It was a disappointing homecoming for the Rockies who had just completed a winning road trip which featured nine quality starts by their young rotation. Tuesday’s opener was a 4-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Angels as Jon Gray pitched seven innings of shutout ball. Believe it or not, it was the first time the Rockies had beaten the Angels at Coors Field in 19 years. The high from that win was short-lived as the Angels shut out the Rockies 8-0 in the second game of their short series. Tyler Anderson gave up four runs in five innings and the usually stingy bullpen leaked another four runs.
Then the Milwaukee Brewers came to town for a four-game weekend series. Frankly, it was a mess. German Marquez allowed five runs in 4.2 innings in Thursday’s 5-2 loss. The reliable Chad Bettis stumbled in Friday’s 11-10 extra-inning loss. Bettis gave up seven runs in five innings. The Rockies scrambled making it into the ninth inning with a 10-8 lead when surprisingly super closer Wade Davis blew the save. The Rockies bounced back on Saturday thanks to an impressive performance by Kyle Freeman who pitched 6.1 innings of shut-out ball. The Rockies offense was provided solely by shortstop Trevor Story who was credited with four RBIs on two homeruns and a run scoring double. That win was to be the highlight of the Milwaukee series as “big Jon” imploded in Sunday’s final 7-3 loss allowing six runs in 5.1 innings.
The good news is that the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks were swept by the Washington Nationals. So, the Rockies actually gained a game in the division and are only 2.5 games back. However, the best news to take out of this disappointing week is the continuing improvement at the plate of Story. He now leads the team with 32 RBI. Unlike his currently slumping teammates, he has been hot at home where he has launched eight of his 10 homers and has a .339 batting average. Kudos also to outfielders David Dahl and Noel Cuevas who have brought some life to the tail end of the lineup.
This week the Rockies head out on their first big West Coast swing. It’s time to do battle with their rivals in the Western Division. After a brief two-game set in San Diego they’ll head to San Francisco for a four-game weekend series at AT&T Park with the Giants.
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