- The Rockies (-119) led the Rangers (+109) 12-9 in the bottom of the ninth.
- Wade Davis then came in for the save and couldn’t find the strike zone.
- Manager Bud Black just let Davis die on the mound, as the Rangers pulled out the improbable win.
Wow, what a way for Rockies moneyline bettors to lose in a late afternoon full of bad beats.
After blowing an early 5-1 lead, the Rockies managed to recover and actually led 12-9 headed into the bottom of the ninth. The usually reliable Wade Davis trotted out to the mound for the save chance — with a three run-lead.
Now, I’ve watched a lot of baseball in my day. And, to take that one step further, I’ve watched a lot of bad baseball in my day growing up 20 minutes from Citi Field. Even so, I’ve gotta admit that I haven’t seen many worse pitched innings. EVER. And I’ve spent 26 years on this planet as a Mets fan.
Just check out the sequence of events in the bottom of the ninth:
- Davis walked Delino DeShields Jr. to lead off the inning.
- Next up, Nomar Mazara. Davis walked him, too.
- Davis did get the next man, Jurickson Profar, to fly out to left. One out.
- Rougned Odor then singled to load the bases.
- Up steps Isiah Kiner-Falefa. And believe it or not, Davis walked him, too. A run scored, and the Rockies now only led 12-10.
- Joey Gallo then came to the plate, and, yep, Davis walked him, too! Another run scores. Now 12-11 Rockies.
You read that right, folks. After walking two batters to lead off the inning, Wade Davis walked back-to-back hitters with the bases loaded to HAND the Rangers two runs. And, unfortunately for anyone who bet the Rox, Davis wasn’t done yet.
Jose Trevino stepped up to put Davis and Colorado moneyline bettors out of their misery. He hit a bloop to shallow left field that found space in between Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra, giving the Rangers a walk-off victory in truly bizarre fashion.
What in God’s name was manager Bud Black doing as this implosion transpired? After Davis walked the first run in, I would’ve SPRINTED to the mound and yanked him out of the game by the ear (like a parent in the principal’s office).
Instead, he sat back and watched as Davis walked in another run … and then still LEFT HIM ON THE MOUND!??!!? Man, anyone with a Rockies moneyline ticket should mail their debt to Bud. He should cover this one. That’s on you, Bud.
Wade Davis’ final line: four earned runs on four walks and two hits in 0.1 innings (38 pitches).
On a positive note, you can’t help but come away touched by Trevino’s postgame interview.