Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 5 – Zac Gallen sidelined
Talk about disappointing management. Zac Gallen led for 7 innings and was only 96 lengths deep before manager Torey Lovullo cut the grip to start off the top of 8th. The Dbacks went with Noe Ramirez, who was just off the Covid-IL list, and to his credit threw a good cadre last night. His short-term fortunes weren’t enough to stave off the Rockies’ offense and our desire to let Gallen roll.
Zac Gallen have failed to win a game in their last 12 starts. In fact, his last victory came on the road in April. Since then, the young pitcher has struggled with command and confidence. Gallen got off to a rocky start in the first run at Colorado. He succeeds in loading the bottom but comes out unscathed from the top of the 1st. I was pretty worried that things could go downhill from there, but Gallen was stuck from that point.
The game started with a rain delay. What I was not at all excited about. This is why I am not recapitulating the games. The two teams fought in their pitching duel for the first 4 innings. It wasn’t until the start of the 5th inning that the Dbacks broke the ice and got on the board with Varsho’s massive solo dong.
But that’s not all. In the same inning, Ellis scored on a hit from Ketel Marte who went 3 for 4 in tonight’s game.
The Dbacks drove with a 2 point lead at Coors Field. The bottom of the 5th to Coors and Gallen is still in control and has Rockies hitters. The What-a-Play of the game goes to Ketel Marte with this webgem in CF during the 5th to save Gallen and keep the lead. Gallen finished the round having only thrown 78 pitches at that time and was in a noticeable pace.
The top of the 6th was pacing back and forth with the Dbacks in order. The 6th Gallen bottom recorded his 9th strikeout but also gave a hit – his 1st baserunner since loading goals in the 1st inning.
At the start of the 7th inning, shortstop Nick Ahmed struck for his 4th time in the game, this time swinging and earning himself the Golden Sombrero. Nick hit looking 3 out of 4 times this game.
Gallen continued to ride at the end of the 6th and 7th innings. He left the game after throwing just 96 shots and holding the Rockies to a 7 IP shutout.
We all sat down and anticipated what Torey’s move would be for the start of the 8th inning: keep Gallen in the game, or go to the pen? Analytics won the battle and Torey sat Gallen down and asked Noe Ramirez to start the top of the 8th. Ramirez quickly took out first hitter, Diaz, then abandoned the game by tying HR to a guy named Garret Hampson. Everything was lost. I assumed the inevitable outcome at this point. Match tied 2-2.
The Dbacks offensive at the top of the 9th tried and tried to scratch in a race. Christian Walker’s first single followed by Varsho’s long line which was caught near the wall allowing Walker to slip into 2nd base after being scored was hopeful but not enough. Torey unplugged Nick Ahmed and brought in Josh Rojas, one of the hottest sticks in MLB right now, after Ahmed went 0-4 at plate with 4 strikeouts. But even that proved helpless as the Rockies rounded Rojas to face VanMeter, resulting in the 3rd over the top half of the 9th. Ultimately the rally died and did not lead to any races. The Rockies came to bat late in the 9th, still tied 2-2.
Torey went with (freshly released A pitcher) JB Wendelken at the end of the 9th. All I heard about this guy in the radio booth is how good he is because he was on Bob Melvin’s A’s and the Dbacks were smart to pick him up. Wendelken managed to save two strikeouts before giving up the 3rd HR run-off to Rockies wide receiver Diaz after a fierce back-and-forth battle at home plate. Rockies 5, Dbacks 2, My liver 0.
While the Dbacks were badass taking 3 of 4 from the Dads and then sweeping the Harpers, I can’t help but think that OVER THINKING lost this game for us. Gallen had fought to load the bases in the 1st and had overcome the obstacles. He then held the Rockies hitters at Coors Field and was prematurely taken out in favor of the Dbacks box. Which, as you all know, is not good at all. At the very least, Torey could have given Gallen a chance to lose the game on his own after the depth of his pitching and strikeouts. Why complicate things too much? The game belonged to Gallen, until it was shelved and planned.
It was a lightly populated thread tonight. There were only 157 comments distributed among the 15 participants. Roll call tonight:
AzDbackfanInDc, Diamondhacks, GuruB, Jack Sommers, Jim McLennan, Michael McDermott, NikT77, Oldenschoole, Schilling2001, Snacks & Dbacks, Snake_Bitten, blue_bulldog, edbigghead, kilnborn, since_98
There was no comment from Sedona Red overnight.
Pulp Fiction: Zac Gallen (+ 50.3%)
Kill Bill Vol. 1: Ketel Marte (+ 14.5%), Daulton Varsho (+ 10.2%)
The Hateful Eight: JB Wendelken (-33.3%)
The Diamondbacks will try to avoid the road sweep in Colorado tomorrow with Taylor Widener taking the mound for the Snakes and Jon Gray taking the hill for the Rockies. The game time is 12:10 MST.