One strike away and we met our match. A team that over the last two nights has an XBH percentage of their hits at around 85 took full advantage of that new life in the ninth and turned a one run deficit into a four run lead, all with two out. Brutal, Minter gassed presumably when it mattered most, losing his control. This Colorado team is awesome in this guise, their power across the board well ahead of ours. 5 in the 9th, dear me.
So let’s talk about pitching, across the nine innings. First things first, how come Sonny had put on 40 lbs and a few inches since we saw him recently? Oh, finally worked it out. Folty had a thoroughly satisfactory first outing with good control and a smooth not stressed delivery. It wasn’t until the sixth inning when he started to tire that he allowed his first 3 ball count and subsequently his only run. 78 pitches, 52 strikes, 1 walk, 5k. easy fastball delivery around 95/96.
Enter our friend Luke who only produced the relief appearance of the year so far. 2 innings, 6 up, 6 down, no K’s, all ground balls at or near Dansby. The last 3 of those hitters, in order, were Story/Murphy/Arenado, all sizzling hot. Remarkable.
Back to reality. On came Minter who started off brightly with pace and control but both deserted him and he left with this ugly line – 2/3 IP, 4 runs, 2bb. Winkler came on and got the last out in the 9th but not before Story doubled the Rockies lead from 2 to 4. Game over.
Our hitters did a decent job you might say by producing 5 runs that included 2 hits each for Camargo, Ender, Acuna and Markakis(who remains our MVP by a clear measure).Ender and Freddie homered. Decent power but not in their league!
To sign off I’m concerned that some of you might be down a bit after all this. So near, so far. Keep your chins up.