Corregidor: Braves 0, Rockies 3

Corregidor. This is a rock mountain in the channel leading from the South China Sea into Manila Bay. After the Magellan exploration, the Spanish returned to colonize the Philippines. They built the first fortresses on the rocky island. Even by 16th century cannon, that made it hard for a wooden ship to enter Manila Bay.

The first big trade thing that happened in Manila was that it was the “silver concentration point” for purchasing Eastern spices and such. The silver mined in Mexico (centered around Taxco) was shipped overland to a nice port on the Pacific (Acapulco) and then to Manila.

Our World War II reference is to the fall of the Philippines. The U. S. had succeeded Spain in control of the Philippines after the Spanish American War. An independence schedule had been adopted. And then, the Japanese struck.

The grand plan had been that, in case of war, the American forces would withdraw to the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor (just south of the peninsula). Then, led by the “irresistible force” of U. S. battleships, a relief column would come. Well, the Pearl Harbor attack kind of proved that wouldn’t work. So, despite gun emplacements, barracks, hospitals, fuel, food and ammunition all below ground in protected tunnels, after a long hold out, the defense of Corregidor was surrendered.

What has that got to do with Monday’s baseball game? Well, the Braves have been reeling from hit after hit. And, they were able to defend effectively for a fairly long time. But then, what seemed to be inevitable (the collapse) came.

Julio Teheran was almost brilliant. This in the worst park for pitchers in MLB. To slow down homers, the fences are deep. Then, that means the outfielders have to cover the whole Pacific (which first the U. S. and then Japan found is quite difficult). Julio went 7 innings, got 8 K’s, gave up 4 hits and 3 walks, and gave up NO runs. But for the Braves of late 2017, all good things must come to an end.

As the first batter of the game, Ender Inciarte hit a ball into left field that was misplayed. So, he began his circuit of the bases. Ron Washington waved Ender on to the plate. But, the relay caught Ender as his 15.1 second sprint wasn’t fast enough. I remember a game a old Mile High where both Deion Sanders and Fred McGriff hit inside the park home runs. My memory (remember, this is 25 years ago) is that Deion’s time around the bases was 13.9 and Fred’s was 16 something. Ron, with no outs you hold the runner at third.

Chad Bettis was making his first Major League start after diagnosis and treatment for testicular cancer (I remind you of this so you can have some added cringe to your day because by now, the plight of the Braves has gone on too long for an emotional reaction to a setback). Despite pedestrian minor league rehab numbers, he pretty well kept the Braves in check. 7 innings with no walks and 6 hits and 2 strikeouts, no runs. With Matt Kemp coming off the DL Friday (I guess if he doesn’t hurt himself getting in the whirlpool), we will find out if the saber crowd is wrong and one above average bat can “protect” and “inspire” an offense from 2 runs a game to 5 runs a game. And then, if that works, somebody will take Kemp off our hands and Braves can make a long term solution.

Our old friend Mike Dunn came on in relief and got the win. That came because Rex Brothers (whom I have to admit I thought would help us), gave up 2 hits and a walk without getting any outs. Then Jason Motte (who I ALSO thought could help us), allowed 2 of those to score to get 3 total home in one inning.

The moral of our story: When it is raining bombs and artillery shells, you can only hide in a Rockie cave for so long before you have to put up the white flag. Or, as some say in baseball, tip your cap.

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42 thoughts on “Corregidor: Braves 0, Rockies 3”

  1. We’re averaging under 3 runs per game at Coors over the past ten or eleven games there. It’s hard to put into words how bad that is.

  2. A couple of things that may have been mentioned in the last thread. Sorry if they have been, but

    Why not give Lane Adams a few starts in LF, especially in this ball park. All around he’s probably a better player than Santana.

    It seemed Julio was getting ahead with off speed last night and finishing off hitters with high fastballs. One way to help a flat fastball is to elevate it. Did anyone else notice?

  3. @27, noticed that Julio used a lot of off-speed stuff early in the count, too. Also, his fastball hit 94.

  4. A healthy Kemp really is a game-changer for this offense. We saw it last year and we’re seeing it again this year. Take him out, bring MAdams back to Earth, and all of a sudden we’re inept on offense again.

  5. @4

    Yeah, the 94 MPH was the big surprise too. He’s his normal self when he locates his offspeed stuff and can locate his best fastball. I wonder what makes him go in and out.

    @5

    The bottom half of the lineup is pitiful, and that’s largely because of Kemp’s absence. It puts .750 OPS Markakis in the clean up spot, and it doesn’t push everyone down. Inciarte/Phillips/Freeman/Freeman/Markakis/Suzuki/Albies/Swanson is not a bad lineup for us, but if Adams can’t cover LF in Coors and Kemp is injured, then it kills the flow of the lineup.

  6. Whenever I see Brothers enter a close game, I wonder whether he could be the “designated tanker.”

  7. IT is certainly a problem when we have a #7 hitter batting clean up. I also do not understand the thinking of hitting him behind Freddie so teams can game plan the lefties. It seems like hitting Flowers or Suzuki would make more sense and it may keep Markakis from continually hitting in key spots

  8. Brothers’ FIP and xFIP are not bad (4.18 and 4.23), and against lefties, they’re even better (3.78 and 2.89). This is a situation where I think FIP and xFIP should influence what to do with a player. With this offense this incredibly putrid, the Braves owe it to themselves to keep running Brothers out there (and others under evaluation) to see if he can right the ship.

    Camargo, though, apparently won’t be back within a couple weeks. It looks like it will force Dansby to not be able to spend any length of time at AAA. Gosh, if only there was an affordable player who could play shortstop while Dansby was out. Maybe someone that actually was on the roster recently. What a good long-term move it would be to have that person. Rats. It’s almost like our GM is demonstrating a pattern of ability to sell players but an inability to determine how to manage a major league roster.

  9. @10, Are you talking about Danny Santana? Because he can play short, too. Just like Albies can play short (to restate the obvious). There’s plenty of recourse to replace Camargo after a freak and unexpected injury before you get to Swanson’s name. If that’s the kind of “inability to manage a major league roster” then a case could be made. But resting your case on how the team approached Sean Rodriguez continues to be silly.

  10. @13, Well, last night sure was a loss. Julio pitched his heart out. Then Brothers comes in and, yes, gives up the triple but after an intentional walk induces precisely the kind of easy grounder a drawn-in infield can do something with…and “the kid” blows it.

    One other perpetual problem I have with rushing Dansby: I wouldn’t let a “kid” in a major league batter’s box until he fixed that back foot of his.

  11. Rafael Furcal had sneaky power in his early days. So did Andrelton Simmons. I’m suspicious of sneaky power from that position. Oh, wait. Ozzie’s not playing short. Never mind!

  12. Do any of you that have MLB.tv see an issue with performance across different platforms? Like PS3 vs PS4 vs Samsung smart TV vs Chromecast?

  13. Dansby playing well is enjoyable for both the impact it has on the team and the fun in watching him celebrate.

  14. #29

    Rob,

    My Roku buffers occasionally, but lately the stream seems to have evened out. I think it’s on MLB.tv’s end.

  15. Nolan Arenado
    in an unlikely display of swollen bravado
    made a casual throw to first
    having hit only one homer- which was the worst?

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