The Rockies took a beating on the road in St. Louis and Milwaukee last week and most of the damage was self-inflicted. Two of the five losses were due to uncharacteristic bad outings by stellar young starter Tyler Anderson. The other three losses were the result of blown bullpen saves including back-to-back game killers by struggling closer Wade Davis.
In addition to the pitching problems, the offense was largely dormant as the Rockies hitters left 40 of 49 runners in scoring position. Some of that was due to the tough pitchers they faced in both series but too many opportunities were wasted in these close games.
The highlights of the week however came from the Rockies two big run producers, Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado. The red hot Story drove in nine of the 12 runs in the Milwaukee series including two homeruns on Saturday and a four RBI game in Sunday’s win. He has seven homeruns against the Brewers this season, four of them came in this series. The capper of course was Nolan Arenado’s game winning homer in the 11th inning of Sunday’s finale.
In other news, outfielder David Dahl has finally returned to the big club. He has been rehabbing in Albuquerque since suffering a broken foot on May 30. Also, one the Rockies all-time heroes, Matt Holliday has been promoted from Grand Junction to Albuquerque. Don’t be surprised if we see Matt on the 25-man big league roster before the end of August.
This week the Rockies return home for a three game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, then a crucial matchup on the weekend with the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
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