Rockies outslugged by Guardians, 13-7, amid rough outings from pitchers Ryan Feltner and Matt Carasiti

Rockies outslugged by Guardians, 13-7, amid rough outings from pitchers Ryan Feltner and Matt Carasiti

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Guardians star Jose Ramirez did heavy lifting at the plate on Tuesday. So when he got the chance to be a passenger on the game-changing homer, he stopped short of rounding third, turned to watch the ball fly over the wall, and held up his hands in joy.

Ramirez finished with a homer, a double, two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored in Cleveland’s 13-7 triumph that took the shine off Colorado’s recent momentum over the past three weeks.

The Rockies’ loss, started by an opening homer from Ramirez and underscored by a two-homer night from Josh Naylor, was punctuated by rough performances by both starter Ryan Feltner and the bullpen on a beautiful night at Coors Field.

“With Ryan, we’ve got to get him to consistently get the ball down,” manager Bud Black said. “There’s just too many balls pitch-to-pitch that are elevated.”

Feltner allowed seven runs (six earned) over four-plus innings, while right-hander Matt Carasiti gave up the no-doubter to David Fry on a hanging 0-2 forkball that also scored Ramirez and Naylor.

“That was a really good at-bat by Fry,” Black said. “… With the way Fry has been swinging, homer.”

Fry’s swing in the seventh was the turning point in a game that see-sawed for several innings before Guardians were able to take temporary control in the fifth, chasing Feltner from the mound in the process.

Cleveland struck first via Ramirez’s two-run homer to right-center in the opening inning. But the struggling Kris Bryant responded in the third, mashing a two-out, two-run dinger 428 feet to left off right-hander Triston McKenzie.

Ryan Feltner (18) of the Colorado Rockies fires during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Coors Field in Denver on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)
Ryan Feltner (18) of the Colorado Rockies fires during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Coors Field in Denver on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

The back-and-forth continued into the middle innings.

Each team plated a pair of runs in the fourth to make it 4-4, first the Guardians by using a pair of sacrifice flies with the bases loaded. Cleveland’s hitting that inning was jump-started by Bryant’s error on a grounder down the first-base line, a gaff that turned the goodwill from his homer into a chorus of boos.

The Rockies responded in the bottom of the inning thanks to Elehuris Montero’s two-run jack to left that caused McKenzie’s shoulders to slump as the pitcher pouted around the mound.

But Feltner gave the lead right back to Cleveland in the fifth via Naylor’s two-run homer to right, followed by an RBI single from Kyle Manzardo. That gave Colorado a 7-4 deficit and earned Feltner the hook before Peter Lambert came on to induce an inning-ending double play.

After Charlie Blackmon had a highlight grab in right field for the second time in as many days — this time on a sinking flyball, the sequel to his sliding catch in foul territory on Monday — the Rockies rallied to tie the game 7-7 in the sixth off Cleveland southpaw Tim Herrin. Blackmon had an RBI single, followed by Montero scoring on a wild pitch and Ryan McMahon’s RBI single.

But the Guardians had the final one-two punch. When Lambert walked Ramirez with one out in the seventh, Carasiti entered the game and promptly walked Naylor on four pitches.

Fry’s 401-foot dinger followed, and then in the eighth, Naylor notched his third career multi-homer game — and poured salt in the wound of an awful performance by Carasiti — with a 438-foot homer to right. That extended the Guardians’ lead to 13-7, while Colorado was unable to muster any offense over its final three frames.

Easy Cheese update. Right-hander German Marquez continues to make his way back from Tommy John surgery, with hopes he’ll re-join the Rockies’ rotation after the all-star break. Black didn’t want to put a timeline on Marquez’s return, but believes the pitcher’s return could be even sooner than that.

Marquez threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Tuesday afternoon at about 85% effort, and said his elbow feels good. This comes after Marquez experienced a slight setback in his rehab a couple weeks ago, experiencing some tightness behind his elbow after pitching in the Arizona Complex League. He got a cortisone shot after that outing, and said his elbow now feels fine.

“It’s been tough being out, but this is going to make me a better athlete, better pitcher, better person,” Marquez said. “I know I just have to keep working to get back. … I’ll see how I feel after the next bullpen, but I might be ready to start facing live hitters before going on (a rehab assignment to Triple-A).”

Other injury updates. Outfielder Nolan Jones, who sprained his MCL while sliding into second base about two weeks ago while on a rehab assignment with the Isotopes for his back injury, did full baseball activities on Tuesday. That included baserunning, and Jones believes “I’m getting there. … Hopefully I’ll be back the middle to end of next week.” …. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela is still “a ways away” from returning from his Tommy John surgery. Black believes the best-case scenario for Senzatela is to rejoin the rotation in September. Like Marquez, the Rockies aren’t going to rush him.

Wednesday’s pitching matchup

Guardians LHP Logan Allen (4-2, 4.91) at Rockies LHP Ty Blach (1-2, 4.55)

6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Coors Field

TV: Rockies.TV (streaming); Comcast/Xfinity (channel 1262); DirecTV (683); Spectrum (130, 445, 305, 435 or 445, depending on region).

Radio: 850 AM/94.1 FM

After getting blasted for six runs in three innings on May 18 in San Francisco, Blach settled back in his last start, dealing six-plus innings of two-run ball in an eventual 3-2 extra-innings win over the Phillies last weekend. Blach’s done an excellent job of limiting walks — he’s had just five in 27.2 innings this year and ranks in the 89th percentile of all MLB pitchers in that regard — but true to his usual form, he’s not inducing many swings-and-misses (bottom 1 percentile in MLB in whiff percentage) or strikeouts (also bottom 1 percentile in K percentage). Meanwhile, Allen’s been decent over his last three starts, two of which were six-inning shutouts. He’s never pitched against the Rockies.

Pitching probables

Thursday: Off day

Friday: Rockies RHP Dakota Hudson (1-7, 5.54) at Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (1-2, 4.26), 8:10 p.m.

Saturday: Rockies RHP Cal Quantrill (4-3, 3.53) at Dodgers RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto (5-2, 3.51), 8:10 p.m.

Sunday: Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (1-2, 2.76) at Dodgers TBA, 2:10 p.m.

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