Nolan Arenado nabs Platinum Glove for second straight year

Nolan Arenado nabs Platinum Glove for second straight year

A streak of six straight Gold Gloves, a record to start a career, and now a pair of consecutive Platinum Gloves will adorn the trophy case of Colorado Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado. Announced late Friday night at the Gold Glove ceremony, Arenado is now the only National League player to win

Rockies' Wait For Title Will Extend Past A Quarter Century

Rockies' Wait For Title Will Extend Past A Quarter Century

DENVER (AP) — For once, the Colorado Rockies head into the offseason searching for more pop at the plate to go with excellent pitching, not the other way around.

The Rockies lacked patience at the plate in getting swept by Milwaukee in the best-of-five NL Division Series with a 6-0 loss Sunday, their second straight shutout.

They were outscored 13-2 as they hit .146 with three extra-base hits and no homers. They didn’t score in their last 19 innings and set an NL Division Series low for runs,
So much for a return to the thin air of Coors Field to spark a dormant offense.

“I don’t know what it is,” third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “It’s just a bad stretch at the wrong time.”

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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 07: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after lining out during the ninth inning of Game Three of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rockies fans have a long winter to lament that and manager Bud Black’s decision to start German Marquez in Game 3 rather than hometown hero Kyle Freeland, who was 17-7 and pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the 2-1 wild-card win at Wrigley Field last Tuesday.

“Everyone wants to be the guy that takes the ball or has a big at-bat or makes a big play in the field,” Freeland said, admitting he was “a little bummed. I mean, it would have been great to pitch in this atmosphere, in Denver, my hometown.”

Carlos Gonzalez also lamented not seeing Freeland on the mound in this series.

“I really like our chances with Kyle on the mound because he’s been our horse all year long,” Gonzalez said. “But we’re talking about a guy who has a brilliant future, and I’m sure he’s going to have plenty of opportunities to pitch in front of this home crowd in big games.”

Until this week, Colorado was known for its hitting, for teams like the Blake Street Bombers who outscored opponents in games that resembled church softball leagues more than the major leagues.

Then came the humidor and while Coors Field was no longer the slugger’s Shangri-La, its cavernous dimensions still made it a hitter’s dream and a pitcher’s nightmare.

Not so much anymore.

After losing the NL West tiebreaker 5-2 to the Dodgers in Los Angeles and flying to Chicago for the win over the Cubs, the Rockies seemed flat as they lost 3-2 in 10 innings at Miller Park and then 4-0 — their first postseason shutout in franchise history.

And when they got back to Coors, they were still impatient at the plate, expanding their strike zones.

“We were trying to get things going. You saw a lot of guys chasing bad pitches, including myself,” Gonzalez said. “I think we were anxious. But at the same time, they have a great staff there. Their bullpen did a tremendous job.”

Arenado, eligible for free agency after the 2019 season, issued a challenge to teammates and the organization in July, suggesting he wanted to play in meaningful autumn games.

They did just that, but Arenado went 3 for 16 in the postseason, although he flashed the glove that could turn help him earn free-agent riches.

Fellow All-Stars Charlie Blackmon (2 for 15) and Trevor Story (5 for 18) also failed to emulate their regular-season grooves at the plate, and Gonzalez went 2 for 12.

“Our pitchers pitched great. They did exactly what we needed,” Arenado said. “It’s on the offense. We just couldn’t get anything going.”

By the ninth inning, what was left of the sellout crowd was booing the bad at-bats, and Arenado didn’t take offense.

“It was a bad loss. It was bad at-bats,” Arenado said. “It comes with the territory. It’s October. You’ve got to do something and we weren’t able to — I wasn’t able to.

“This game teaches you something every year, and I’ve obviously learned a lot about myself and I’ve got to get better. That’s basically what this game is telling me, what October’s telling me.”

Colorado won nine of its last 10 regular season games to force a one-game playoff with the Dodgers. The Rockies’ 91-72 record and .562 winning percentage was second-best in franchise history. They reached the playoffs for the second straight season, a franchise first.

That isn’t enough anymore.

Now they need some hitting to go with that young pitching.

Freeland thinks all that is needed offensively is a change of fortune.

“You know this lineup with the bats is going to have success. I know it didn’t show too much against the Brewers with this series. But we all know what they’re capable of one through nine,” he said.

“So, knowing we have both pitching and hitting, it makes the future very exciting.”

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer

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Rockies horror show shut down

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Brewers 6, Rockies 0

Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Cain cf 4 0 1 0 1 0 .083

Yelich rf-lf 3 1 0 0 2 0 .250

Braun lf 4 0 2 0 0 1 .385

Burnes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

d-Santana ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000

Perez 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333

Shaw 2b-1b 5 0 2 1 0 0 .364

Aguilar 1b 5 1 1 1 0 1 .091

Jeffress p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Hader p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Moustakas 3b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .364

Kratz c 4 1 3 0 0 0 .625

Arcia ss 4 1 1 1 0 2 .250

Miley p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Knebel p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

b-Granderson ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Soria p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Broxton rf 1 1 1 1 0 0 .500

Totals 36 6 12 4 5 8

Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Blackmon cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .083

LeMahieu 2b 3 0 1 0 1 1 .222

Arenado 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .182

Story ss 4 0 2 0 0 1 .167

Holliday lf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .200

Gonzalez rf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .100

Desmond 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .083

Wolters c 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500

c-McMahon ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Oh p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Davis p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Rusin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Marquez p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

a-Hampson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Oberg p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Ottavino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Iannetta c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 31 0 4 0 3 8

Milwaukee 100 102 002 — 6 12 0

Colorado 000 000 000 — 0 4 0

a-out on fielder’s choice for Marquez in the 5th. b-struck out for Knebel in the 6th. c-lined out for Wolters in the 7th. d-walked for Burnes in the 9th.

