Monday, December 5, 2011

Rockies Retread - April 15, 1993

All right, I promise I had every intention of moving through Rockies history more quickly than this, but I just keep finding these box score gems. At some point there will be a stretch of boring and we can at least get out of April 1993. For now, though, check this one out.

After dropping the first two games of a three-game series to the Mets at Mile High Stadium, the Rockies sent David Nied to the mound in an effort to avoid the sweep. Nied dropped his ERA to 3.43 en route to a complete game in which he struck out 6, walked none, and allowed only 2 earned runs on 6 hits. A third run scored on an error by right fielder Gerald Young.

The Rockies managed even fewer hits than the Mets: just 4 total. And yet, somehow, they won this game 5-3. Here's how the bottom of the 1st inning unfolded: Eric Young led off with a walk, then stole 2nd (no surprises there). Alex Cole hit a bunt single down the third base line that allowed EY to advance to 3rd. Then Cole stole 2nd. So we have two runners in scoring position and nobody out. Daryl Boston grounded out to 2nd, advancing Cole to 3rd and scoring EY. Then Andres Galarraga lined out to the pitcher Dwight Gooden. I didn't see this, but the scoring reads P-2B-1B, so it sounds like the Mets got stupid and threw behind the runner. This allowed Cole to score, tying the game at 2 with nobody on and 2 outs. Charlie Hayes and Gerald Young drew back-to-back walks and Danny Sheaffer singled to load the bases. Freddie Benavides followed that with a 2-run single before Nied grounded out to end the inning. So that's 4 runs on just 3 hits. The 3 batters who walked all scored.

After that, Gooden wouldn't allow a hit again until the bottom of the 7th, when a bunt groundout by EY scored Benavides from 3rd. So Gooden pitched 5 hitless innings and ultimately allowed fewer hits than Nied did, earning a loss in the process. If you needed any more evidence that walks hurt and good baserunning helps, there it is.

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