The one night all year Ubaldo Jimenez doesn’t have his stuff and the Jays still manage to let it get away. Am I the only one not surprised? The Rockies starter — entering at 11-1 with a 0.93 ERA — walked five and gave up three runs over six innings last night, but it was enough for Colorado to come out with a 5-3 win in a rain-shortened game at Coors Field. Both Jimenez and Ricky Romero struggled with the nasty weather, with Romero giving up seven hits and four runs over five to take the loss.
The game was delayed and hour and 45 minutes at the start, then another 40 after the sixth before it was called altogether. Lyle Overbay tripled home the game’s first run in the second and Aaron Hill added a two-run shot in the third after a pair of solo homers by Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Spillborghs had given Colorado a 2-1 lead the previous half inning. The Rockies tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to make for the difference, with Gonzalez’s second homer of the game marking the winner.
Although it was inconsequential in this particular game, I should note just how bad Jason Frasor sucks this season. The veteran — who was a decent pitcher for six years before completely fading into shit this year — surrendered a run for the 119th straight outing, giving up two hits and a walk before Brian Tallet, of all people, was able to limit the damage in the Colorado half of the sixth. Again, no real outcome on the game, but another opportunity to mention how awful this bullpen is.
The Jays and Rockies are back at it tonight, with the surging Brandon Morrow (4-4, 5.48) on the hill against Jason Hammel (3-3, 5.23).