LOB—Milwaukee 8, Colorado 7. 2B—Shaw (1), Kratz (1), LeMahieu (1), Story (1). HR—Aguilar (1), off Marquez; Arcia (1), off Davis; Broxton (1), off Davis. RBI—Shaw (1), Aguilar (1), Arcia (1), Broxton (1). SB—Yelich (2).

Runners left in scoring position—Milwaukee 1 (Miley); Colorado 3 (Arenado, Desmond, Wolters). RISP—Milwaukee 2 for 9; Colorado 0 for 5.

Runners moved up—Arcia. GIDP—Aguilar, Kratz.

DP—Colorado 2 (Arenado, Desmond), (Arenado, LeMahieu, Desmond).

Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Miley 4⅔3 0 0 1 2 64 0.00

Knebel⅓0 0 0 0 1 3 0.00

Soria 1 0 0 0 1 2 11 0.00

Burnes, W, 1-0 2 0 0 0 0 2 23 0.00

Jeffress⅓1 0 0 1 0 14 5.40

Hader⅔0 0 0 0 1 7 0.00

Colorado IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Marquez, L, 0-1 5 7 2 2 1 5 71 3.60

Oberg 1 2 2 2 0 3 18 7.71

Ottavino 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 3.38

Oh 1 1 0 0 1 0 16 13.50

Davis 0 2 2 2 2 0 23 0.00

Rusin 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 0.00

Davis pitched to 4 batters in the 9th.

Inherited runners-scored—Knebel 1-0, Hader 2-0, Rusin 2-0. WP—Oberg.T—3:14. A—49,658 (50,398).

Brewers complete dominant sweep of Rockies

Brewers complete dominant sweep of Rockies

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Oct 7, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; The Milwaukee Brewers celebrate with broadcaster Bob Uecker after beating the Colorado Rockies in game three of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on Sunday in Denver to sweep the National League Division Series.

The Brewers move on to the NL Championship Series, where they will host Game 1 on Friday against either the Dodgers or Braves. Los Angeles led that series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for later Sunday at Atlanta.

Erik Kratz had three hits, and Wade Miley teamed with five relievers to produce the Brewers’ second consecutive shutout. Corbin Burnes (1-0) got the win with two innings of relief.

Milwaukee advanced to a League Championship Series for the first time since 2011 and just the third time in team history.

“It’s a great feeling,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told the media after the game. “I told the guys, we’ve earned the right to play to go to a World Series. And that’s a really, really special feeling.”

Trevor Story had two hits for the Rockies, who batted just .146 in the series. The Brewers gave up just two runs in the series, both coming in the ninth inning of Game 1, when the Rockies rallied to send the game into extra innings.

Counting the NL West tiebreaker game against the Dodgers on Oct. 1, the Rockies mustered six runs total in their last five games, four of them defeats.

“They pitched really well,” Colorado manager Bud Black said of the Brewers. “They’ve got good arms. I think there was a little bit of pressing going on all week. These were games that were high intensity and (had) a lot on the line. You know, the Dodger game, the Cubs game, these three playoff games. I think there were some guys trying a little bit too hard, which is a natural occurrence.”

The Brewers went up early Sunday on German Marquez (0-1). Christian Yelich drew a one-out walk in the first, Ryan Braun singled to put runners on the corners, and Yelich scored on Travis Shaw’s groundout.

Aguilar made it 2-0 when he hit a first-pitch curveball from Marquez with one out in the fourth. It was his first of the series.

Colorado had one chance early but couldn’t capitalize. Story led off the second with a single and Carlos Gonzalez walked with one out, but both were stranded.

DJ LeMahieu hit a two-out double in the third, but Nolan Arenado grounded out to end that inning.

The Brewers took a 4-0 lead on a bad couple of plays by Scott Oberg in the sixth. With two outs and runners on second and third, the reliever was called for a balk when he dropped the ball trying to flip it from his glove to his hand, allowing Mike Moustakas to score from third.

Kratz, who doubled and advanced to third on the balk, then scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Arcia and Broxton opened ninth with a back-to-back homers off Wade Davis.

Marquez gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Miley lasted 4 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He left with a runner at second and two outs, and Corey Knebel entered to strike out Charlie Blackmon and end the inning.

“The big performance today for me was from Corbin Burnes,” Counsell said. “I thought the Blackmon out was a big out. … Corbin kind of pulled some big weight today and did a heck of a job, but we’ve gotten so many contributions down there (from the bullpen) and they’re all pitching at such a high level that it makes (my) job pretty easy.”

Yelich, the NL MVP candidate who drew two walks Sunday, is reveling in his first playoff appearance after five losing seasons with the Miami Marlins.

“It makes you appreciate it,” he said. “It makes you realize you don’t get to do this every single year. It’s been a hell of a ride, and hopefully we’ve got more to go.”

–Field Level Media

Brewers finish sweep of Rockies to reach NLCS

Brewers finish sweep of Rockies to reach NLCS

From Coors Field, today’s batting practice HR leaders:

Holliday, COL……9
Yelich, MIL………..8
Aguilar, MIL………7
Braun, MIL……….6
Iannetta, COL……..6
Arcia, MIL…………5
Shaw, MIL…………5
Gonzalez, COL….4
Broxton, MIL…….3
Moustakas, MIL..3
Perez, MIL………..3

(Arenado didn’t take BP on the field.)