actually pitched well (3 IP, 1 ER). Mike Ekstrom (1 IP, 4 ER), Matt Reynolds (1 IP, 5 ER) and Carlos Torres (1 IP, 3 ER), not so much. It's only a matter of time before any number of these guys end up on the DL with the countless other Rockies currently out of service.

That's So Rockies: An MRI revealed that Christian Friedrich's lower back problem is actually a stress fracture that will end his season. It never ends.