The Rockies’ starters have been on fire recently, but their bullpen has let them down over the past week. It all started last Monday in St. Louis when Colorado blew a four-run seventh-inning lead.
Wade Davis then blew back-to-back saves on Thursday and Friday against the Cardinals and Brewers, respectively. That trend continued on Sunday in Milwaukee.
Jon Gray threw an absolute gem, going eight strong innings of one-run ball — his fourth straight start of at least seven-innings without allowing more than two earned runs.
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Leading 4-1, the Rockies handed the ball to Adam Ottavino for the save. Despite the recent bullpen struggles, Colorado (-102) and under (8.5) bettors had to feel safe with the All-Star on the mound.
However, that feeling of security soon turned to panic after a bizarre sequence of events. Mike Moustakas led off the inning with a solo shot to cut the lead to 4-2.
We are headed to extras, tied at 4.
Here’s what got the 9th inning rally started: pic.twitter.com/c29DjPuuSN
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 5, 2018
Ottavino then induced a ground ball out from Travis Shaw. Two outs away from the window for those who backed the Rockies and/or the under.
Ottavino could now settle in against a number of right-handed batters due up. The Rockies right-hander has an absolutely filthy slider, but it just didn’t have its normal bite today.
Even so, Ottavino got ahead of Braun 1-2. Or did he? Catcher’s interference on Tom Murphy, which put Braun on first base. (A fitting name for the catcher, as Murphy’s law was about to go into full effect with two outs.)
After Ottavino struck out Jonathan Schoop, Colorado was one out away. The Brewers sent catcher Erik Kratz to the plate as their last hope. Kratz would also strike out. Game over, right?
Kratz reached on the strikeout after a wild pitch. The inning continued and so did the torture for Rockies and under backers. However, Colorado still led by two and had two outs.
Orlando Arcia then stepped up and doubled to cut the lead to 4-3. Colorado left fielder Gerardo Perra threw to third instead of second, allowing both runners to get into scoring position.
Now, a base hit by Hernan Perez not only likely wins the game for Milwaukee, but also somehow sends both Rockies and under bettors home a loser.
Well, Perez wouldn’t get a base hit. In fact, he struck out — but not before ANOTHER wild pitch allowed the game-tying run to score. And there goes the under, which lost because of a catcher’s interference, a player reaching on a strikeout with two outs, a double, and multiple wild pitches. The Brewers scored their final two runs to tie the game at four with two batters who each struck out. Amazing.
Passed ball on strike three that would’ve ended the game
Wild pitch to tie the game
Just like the @Brewers wrote it up! It’s 4-4 headed to the 10th
Under 9 bettors not happy with the lack of catching pic.twitter.com/MrY7cUEqWD
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) August 5, 2018
At least Nolan Arenado saved this from becoming a double moose, as the star third baseman homered to give the Rockies another lead in the tenth-inning.
— Rockies de Colorado (@LosRockies) August 5, 2018
This time, Seung-hwan Oh got the save (barely). No double moose, but an epic bad beat for under 8.5 bettors.