Chacin pitches complete game but Rockies lose 2-1

August 11, 2011 | 1:39 pm | 14  

The Colorado Rockies wasted a complete game by Jhoulys Chacin and lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds to end up with a disappointing split of their four-game series.

Chacin gave up two runs in the first inning and with a little luck could have escaped unscathed. He gave up a two-out double to Joey Votto. Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo tried to pick Votto off second base and had him caught but shortstop Jonathan Herrera dropped the ball as he was trying to tag Votto. Second base umpire Lance Barksdale was starting to signal Votto out before the ball came loose.

Jay Bruce followed with a run-scoring single, the ball going beneath the glove of a piqued Chacin. Ramon Hernandez singled, putting runners on first and second. Drew Stubbs grounded to third baseman Chris Nelson. He backed up to catch the ball, had it go off his glove and never should have thrown to first. But Nelson did and made an error, allowing Bruce to score.

The Rockies were held to five hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Chacin retired 14 straight batters after walking Todd Frazier with two out in the first. He struck out nine, matching his season-high and doing it for the third time this season. Chacin struck out the side in the third and ninth. He gave up six hits, just two after the first inning _ Bruce doubled with one out in the sixth and Dave Sappelt singled with two out in the seventh. Sappelt’s hit was sandwiched between two walks, but Chacin left the bases loaded by getting Votto to fly to right.

Johnny Cueto held the Rockies to three singles in seven scoreless innings and matched Chacin with nine strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk and a single to start the eighth, but Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a double play and Alfonzo struck out. Gonzalez has grounded into six double plays this season, three in the past two games.

Gonzalez struck out to end the fourth after the Rockies loaded the bases with two out on singles by Chacin and Dexter Fowler and a walk to Mark Ellis.

Seth Smith kept the Rockies from getting shut out when he led off the ninth with a long home run off closer Francisco Cordero. He retired Nelson on a pop up and Ty Wigginton on a fly out. Troy Tulowitzki pinch hit for Herrera and lined a ball that Votto snared to end the game.

Other highlights:
_ Chacin’s other complete game this season was April 15 against the Cubs at Coors Field, a six-hitter as the Rockies won 5-0.

_ With Tulowitzki and Todd Helton being rested, Alfonzo hit cleanup. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and didn’t get the ball out of the infield. Alfonzo is the sixth player to bat cleanup for the Rockies this season. Tulowitzki has done it 111 times, along with Jason Giambi (1), Helton (1), Smith (2) and Wigginton (3).

_ The final three games of this series were decided by one run. the Rockies won 3-2 on Tuesday and lost by that score Wednesday. The Rockies fell to 17-22 in one-run games, 12-13 on the road.

14 Comments »

  • Bruce | August 11, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    Jim Tracy has lost this team.

  • Cisco Kid | August 11, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Was the outcome of this game not predictable? How does a team dream of going on a prolonged winning streak when the manager inserts the JV squad every third or fourth game? I can understand resting Tulo & Todd from time to time, but must you keep them both out AND Iannetta on the same day? I’m just curious how long Francona & Girardi would last if they did this in NY & Boston?

  • Miketober | August 11, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    I missed the game entirely but caught the recap on KOA.

    There is something I don’t understand. Nelson is the goat for making that error in the 1st. Jack says Nelson “never should have thrown to first”. But if Nelson just holds the ball, then you have bases loaded. And the next batter Frazier walked. So the run would have scored anyway. Am I missing something here??

  • Rocky | August 11, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    aren’t the Rockies like 0-52 when trailing in the 8th? well anyway, I’ll be there Monday nite for the Marlins, go D-Bax, .5 up on the Gnats.

