Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Marlins 7, Rockies 0
2005-05-06 20:20
by Mark T.R. Donohue

It doesn't really matter that the Rockies bullpen continued to give it up like France under invasion tonight; Dontrelle Willis was on, he was getting the outside corner, and there wasn't much Joe Kennedy or anyone else was going to do to stop him (7 IP, 10 K's). Kennedy was pitching well when he his ankle got pegged on the one-hop from a Juan Encarnacion grounder. It's indicative of the way Colorado's season that before Kennedy had to be carried out of the game, he managed to limp his way over to the ball and commit a throwing error.

That makes nine in a row if you're counting, and with Beckett tomorrow, the path doesn't get any easier. The Rockies at this point have two losing streaks longer than their win total, and that ain't good. At least it wasn't a one-run loss, eh?

After Kennedy went out, Jay Witasick, who seemed due for a torching, got torched, letting both of Kennedy's runners score and sending in three of his own for good measure. The game effectively over, it was as good a time as any for the Byung-Hyun Kim experiment to continue. It's a worthy cause, as Kim still looks nasty when he's in the strike zone, but he had two walks to go with his two K's and gave the Marlins an extra point on a wild pitch.

Bright spots, bright spots. Brian Fuentes effectively shut the barn door after Witasick let out all the cows in the 6th. Clint Barmes had a single and was on base twice. Catcher Todd Greene continues to outhit the guy he's ostensibly backing up (although that could be a platoon phenomenon). Luis ("N.R.") Gonzalez had a hit and drew a walk, equalling right there the season total of the man he was spelling. And they didn't wear the sleeveless jerseys.

I'm not licked yet! I can take more! Tomorrow: Beckett, and local sportswriters struggle to find clever ways to interpolate the word "ten" or digits "10" into their headlines.

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