|Guillermo Moscoso was at-bat in the game's most crucial moment.|
The game ended on a walk-off 3-run homer off the bat of Aaron Hill, but the turning point came much earlier than that.
With starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin rolling along, Jim Tracy removed him from the game once he hit 75 pitches. Chacin was throwing a shutout. His stuff was working and the Diamondbacks had barely even made a threat. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out four in his five innings of work.
Chacin gave way to Guillermo Moscoso with a 1-0 lead. Moscoso, who has been anything but spectacular in his first season as a Colorado Rockie. Tuesday night was no different. In his first inning of work he was able to wiggle out of a two-on-no-out jam. Then, in the top of the 7th inning, the Rockies had a runner at third base with two outs. The Diamondbacks elected to walk Jonathan Herrera to face the pitchers spot.
Earlier in the season the move would have caused outrage among Rockies fans. However, in game 161 this has become the norm. Tracy allowed Moscoso to hit for himself. With very little chance, the pitcher struck out after Herrera had stolen second base. The move essentially gave up on two insurance runs that the team quickly realized they needed.
Moscoso, who clearly wasn't on his game in the previous inning, then trotted back to the mound in the 7th inning and promptly gave up a double and a home run to give up the Rockies small lead.
Of course, the bench is short. There is no reason why the bench should be short, considering the fact that clubs can carry 40 men at this time of year. However, even with a short bench, there is no reason not to use a pinch hitter in that situation. None. The reality is, in a nine inning game, a team only gets so many chances with runners at second and third base. A base hit would have put the Rockies up 3-0 and changed the course of the rest of the game.
Instead, the team had to battle back, get a clutch hit from Jordan Pacheco to score two runs, and then eventually gave up a walk-off three run homer to lose the game.
Games like Tuesday night's are what those following the Rockies all season long have had to deal with. The logic is simply missing. There is no explanation for some of the moves that the Rockies have been making all season long. The moves may be being made by Jim Tracy, or they may be decided by those above him. Bill Geivett and Dan O'Dowd very well may be deciding what Tracy decides in that situation. However, Tracy has to be the one to take the fall for it. He is the one who pulls the trigger and must take some blame for it.
This weekend's meeting between Tracy and Geivett will tell whether or not these are the last days of Tracy allowing his relief pitchers to swing the bat. Rockies fans can only hope that whatever changes are made, they will end up making a difference in the way the team goes about things.
The Rockies conclude their worst season ever on Wednesday night in Arizona. The end is finally here for a season that crashed and burned before it ever got out of the blocks.
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