Saturday, October 23, 2021

Rockies’ Peter Lambert struggles on second start, but at least he’s healthy

The important thing for Peter Lambert was his return to the major leagues. Obviously, the Rockies right-hander would have liked a better result, but it was secondary to the main goal.

Lambert, returning from Tommy John surgery on July 21, 2020, made a second start to the season with Colorado’s 10-5 win over Washington on Wednesday. In two-plus innings, he was charged with five runs off eight hits, including a strike out and a walk.

“I was looking for stuff and I saw it, and I was looking for delivery, I saw that,” said manager Bud Black. “Obviously, the pitching line will not look good. But looking a little deeper, I’m glad Peter made two starts in the big leagues.

“He can go off-season knowing he’s healthy, he’s a normal, regular pitcher and he’s getting ready to compete for a job on the train next spring.”

Although Lambert dropped a few hard hits – a leadoff double for Len Thomas and an RBI double for Luis Garcia in the third – he was the victim of tough luck. In the Nationals’ first two runs, Alcides Escobar and Juan Soto hit back-to-back infield singles off weak hit balls.

In third, Yadil Hernandez hit an infield single from Lambert’s glove and the ball dribbled into shallow right field, moving Josh Bell from first to third. Hernandez scored on Garcia’s double.

In his debut, Friday against San Francisco, he played 3 2/3 innings, conceding two runs on four hits with one more strike. He didn’t give the Giants any reason for the Rockies’ 7-2 loss.

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Officially, Lambert finished his 2021 season with an 11.12 ERA in 5 2/3 innings in two starts. Opponents hit .429 (12-for-28) against him.

“I wanted to finish this year all the way through and come into spring training and compete,” said Lambert, who will not pitch in winter ball but expects to be a fairly normal offseason. Is.

Raimack Attack. Third baseman Ryan McMahon hit the game’s only home run, destroying a three-run shot in left field in the first innings. It was McMahon’s 23rd homer of the season, reducing him to a career-high 24 in 2019. Twelve of his homers have been hit in the Coors field and 11 have been hit on the road.

on the roof
The Rockies are closed on Thursday

Trends: In his final two games of the season at Coors Field, shortstop Trevor Storey hit 4-for-6 with a home run and double.

at issue: Catcher Dom Nez entered the game trapped in a 0-for-14 slump, but he raised his average to .182 by hitting a 2-for-3 on Wednesday.

pitching potential
Thursday: Off
Friday: Rockies RHP John Gray (8-12, 4.28 ERA) at Diamondbacks TBA, 7:40 pm, ATTRM
Saturday: Rockies RHP Antonio Senztella (4-9, 4.10) at Diamondbacks TBA, 6:10 pm, ATTRM
Sunday: Rockies TBA at Diamondbacks TBA, 1:10 pm, ATTRM
end of regular season

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