  • Marc | August 11, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    I am becoming a “who cares” fan right before my very eyes

  • ColRox your sox | August 11, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Tracing is a complete moron. Like Cisco kid said, you don’t rest 3 of your starters at once and you especially don’t insert a career back up catcher at best into the 4 spot. Tracy couldn’t even manage a minor league team, let alone a little league team. This crap has gone on long enough, and frankly i am in awe that he has been allowed to pull this crap for so long. If the fans know that you have a losing lineup playing every few games don’t you think the players go onto the field knowing that. Tracy has completely lost the team and more importantly for himself has probably lost the respect of the baseball community. If there is even a slim chance of making the playoffs, it will not come with Tracy so the sooner he is gone the better. I am in absolute shock/disgust that that was our starting lineup. You know the opposing manager laughed at that when he saw it. The most important ability of a manager to have is the ability to manage the lineup throughout the season and put out your best lineup day in and day out (while managing a players rest) in order to give the team the best chance of winning. This ability is lacking in Tracy.

  • Jaredean | August 11, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    Miketober, I’m assuming they mean he should have eaten it because he couldn’t have gotten the runner out after he bobbled before the throw. Plus, with bases loaded it might not have been a walk. JC might have pitched a bit better.

  • Jaredean | August 11, 2011 | 4:51 pm

    I completely agree with resting everyone! So so so lame. Period.

  • rox4brains | August 11, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    Read on another site Tulo admitted he needed a game off. Helton’s back…he didn’t want to push it when the day game was so early. What’s Tracy supposed to do?

    Folks see the Rox are in the middle playing 20 games in a row right?

  • ColRox your Sox | August 11, 2011 | 7:04 pm

    If Tulo was in need of a rest, Tracy should have thought about sitting him yesterday when both Helton and Iannetta were playing, or sit him tomorrow when Helton is back in the lineup. Everyone knows Helton is gonna need a day off every few games. You would think Tracy would know to sit Tulo while Helton was in the lineup in order to not end up with the little league lineup that was thrown out there today with zero chance of winning. No excuse for this, zero, terrible managing.

  • rox4brains | August 11, 2011 | 7:59 pm

    Perhaps Tulo wasn’t feeling it physically necessary to take the game off yesterday, like today?

    “Despite his eight-game hitting streak, Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki did not start. “He came to me [Tuesday] and said his legs were starting to feel a little heavy,” manager Jim Tracy said. “We wanted to be proactive. If not, you risk pushing the guy.” Tulowitzki later pinch-hit. CBSSports.com

  • Colorado Thistle | August 11, 2011 | 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the Tulo information rox; I think the objection to Tracy is that he then sits Iannetta and Helton, and bats Alfonzo in the clean up spot. It was just a wacky lineup. The commentators on this site who saw it before the game thought, “oh oh, we’re going to struggle to score runs.” And that’s what happened. The team’s 13 – 25 record on series ending games speaks to the manager as much as the team.

    The knock on Tracy coming here was that he is a tinkerer. I thought the criticism was sour grapes from fans in LA and Pittsburgh. It turns out that style of managing drives fans (like me) crazy. I don’t know if it affects the players adversely, but it seems like the team under-performs.

  • Trip | August 12, 2011 | 7:59 am

    The record on series ending games is now 13-26. And I lay that at the feet of JT. Remember when he came here in ’09? The players loved him because they knew coming to the park every day what their role was. Now, with the exception of Todd, Tulo, and Cargo, no one knows. As evidenced by Smith’s frustration on the interview the other night, no one knows.

    Don’t you find it odd Seth can hit two home runs and then sit the next night? Yeah, he’s not playing well in the field lately. My thought is he’s pressing to show he belongs in the lineup every night.

  • progmatinee | August 12, 2011 | 11:17 am

    The last game of the series often corresponds to the Sunday losses. Some will say both the Sunday losses and the series ending game stats are like the 27th out stat, just coincidence and meaningless.

    I think it signifies something. Probably that this team is always in a rush to move on to the next series…or to move on to the next week or road trip.

    They’re getting caught up in what is coming up rather than play to win the current game.

    A big part of that is on the manager. I am ok with sitting Todd once in a while, or sitting Iannetta once in a while, but Sundays, afternoon games, and series ending games it really does seem like he puts in the b or c squad.

    Stop worrying about tommorrow and just play to win today.