Postgame schadenfreude, Rocky Mountain not-high edition

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

The end was cold and bitter.

The Rockies waited nine long years to get back into the National League division series. They put together a late-season winning streak to get into the playoffs, notching 91 victories. They beat the Cubs, 2-1, at a rowdy Wrigley Field in a dramatic, 13-inning wild-card game.

But then they were undone by their bats, suspect all season, turning to sawdust.

The Brewers swept away the Rockies in three games in the National League division series.  The ugly finale came Sunday afternoon at misty, 46-degree Coors Field with Milwaukee winning 6-0 and the Rockies held to four hits.

Colorado was held to two runs in the series, the fewest even in the NLDS, pending the outcome of Atlanta’s series vs. the Dodgers Sunday night. The Braves were shut out in the first two games of the series.

Things got so bad that some fans booed third baseman Arenado and all-star shortstop Trevor Story when they struck out in the sixth. In the ninth, when Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton hit back-to-back solo home runs off closer Wade Davis, the cheers of Brewers fans took over the ballpark as Rockies’ fans headed to the exits.

The Brewers move onto the National League championship series vs. the winner of the Dodgers-Braves series.  The Rockies will go into the offseason and think about what might have been had Brewers pitchers not tied them up in knots or kept them on eggshells.

In three games, the Rockies scored two runs, both coming in the ninth inning of Game 1, a game the Rockies lost 3-2 in 10 innings. Colorado hit .146 in the series with a .210 on-base percentage were shut out in the final two games after having never been blanked before in postseason play. …

The Brewers put the game on ice with a two-run sixth inning off reliever Scott Oberg, who had been one of the Rockies’ most reliable pitchers for much of the season, making it 4-0.  Oberg served up a single to Mike Moustakas, followed by a double to Erik Kratz, who lit up the Rockies all series. Then Oberg made a major goof, dropping the ball when he was on the rubber and getting called for a balk. That brought in Moustakas to score and advanced Kratz to third. When Oberg uncorked a wild pitch, Moustakas scored to make it 4-0.

Colorado’s offensive failures on Sunday began in the second inning. A leadoff single by Story and a one-out walk to Carlos Gonzalez had the makings of a mini-rally. But left-handed starter Wade Miley quickly snuffed it out, getting Ian Desmond to pop out to left and inducing Tony Wolters to ground the ball softly to second base.

In the third, DJ LeMahieu, likely playing in his final game in a Rockies uniform, doubled but Arenado grounded out to short ending the inning.

The Brewers struck quickly in the first to stake a 1-0 lead. No surprise there. The Rockies’  7.23 first-inning ERA in the regular season was the eighth-highest on record (since 1974), and by far the highest for any postseason team (the second highest was the 1999 Indians, with a 6.67 ERA).  National League MVP favorite Christian Yelich drew a walk off of Marquez, raced to third on Ryan Braun’s single to right and scored on Travis Shaw’s groundout to second.

Marquez left a meatball, first-pitch curve over the plate in the fourth and Jesus Aguilar smashed it for a solo home run and a 2-0 Milwaukee lead.

Marquez, who had a breakout season that established him as one of the game’s best young pitchers, certainly pitched well enough for Colorado to win. He yielded two runs in five innings.

And thus ends Rocktober 2018, as Rockies’ postseason berths are apparently called.

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